The Buff. I never would have given it a second glance if it hadn’t been featured on The Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. Adam Richman went there when featuring Boulder, Colorado to sample their signature item…the saddlebags. The place was interesting enough on television, so when I found myself in Boulder, I knew this was one place I definitely needed to dine.
On first glance, The Buff doesn’t look like anything special. In fact, it is located in front of an old, run-down looking Best Western. Like I said…if not for being featured, I never would have given it a second glance. Outward appearances aside, The Buff is a fantastic place and a must-go-to for anyone who loves food. Especially breakfast food. And trust me…come hungry!
Due to food allergies and, well, vegetarianism…the saddlebags (pancakes filled with your choice of diced bacon, sliced sausage, or diced ham and topped with two eggs) were not an option for me. But I was given ample time to peruse the menu while my Diet Coke arrived…in a mason jar. Not kidding. Drinks are served in mason jars! I loved it. Those are the little touches that really make a restaurant stand out.
After a little debating, I finally settled on the Veggie Omelet, made from egg whites, with potatoes and gluten-free toast. Yes…my fellow gluten-intolerant readers…Colorado seems to be on top of this gluten-free thing (Udi’s is manufactured out of Denver), so I could even have bread with my eggs and potatoes. This place was winning over more and more of my heart!
When the food arrived it looked amazing. It smelled awesome. And the taste…well, despite having had food at Celestial Seasonings that morning and a mocha not long before that…I polished off the plate. Down to the last bite. All of it…hoovered up because it was amazing. This was the first time I had Udi’s bread and I immediately knew I could eat it. It was great. The potatoes were cooked to perfection and delicious with a bit of ketchup for dipping. And the egg white veggie omelet was outstanding. Cooked to perfection. The veggies (a mix of broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, onions, and cheddar cheese) all worked together so well. I ate it with a touch of hot sauce (as all eggs should be eaten) and raved about every bite.
There is a reason this place has been featured on The Travel Channel…the ambiance and the food are worth the buzz. If I lived in Boulder, I would be eating in The Buff at least once a week. It won this foodie’s heart and I know I will be back the next time I am in town.
Sandwiches, cereals, breakfast and more…you can find it all here. So, go on! What are you waiting for? Eat in The Buff. You’ll like it. You’ll really like it!