No. 47: The Egg and Croissant Sandwich at La Fillette
Pastry chef Melissa Yanc opened the cozy La Fillette bakery just over two years ago in a nondescript storefront at 4416 East Eighth Avenue. While Yanc sold the bakery and moved to New York last month, neighbors within walking distance are fortunate that new owner Keturah Fleming is keeping up the good work, so can still follow the wafting scent of fresh-baked bread and pastries every morning. Once inside, they'll find themselves at the counter contemplating baguettes, croissants and galettes, among many other tempting French delights at breakfast and lunch.
For the rest of us who wish to stock up on crusty loaves of French bread (and perhaps a dozen colorful macarons), sitting down for a breakfast sandwich makes the drive over a little more special. That's because La Fillette's kitchen doesn't settle for microwaved scrambled eggs or cheap ingredients, but instead fries eggs to order for each sandwich, which comes with your choice of bread, meat, cheese and veggies.
Don't go where there aren't any croissants.
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For the base, our choice is one of La Fillette's flaky, buttery croissants. From there, you can add bacon or ham and green chiles or sauteed leeks (if you're feeling a little continental). Cheese comes in several varieties; the beauty pictured above is finished with nutty Gruyere. The fried egg, cooked sunny side up (although you can request yours firmer if you desire), lends its liquid yolk to the mix like a simple, creamy sauce.
Despite its proximity to busy Colorado Boulevard, the bakery's tiny front room is a retreat from Denver's morning bustle, where a cup of coffee and a breakfast croissant help slow the day down. And the bag of baked goods in the car for the drive home adds its rustic aroma to remind you of La Fillette for the rest of the day.
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