As major fans of savory breakfasts, we love a good plate of eggs Benedict. There's something about the combination of a soft poached egg, a crunchy English muffin and a lake of creamy sauce kissed with lemon that makes for the perfect kick-start to a morning or a cure for the night before. But why stop with the basics? While there are a few standouts among the traditional Benedict adherents, with so many inventive chefs in Denver, there are plenty of playful and creative takes on the classic recipe, adding some serious flair and flavor to the Mile High breakfast and brunch scene. Here's a list of the ten best eggs Benedict in town -- both classic and re-invented -- to get you revved up for a weekend of egg-ceptional eating.
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We love good Southern cuisine and Sassafras is no exception; the fried green tomato Benedict is a brunchtime favorite. Perfect poached eggs sit atop locally sourced arugula, a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette, and fried green tomatoes, all smothered in classic Hollandaise served with house-made cornbread and a breakfast potato casserole or buttered grits. For the full caloric effect, be sure to pair it with an amazing milkshake: chocolate dipped bacon, Twix or Gingersnap Oatmeal Cookie.
9) Smoked Pork Benefit (that's not a typo) at Providence Tavern 5280 West 25th Avenue, Edgewater 303-462-5280
Pulled pork Bennies are a dime a dozen in Denver, but Providence Tavern's is head and shoulders above the rest. Topped with a chile rojo Hollandaise, this house-smoked pork packs some serious heat, so be ready with a bite of buttermilk biscuit to cool it down. A hidden gem in Edgewater, this upscale sports bar offers a killer Sunday brunch with views of the game from every seat.
8) The Root Down at Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue 303-993-4200
With seasonally changing Bennies, the Root Down is a menu staple in Highland. A pseudo-healthier take on the breakfast favorite, a quinoa cake replaces the traditional English muffin, topped with Iberico cheese, sun-dried tomato hollandaise and soft poached eggs. You can add bistro tenderloin for an upcharge, which is so worth it. And it's available gluten-free so your GF friends can partake, too.
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7) Bella! Bella! Benny at Snooze 2262 Larimer Street, 303-297-0700 700 Colorado Boulevard., 303-736-6200 6781 South York Street, Littleton, 303-734-9655 1617 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303-225-7344 1701 Wynkoop Street, , 303-825-3536
If you're into Italian fixings, you'll love the thin slices of prosciutto, Taleggio cheese and poached eggs atop a toasted ciabatta. Cream-cheese Hollandaise, balsamic glaze and arugula top off the dish. It's sweet, but paired with homemade hash browns, oh so tasty. And the best part? Snooze lets you mix and match Benedicts to try two different flavors on the same plate. For some diversity, go with the chile verde to up the heat.
This Benny is covered in a stew of chorizo, tomatoes, roasted poblanoes, and smoked paprika and served on a biscuit -- a hot mess never tasted so good. If you're looking for something a bit milder, Jelly's smoked salmon Benedict with homemade dill cream-cheese Hollandaise could just as easily make this list.
5) Italian Benedict at Shells and Sauce 2600 East 12th Avenue 303-377-2091
For a place that serves eggs carbonara for breakfast, it should come as no surprise that Shells and Sauce does a killer Italian Benedict as well. Topped with capicola, Roma tomatoes, and poached eggs on a toasted brioche, bellisimo!
4) Traditional Eggs Benedict at Devil's Food Bakery & Cookery 1020 South Gaylord Street 303-733-7448
While traditional can often mean boring, the Benedict at Devil's Food is anything but. Served on toasted challah with hollandaise made from scratch, two perfectly poached eggs and ham elevate the breakfast offerings. There's a reason they were chosen as our Best Eggs Benedict in 2013.
3) New Mexico Benedict at DJ's Berkeley Cafe 3838 Tennyson Street 303-482-1841
Chorizo patties? Fire roasted poblanos? Cheddar polenta? Check, check, check. That's about all we need for a killer brunch entree. Everything at this favorite North Denver spot is homemade, including the chorizo, which is just spicy enough to pack a punch.
2) Veggie Benedict at the Squeaky Bean 1500 Wynkoop Street 303-623-2665
If you're craving something healthy-ish, many of the veggies on Squeaky Bean's Benny come straight from Bean Acres garden. With seasonal peppers, mushrooms and artichokes roasted to perfection atop a piece of toasted sourdough, this Benedict is a serious meal despite the lack of meat. You can also mix and match flavors to try the bacon and smoked salmon versions on the same plate. And the Bean's Bingo brunch is just the thing for a weekend pick-me-up.
1) Cider Glazed Pork Benedict at Duo 2413 West 32nd Avenue 303-477-4141
A staple no matter what the season, Duo's slow-roasted cider glazed pork is a hometown favorite, but especially during the holidays. Tender and flavorful, this chef-inspired brunch plate features perfectly poached eggs, grilled ciabatta and a drizzle of whole grain mustard cream sauce. A side of crispy potatoes grounds the dish with earthy goodness.