Denver's ten best brunches

Categories: Best of Denver

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Lori Midson
The pancake flight at Snooze.
We're suckers for a good brunch, that long, leisurely meal that usually involves copious amounts of food and hangover-killing cures -- or enough daytime drinking to get a start on the next day's hangover. Many restaurants try to lure the brunch bunch, but some definitely do it better than the rest.

Here, in no particular order, are Denver's ten best brunches:

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Lori Midson
10. Snooze
When Snooze first hit the Ballpark neighborhood five years ago, it revolutionized breakfast in the Mile High City. The most important meal of the day became one of the most creative meals of the day, with flights of pancakes, re-imagined omelets and Benedicts, and a morning-themed alcoholic beverage list. Snooze nicely filled a niche that Denver hadn't even recognized existed at the time, and the niche keeps growing, as evidenced by Snooze's expansions into other parts of this city and beyond, where the restaurant continues to draw huge crowds willing to endure monstrous waits.

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Mark Manger
9. Gaia Bistro
Located in a quirky bungalow with a stunning patio on Old South Pearl, this charming spot floats a raft of breakfast and lunch options that change with the seasons, incorporating produce from Gaia's own garden when available. We adore the Benedicts, baked eggs and quiches, but we're especially enamored of the crepes, both sweet and savory. As a bonus, Gaia landed a liquor license this year, which means you can pair your choices with a Bloody Mary AND a French press of coffee.

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Mark Manger
8. Jelly
You'll fight hordes of Capitol Hill hipsters to land a table at Jelly, which has boasted a weekend wait time of at least a half an hour since the place opened in early 2011. But once you make it through the crush and get a table, you'll forget your wait woes as you savor donut bites injected with housemade jam, Bhakti chai French toast, salmon Benedict and creative twists on biscuits and gravy. And don't miss the homemade drop biscuits -- just the thing to slather with Jelly's housemade seasonal jelly. A side of thick bacon is recommended, too. Still have jittery nerves? Calm 'em with booze in your coffee or a red beer.


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18 comments
muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

El Tejado and their GREAT breakfast burritos.

mcjesus
mcjesus

Le Central's weekend brunches are widely overlooked and I'M GLAD because it means getting seated right away. I'M SAD because they deserve more business. You can make reservations, which is extra nice and highly recommended, just in case you happen in on a day when it's packed -- like Mother's Day, which we had forgotten about (our mom's live out-of-state), but we had our reservation.

K. D. Bryan
K. D. Bryan

No Lucile's on a list for Best Brunch in Denver? That's downright shameful. The giant, fluffy biscuits alone at Lucile's could outshine at least a third of these choices.

AaaaandDone
AaaaandDone

This is the last Shunk blog or article I will ever read.  Seriously.  They're worthless.  I had just gotten past the whole "this reminds me of (insert world travels)" and fawning over wine lists when she hadn't eaten enough of the menu to fill an article, but now this.  Duo, Olivea, Parallel 17 and at least 5 unnamed others are better than Jelly.  Hell, even Watercourse's gettin' old menu is better.

You've finally crossed the line from seeking page views to doing a disservice to that part of your readership that is seeking recommendations.  You should hire GFTW.  His review/posting is just as accurate and helpful.

Elizabeth DeHoff
Elizabeth DeHoff

Cafe Terracotta in Littleton is my hands-down favorite, especially when they're offering bottomless Bellinis. Their pear, ham and Brie omelet is to die for.

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Ean
Ean

Wild Eggs on Alameda & Logan is my new go to spot for brunch aside from Table6.

GFTW
GFTW

Dollar Tree has the best brunch!

Snafunk
Snafunk

This can't be taken seriously unless Duo is on the list.

cmack23
cmack23

I know it's not in Denver but I just wanted to shout out the Broadmoor for their weekend Brunch!!! Epic, a bit expensive but totally woth the drive and cost!! Love snooze but I think its a bit overrated, also Bull & Bush does a nice Brunch on the weekends.

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