In a town such as Delta, Colorado, you might not anticipate encountering anything that would approach gourmet dining. This is a town on the western side of Colorado, far enough from Denver to distance itself from metropolitan issues but close enough to claim the obligatory Bronco fans. People probably don’t go to Delta for the food that they will find there. What you will find is a collection of people who value their small community and take the time to wave as you drive past their homes.
With that realistic expectation, imagine our surprise when we walked into Starvin’ Arvin’s restaurant for breakfast. We have all had memorable breakfasts, many of which are positive experiences featuring gourmet concoctions or coffee that tastes as if it were roasted and brewed within the last three minutes. While this will not surpass those venues, what we did discover was refreshing and entirely enjoyable.
This Starvin’ Arvin’s was probably no different from the other four in the area. What none of the others could have, however, was Misty. The food was excellent, fresh, hot and very tasty. But Misty was our server and after experiencing the entire spectrum of server types throughout my dining experiences, she stands out as she would if she were a Ferrari in a lot full of junk cars.
Misty greeted us when we arrived and never ceased delivering perky, personalized and professional attention. She was friendly and positive, she was always ready to refresh our coffee and she enthusiastically greeted us when we returned the second day. After leaving on the first occasion, we had assured her of our return visit for one of their famous (infamous?) cinnamon rolls. And amazingly, as we walked in the door she insisted that she had been looking for us so that she could furnish our treat.
Having spent several days in Delta, we will not be persuaded that her charm and effervescent service were implicit to the Delta environment. She possesses a love for her work (and probably anything else that she attempts) that is her own version, something that she describes as being on vacation due to the lack of doing laundry or cleaning.
We are grateful for having met and experienced Starvin’ Arvin’s hospitality and superb cuisine. If you are anywhere within one hundred miles of Delta, be certain to have breakfast or lunch and make it a point to identify Misty. Our conclusion is that she is Delta’s diamond, one who is certain not to lose either her shine or her value.