Chef Joseph Strelnik and general manager John "JD" Daniel opened the doors to Morning Collective, their new breakfast eatery at 2160 South Broadway, this morning.The latest addition to what's now being pushed as the Rosedale neighborhood, Morning Collective specializes in molten-centered pancakes and French toast; they share the menu with traditional a.m. dishes, healthy options and a to-go "Second Breakfast" for those who need to dine and dash.
Sunrise elixirs — both boozy and alcohol-free — are made with flavored ice cubes so that they don't dilute as you drink them. Your Bloody Mary, for example, will stay chilled with tomato ice cubes. At lunch, BLTs, Reubens and grilled cheese sandwiches make an appearance, along with a pork-belly Cubano on a pressed and griddled roll.
Strelnik was the executive chef at Snooze for several years before striking out on his own, while Daniel has run front-of-house operations at Denver bars and restaurants for more than two decades. (You can read more about them both, along with their vision for Morning Collective, in our March interview.)
While the Rosedale neighborhood is primarily residential and doesn't get much recognition as a restaurant destination, breakfast is definitely a thing here. In the past year, the area has welcomed a new outpost of Lucile's and a big new version of Maddie's. Also adding to the culinary draw have been recent additions Taste of Thailand and the Post Chicken & Beer.
Morning Collective is now open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, with drip coffee and espresso drinks made with Coda Coffee beans, housemade horchata, and a wide range of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Keep reading for more photos of the South Broadway eatery.