Breakfast and Brunch

Brunch at Session Kitchen: A Sensory Overload in all the Right Ways

With a playful twist on tapas-style dining, Session Kitchen encourages sharing globally inspired, locally sourced, seasonally influenced cuisine in large and small portions. Weekend brunch is the re-conceptualized version of its lunch menu, which management did away with a few months back, so it's still a relative secret - meaning there are tons of open tables. It's a great way to try one of Denver's most unique restaurants if you haven't gotten over there yet. I went on opening week for dinner and they hadn't worked all the menu kinks out yet, with patrons being a bit confused by the session concept, but I'm glad to have gotten the opportunity to give it a second chance -- ordering is much more straightforward now, with the menu simply separated into large and small plates.

See also: Session Kitchen Hits the Right Notes After Some Menu Rearrangement

The 411

Open for brunch Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., it's a safe bet you won't have any trouble getting a table because the dining room is gigantic -- so stumble in as late as you like. They have a dog-friendly patio bar that allows for ample people watching on South Pearl, especially when the farmer's market is going on. Overall the staff was great, super-attentive and knowledgeable about modifications and dietary restrictions.

The Scene

Perhaps even more remarkable than the food is the space. With an interior set to impress based on sheer size coupled with thoughtful design touches, Session is a truly immaculate environment. With a bit of a Vegas vibe, bicycle spoke seats and colored light that change with the tempo of the music, it's a sensory overload -- in a good way. It's a living, breathing gallery; methodically scan the room to take it all in -- and then look again, because you're sure to have missed some of the local and international art strategically placed throughout the room. One major win was the music, which I immediately noticed were great tunes to ease you into the day without being overly loud or aggressive -- perfect mood for food during the breakfast hour.

Drinks

Session Kitchen is owned by the Wynkoop and Breckenridge Brewery Group, so you know drinks are aplenty. With two full bars, it's more like a drink lab of delicious concoctions mixed in the same flasks and beakers you used in science class, plus a healthy wine and beer selection. A few specialty cocktails caught my eye that were also on the dinner menu, one made with a pho-flavored syrup (not to be confused with the Vietnamese soup itself) and another that included smoked, frozen cantaloupe. We decided to keep it simple with hand squeezed OJ (served over ice with lots of pulp!) and Novo coffee.

The Food

For the "Jam Sessions" (small plates), many of the salads and sides are also offered on the dinner menu, so once you get over the thought of eating veggies for breakfast the options are really quite tasty. On the waitress's recommendation, we went with the grilled green beans, thankfully made as unhealthy as possible, doused in lemon juice, a Marcona spice blend and Roquefort -- some of the creamiest blue cheese I've ever had -- from the local Ugly Goat Milk Company. Thankfully, they brought that on the side as a modification for my gluten-free friend so I could indulge in stinky cheese heaven to my heart's content.

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Lauren Monitz manages conent and digital strategy for Travel Mindset and iExplore when she's not eating brunch.
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