The five best new breakfast spots in Denver
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.
Devin Stallings and his brother just opened a sibling breakfast spot.
5) Sassafras American Eatery
Poached eggs with fried green tomatoes at Sassafras.
2637 West 26th Avenue
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.
4) The Universal
2911 West 38th Avenue
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.
3) Early Bird Restaurant
11940 Bradburn Boulevard, Westminster
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.