Sweet! Breakfast Spots Pour Creativity Into Syrup

A trio of pancakes at Snooze.
A trio of pancakes at Snooze.
Lauren Monitz

Since it opened its first outpost on Larimer Street almost a decade ago, Snooze has tried to take over the world, or at least the breakfast table, one pineapple-upside-down pancake at a time. But this homegrown chain isn't the only metro Denver restaurant that takes the morning meal seriously, crafting not only what's inside the batter but also what's poured on top.

See also: A Tale of Two Snoozes

The sweet stuff at Syrup.
The sweet stuff at Syrup.
Mark Manger

At brunch recently, Beast + Bottle topped pumpkin waffles with pecan maple syrup. Comida Cantina finishes its lemon queso fresco pancakes with house-infused blueberry-jalapeno syrup, made with fresh fruit, jalapenos and 100 percent Grade A maple syrup.

And Syrup has built its brand around a rotation of thirty flavored syrups, poured over pancakes, waffles and French toast. Flavors range from perennial favorites such as maple vanilla to seasonal hits such as pumpkin pie, Bailey's and eggnog. Owner Tim Doherty, who got his start sauteeing syrups in the kitchen with "old recipes from my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother," now has two locations and is looking at expanding beyond Denver, as Snooze has.

Steve Dirks, founder of Sunrise Sunset, has been through the expansion process -- but he kept it to the metro area. He opened his first egg-slinging eatery in Lakewood in 1984 and later added two locations, one in Wheat Ridge and another in Lakewood, when his children were old enough to join the family business. At his restaurants, pancakes aren't topped with anything fancy, though -- just sweet, thick syrup with corn syrup and water as the first two ingredients.

Find out if that syrup makes Sunrise Sunset a less desirable way to jumpstart your day when my review of the Wheat Ridge location is posted here tomorrow.


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Snooze

2262 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205

303-297-0700

www.snoozeeatery.com

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Beast + Bottle

719 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

303-623-3223

beastandbottle.com

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Comida Cantina
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Syrup

300 Josephine St.
Denver, CO 80206

720-945-1111

syruprestaurant.com

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Sunrise Sunset

7400 W. 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

303-423-8380

www.sunrisebreakfast.com


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