Jelly will be your jam if you’re partial to brunch, which, if you’re human, we assume you are. This Denver darling has a breakfast and lunch menu that skips from sweet to savory, stacking pancakes, French toast, scrambles, hashes, and, last, but certainly not least, doughnut bites. These perfectly round, succulent pop-‘ems come in eight flavors as varied as green tea, bacon, and cinnamon sugar. Your sugar high will have you seeing rows of vintage sugar cereal boxes padding the walls, but you’re not imagining it; Jelly’s beige walls are alive with Wheaties, Smurf Magic Berries, and more.
With walls adorned with retro cereal boxes and a brightly colored interior that’s basically made for Instagram posts, this spot (and it’s second location near DU) have quirky style covered. But the steady crowd is thanks to more than good looks. First, there’s 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 got a sweet start to the meal, 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).