Breakfast and Brunch

Say Good Morning to These Three New Denver Brunches

Departure's Dungeness crab omelet is one of the restaurant's new brunch items.
Departure's Dungeness crab omelet is one of the restaurant's new brunch items. Mark Antonation
Rolling out of bed on a weekend morning is a little easier when there's brunch on the horizon. Denver has no shortage of eggy options for everyone's favorite mid-morning meal, but here are three new options for a change-up from the standard French toast and eggs Benedict. From a fully loaded dim sum cart to bottomless crab legs to wood-fired breakfast pies, these three eateries put a tasty twist on brunch.

click to enlarge These may look like mushrooms, but they're really steamed buns in disguise. - MARK ANTONATION
These may look like mushrooms, but they're really steamed buns in disguise.
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Departure
249 Columbine Street
720-772-5020

The dim sum cart is rolling at Departure, and it's packed with sweet and savory surprises, like bao buns disguised as shiitake mushrooms, spicy lollipop chicken wings and sesame balls filled with spiced dates. Start with a few dim sum options from the dozen or so available before moving on to bigger plates. On the sweet side, coconut pancakes come soaked in coconut caramel and maple syrup (and they're grain-free), but egg lovers won't want to miss the Dungeness crab omelet or the Thai sausage-and-egg fried rice. A handful of cocktails meant for day drinking have been created just for brunch, including a shochu Bloody Mary, a tamarind mimosa and a Thai-spiced michelada. This is a great one for early risers; Departure serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

click to enlarge Dig into crab legs for brunch at Jax Fish House. - MARK ANTONATION
Dig into crab legs for brunch at Jax Fish House.
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Jax Fish House Glendale
650 South Colorado Boulevard
303-756-6449

Things are getting crabby in Glendale with the new bottomless crab Sunday brunch at Jax. For $48 each, guests will receive Dungeness or snow crab a half-pound at a time, plus a choice of crispy new potatoes, grits with preserved okra, bacon-braised collard greens, and biscuits and gravy. There's a two-hour time limit and no to-go bags, and for $15 more, you can tack on bottomless mimosas (with a choice of four juices) or Bloody Marys (made with cucumber and Thai chile). Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

click to enlarge A wood-fired breakfast skillet at Brik on York. - BRIK ON YORK
A wood-fired breakfast skillet at Brik on York.
Brik on York
Brik on York
2223 East Colfax Avenue
303-284-6754

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy skillets roasted in Brik's wood-fired oven as well as breakfast pizzas, a Bloody Mary bar and bottomless mimosas. Skillets come in homey Italian mixes, while breakfast pizzas are built on Brik's great Neapolitan crust with fresh greens, fried eggs and Italian cheeses.
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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
Contact: Mark Antonation