Food & Drink

Denver’s Best Brunch Spots, According to 12 Mile High-Area Chefs

Published On 08/18/2015 Published On 08/18/2015
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Old Major
Ruth Tobias
Mark Piscotty
Hot Cakes
Root Down
Brasserie Ten Ten
Star Kitchen
Ruth Tobias
Central Bistro and Bar
beast + bottle
Fourteen Seventy-Two
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1. Brazen 4500 West 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

Tucked away next to a Comfort Dental, Brazen could almost go unnoticed -- but it shouldn't. A tiny patio surrounding a fire pit outside and a cozy, intimate space inside make you feel right at home. They offer a simple menu of American dishes like meatballs, deviled eggs, and duck confit, plus a build-your-own s'mores platter for dessert.

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2. Old Major 3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211

Located in a rustic, farmhouse-style space, Old Major -- named after the advising pig in George Orwell's Animal Farm -- is "dedicated to seafood, swine, and wine." Restaurateur Justin Brunson's Highland Park eatery sources sustainable seafood (read: not the farmed stuff from China), has in-house butchery and charcuterie programs, and an extensive wine list (note: every bottle is half-off on Sundays). The menu often changes, but one dish reigns throughout: the Nose to Tail. Let's just say it's a heaping pile of pork (of varying cuts, cures, and preparations) on a plate, and it's not to be missed.

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3. Super Star Asian Cuisine 2200 W Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80223

Yes, there may be crowds, and yes, you may have to wait a bit to get a seat at this killer dim sum spot; but chances are it'll only be 30 minutes and the sheer variety of dishes, plus the fact that it's never that expensive, make it well worth the trouble.

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4. Bistro Vendome 1420 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

Living up to it's bistro name, this spot brings the Left Bank to denver. Modern updates on French focused dishes make it unique, but they also keep classics like steak frites available.

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5. Hot Cakes 1400 E 18th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

This causal breakfast/brunch spot makes some incredible blueberry pancakes, as well as a killer chicken-fried sirloin which comes smothered in green chile.

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6. Root Down 1600 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

Chef-owner Justin Cucci turned an old gas station into a trendy restaurant that uses all the right, hipster-friendly ingredients; offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options; and serves a bottomless mimosa brunch. The dimly-lit space features mosaic windows (with excellent views) and eclectic art, but the universally lovable dishes, like spinach and ricotta gnocchi and diver scallops, are likely what make this funky spot a neighborhood staple.

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7. Brasserie Ten Ten 1011 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

The brunch menu at this upscale brasserie is out of control -- we're talking everything from oysters to chicken Belgian waffles to French dip sliders with gruyere and horseradish creme. Not to mention an entire "Brunch Beverages" section of the menu with drinks like the Maple Leaf: Famous Grouse Scotch, maple syrup and fresh lime topped with sparkling wine.

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8. Star Kitchen 2917 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80219

You can get duck-and-sausage-stuffed sticky rice, steamed pork buns with chili sauce, and Chinese broccoli all with quality black tea at this killer dim sim spot in Southwest Denver.

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9. Onefold 1429 E 18th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

With all of 35 seats and no more than seven or eight items on the all-organic menu at any given time -- including free-range bone broth and a $9 breakfast burrito -- this here is one boutique coffee shop. That might sound like a bad thing. Oh, but it really, really isn’t. Take said burrito, which is wrapped in a handmade tortilla and contains potatoes fried in duck fat. Also cooked in duck fat: the eggs topping a giant pile of bacon-fried rice. Also topped with an egg: the luscious comfort that is congee with smoked ham, drizzled in chili oil. Also drizzled in chili oil -- you, when you try to stick your whole head in the bowl. It’s called getting what you pay for, and Onefold delivers.

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10. Sassafras American Eatery 2637 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211

Sassafras American Eatery is a Jefferson Park-based breakfast and lunch joint that also knows its way around comfort food.

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11. beast + bottle 719 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

beast + bottle is inaccurately named, because there are actually multiple pluses to eating there: it's from the team behind Encore on Colfax, and it's got in-house butchery, its very own beer, and brunch served Tues-Sat.

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12. Fourteen Seventy-Two 1472, South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210

Enjoy a seafood-saturated menu full of Cajun/ Caribbean/ African flavors at this South Carolina-inspired "low country" grub spot and watering hole.