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Despite a glowing recommendation from our server, the harvest hash wasn't up to scratch. The pile of rutabaga, turnips, parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and potatoes was bland, and the two poached eggs on top didn't do anything to revive it. But the simple buttermilk biscuits on the side were standouts on their own. Hot and at once salty and sweet, the dense, crumbly pastry was the perfect vehicle for Jelly's bittersweet homemade orange marmalade. Those drop biscuits also played a starring role in the Haco biscuits and gravy — which might better have been billed as biscuits and stew. Two of the drop biscuits had been smothered in a thick, tangy, tomato-based sauce punched up by roasted poblano peppers and spicy chorizo and laced with a little paprika. Everything about it spelled "hangover cure," especially since we'd opted for the $2 two-egg supplement, which added a river of over-easy yolk to the mix.

When we'd polished off everything but the hash, we paid our check and reluctantly relinquished the table, waddling out the door past a rush that had yet to let up. It was Sunday; we could take a nap.

Jelly isn't always such a circus. In the neighborhood on a weekday afternoon, I decided to give the lunch menu a try, though the board of sandwiches, salads and burgers doesn't seem quite as interesting as the breakfast list, which is available all day. At this hour, Jelly looked like a totally different restaurant — a neighborhood joint, one where the owners are on a first-name basis with just about everyone who wanders through the door, and regulars quickly welcome newcomers into the fold. When I bellied up to the bar and inquired about the Molly Hot Brown, a take on a Kentucky hot brown that includes green chiles, a friendly, tattooed gentleman sitting nearby offered some advice.

Spread the word: Katie Lewis delivers breakfast at Jelly. See more photos from Jelly.
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Spread the word: Katie Lewis delivers breakfast at Jelly. See more photos from Jelly.

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Jelly

600 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Central Denver

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Jelly
Bhakti chai
French toast $8.79
Salmon Benedict $11.49
Harvest hash $7.79
Haco biscuits and gravy $7.79
Donut bites (half order) $2.79
Molly Hot Brown $9.79
600 East 13th Avenue
303-831-6301
Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily

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"It's like Thanksgiving for breakfast," he promised. Sold. I placed my order, glanced through the paper, and listened as the staff chattered and joked around me. My lunch arrived quickly: four slices of toast topped with thick chunks of house-cured turkey, smothered with a molten cheddar-cheese gravy studded with bits of poblano and bacon. Slices of grilled tomato crowned the pile, adding a welcome tart note to the heavy, rich meal. It was a little too spicy to really invoke the flavors of Thanksgiving advertised by my bar mate, but I was grateful for the guy's endorsement, nonetheless. I'll be back for another round of the Molly Hot Brown, as well as more of those biscuits smeared with Jelly's jelly.

Even if it means having to fight an aggressive crowd of hungover hipsters for a table. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

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mcjesus
mcjesus

Jelly just opened a second location on Evans. It is remarkable how different it seems: I despise the glut of D.U. creeps and their shrill gashes. I don't care if I have to wait two hours, I'll be at Jelly/Capitol Hill, even though I moved down to South Broadway.

Nate Cougill
Nate Cougill

Say what you will about Cap Hill culture, but the breakfast at Jelly is solid. Good hollandaise, and really good biscuits.

John England
John England

I like her reviews but equating Snooze as the standard for breakfast is like saying Chili's is the standard for BBQ ribs.

Alex J
Alex J

you hipster hater! if you dont like our hood... don't come!

Keller
Keller

what he hell is wrong with you restaurant reviewers? ...the combination verged on oppressive?". what the fuck does that even mean? lets review bits of the review. The "brilliance" of a $3.50 bowl of Lucky Charms, "oppressive" Benedict, hungover hipsters and a 30 minute wait.

Whatever

Mort Lew
Mort Lew

Damn I'm hungry for this right now please move to Palm Springs!!

Seejohnedrum
Seejohnedrum

I like the place too but, do you have to mention Snooze in the review? What does Jelly have to do with Snooze and don't you all fawn over snooze enough without mentioning them in another restaurants review?

Derpyderp
Derpyderp

Quivering poached eggs, and oppressive hollandaise, sounds pervy ;)

H Brizzy
H Brizzy

The red flannel hash is the best breakfast in Denver. That is all.

steveville
steveville

It will be a cold day in hell before I stand and wait for a table at that hippie dump on 13th and Pearl called Jelly's like I did a couple of months ago. I'm just too old for that. I'll stick to the senior's menu at Perkin's, thank you.

Davelovelace
Davelovelace

Hung over hipsters sounds like a slice of my personal hell.

Greg1701
Greg1701

Just went there last weekend... great service and feel... food was slightly underwhelming but we'll give it another try.. avoid the meatloaf hash.

Jenn Jenn Jenn
Jenn Jenn Jenn

The photos are awesome, and this sounds like a breakfast place I'd dig if I ever woke up before noon-thirty.

mcjesus
mcjesus

@John England Totally agree!

Alex J
Alex J

again, very poor writing by this "Shunk" girl... foodie wana be! he he he!

Alex J
Alex J

this "Shunk" wana be!, has to mention other restaurants because she needs words, words for her editor! help her lord for she does not know what she does!!! he he he!

 
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