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7 Best Denver Brunches to Help You Spring Forward

From bingo to disco–brunches to get you ready for spring

By Elizabeth Woessner | Online Editor

This weekend is the first sign that spring lurks just around the corner. Sometime after we turn in on Saturday night, we lose an hour of precious sleep and wake up on Sunday morning a little groggy and a little confused about what time it “really” is. If there was ever a day to treat yourself, Sunday is that day. Indeed, brunch is in order–if not to give you a gentle transition out of DST, then to herald the imminent arrival of spring. And with spring-like weather in the forecast, who knows, you may even be able to brunch on a patio. Here are some of the best Denver brunches right now to try.

Central Bistro and Bar  - Corned Beef Hash

1. Central Bistro and Bar {1691 Central Street, Denver; 303.477.4582}

There’s a vibe at Central Bistro and Bar that just puts you in the mood for fun. The place is always a bustle of activity and the staff is genuinely happy. The brunch menu, created and coddled by Sous Chef Jesse Vega, has something for everyone. Central gets rave reviews for their Boxcar Burger, Breakfast Burrito, and Chilaquiles, but there are some surprise must-try dishes on this menu. The Smoked Salmon Flatbread is an ode to the East Coast with housemade flatbread topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, onion, fried capers, and everything bagel seasoning. It’s like eating a bagel and lox without all the extra dough. The Corned Beef Hash is an explosion of flavors and textures made with ri- eye and short rib, corned and braised until it is meltingly tender, then fried to crispy perfection and topped with a poached egg.

Corner Office Eggs - East Bound and Down

2. The Corner Office {1401 Curtis Street, Denver; 303.825.6500}

Have a large group and need a far-out way to overcome your lost hour of sleep? Get your groove on and boogie over to Disco Brunch at The Corner Office. With retro ’70s music and Bell Bottomless Libations–including a bottomless build-your-own Dy-no-mite Bloody Mary Bar with a limitless array of add-ons like fried pork belly, french fries, and pickled jalapeños, you will surely succumb to disco fever. Soak up all of that bottomlessness and share a Dead-Head-Waffle for the table with strawberries, Nutella cheesecake frosting, and Applejack syrup. The East Bound and Down is a hearty serving of shrimp and grits with slow-cooked pork belly, a red pepper and fennel ragoût topped with two eggs over-easy.

Photo Credit: Beast and Bottle Facebook

Photo Credit: Beast + Bottle Facebook

3. Beast + Bottle {719 East 17th Avenue, Denver; 303.623.3233}

Beast + Bottle, owned by brother and sister duo, Paul and Aileen Reilly, brings its farm-focused food and dedication to whole animal utilization to its brunch menu. The eggs used in many of the dishes are from Beast + Bottle’s own flock of Rhode Island Red hens, living the life of “Reilly” at Cottonwood Creek Farms in Merion, Colorado. Whole animals arrive at the restaurant weekly and every morsel is used in creative and inspired dishes like Pork Shoulder Tostada with charred tomatillos, queso panela, and a sunnyside-up egg; and Pan-Fried Bologna Steak Sandwich on a Rosenberg’s bagel with pimiento aïoli and a fried egg. The Brunch Swigs menu is an amusing collection of brunch-friendly beers, wines, and cocktails. Try one of the six Beastly Bloodys like the Come On Aileen, with green onion-habanero vodka. Or go for a cocktail like the I’m in a New York (Sour) State of Mind, which combines Four Roses Kentucky straight bourbon with red wine, plum-black pepper jam, and lemon.

Beatrice and Woodsley, Eggs Johnny Fever

4. Beatrice & Woodsley {38 South Broadway, Denver; 303.777.3505}

Escape from the city for a Scrumptillious Brunch in a woodsy, whimsical wonderland at Beatrice & Woodsley, named as one of the top 10 brunches in the United States by Bon Appétit magazine. Enjoy the friendly, attentive staff as they guide you through a menu filled with clever witticisms that reads like a storybook. Check out some of Chef Erik Hiob’s playful dishes like the Davy Croquette, the Hoo-Wee Hot Brown, or A Winter’s Kale. Enjoy a Butternut Short Stack–butternut squash pancake with sautéed apple and golden raisins, served with spiced pecans and sweet crème fraîche. Eggs Johnny Fever is a housemade, pan-fried goetta sausage–a German-American sausage made of ground pork and beef, pin-head oats, and spices–served on toasted onion bread with sunnyside-up eggs, mustard hollandaise, peas, and roasted cauliflower. The drinks on the Morning ‘Tails and Bubbly menu are equally playful with names like Hair of the Frog, Worm’s Wild Ride, and Hot Buttered Yum.

Squeaky Bean Bingo Board

5. The Squeaky Bean {1500 Wynkoop Street, Denver; 303.623.2665} 

Bingo–it’s not just for church basements and retirement homes. The retro bingo board, which has been part of Johnny Ballen’s eclectic design since the restaurant opened on the corner of 15th and Wynkoop in LoDo’s historic Saddlery Building in 2012, is put to use on Sunday afternoons when the restaurant is transformed into a gastronomic bingo hall. Enjoy Chef Theo Adley’s thoughtful brunch dishes that hit all the right notes. The Benedict is served on sourdough with, lox, bacon, or veggies and topped with hollandaise. A Croque Madame takes the melted ham and cheese sandwich to the next level with prosciutto covered with cheddar béchamel, and topped with basted eggs. Brunch starts at 10am, but as service dies down around 1pm, bingo, hosted by a stand-up comedian, gets going. Guests share carafes of Bloody Marys and Mimosas while competing for prizes that can be anything from a gift certificate to the Golden Corral to the grand prize of a $50 Squeaky Bean gift certificate.

Table 6, Steak and Eggs

6. Table 6 {609 Corona Street, Denver; 303.831.8800} 

Feel like having a Sunday morning dance party? Join DJ Ginger Perry at this Capitol Hill classic for the Turntable Brunch. Chef Mike Winston has created a menu that will put you in a party mood. Fried Duck Meatballs with rice crêpes, slaw and a Sriracha aïoli will perk you right up, and bring out your “animal style” with Fried Green Tomatoes. Bloody Marys and Mimosa flow freely as you move to whatever music Ginger is in the mood to play. If you’re in the mood for wine, Owner Aaron Forman will happily guide you through the award-winning wine list to find the perfect pairing.

Photo Credit: www.snoozeeatery.com

Photo Credit: www.snoozeeatery.com

7. Snooze, an A.M. eatery {multiple locations} 

Snooze has had a cult following since it opened its first location in LoDo in 2006. On a roll ever since, Snooze how has six AM eateries across Colorado, and the lines are still out the door on weekend mornings. But it’s well worth the wait. Amongst the seven different “Bennies” is the Chilaquiles Benedict with barbacoa beef over a stack of ranchero-sauced tortillas and melted cheese, with poached cage-free eggs, roasted poblano hollandaise, pico de gallo, and Cotija cheese. Or get your carbohydrate fix with a flight of pancakes–choose three of their signatures like Pineapple Upside Down, Sweet Potato, or Candy Apple and get a plateful of flavor. Sip on some of their Boozy Warmers like the AM Manhattan with Breckenridge bourbon, espresso, Carolan’s Irish Cream, and steamed milk, garnished with a cherry.