Basil Doc's Pizza, Bistro and Burrito Bar
330 Holly Street
If you've got an oven, you might as well crank it up first thing in the morning. That's the attitude at Basil Doc's in the Hilltop neighborhood, which serves simple, inexpensive and tasty biscuit sandwiches baked in the same oven that turns out pizzas by night. Omelet biscuits start at just $4.25, but you can pile on the toppings (there's no shortage of those) if you want something fancier. A pizzeria that does breakfast sandwiches may be a neighborhood secret, but it's a great stop for a.m. commuters, too.
1817 Central Street
Breakfast at the bindery is like a mini-vacation, where you can relax over coffee in the airy space while the aromas of baking bread envelop the space. Choices are few but come loaded with the same luxurious ingredients that chef/owner Linda Hampsten Fox uses in her dinner menu: king oyster mushrooms, rotisserie porchetta and lemon aioli, for example. For added indulgence, opt for the open-faced croque madame tartine, stacked with prosciutto, spinach, Gruyère and a sunny egg. You'll wish you'd bought a one-way ticket for this vacation.
1600 Pearl Street, Boulder
Yes, this Boulder eatery only has one breakfast sandwich, but it's the sandwich that has fed millions of hungry New Yorkers every morning for generations. Emmerson's Bodega sandwich wedges a fried egg, American cheese, salt, pepper, ketchup and a choice of bacon, ham or sausage into a plain roll for a portable, no-nonsense breakfast that's quite the opposite of the restaurant's intricate, elaborate dinner fare.
2162 Larimer Street
Hi Rise is a true urban breakfast and lunch joint: bustling, well-worn and speedy with the breakfast sandwich. Various combos on housemade bagels will please a variety of palates, but go with a biscuit when you need a little something extra to get you through the day. A big, fluffy biscuit conveys cheese, bacon and a fried egg with no tomfoolery. In a growing city like Denver, there should be something as good as Hi Rise on every corner — but until the rest of the city catches up, be sure to route your morning commute down Larimer Street.
4416 East Eighth Avenue
Head to this east-side bakery for one of the best croissants in town; take a few for the road, but not before digging into a croissant breakfast sandwich topped with a fried egg and your choice of breakfast meats and cheeses. Green chiles or sautéed leeks are also part of the price to give these sandwiches a little something extra. If buttery croissants are a little too rich, La Fillette also makes its own English muffins and ciabatta so you can mix things up on multiple morning visits.