Sassafras American Eatery

320 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
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  • Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations accepted Monday through Friday only.
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Metered Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
As anyone who's gone out for breakfast recently knows, Denverites love their morning meal: Hour-long waits at joints that serve up a mean pancake aren't uncommon. Sassafras opened in Capitol Hill in summer 2014, after the success of the original location, in west Denver, caused its long lines to just get longer. Not one to mess with a good thing, owner Julia Grother kept the same menu, emphasizing classic Southern comfort foods like grits (from sweet-potato grits with spiced pecans to scallion grits with fried oysters and smoked bacon) and a few varieties of mac and cheese (who can resist breakfast mac?). One welcome addition at the new space: A liquor license. Now you can enjoy a Bloody Mary garnished with an edible voodoo doll while you wait for your table -- and if you experience sudden sharp pains while waiting for your table, perhaps you should reconsider your dining companions.

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