The last couple of weeks, our regular Ask the Critic time-waster has been concerned with moms and dads and holidays and other assorted domestic questions. This week, we're getting back to the core mission of our Monday-morning discussion with an actual question by a reader. Jim writes: I spent 9 years in Europe and really enjoyed the breakfast there: soft boiled eggs, lunch meats, cheeses, bread, etc. Other than doing it myself (I'm kinda lazy), is there anywhere in the Denver area that serves this type of breakfast?
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Oddly enough, I was out with my wife last night and she was talking about this exact same thing- -- essentially telling me that I ought to move to Europe because I would be so much happier there than I am here, sitting around all day eating cured meats and stinky cheeses, staying up too late smoking cigarettes and arguing about Proust, then waking late for a nice breakfast of croissant, French Trou de Cru and Serrano ham. Mind you, I don't think she was planning on coming with me; she was simply using the promise of charcuterie and cigarettes to bait a trap that would see me safely overseas and out of her hair for a few years before I could find my way home, but I digress...
Finding a place in Denver that does a European-style breakfast spread isn't easy. I mean, there's the brunch at Brasserie Felix, but that has no specific charcuterie plate. Ditto Bistro Vendome. Which is why I decided to turn this question over to the readers.
Can any of you help Jim out? I know we have several tres Euro crepe joints in town right now, and plenty of places that do charcuterie spreads for lunch and dinner. But a Continental breakfast that is actually Continental? That's a bit trickier...
As always, comments go below. I'm sure that Jim will be very appreciative to anyone who can point him in the right direction.