Denver, known for its beautiful outdoor lifestyle, has a booming food scene that has only gotten better over time. This food renaissance has brought locals and tourists some great options not only for lunch and dinner but for breakfast as well. Just below we show you a few of our favorite breakfast restaurants in Denver for your enjoyment.
1420 E. 18th Ave., Denver, Colorado 80218
Eating at Onefold is unlike your typical breakfast experience because of their unique menu highlighted by their bacon fried rice. The bacon fried rice comes with either maple or habanero bacon, two sunny duck fat fried egg, garlic, scallions, chili oil, and organic tamari soy sauce. Even their breakfast tacos, amazing on their own, come with duck fat fried shredded potatoes. All of the breakfast items, while very unique all on their own, are done extremely well and have non-traditional breakfast flavors. If your sweet tooth is calling there are two types of crepes – one with fresh seasonal berries, and then a much more decadent strawberry and banana with Nutella.
1817 Central St., Denver, Colorado 80211
Available Tuesday through Friday between 8 AM to 3 PM, The Bindery’s breakfast is not one you want to miss. The stone cut oatmeal, yes oatmeal, comes with chai spices, brûléed pineapple, and whiskey butter and is a great starter to your breakfast. The Uova all Flamanca comes with two sunny side up eggs, grits, chorizo, roasted red peppers, and tomato confit basil. If you’re on the go and pastries are your thing – The Bindery provides four different types of croissants, hand pies, danishes, scones, or a delicious coffee cake. Grab a loaf of their delicious sourdough while you’re there to enjoy throughout the week.
1552 E. 17th Ave., Denver, Colorado 80218
Olive & Finch is a great place to go if you need breakfast on the go because of their fast-casual style of cuisine. Despite being a fast-casual, Olive & Finch bakes their own pastries and bread and still provide you with a great experience all around. First and foremost they provide quality coffee and espresso to get your morning started, but they also have a delicious Vietnamese coffee to get your day started. If you’re more of a juice person – they also have fantastic freshly pressed juices including the rise & shine that is a combination of apples, kale, grapes, celery, ginger, lemon, orange, and spinach to wake you up. As for the food, the breakfast menu is broken up into four categories: hashes, tartines, sandwiches, and plates and honestly you can’t go wrong with any of them. Whatever you get, make sure you pick the beignet as your side item because..well do we even have to tell you why?
3237 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80206
No breakfast in Denver list is complete without mentioning the Denver Biscuit Company where everything comes with one of their incredibly fluffy biscuits. The Lola takes one of their incredible biscuits and puts a perfectly fried buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, and their housemade honey butter while covered in maple syrup. If you are more of a sweet food eater the strawberry shortcake takes a biscuit and covers it with sweet strawberry sauce and topped with whipped cream. If you’re feeling REALLY lavish get an order of the giant biscuit cinnamon roll and add on the bacon to make a breakfast you won’t soon forget.
2434 W. 44th Ave., Denver, Colorado 80211
Bacon is the name of the game at Bacon Social House and if you’re headed that way you have to experience the baller bacon, or the bacon flight to start off your meal. After that, you have a normal breakfast menu executed extremely well but there are a few things that stand just a bit out. For those that enjoy sweet things the boozy french toast takes a thick cut of challah bread, and combines it with berries, bourbon bacon caramel, vanilla whip, and grand marnier. For those looking for the pure pig experience order the whole hog omelet that combines pulled pork with applewood bacon, and ham with a slice of sourdough bread and bacon tots, or fries. The Costa Rica Benedict is another fantastic option using smoked pork belly, poached eggs, jalapeno cornbread, with pineapple pico, and chipotle hollandaise – again with a side of bacon tots.
275 S. Logan St., Denver, Colorado 80209
Chef Mickey Samuels has brought traditional Creole cuisine to Denver with Lucile’s Creole Cafe. Beignets, beignets, beignets. You don’t have to head to New Orleans to try a traditional beignet – all you have to do is head to Lucile’s and get yourself a pack of four, served hot. Chef Mickey Samuel’s thumbprint is all over their new menu – especially in the cajun breakfast which is red beans with meat, served with poached eggs, and hollandaise alongside grits and a delicious buttermilk biscuit. The Eggs New Orleans takes the poached eggs and hollandaise but is served with fried eggplant slices with their special creole seasoning.
3701 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211
Highlands Cork and Cafe is in a quaint 1907 house with a sprawling patio off to the side. There were all kinds of inviting breakfast, lunch, coffee, and wine options, but it’s all about Kiko’s Breakfast Panini. It’s egg, tomato pesto, cream cheese, turkey sausage, and habanero cheddar on grilled ciabatta with a side of fruit. This sandwich right here makes breakfast worth eating. The ciabatta is so nice and crunchy, the habanero cheddar brings a rolling heat that you may not see coming, the turkey sausage adds a meaty taste that’s lighter than pork would’ve been, the cream cheese provides a fluffy and creamy layer, and the pesto is full of garlicky, parmesany, and basily flavor. The way the flavors and textures combine is unlike any breakfast sandwich you’ve had before or will have again.
3927 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO
Sassafras is located in the Highlands in the historic Dunwoody Home, which was built in 1889. Both the interior and exterior look every bit the relic of an older time, but the Cajun-inspired brunch has a surge of modernity to contrast the aesthetic. Most brunch spots serve a regular Bloody Mary and call it a day…Sassafras has eight award-winning varieties, each more daring than the last. You can’t pay tribute to NOLA without serving Beignets, which are served here with a triple berry jam. Some other favorites are the various Benedicts (especially the Crab Cake Benedict, with blackened shrimp) and the Bison Hash & Chicken Fried Eggs.
There’s generally a wait on the weekends, so once you put your name down, make sure you stop by their extensive coffee and booze bar, where the gifted baristas and bartenders can whip you up some impressive and delicious concoctions.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on November 17, 2020 and last updated on June 30, 2022. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.