Best of Denver

The Ten Best All-Day Restaurants in Denver

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5. Mercantile Dining & Provision
1701 Wynkoop Street

Every detail is thought out at Mercantile, whether you're just stopping in for coffee and a croissant (yes, they're baked in-house, and yes, they're some of the best in town) or selecting something more sumptuous — salmon rilettes or pastrami hash, perhaps — for breakfast. In the airy market, a bowl of sheep's-milk yogurt with fruit and granola feels like a fancy vacation meal, and a sandwich stacked with the kitchen's own mortadella, pâté or slow-roasted meats is the perfect sendoff for a railway voyage. And, of course, reservations for dinner will land you a top Denver dining experience, courtesy of chef/owner Alex Seidel and his right-hand man,  Matt Vawter.
4. Olive & Finch
1552 East 17th Avenue
It's amazing how much goodness chef/owner Mary Nguyen packs into her tiny neighborhood bakery, market and eatery. Skillet breakfasts, sandwiches worthy of moans and groans, and a daily specials board of dinner entrees all attract guests from the Uptown neighborhood and beyond. And soon Nguyen will be doubling down on her all-day cafe, as Olive & Finch is set to open a second location in Cherry Creek later this year.

3. Pop's Place
2020 Lawrence Street
The Ballpark neighborhood was once a collection of bars and warehouses, with not much in between. But the local population has exploded thanks to new condos, townhomes and apartments mushrooming up in the area — and all of those new downtown denizens need a local hangout. Chef Stephen Kleinman and neighborhood sausage slinger Jim Pittenger (of Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs) have provided that place with Pop's, where breakfast options run from farm-style buttermilk pancakes to goofy creations like a hush-puppy Benedict, while dinner surprises with cioppino and a daily roast. In between, juicy burgers and rustic soups make the place feel just like a home in the heart of the city.

2. Racines
650 Sherman Street

Racines has provided a prime meeting place for the power set, a drop-in spot for neighbors, and common ground for family dinners for more than three decades. Regulars still think of the Sherman Street address as "new," even after a dozen years in that spot, where omelets, big salads, pasta dishes and Southwestern holdouts have been the name of the game since the beginning. 

1. Vital Root
3915 Tennyson Street
Justin Cucci's Edible Beats restaurant group (with Root Down, Linger and Ophelia's already in the bag) turns its attentions toward the casual side of dining with this new meatless eatery on Tennyson Street. All the fun and flavor of the group's previous efforts are there, plus cold-pressed juices and nut milks, a focus on health and a full complement of plates of all sizes to get you through the day. International flavors punch up dishes like an Indian breakfast dosa with sambar and mint chutney in the morning, a tofu banh mi with delicious yuca fries for lunch, and vibrant stir-fries packed with the spices of Thailand and Korea for dinner. You'll feel so good that a low-alcohol cocktail — made with those cold-pressed juices — won't induce guilt.

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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