The Black Cow Cafe is a welcoming downtown spot for breakfast: a full coffee bar, baked goods, outstanding hot meals, all delivered with friendly, attentive service.
To start with something sweet, I recommend a Cinnamon Roll with Caramelized Apples. It’s served warm with a light spread of creamy frosting. Dig into the tender roll and find thinly sliced apples threaded among the cinnamon filling.
You can’t go wrong ordering Toasted Zucchini Bread with Cream Cheese. Two generous slices of zucchini bread dotted with raisins are served with smooth cream cheese for spreading over the top.
The breakfast menu is extensive, from plain to elaborate. Among Skillet Breakfasts is a marvelous, over-the-top Chile Stuffed Skillet. That’s a pasilla pepper stuffed with cheddar cheese and bacon and encrusted with a crunchy breading. It’s piled onto tender potatoes and topped with poached eggs and, of course, served in a skillet. Ranchera sauce and sour cream finish the dish. Melted cheese and creamy egg yolks cover each bite. It’s truly a remarkable breakfast, also including cheddar biscuits and jam.
If a skillet is just too much, try the Cow Benedict. In this twist on a classic, poached eggs are carefully placed over a buttery house-baked croissant and tender slices of cured ham. The savory combination is finished with orange-infused hollandaise sauce and served alongside fresh fruit and breakfast potatoes.
The restaurant is large, but it does fill up during peak times, especially for weekend breakfast. There is outdoor seating along the sidewalk on the main strip in Montrose. Dogs are allowed on the patio.
The restaurant also features a coffee shop that is separate, but open to the restaurant where you can swing in and grab a warm drink and pastry to-go.