Rupert's at the Edge2045 Sheridan Boulevard, Edgewater
Expect to see plenty of kids at this Edgewater eatery as soon as the doors open at 7 a.m., all the way through closing at 2:30 p.m. The bistro vibe is relaxing, so children won't be overstimulated, but it's also just fancy enough to make parents feel a little special. Order stacks of chocolate chip pancakes, vanilla yogurt with berries and granola, potato cakes, biscuits and gravy, and so many other comforting breakfast foods. Find elevated eats for the mature diners and simple dishes for those who might be overwhelmed by truffled eggs or a New York strip (because Rupert's serves both). On warmer days eat outside and enjoy the Denver vista over Sloan's Lake. Keep in mind families flock here on the weekends and Rupert's doesn't take reservations, but if you arrive early chances are you won't have to wait long, and if you do, expect some surprise snacks for the kids.
Steuben's Arvada7355 Ralston Road
Make a reservation for brunch starting at 8 a.m. at this comfortable suburban diner, which offers more space for families than its lively but jam-packed Uptown sibling. The waits are short here too, and parking is ample, so little legs won't have far to walk. Otherwise, you'll find the same great food, including chicken and waffles, cast iron French toast, pancakes, fruit, bacon and just about any other breakfast food a hungry child might want. While they wait, the kids can play a round of Steuben's bingo, tic-tac-toe or word search, all printed on the menu.
Sunny's2339 West 44th Avenue
This Sunnyside restaurant makes all of its food from scratch, much of it from organic and locally sourced ingredients. Ryan Turano has owned the joint since 2014, and neighborhood families flock here each weekend starting at 7 a.m. Bring your kids and try out the buttermilk pancakes, organic oatmeal loaded with toppings, strawberry-laden Belgian waffles and a variety of Benedicts. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but if you come early there's not much of a wait, and turnover is quick during busier hours.
Three Little Griddles6040 South Gun Club Road, Aurora, 303-693-4100
10111 Inverness Main Street, Englewood, 303-953-1987
Make the ebelskivers at Three Little Griddles a new tradition for your kids brunching pleasure; it's a fun word to say and the little spheres of golden batter are even more fun to eat, especially if you order them filled with chocolate. But the breakfast spot also offers an array of pancakes (both savory and sweet), egg dishes and cinnamon rolls. Kid-sized breakfast portions include pancakes, griddle toast or an egg with a choice of bacon or sausage and a drink. Three Little Griddles doesn't take reservations but the Aurora and Englewood eateries are both large and the staff keeps the pace speedy. For those super-early risers (also known as toddler), the doors open at 6 a.m.
West 29th Restaurant5560 West 29th Avenue, Wheat Ridge
This charming eatery feels like home — a home where kids are welcome. Start with a warm, housemade giant cinnamon roll. Then let the little ones choose from French toast sticks, eggs with bacon, hash browns and toast, a more lunch-like order of fish and chips; or plain old housemade noodles in butter. West 29th is owned by the mayor of Wheat Ridge, so a warm welcome is inevitable; come during sunny weather and enjoy outdoor brunch on one of two expansive patios. Make a reservation between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. so the kids can sit as soon as you get there and enjoy a calm environment while you brunch.