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I’m your huckleberry!

Local brunch spot brings fun and out-of-the-box ideas to its community

An experience at EAT! Food and Drink is one that is hard to stop thinking about. Owner David Frieder and General Manager Brittany Bartlett have raised the bar for brunch expectations, putting new spins on traditional dishes. How does Horchata Stuffed French Toast sound? Or would you prefer their Thank Us Later Benedict, made with pulled short ribs that have been slow cooked in a Bloody Mary rub, two perfectly poached eggs, and a smoked paprika hollandaise?

“I really admire David and his vision to develop such a fun and hip brunch spot,” says Brit of EAT’s owner. “I do what I can to make his vision a reality.”

Brit is a piece of the EAT! puzzle that keeps us coming back for more. The Lafayette native is a true service professional and loves what she does. She went to college at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, where she bartended and managed for eight years in the restaurant industry. She was also the General Manager of Por Wine House in Louisville before finding her home at EAT! 

Brit and David bring to fruition their ideas for the food menu together, while Brit takes charge of creating the rotating specials and many of their craft cocktails.

Guests quickly become regulars for selections like the Everything Bagel Bloody Mary (served with a mini everything bagel from Moe’s) and their Breakfast Old Fashioned, with Breckenridge Madeira cherry-finished Bourbon, brandied cherry, black walnut bitters, and cinnamon simple syrup, topped with a mini waffle and bacon.

For a truly photo-worthy sip, Brit recommends a Sparkle Bellini crafted with Wonderdust, an electrolyte glitter that makes the drink shimmer.

Yet another aspect of EAT! that sets it apart from the rest is its love and respect for local and unique fare. For example, Frieder is a big fan of huckleberries, and you’ll see them featured in items such as their Huckleberry Monte Cristo and Huckleberry Smash (both pictured!) The berries are sourced from a small farm in Idaho. 

“[The berries] have a very distinct flavor and no one else has them,” he says. “It makes us unique.”

Frieder values local business and fresh ingredients, and sources many items from EAT!’s dishes from family-owned mom-and-pop shops. You’ll find chorizo from Belifores in Wheat Ridge, bread from Harvest Moon and Polidori sausage from Denver, among others.

On the note of supporting local, EAT! is an active member of its community. David sits on the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce, where Brit is an ambassador. They also do drives with Broomfield FISH, a nonprofit organization that provides food, emergency financial assistance, and one-on-one mentoring support to Broomfield residents in need. A portion of the restaurant’s profits goes directly toward the organization. EAT! has donated to several other nonprofit organizations in the Denver metro as well, paying its respect to the locale it calls home.

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