The five best new breakfast spots in Denver

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Devin Stallings and his brother just opened a sibling breakfast spot.
If breakfast means more to you than a cup (or three) of coffee, you're probably already acquainted with the pancakes, eggs and crepes at such perennial favorites as Gaia Bistro, Jelly, Snooze, Devil's Food and DJ's Berkeley Cafe. The latter's sibling restaurant, DJ's 9th Avenue Café, which opened in January and was the subject of my most recent review, isn't the only new eatery vying to brighten up your day. In no particular order, here's a list of the five best new breakfast spots in town...with a special bonus at the end.

See also:
- Review: DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe
- Photos: A closer look at DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe
- Best Eggs Benedict 2012: DJ's Berkeley Cafe

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Poached eggs with fried green tomatoes at Sassafras.
5) Sassafras American Eatery
2637 West 26th Avenue
303-433-0080
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DJ's Berkeley Cafe has gotten a lot of attention over the years for its eggs Benedict, but neither DJ's location -- original or new -- has a lock on the dish. Sassafras American Eatery serves up a mean Hollandaise, too, poured over poached eggs and fried green tomatoes. And given the restaurant's Southern emphasis, it's no wonder the biscuits and gravy are so good.
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4) The Universal
2911 West 38th Avenue
303-955-0815
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Despite some turmoil in the kitchen, we continue to hear good things about The Universal, where you might fall in love with the creamy grits of the day, the cornbread rancheros or the nutmeg-flecked custard (aka French) toast, as many folks have done since the breakfast-and-lunch spot opened last summer.

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3) Early Bird Restaurant
11940 Bradburn Boulevard, Westminster
303-469-9641
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Winner of Westword's Best Healthy Breakfast in the Best of Denver 2013, this cheerful, family-run eatery shines at the morning meal, with fluffy omelets -- we especially like the Bradburn, with ham, Swiss, tomato and basil -- rivaling the hefty bowl of house-made granola, fruit and Greek yogurt that nabbed this Westminster restaurant the award.

Continue reading for our top choices.


Location Info

Dj's 9th Ave Cafe

865 Lincoln St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sassafras American Eatery

2637 W. 26th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Universal

2911 W. 38th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Early Bird Restaurant

11940 Bradburn Blvd., Westminster, CO

Category: Restaurant

Gather

1062 Delaware St., Denver, CO

Category: General


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32 comments
inEEdcoffEE
inEEdcoffEE

#1:  Lou's Food Bar- best brunch in town. 

teresa.burwell
teresa.burwell

Lou's Food Bar -Best Brunch - Eggs Benedict with Duck Confit.... mmmm

damian.burford
damian.burford

DENVER BISCUIT COMPANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Foodisnow
Foodisnow

DJ Berkeley is very overrated.  I don't understand why WW loves it so much.  The Eggs Benedict was just average, at best.

JBorvansky
JBorvansky

The Bull and Bush is awesome for breakfast! Have the Cure if you had a long night!

JBorvansky
JBorvansky

The Bull and Bush is awesome for breakfast! Have the Cure if you had a long night!

AtticusFinch
AtticusFinch

The Universal has a cute design, but should put some food in that display case up front.  Haven't tried to food yet.  Will do soon.  

Ken Romero
Ken Romero

My bed is my best breakfast spot

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

Moving to Denver in 9 days.. cannot wait.. But also, will have to try this attempt of a New York bagel. Coffee and a Bagel for 10 bucks? even in NY, you will not spend more than 4 bucks for that. Only explanation for those prices is if they were to ship the bagels in from NY, NJ, or CT.

Rich Carollo
Rich Carollo

One I can go to and get in vs. stand in line for an hour to pay $20 for the same french toast I could get elsewhere for $5.

Randy Rios
Randy Rios

Syrup should have made the list as well. New great good, and service!

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@DarlingCR The bagels are $1.50 each, which doesn't seem horrible. A latte is $4.25, which is too much for my taste. But you can get a regular cup of coffee (pour-over method) for $2. So, $3.50 plus tax, tip, and some cream cheese gets you to right about...$10! (but only if you're a big tipper). 

I've never understood why people are willing to pay so much for a latte, when it's almost entirely steamed milk. There's nothing better to me than a well-made cup of coffee with a hit or two of cream (or free half-and-half). And I'll take a little salted butter on my bagel. Philadelphia can keep their cream cheese.

The menu also shows a bagel with lox and cream cheese for $4, which seems pretty reasonable, considering the price of salmon.

damian.burford
damian.burford

 Obviously you are the one who fucking sucks the donkey dick. You love it's gooey flavor all over your face. ALL OVER YOUR FACE!

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

@Mantonat @DarlingCR that makes sense actually. Thanks! I usually do not act like a jaded new yorker, but when it comes to Bagels, Pizza, and seafood, I tend to be. Cant wait to leave the NYC though and experience Denver.

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