Brunch, Anyone?: Delicious Fare in Denver and Boulder

May 5, 2014

Brunch might be one of my favorite words in the world. I could eat brunch all day, every day. I have, in fact, done so post Easter festivities with family. The possibilities with brunch are endless -- mixing the sweet and savory to sate your late morning appetite.

What makes a great brunch varies from person to person. Is it a tasty omelet? Is it a bottomless blood orange mimosa? Is it the best French toast you’ve ever had? You never know.

There are a slew of places all over Denver and Boulder that serve brunch, and it is generally amazing because, well, it's brunch. However, here are some gems to check out that take it to the next level.

Ale House at Amato’s
2501 16th Street, Denver
There are a lot of ale houses around Denver. One thing that separates the Ale House from other brew pubs is their menu. Serving a menu that is a step above the norm, they offer the kind of fare that you might not find in a restaurant that is connected to one of the most popular local breweries in the state, Breckenridge. On Saturdays and Sundays they offer a special brunch menu with a Pretzel French Toast and agave mimosas made with their agave wheat beer. Don’t forget to check out the rooftop patio. You’ll be glad you did.

The Corner Office
1401 Curtis St., Denver
Apple Bread Pudding French Toast. I don’t really think I need to say anything else, but I will. The Corner Office offers a Disco Brunch on Sundays with bottomless mimosas and bottomless Dy-no-mite Bloody Mary bar. Yes, bottomless. “Velvet Revolver” Red velvet pancakes and “You Sexy Thing” Nutella and strawberries on brioche round out some of the more festive dishes to check out for this throw back morning.

Jax Fish House
1539 17th St., Denver
928 Pearl St., Denver
Although Jax is known more for seafood, they put on a pretty amazing jazz brunch at their Glendale location. While offering their full oyster bar in addition to their brunch menu, they still feature their specialties while giving you brunch options that are to die for. The smoked salmon quiche is hearty and heavenly. Don’t miss their bread trio for the table. Their signature buttermilk bread melts in your mouth.

Root Down and Linger:
Root Down: 16600 W. 33rd Ave., Denver
Linger: 2030 W. 30th Ave., Denver 

These sister restaurants are two of the most popular in town and they also both offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. You can’t beat Linger’s rooftop view of Denver and their Adobe Pork Benedict is a gluten free delicacy. Root Down has a blood orange mimosa (again, bottomless) and banana bread French toast that shouldn’t be missed. Root Down is also a great choice if you want to take your kids out for the not so usual brunch as they have a kids menu for any meal.

Second Home
150 Clayton Lane, Denver
Sometimes when you think of brunch/breakfast at a hotel you think of bad coffee, boxes of cereal, and maybe a bagel or Danish. Not at Second Home. Located on the main floor of the Marriott in Cherry Creek, this restaurant is not only stunning but has an amazing menu. They don’t disappoint with their Pajama Brunch where showing up in your jammies is encouraged. There is something good for the whole family with Froot Loop pancakes and the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. So get cozy and head into Cherry Creek for a great brunch. Don’t be shy.

The Riverside
1724 Broadway Blvd., Boulder 
This new Boulder hot spot for “Boozy Brunch” has a modern café look with equally modern cuisine. Try a Boulder Omelet, Lobster Benedict or even a gourmet grilled cheese with butternut squash soup to satisfy your appetite. Boasting that their Lobster Roll will make Maine jealous is clearly daring you to think differently. Top it off with a mimosa or a Bloody Mary and you will be in heaven on the riverside.

Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
2010 16th St., Boulder
By offering an exclusively vegetarian and vegan menu, Leaf in Boulder creates solid options that one might not find elsewhere for brunch.  You will find refined vegan and vegetarian takes on brunch traditions, such as vegan French toast and eggs benedict. Enjoy a chai with your vegan scramble or choose a small plate with a salad. There is something for everyone, so you won’t be disappointed.

Zolo Grill
2525 Arapahoe Ave.
For a shift into more of a southwest style, check out Zolo Grill in Boulder. On Saturdays and Sundays they offer a brunch menu with $3 mimosas and bloody marys. The Duck Confit Hash and Southwest Benedict are a way to experience a step above your average omelet. Try the Mexican Mimosa for an extra kick.

What are your favorite brunch spots? Suggestions are welcome!