Denver is a brunch-crazed city, so choosing just one spot to be crowned the best brunch destination is no easy feat. We look at every restaurant that offers more than the standard eggs, bacon and omelets to truly elevate and innovate their brunch menus. Taking into consideration creative preparations, wait times, drink options, and bottomless deals, we've made a quest of locating the most amazing mid-morning meals. Without further ado, here are the ten best brunches in Denver for 2015, all of which go far above basic Benedicts and boring breakfast burritos.
600 East 13th Avenue
A Denver institution with an old-school diner vibe, Jelly satisfies every time, even if the wait for a table can stretch past an hour. From signature craveable doughnut bites — don’t miss the Thai peanut! — to the mix and match breakfast sliders, Jelly’s appeal is a la carte style of brunching where you can try a bit of everything.
9) Beatrice & Woodsley
38 South Broadway
Far off in a distant land, brunch at Beatrice & Woodsley feels like you’ve stepping into another world, rather than the seedy strip of South Broadway. Voted one of the top brunch spots in the country by Bon Appétit, B & W's carefully edited menu of rustic American cuisine makes it hard to pick just one favorite, but we agree that the Monkey Brains and the Eggs Johnny Fever deserve national acclaim.
8) Old Major
3316 Tejon Street
Chef/owner Justin Brunson bills his LoHi pork palace as a place for seafood, swine and wine and has won the hearts and stomachs of Denver brunchers with his contemporary farmhouse cuisine based around a robust butchery and in-house cured meats program. Carried throughout the brunch menu, charcuterie weaves it’s way onto almost every creative morning preparation.
1575 Boulder Street
A longtime staple of the Highlands, Lola celebrated its ten-year anniversary last year; our love affair with the kitchen's fresh take on Mexican seafood is clearly not withering anytime soon. With almost never a wait and a great setup for groups, Lola makes for a relaxing brunch destination whether you sit on the enclosed patio or inside with views of the open kitchen. The mimosas and guacamole are always on point and the brunch-only chicken fried steak with green chile-chorizo gravy has achieved iconic status in the neighborhood.
1610 Little Raven Street
All-you-can-eat small plates and drinks for $39? Sign us up. Richard Sandoval’s Asian-Latin fusion concept will forever hold a place in our hearts for having one of the best bottomless brunch deals in town. And if you think sushi for breakfast is weird, well, try it before you judge, but there are plenty of creative egg and waffle options too for those seeking comfort food with a kick.
5) Sassafras American Eatery
320 East Colfax Avenue
Now that both Sassafras locations have liquor licenses, edible voodoo dolls, which serve as garnish for delicious Bloody Marys, are always within reach. Sassafras serves some of the best house-infused, morning cocktail creations this side of the Mississippi, but the restaurant's Southern chops offer a hearty country breakfast of grits, beignets, and Bennies you’ll be raving about.
4) Duo Restaurant
2413 West 32nd Avenue
A cheery open space made even homier with adorable kid’s “recipes” printed on the brightly colored menus, Duo offers don’t-miss dishes like cider-glazed pork Benedict, our pick for Best Eggs Benedict. Silky, creamy and all things delicious, a grainy mustard cream sauce is the secret to its tangy goodness.
3) Root Down
1600 West 33rd Avenue
Root Down is of the hottest brunch destinations in town, so don’t attempt to visit without a reservation. With an electric atmosphere and an ever-changing seasonal menu, one of the mainstays is the banana-bread French toast. Outfitted with a crunchy tempura crust, it’s the perfect brunchtime appetizer plate to share — if you're willing to give away a few delicious bites.
2) Lou’s Food Bar
1851 West 38th Avenue
There are two very serious reasons to go to Lou’s for brunch: the duck confit Benedict set atop buttery, flaky biscuits and the signature hot fried chicken, available as part of the Bloody Mary bar. Yes, that’s chicken in cocktail garnish form —and since it's a garnish the extra calories don't count, right?
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1) Providence Tavern
5280 West 25th Avenue, Edgewater
Whether or not it’s a coincidence that our top pick’s address is 5280, Providence Tavern epitomizes everything we love about brunch in Denver: Delicious, reasonably priced entrees and drinks (hello $8 bottomless mimosas), little or no wait for a table, and a great view of the game from every seat in the house. Enjoy the cozy, three-seasons covered patio as you painstakingly deliberate between the truffle grilled cheese and smoked pork Benefit (that's not a typo — just what Providence calls its Benedict), bathed in just the right amount of heat thanks to a rich chile rojo Hollandaise. But why debate? They’re different food groups so order one of each.