Breakfast is taken very seriously in Denver. The brunch cocktails are wild and delicious, ranging from horchata with a splash of rum to super mimosas with vodka shots. There’s no shortage of quality and creative food either – the Mile High City is keen on sourcing local and organic ingredients to create dishes like breakfast bread pudding and chicken fried eggs. Here’s a list of our favorite brunch spots in Denver.
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Denver Biscuit Co.
Don’t go to Denver Biscuit Company looking for a traditional southern biscuit, because DBC is far from traditional. Their biscuit sandwiches are wildly creative, like the Cordon Bleu, loaded with tender belly ham and cheddar cheese all atop a daunting piece of fried chicken. Wash down your biscuit with one of DBC’s amazing breakfast drinks, including the Super Mimosas, a regular mimosa kicked up a notch with a shot of vodka. Address & phone number: 3237 E. Colfax Denver, CO 80206( 303) 377-7900
Lola serves up one of best and most creative Mexican breakfasts in town. Try the Ultimate Bloody with Chile Poached Shrimp and Bacon or the Rice and Beans: a cold brew and horchata combo with a shot of rum. Small bites like dulce de leche cinnamon doughnuts and lobster deviled eggs are king at Lola, so make sure to order a few for the table. Address & phone number: 1575 Boulder Street, Denver, CO 80211 (720) 570-8686
Harman’s Eat and Drink
At Harman’s Eat and Drink, any preference can be catered to – many items have gluten free, vegetarian, and dairy free alternatives. The menu features inspiration from American classics like French Toast and Hash, but puts a gourmet spin on them. Harman’s is also a good spot for brunchers who aren’t interested in a heavy breakfast, but rather a satisfying salad, sandwich, or soup. Address & phone number: 2900 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (303) 388-7428
Beast + Bottle
Restaurant, American, $$$
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At Beast + Bottle there’s a heavy emphasis on eggs. The eggs come from B+B’s own flock of hens, making this restaurant truly farm to table. After ordering corned lamb shank hash or arctic char eggs Benedict, make sure to try out one of the five Beastly Bloodies, a hallmark of B+B.
Bar, Restaurant, American, Pastries, Coffee, Vegetarian, $$$
Snooze's counter at Union Station | Courtesy of Jess Purple Photography
Boozy brunch seems to be all the rage these days, but the folks at Olive and Finch prefer to focus their energy on stimulants instead. Olive and Finch maintains a coffee bar with some of the freshest coffees in the world, and works closely with roasters to ensure they have the best selection available. There’s also a great selection of breakfast hashes and sandwiches – those with a sweet tooth will love the S’Mores panini.
Even the pickiest eaters will find something they like at Snooze – they have a menu featuring every type of breakfast dish imaginable. There are six types of pancakes to choose from alone. The folks at Snooze don’t want to make your decision making process too arduous, so if you can’t decide, order a pancake flight (choose any 3 pancakes on the menu). Snooze also offers six types of Eggs Benedict. Address & phone number: 1701 Wynkoop Street, Suite 150 Denver, CO 80202 (303) 825-3536
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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Sunny’s makes local, organic and fresh ingredients a priority, which only serves to benefit their hungry customers. Just because there are granola and acai bowls on the menu, don’t think Sunny’s is simply another health food joint. Try the Delish Benny, a mini buttermilk pancake topped with sausage, cheese, hollandaise, and pure maple syrup.
Duo is the place to go for a refined take on brunch. You won’t find a lot of children with chocolate milk or twenty somethings with bottomless bloodies here, but you will find classic breakfast dishes like Zippy Cakes and Bacon Scrambles, as well as more nuanced items like the Breakfast Bread Pudding. The atmosphere is perfect for an intimate get together or a holiday, but be sure to make reservations.
Once you walk through the doors of Sassafras American Eatery, you leave Denver and enter New Orleans. The best ordering advice at Sassafras is to be adventurous. The Chicken Fried Eggs and Smoked Buffalo Hash is a completely remixed take on the classic corned beef hash. Don’t forget the starters either – an order of beignets and fried okra is a must, and if you’re feeling really brave, go for the frog legs and you won’t be disappointed. Address & phone number: 2637 West 26th Avenue Denver, CO 80211 (303) 433-0080