Love brunch but hate to wait? Same here. That's why we've rounded up a few under-the-radar brunch spots around town. From low-key breakfast joints where you'll be seated right when you walk in to deep-dish pizza spots, from Greek eateries to classic diners, here are five brunch stops that have yet to be overrun by the mid-morning, mimosa-swilling hordes.
The Curtis Club
2100 Curtis Street
If you're in the downtown area but cannot possibly stomach the hour-plus wait at Snooze or the Lobby, then head to the Curtis Club. Despite a mesmerizing mimosa tray that won Best Bottomless-Mimosa Presentation in our Best of Denver edition this year, there's almost never a wait. We recommend the patio on nicer days, but if that's a little too crowded and sunny for you, hang out inside at the dark and cozy bar and enjoy the excellent eggy offerings.
3201 East Colfax Avenue
Trattoria Stella on Colfax is the go-to for east-side brunchers who don't want to wait. The original West Highland location of this Italian spot also serves brunch, but its longtime popularity means that neighbors flock there on weekends. Not so with the Colfax outpost. Must-haves include steak and grits, avocado toast and an array of bottomless-mimosa options. Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Olive & Finch
1552 East 17th Avenue
3390 East First Avenue
This tiny all-day eatery on 17th Avenue and its new sibling in Cherry Creek are known for amazing egg skillets, elevated sandwiches and technically proficient French pastries. Although both are popular spots, the fast-casual concept works well enough to keep lingerers from hogging tables all day; order at the counter and you can usually find a seat by the time your food is ready. And with warmer weather coming, you'll soon be able to find a chair even faster on the Uptown location's patio.
The Breakfast Queen #2
3454 South Broadway, Englewood
The beloved Breakfast Queen #2 is one of the favorite local diners in Englewood, and makes our list because of the exceptionally fast service and low wait time. It's a well kept secret, for now. Try the Queen's newest menu addition, a sweet variety of crepes, as well as our personal favorite, the classic Breakfast Queen Special.
Swift Breakfast House
930 Santa Fe Drive
At this ancient diner, brunch is low-key, because it's just a late breakfast. Swift's is near and dear to our hearts — maybe too near, with all that cholesterol building up from so many visits. But it's delicious and a worthwhile trip nonetheless, as a slice of old-school Denver, if nothing else. There's no booze, but you can make up for it with endless rounds of coffee and the intoxicating smell of bacon and sausage frying on the flat-top. Choose your dish from the menu items on signs covering nearly every inch of wall space. Swift's is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.
Shells & Sauce
2600 East 12th Avenue
Shells & Sauce is a hidden gem in the tree-lined Congress Park neighborhood, where street parking may be at a premium, but that just makes for a pleasant walk to this Italian eatery. Here you'll find great breakfast burritos, chicken and waffles, and specialty brunch items that you're unlikely to find anywhere else — like funnel-cake fries and eggs carbonara.
Denver Deep Dish
1200 West 38th Avenue
At this Chicago-themed Highland spot, breakfast pizza means way more than just cold leftovers. Our Best of Denver winner for Best Chicago-Style Pizza this year has one of the most unconventional and low-key brunches in the city, with thick- or thin-crust pies topped with eggs, breakfast meats and a number of housemade sauces. Plus, during the month of April, the entire brunch menu is buy-one-get-one. Other attractions include bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas, manmosas or screwdrivers for $12. Brunch happens on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.