There's no better way to start a downtown workday than with breakfast at jou jou, the more casual but still classy Kevin Taylor eatery in the Teatro (the higher-priced spread, Restaurant Kevin Taylor, is but a doorway away). The lighting is soft, but the classic breakfast menu is a real eye-opener. For starters, just feast your eyes -- and then your mouth -- on the super-sweet French toast. The kitchen takes a dense, spongy brioche, slices it thick, batters each piece with a custardy egg mixture, and then fries everything in butter; the pile of golden goodness that results is decorated with caramelized sliced bananas and sided by a top-grade maple syrup. Toss in some of jou jou's melt-in-your-mouth maple-cured bacon, and you're ready to greet the day.
There's no better way to start a downtown workday than with breakfast at jou jou, the more casual but still classy Kevin Taylor eatery in the Teatro (the higher-priced spread, Restaurant Kevin Taylor, is but a doorway away). The lighting is soft, but the classic breakfast menu is a real eye-opener. For starters, just feast your eyes -- and then your mouth -- on the super-sweet French toast. The kitchen takes a dense, spongy brioche, slices it thick, batters each piece with a custardy egg mixture, and then fries everything in butter; the pile of golden goodness that results is decorated with caramelized sliced bananas and sided by a top-grade maple syrup. Toss in some of jou jou's melt-in-your-mouth maple-cured bacon, and you're ready to greet the day.
On weekend mornings, the three chefs at Trattoria Stella, a groovy little bistro in northwest Denver, take a look at what's fresh in the fruit market that day, then stir up some highly desirable crêpe combinations. First they pour fresh egg batter into a crêpe pan and fry it golden, then fill the crêpe with such delights as locally grown blueberries and blackberries, or nectarines and raspberries, or just-picked strawberries -- each filling gently cooked in a simple syrup so that the fruit's natural sugars come out and play. And if all of this isn't enough to make you rise and shine, consider the fresh whipped cream, enormous blobs of it, melting all over the thin, fluffy crêpe and oozing into the fruity syrup. Stel-la!
Trattoria Stella
Mark Antonation
On weekend mornings, the three chefs at Trattoria Stella, a groovy little bistro in northwest Denver, take a look at what's fresh in the fruit market that day, then stir up some highly desirable crêpe combinations. First they pour fresh egg batter into a crêpe pan and fry it golden, then fill the crêpe with such delights as locally grown blueberries and blackberries, or nectarines and raspberries, or just-picked strawberries -- each filling gently cooked in a simple syrup so that the fruit's natural sugars come out and play. And if all of this isn't enough to make you rise and shine, consider the fresh whipped cream, enormous blobs of it, melting all over the thin, fluffy crêpe and oozing into the fruity syrup. Stel-la!
McCoy's Restaurant
Mark Antonation
If you don't haul the morning to the mat, it leg-whips you. McCoys helps you grapple with each new day by keeping the steak and eggs an eternal special. Just $4.89 buys you two eggs, an ample slab of quality beef, decent hash browns and toast, prepared just the way you want it and served by friendly, sassy waitresses in denim miniskirts. And you can enjoy this great breakfast deal anytime, since McCoys is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Special bonus: If you like to feel safe and secure while eating your meal, check out the squads of cops who frequent the place. They appreciate good food; you appreciate their presence.
If you don't haul the morning to the mat, it leg-whips you. McCoys helps you grapple with each new day by keeping the steak and eggs an eternal special. Just $4.89 buys you two eggs, an ample slab of quality beef, decent hash browns and toast, prepared just the way you want it and served by friendly, sassy waitresses in denim miniskirts. And you can enjoy this great breakfast deal anytime, since McCoys is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Special bonus: If you like to feel safe and secure while eating your meal, check out the squads of cops who frequent the place. They appreciate good food; you appreciate their presence.
Remember, time is money -- and the truly powerful don't like to waste either. They don't have time to dawdle at some chi-chi breakfast place, and even though they've got plenty of cash, they don't want to waste it on a frou-frou repast. That's why the smart money is on the Village Inn in Cherry Creek as the most powerful breakfast spot in town. It's centrally located, the staff is discreet and diplomatic, and the food is darn good. On any given morning, you'll spot dozens of Denver's most influential folks interrupting their important a.m. meetings for even more important cell-phone calls, inking contracts over plates of pancakes and bacon and eggs, and washing down deals with lots of coffee. Want the story? Follow the money -- and if it takes you to Village Inn, don't be surprised.

Readers' choice: Racines

Remember, time is money -- and the truly powerful don't like to waste either. They don't have time to dawdle at some chi-chi breakfast place, and even though they've got plenty of cash, they don't want to waste it on a frou-frou repast. That's why the smart money is on the Village Inn in Cherry Creek as the most powerful breakfast spot in town. It's centrally located, the staff is discreet and diplomatic, and the food is darn good. On any given morning, you'll spot dozens of Denver's most influential folks interrupting their important a.m. meetings for even more important cell-phone calls, inking contracts over plates of pancakes and bacon and eggs, and washing down deals with lots of coffee. Want the story? Follow the money -- and if it takes you to Village Inn, don't be surprised.

Readers' choice: Racines

If you're on a power trip, chances are you've found your way to Bistro Adde Brewster. But be warned: You'd better plan on doing your business in person, because if that cell phone rings, owner Adde Bjorklund may take it away from you. ("Behave and you'll get it back at the end of lunch," he often admonishes.) Apparently the in crowd likes to be spanked, because lunch at this Cherry Creek institution often looks like a crowd scene from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Folks from all walks of affluent life gather to check out each other's dining companions, outfits and expense accounts. And the food coming out of the kitchen is just right for this trendy but tough crowd: no sissy salads or ladies' lunch petit fours here. Instead, the lettuce comes topped with soy-seared tuna or grilled chicken, and entrees like calf's liver or Wiener schnitzel will put hair on your chest. But since big deals will be going down while you're deep in your tuna tartar, remember to talk softly and carry your big shtick in your pocket -- or Bjorklund will take that away from you, too.

Readers' choice: The Palm

If you're on a power trip, chances are you've found your way to Bistro Adde Brewster. But be warned: You'd better plan on doing your business in person, because if that cell phone rings, owner Adde Bjorklund may take it away from you. ("Behave and you'll get it back at the end of lunch," he often admonishes.) Apparently the in crowd likes to be spanked, because lunch at this Cherry Creek institution often looks like a crowd scene from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Folks from all walks of affluent life gather to check out each other's dining companions, outfits and expense accounts. And the food coming out of the kitchen is just right for this trendy but tough crowd: no sissy salads or ladies' lunch petit fours here. Instead, the lettuce comes topped with soy-seared tuna or grilled chicken, and entrees like calf's liver or Wiener schnitzel will put hair on your chest. But since big deals will be going down while you're deep in your tuna tartar, remember to talk softly and carry your big shtick in your pocket -- or Bjorklund will take that away from you, too.

Readers' choice: The Palm

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