ocated in the former space of Salida's Café Dawn (which moved to 122 E. First St.), Gathering Grounds Coffeehouse & Eatery
picks up the mantle as a place to be drenched in sunlight as you down a plate of rich biscuits and gravy ($7.50/large) with a foamy latte ($3.80/16-ounce). The latter’s made from Mountain Phoenix Coffee Roasters’ beans from nearby Poncha Springs; it’s fine if you dig dark-roast flavors in your finish. What’s nice about the biscuits is the choice of regular buttermilk and gluten-free (almond flour) versions, plus a vegan gravy option, made with a sexy mushroom-leek cashew cream. We request a mixed portion to try the options, enjoying the velvety vegan gravy as much as the regular mushroom-onion version. Predictably, the GF biscuit’s a bit denser and drier than its fluffy counterpart, but still, not at all lackluster. What’s more: The whole affair’s filling as hell, ample fuel for tackling an S-Mountain summit across the river.