The Best Brunches in Denver to Enjoy From Home
It's the most important meal of the day.
Denverites love brunch. But dining is quite a bit different these days (for obvious reasons). If you’re missing the mimosas, Bloodys, Bennys, and pancakes, we’ve got good news. Many of Denver’s best brunch spots are still open for takeout and delivery. Plus, in case you somehow missed it, booze-to-go is now a thing... a very, very awesome thing, which means you can get your bubbles and drink them too.
Bonus: Mother’s Day (aka the high holiday of Sunday brunching) is here, and many eateries have put together specials so you can treat a mom in your life to all her favorite indulgences without having to do another round of dishes.
What’s the only thing that could make the combo of fried chicken & beer better? Fried chicken & waffles & beer. The Post is open for takeout and while their full brunch menu isn’t currently available, their chicken & waffles is. Their version is an amped up take on the classic combo with pumpkin seed butter, chorizo country gravy, chile-cherry chutney, and maple syrup. And while you’re picking that up, add on a six pack of brews and some extra family-style fried chicken for leftovers. Plus, for Mother’s Day weekend, their sister restaurant Jax Fish House is doing a brunch popup featuring seafood specials like lobster quiche and crab bisque.
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This Southern-inspired brunch spot -- started by, yep, four friends -- is a neighborhood favorite. They remain open for their regular hours serving their whole menu via takeout and delivery. From fried green tomatoes and jalapeno chorizo hushpuppies to their savory grits loaded with fried chicken, collards, egg, and bacon, the food here is hearty, filling, and flavorful. They’ve also added on a special family-style Mother’s Day option. For $70, you’ll get three courses for four people along with optional booze add-ons.
Call 303-388-8299 for pickup and use UberEats for delivery
This down-to-earth joint with three locations (Glendale, Aurora, and Downtown) briefly closed when the stay-at-home order began, but now they’re back open for takeout and delivery. Their extensive 16-page-long food menu filled with Greek, Mexican, and American diner favorites has been shortened a bit for online ordering, but there are still plenty of options. Their famous gigantic breakfast burritos are, of course, present and as big as ever. Other must-trys include their benedicts, chile rellenos & eggs, house-made corned beef hash, and the Greek omelet loaded with gyro meat. Pro tip: Plan on taking a nap after this meal.
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Need a distraction from social-distancing life? Consider towering biscuit sandwiches. Leave your gluten-averse friends at home because everything here is served on a homemade, fluffy biscuit. Their current to-go menu is a bit shortened, but it’s still got their three most popular sandwich options including the Franklin, a perfect combo of fried chicken, bacon, Cheddar, and house made gravy. And don’t skip the sweet side of things -- their giant biscuit cinnamon roll and the biscuit French toast are indulgent in all the right ways. And yes, their booze to-go menu definitely includes their bloody mary, mimosas, and the super mimosa with vodka along with the bubbles for an extra strength version of the classic.
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This may be chef Caroline Glover’s first restaurant, but her time learning from longtime industry pros at spots like Acorn and The Spotted Pig gave her the wisdom to create a space that was named one of America’s best new restaurants in 2018 and earned Glover herself the title of 2019 best new chef by Food & Wine. She and her team have been working tirelessly to pivot to takeout and delivery and the results have been stellar. Along with dinner, they’re currently offering brunch on Saturdays and Sundays featuring favorites from the original menu like the pork hash along with some new favorites from the to-go era like the burger on house-made english muffin and Glover’s insanely popular kolaches (you’ve got to be quick on the online ordering to score those). There are also still a few slots left for their Mother’s Day brunch special which includes a full spread of deviled eggs, breakfast strata, chicken salad, grilled ramps and grits, spring salad, and a fruit tart for $22.50/person + tax and gratuity.
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This Boulder-based family business has built a mini-empire out of the impeccable Creole food it's been dishing out for over three decades (they’ve got locations in Boulder, Longmont, Ft. Collins, and Littleton along with the Denver-area University and Speer neighborhoods). For Southern transplants -- or anyone who can appreciate brunch with a side of hot pepper vinegar-doused collards -- Lucile's should be your No. 1 pick. Their full menu is available to-go, including their giant, flaky buttermilk biscuits, po-boys, crawfish etouffee, eggs Rockefeller (like the oysters, but with eggs), and shrimp & grits. For Mother’s Day, they’re also offering special brunch kits. Options include large-format bloody marys and mimosas along with three food kits: pain perdu, biscuits and gravy, and the Cajun lunch with gumbo, red beans, rice, and French bread.
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This Colorado-born chain (with newer outposts in Arizona, Texas, and California) has formed a cult following since opening in 2006. The menu features a plethora of breakfast goodies -- some traditional, some crazy. Breakfast pot pie, breakfast tacos, pancake flights, and prosciutto Benedicts are just a small sampling of the indulgences that await you. All of that is still available to-go, along with some new additions like their kids eat free meal deal (two adult entrees, two kids entrees, and pancakes to share for $35) and meal kits for four to six. They’ve also added some special kits for Mother’s Day including an overnight brioche french toast bake. Each Mother’s Day kit also comes with cards and wildflower seeds.
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If you think brunch should be about eggs, pancakes, and waffles, you're missing out on some very important options. Namely, dim sum. Star Kitchen typically draws crowds for its weekend brunch, where cart after cart of steamed buns and dumplings (don’t skip the taro version) complement dishes like chicken feet and leek with pork blood. Now, the dumplings and noodles are served up in to-go boxes instead of from roving carts, but they still taste just as delicious. You can order all your dim sum favorites from their website for pickup.
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The Devil’s Food bakery has been a neighborhood favorite since 1999, and you can still grab a cup of coffee and a fresh-baked pastry there. But The Cookery is now its own separate dine-in space that looks like it was decorated by the most hipster grandmother ever. Hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy the homey vibes again soon, but in the meantime, they are open daily from 8am-2pm for carryout and curbside pickup. The menu covers all the basics with Belgian waffles, challah French toast, quiche, eggs Benedict, and more. This is classic brunch comfort food done right, and we all need a bit of comfort right now.
Call 303-733-7448 for pickup
An assorted box of baked goodies from this Japanese-style bakery home may just be the most beautiful pastry situation in town. But they don’t just look good. Once you get a taste of the flaky croissants and glistening fruit tarts, you’ll be feeling buzzed off the beauty of it all. Speaking of buzzed, they don’t sell booze, but in these days of cocktail hour at home, who cares? Grab some bubbly from your neighborhood liquor store and you’ll have the perfect pairing for these sweet and savory baked treats. If you really want to properly experience this spot, make sure to venture off the typical path and opt for some of their unique offerings, like red bean donuts, spicy cod roe baguette, and beef curry tucked inside a pillow of soft dough.
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Capitol Hill & University
With walls adorned with retro cereal boxes and a brightly colored interior that’s basically made for Instagram, this spot and its second location near DU have quirky covered. But with dining out on pause, it’s their food that’s the starring attraction now. First, there are the donuts. Or really donut holes to be accurate, with a variety of fillings like maple bacon, Thai peanut, and salted caramel. Once you’ve tried that, move to to filling entrees like a not-to-be-missed Molly Hot Brown (aka turkey served on savory french toast with a slathering of poblano cheese sauce, bacon, and griddled tomatoes) or their southwest spin on a classic, the Haco Chili Benedict (a fluffy biscuit topped with poached eggs, hollandaise, and a smoky stew of chorizo, tomato, and poblano). Their full menu is available for pickup or delivery at both locations.
Call 303-831-6301 for pickup or use DoorDash for delivery
City Park West
They’ve got a take on the ubiquitous breakfast burrito (with the indulgent addition of duck fat fried potatoes). There are breakfast tacos (adorned with griddled mozzarella). There are crepes if you’re craving something on the sweeter side. But what you’re really here for are two dishes that are unexpected and oh-so-welcome for brunch: bacon fried rice and congee. Bacon fried rice is pretty self-explanatory, although Onefold’s is topped with eggs fried in duck fat, giving the whole dish an added layer of savory depth. Congee, if you need an introduction, is a rice porridge popular in many Asian countries. Here, they add duck confit, a poached egg, green onions, tamari soy sauce, salted ginger, and a generous swirl of chili. If you’ve never given congee a try, let Onefold help you out. All of these items are available to-go along and bonus: they’re all currently priced at $8.99. They’ve also got boozy beverages and a selection of grocery add ons like Tender Belly bacon and Niman Ranch cage-free eggs.
Call 303-656-9800 for pickup or use Postmates for delivery
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