Brigadoon Cafe’s Food for Thought

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words and photos by Amanda Bloom

A Brigadoon omelet and fries.  Fries were free with any order the day this picture was taken, in honor of Joan of Arc's 600th birthday.

ATTENTION FOODIES: there is a gourmet haven tucked away in downtown Danbury.

The Brigadoon Cafe, located at 14 Ives Street, is “the place to go for thoughtful omnivores”.

Brigadoon Cafe, located at the former location of the Alley Way Diner, touts an expansive, mouthwatering breakfast and lunch menu infused with as many local ingredients as possible. For instance, let’s talk about bacon jam, or “Zucchini Gadoon”, a vegan spread that won the People’s Choice Award at the Taste of Danbury this past summer, or Brigadoon’s end-all-be-all french fry.

words and photos by Amanda Bloom

 


 

A man and his grill.

ATTENTION FOODIES: there is a gourmet haven tucked away in downtown Danbury.  The Brigadoon Cafe, located at 14 Ives Street, is “the place to go for thoughtful omnivores”.

Brigadoon Cafe, located at the former location of the Alley Way Diner, touts an expansive, mouthwatering breakfast and lunch menu infused with as many local ingredients as possible.  For breakfast, there’s five varietals of eggs benedict, pancakes galore, omelets, corned beef and egg sandwiches; lunch features salads, burgers, sandwiches, “grillninis” and wraps, and the “Brigadoon Cafe Offerings” section features 10 of the most delicious, unique and homemade items around.  For instance, let’s talk about bacon jam, or “Zucchini Gadoon”, a vegan spread that won the People’s Choice Award at the Taste of Danbury this past summer, or Brigadoon’s end-all-be-all french fry.

Brigadoon’s original bacon jam is a perfect amalgam of sweetness and, well, bacon. Served with goat cheese and arugula on pita bread, the dish is one big flavor compliment.  You might want to order a double portion, or just get it on a sandwich.

Zucchini Gadoon is a delicious, cooling spread flavored with lime and cilantro.  It’s another simple yet incredible menu item, and a healthy one at that.

For a side dish that’s a little less healthy, try Brigadoon’s fries.  They’re just beautiful, which I never thought I would say about a french fry.  Go all the way and order them with cheese and hollandaise.

Other “Brigadoon Offerings” include atomic macaroni, fried spaghetti with white clam sauce, “Mac Man’s Lamb” – a curry wrap – and “real garlic garlic bread”.  All of these creative dishes were hatched from the mind of owner Stephan Gerhard, and some have a signature dash of  Gerhard’s “dragon dust”, a spice concoction he describes as “simple and hot, volcanization and imagination made with garden goodness.”

 

Let’s talk about bacon jam, or “Zucchini Gadoon”, a vegan spread that won the People’s Choice Award at the Taste of Danbury this past summer, or Brigadoon’s end-all-be-all french fry.


Gerhard opened Brigadoon in August of last year after deciding to to leave behind a long career in woodworking.  He has always loved cooking for people and enjoys the hospitality aspect of running a restaurant, which explains the cafe’s friendly and homey atmosphere. (More fun facts about Gerhard: he’s a Western Connecticut State University alum, and he started WestConn radio WXCI’s long-running Sunday show “Third Stone from the Sun” in 1991 with fellow DJ “Big Ed”.   He’s a hardcore Frank Zappa fan and hosts  “St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast” at his house, which is pink, every year.)

A Brigadoon omelet and fries.  Fries were free with any order the day this picture was taken, in honor of Joan of Arc's 600th birthday.

Brigadoon also offers catering, and The Mercurial Gallery brought the cafe on board for its most recent opening reception.  The theme of the evening was Latin American, and our custom menu featured homemade guacamole and Ecuadorian salsa, Zucchini Gadoon, cuadritos de calabacin – an outstanding zucchini loaf that finishes with a kick– carne en palito, which translates to “meat on a stick”, and bolitas de cameron con salse de mani y coco, shrimp fritters with a peanut and coconut sauce.  The spread was incredible and beautifully presented.  I brought the few remaining leftovers to a party later in the evening (the opening took place on New Year’s Eve), and within a few hours not a speck of food was left.  Even the peanut and coconut sauce was finished off with crackers, albeit at circa five in the morning on New Years Day.

The gallery’s experience with Brigadoon’s catering was a testament to Gerhard’s worldy culinary talents as well as his professionalism.  Be sure to visit the cafe for a truly original meal in a truly original eatery.

 

Email brigadooncafe@yahoo.com to get on Gerhard’s email list, where he sends out Brigadoon’s daily specials along with fun facts, like why people eat fish on Fridays, and why Friday the 13th is bad luck.  Visit Brigadoon Cafe on Facebook here.

Brigadoon Cafe is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30am to 2pm and  on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am to 2pm.  Give them a call at (203)743-0447.

 

 

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