Nothing gets a morning started like a lovely pain perdu
, the French version of French toast. At Bistro Vendome -- a comfy, bright spot tucked down an alley behind Larimer Square -- the brunch-menu fave is made from a single piece of soft, center-cut bread, perfectly browned, then sprinkled with confectioners' sugar. The strong citrus honey this pain
is served with can be overpowering, but that's why it comes on the side -- so that you can add a little, add a lot, or just ignore it entirely and dig into the bare toast, which is ideal on its own.