Rooster & Moon's veggie fare is something to crow about

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It's a new year, which means new menu items at Rooster & Moon, the coffee pub that's become one of the Golden Triangle's best places to snag a snack and some joe. For breakfast (available all day), Rooster & Moon serves up City Bakery pastries, Mame's breakfast burritos (the vegetarian one is fantastic) and some homemade fare, including breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal and yogurt parfaits. But it's after 10:30 a.m. that the kitchen really shines, cooking up soups, salads, sandwiches and (new this year) flatbreads.

The $7 flatbread pictured above is one of the brand-new additions to the menu; it's called the G.O.A.T., and features tomato bisque (the thick soup is used to slather the bread), goat cheese, grilled onion and orange marmalade, with some raw onion slices and greens for garnish. The sweetness in the marmalade and onion blend beautifully with the tart goat cheese -- and meat-eaters can order a version with chicken for $8. A vegetarian margherita-style flatbread plate is also available.

Another good veggie option is the GreekTown sandwich with hummus, cucumber, tomato, sprouts and feta cheese, served on flatbread or in a garlic herb wrap (it can easily be made vegan by losing the cheese). Of the ten sandwiches at Rooster & Moon, three are vegetarian, and most of the salads are vegetarian as well. Right now, you can also get a pumpkin spice latte at Rooster & Moon (it does soy milk for vegans, too). But this treat will soon change with the seasons.

It's often difficult to find a seat during peak breakfast and lunch hours, when businesspeople stop in for a quick bite and other regulars huddle over their laptops and coffee, taking advantage of Rooster & Moon's free wi-fi. The wall bench is almost always full (several electrical outlets by the bench make it perfect for laptops), and usually the comfy, oversized white couch is taken, too. But there's a long bar with stools that's great for perching while you graze -- and from there, you can see the local art that rotates on and off the walls.

Rooster & Moon is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; for more info, visit www.roosterandmoon.com or call 303-993-2622.

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