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Gaia is the Greek version of Mother Earth, and that's who Patrick Mangold-White and Jon Edwards were channeling when they opened their charming eatery in 2006, transforming an old bungalow on South Pearl Street into a warm, welcoming haven with a lush garden and patio outside. At the start, Gaia was a breakfast-and-lunch spot, and even though it had no liquor license, it quickly attracted a legion of fans with a menu filled with salads, sandwiches, a few variations on baked eggs and a substantial inventory of crepes, both savory and sweet. Many of the ingredients for these dishes were local, some even grown in the restaurant's backyard garden. In early 2011, though, Gaia finally acquired a liquor license and started offering dinner. At night, the menu changes over to a selection of appetizers and entrees, seasonal American bistro fare that pairs meat with fresh vegetables in a manner that suggests the kitchen knows enough to get out of the way of its good ingredients. Meals at this garden spot are like the Victorian setting: not retro, but timeless.