The Ten Best Brunch Restaurants in Denver — 2016 Edition
There's no doubt that brunch is big in Denver: If you're not sitting at a sunny table mid-morning on a Saturday or Sunday, you're probably one of the many hospitality employees making brunch happen all over town. Once the territory of hotels and breakfast specialists, brunch is now being served at all manner of eateries — from fine-dining destinations to neighborhood bars and grills.
For Best of Denver 2106, we gave the Universal, at 2911 West 38th Avenue, our award for Best Brunch, a choice fueled by the restaurant's hearty, Southern-inspired menu. But great eggs Benedict, flapjacks and scrambles can be had every day of the week at the Universal, as they can at many other breakfast joints in town. So rather than rehash the usual suspects, we've put together a list of the ten best restaurants for brunch — places that normally only do dinner (and maybe lunch, too) but now welcome the mimosa-chugging masses on the weekend with brunch menus distinct from their usual dinner slates. Here are the ten best, in alphabetical order. (Watch for our companion list of the best breakfast joints in town.)
That's a croque, madame.
Courtesy of Bistro Vendome
10. Bistro Vendôme
1420 Larimer Street
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We'll bet you didn't know thatthe word "brunch" is French. Well, it is at Bistro Vendôme, where quiche, omelettes and crepes take their rightful place at the weekend ’tweener table, and where the toast is so French it's called pain perdu. Like any good repast that spans the hours between breakfast and lunch, a meal at this Larimer Square bistro comes in sweet and savory forms, with housemade pastries and an hors d'oeuvre board loaded with cured meats, pâtés and rilettes — but you can just call it charcuterie. A flute of bubbles, with or without orange juice, is just the proper accompaniment.
Brunch offerings change frequently at Beast + Bottle.
9. Beast + Bottle
719 East 17th Avenue
Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Menus change frequently at Paul and Aileen Reilly's Uptown eatery, so be prepared for something as unique as it is delicious, whether you head over for dinner or brunch. The fig & pig flatbread never goes out of fashion, but if you're in the mood for something a little more breakfasty, try the B + B poutine topped with an egg fried sunny-side up, or a clever Benedict served with whatever's fresh in the kitchen — like a recent arctic char number. And if you're not feeling flush, grab a date and go Dutch, baby, on a big, fluffy Dutch Baby.
Lamb-shank Benedict at Cafe Marmotte.
Courtesy of Cafe Marmotte
8. Cafe Marmotte
290 South Downing Street
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cafe Marmotte does French cuisine with New American twists, which is evident in the neighborhood cafe's brunch menu as well as in its dinner offerings. So along with a spot-on French omelette with cave-aged Gruyère, a classic croque madame and eggs Benedict with silky Hollandaise sauce, there's also a banh mi Benedict and a raw-tuna flatbread with daikon and wasabi cream. And along with standard brunchtime beverages, the bar also serves up a bacon Manhattan and a High Tea cocktail made with Earl Grey-infused gin. Of course, bottomless mimosas are de rigueur.
Brunch is a lively affair at Dazzle.
930 Lincoln Street
Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A brunch list wouldn't be complete without at least one buffet, and this Golden Triangle jazz club delivers, with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys as well as a satisfying spread of sweet and savory goods. Relax to the sound of live jazz as you nosh your way through three food stations, all for $20. Reservations are recommended, as the joint is jumping from the moment the doors swing open.
Breakfast pupusas at the Hornet.
6. The Hornet
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Hornet has been a favorite Broadway destination since the mid-’90s, with its casual bar and always-lively dining room. Brunch here is no exception, but don't expect standard eggs and pancakes; instead, the Hornet turns out weekend treats with international flair. Pupusas rancheros and breakfast tacos share space with more traditional Denver breakfast dishes, as well as the popular Dixie Chicken — but be sure to save room for the housemade pop tarts. And if you can't wait for the weekend, hit the Hornet on Friday morning for an early start to a three-day weekend of brunching.
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