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Brunch O’ Clock: Hearth & Dram

Three words: Chocolate Ganache Doughnuts

Union Station—it’s not just for out-of-towners. Thanks to a much needed revamp in 2014, Union Station now serves as a hub for travelers and locals alike, offering an array of restaurants, bars, and shops. In the past few months alone, an eclectic mix of restaurants have sprouted around the area; from elevated Southern eats at Tupelo Southern Kitchen & Bar to the all-day café Stella’s on 16th, our hunger has never been better sated. Newcomer on the scene Hearth & Dram {1801 Wewatta Street, Denver; 303.623.0979} prides itself on wood-fired New American fare paired with over 300 glittering bottles of whiskey, showcased in a seductive atmosphere. The sleek venue is a prime spot for a date night, but now that the restaurant has launched its new brunch menu, morning visits are a must.

What to eat

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A d0-not-miss fixture on the provisions menu, the Chocolate Ganache Doughnut

A balanced mix of sweet and savory, brunch offerings at Hearth & Dram are sure to please any AM venturer. To satisfy a morning sweet-tooth, the Fluffernutter French Toast with sliced bananas, peanut buttercream, crispy strips of maple bacon, and maple syrup stacked on a tower of pillowy bread is truly a sweet surprise. For more savory appetites, the Cheese-Crusted Breakfast Burrito filled to the brim with juicy shreds of charred short rib, scrambled eggs, avocado, and pinto beans with grilled slabs of cheese, toasted on each side, is sure to please. Looking to brunch without being weighed down by carbs? Try the Minute Steak & Eggs with two fried eggs, ciabatta, watercress, and steak fat potatoes (for a little bit of indulgence). But for those of us who don’t believe in counting calories on the weekend, a must-try is the fried-to-order Chocolate Ganache Doughnut, a serious chocolate indulgence topped with chocolate pearls and a generous dollop of whipped cream.

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Cheese-Crusted Breakfast Burrito

What to drink

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Union Station Spritzer

With a sizeable portion of the restaurant dedicated to the bar, it’s no surprise that H&D has a roster of morning cocktails that are above par. For a refreshing morning spritz, order the Union Station Spritzer with Mandarin vodka, aperol, white wine, and grapefruit syrup. Or, for a mix of floral and fruity, try the Rambler crafted with gin, crème de violette, Prosecco, and lemon. For a little sip and snack, order the Wake ‘n’ Bacon, a bourbon and cold brew number topped with—you guessed it—bacon.

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The Rambler | Photo credit Ashley Carter

Morgan Carter, Editor