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The Ten Best Brunches in Denver

Chicken-fried eggs on bison hash is a longtime staple at Sassafras.
Chicken-fried eggs on bison hash is a longtime staple at Sassafras. Molly Martin
For many, brunch is more than a meal. It's an excuse to get together with good friends and linger over good food with a side of day drinking. Along with boozy brunch staples, the appeal of this meal that goes from morning to afternoon is the lack of menu rules. Want a big stack of pancakes and a burger? No problem. Craving pastries alongside a salad? Sure, why not?

In Denver, brunch isn't just limited to weekends, either. Most of the spots on this list serve the beloved meal on weekdays, too, so you can indulge on a Wednesday, if the opportunity arises.

Here are our ten favorite brunches in metro Denver, from a diner that serves extra-tall mimosas to a dim sum favorite to a sprawling Mediterranean buffet:
The Dutch baby pancake at the Bindery is available in both a sweet and a savory option.
Emma Hampsten

The Bindery

1817 Central Street
303-993-2364
thebinderydenver.com
Chef Linda Hampsten Fox's LoHi restaurant is the perfect place for a classy brunch, which is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The menu spans cuisines, with everything from a Dutch baby pancake with sweet or savory accoutrements to oysters, breakfast carbonara and chilaquiles making an appearance. You can also load up on pastries to go for plenty of post-brunch snacks. And while the full brunch menu isn't available on weekdays, the Bindery is open at 8 a.m. for breakfast Tuesday through Friday, with offerings that include an omelet of the day, duck hash and all the brunch cocktail staples, including a build-your-own mimosa option.
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The Cookery at Myrtle Hill is a cozy place to brunch.
Molly Martin

The Cookery at Myrtle Hill

1020 South Gaylord Street
303-733-7448
thecookeryatmyrtlehill.com
South Gaylord Street is packed with small businesses that draw in residents of the neighborhood, but none has as loyal a following as this spot that serves a homestyle menu of breakfast and lunch selections from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The sister concept to Devil's Food Bakery next door, the Cookery at Myrtle Hill underwent a renovation during the pandemic and reopened in 2021 with a larger, pastel-hued space complete with counter seating. This is the kind of low-key brunch place that's best for small groups, and it's guaranteed to please everyone, whether you opt for the quiche of the day, a simple breakfast sandwich on a brioche bun or something more hearty, like chicken pot pie with a side of French onion soup. 
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Don't skip the banana bread at Fox Run Cafe.
Molly Martin

Fox Run Cafe

3550 East Colfax Avenue
303-537-4584
foxruncafe.com
With its bright and cheery interior and even cheerier staff, Fox Run Cafe has come a long way from its challenging beginnings. After permitting delays pushed its original opening date from January 2020 to March of that year (and the very week that restaurants were ordered to shut down because of the pandemic), it opened with just three staff members offering takeout meals only. Now, though, it's got plenty of people on hand as it serves up a menu packed with standouts from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Start with an extra thick slice of griddled banana bread (yes, you do want honey butter on the side) before digging into choices like a tahini Caesar with just the right amount of crunch and a stellar fried chicken biscuit with crisp-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside fried potatoes on the side.
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A creamy, cheesy take on shrimp and grits at Mimosas.
Molly Martin

Mimosas

2752 Welton Street
720-372-7572
mimosasdenver.com
This upbeat Five Points eatery has an R&B-heavy playlist and a wall covered in images of oranges — fitting for a spot named Mimosas, which serves a whole list of them, including three flight options with a variety of spins on the bubbly brunch favorite. The menu leans Southern, with such items as biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, and a cheesy, rich take on shrimp and grits studded with slices of Andouille sausage, all available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
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Onefold's breakfast tacos with griddled mozzarella.
Danielle Lirette

Onefold

1420 East 18th Avenue
303-954-0877
1919 19th Street
720-788-7550
onefolddenver.com
If you're over Benedicts and scrambles, Onefold is ready to make eggs interesting again. The original Uptown location opened in 2015 and quickly gained a following with such dishes as bacon fried rice (or a Chinese sausage version) topped with a duck fat-fried egg, and congee (a savory rice porridge) with rich duck confit and spicy chili oil. Even more typical offerings are stepped up here, like the breakfast tacos topped with griddled cheese. In late 2021, a second location by Union Station was added after a year of pandemic-related delays, so now twice as many people can enjoy this brunch favorite.
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The brunch buffet at Safta is impressive.
Molly Martin

Safta

3330 Brighton Boulevard
720-408-2444
eatwithsafta.com
While this brunch is only available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., it's worth planning ahead for the occasion. Chef Alon Shaya's Denver eatery is among the best restaurants in town, and there's no better way to get a taste of the many things it does well than partaking of the weekend brunch buffet, which made a comeback last year after a pandemic hiatus. The word "buffet" hardly does justice to the sprawling selection of freshly made options you'll find, from wood-fired pita paired with a variety of hummus and other dips to smoked fish, shakshuka in individual-sized skillets, thick latkes, pastries aplenty and much more. 
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The massive Toro Pot at Sam's No. 3.
Molly Martin

Sam's No. 3

Multiple locations
samsno3.com
Denver's diner scene has taken some big hits since the pandemic began, but Sam's No. 3 continues to build on the history that began back in 1927. Today the Armatas family operates three Sam's locations, in Aurora, Glendale and downtown Denver, all of which serve a full (as in sixteen-page-long) menu of American, Greek and Mexican staples every day of the week. The extra-tall mimosas pair perfectly with the extra-large breakfast burritos, which come in over two dozen varieties. But with a menu this large, it's easy to create your own adventure when ordering. Wanna stuff fried cheese curds in your Toro Pot or nosh on a chili cheese dog along with your omelet? Sam's is happy to make all your brunch dreams come true.
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Sassafras now has just one location, in the Highland neighborhood.
Molly Martin

Sassafras

3927 West 32nd Avenue
303-433-0080
sassafrasamericaneatery.com
Though it once had three locations, Sassafras has scaled back, concentrating on its spacious Highland eatery with truly homey vibes (it's located in two adjoining houses). While it also recently began serving dinner Thursday through Saturday, the Southern brunch, which is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, remains the draw. Alongside an array of mimosas and other libations is a selection of eight Bloody Marys, including the extra-large Proud Mary, a full 24 ounces of spiked refreshment. The food offerings include loaded mac and cheese, po'boys and Benedicts, as well as some longtime staples such as bison hash topped with two runny-yolked chicken-fried eggs.
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Line up early for dim sum at Star Kitchen.
Molly Martin

Star Kitchen

2917 West Mississippi Avenue
303-936-0089
starkitchenseafooddimsum.com
While this spot is short on booze (though it does offer a small selection of beer and wine to ease your hangover), we can forgive that brunch shortcoming given the appeal of a solid dim sum experience. Denver doesn't have the huge dim sum scene you'll find in cities like Chicago or New York, but we've got Star Kitchen, where the carts roll out of the kitchen loaded with dumplings of all kinds, fried noodles, shrimp balls, chicken feet, sticky rice and on and on. Go before the 10 a.m. opening on Saturday and Sunday; the line to add your name to the list starts to form at least a half-hour early. For a less crowded experience, Star Kitchen also offers a smaller dim sum selection on weekdays, when it opens at 10:30 a.m. (though it's closed on Wednesdays).
Mushroom tartine from Stowaway.
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Stowaway Kitchen

2528 Walnut Street
720-583-5481
stowawaydenver.com
Inspired by their adventures abroad, owners Amy Cohen and Hayden Barnie opened this cafe in 2015 and have been serving up some of the most creative brunch fare in town ever since. Unlike the typical heavy, nap-inducing eats that fill most brunch menus, the food at Stowaway skews lighter and draws from global influences, with items like onigiri, black rice porridge and the colorful mushroom tartine, available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Monday. As befits a cafe, the coffee game is on point here, but so are the cocktails, which include the Duderino, Stowaway's take on the trendy espresso martini. 
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Molly Martin is the Westword Food & Drink editor. She’s been writing about the dining scene in Denver since 2013, and was eating her way around the city long before that. She enjoys long walks to the nearest burrito joint and nights spent sipping cocktails on Colfax.
Contact: Molly Martin

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