Weekend Brunch: Go Big With Stationed Smorgasbords

BY Steph Wilson

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It’s no secret Denver loves brunch. Each Friday we’ll divulge the newest and best brunches around. Not only do we highlight our favorite spots for all your brunching needs, but also add lists of things you crave. So pour a mimosa, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready to eat.

Do the buffett, but make it brunch. While once the stationed brunch could easily be found around town, the landscape of lavish weekend feasting has seen a bit of  upheaval recently. 

Popular ventures such as the Garden Terrace at Inverness has bid adieu to its weekend extravagance, citing rising food costs. Then there’s the iconic Ellyngton’s at The Brown Palace, a brunch so legendary it’s practically a landmark just like the hotel hosting the restaurant. When Ellyngton’s closed for renovation, the stationed brunch got an overhaul too, straight to the special holidays only bin.

However, while some doors close, others swing open with a smorgasbord of limitless breakfast options. Though we may not need to pig out like this every weekend, it’s nice to know we can still indulge when the mood hits. With that in mind, here’s where to go and what to know so you can get your opulent buffet fix. 

The Broadmoor

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Unlimited breakfast foods await in Colorado Springs. | Photo by The Broadmoor

If your idea of heaven involves multiple chefs staffing stations ready to make your dreams come true, The Broadmoor’s Lake Terrace dining room should be high on your list. It’s the most elaborate brunch around, and well-worth the drive for any special Sunday occasion.

With over 150 menu items, it’s a feast that knows no bounds. Indulge in the raw bar with oysters and plump peel-and-eat shrimp, a griddle station for bespoke pancakes, the made-to-order omelet and Benedict spot, and other stations featuring everything from al pastor tacos to wild mushroom mac and cheese. At $105 per person (or $50 for children), it’s an investment in culinary excellence, complete with live piano and flowing champagne. Worth every penny for the experience alone. Just make sure to make a reservation ahead of time. 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, broadmoor.com 

Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro

First stop, Greenwood Village, where Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro offers a weekly changing menu to keep your palate guessing. Anchored by a carving station with prime rib and made-to-order crepes, the well-stocked buffet offers abundant staples scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, sausage, and peel-and-eat shrimp. 

Find made-to-order spots too featuring omelets, variations of pancakes, French toast, and eggs Benedict. Despite all these choices, the make-your-own waffle station is where this place really shines. The price tag wows as well. At $39.95, it’s no wonder brunch grazing here caps at 90 minutes. Visit the restaurant for this extravaganza each Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 8310 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village, yayasdenver.com 

Safta

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The Safta brunch spread is one of the best buffets around. | Photo by Safta

For a taste of modern Israeli cuisine, Safta serves one of the best spreads in town. Visit on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Once there, carb-load your way into the weekend with a brunch buffet that runs the gamut from baba ganoush to latkes to roasted lamb shoulder and beyond. Look for bagels from Rosenberg’s, complete with lox, scallion cream cheese, whitefish, sable, and all the toppings your heart desires. Then there’s the pastries, which include apricot turmeric scones, baharat coffee cake, and other assorted goodies to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Bloody Marys come with a twist, featuring The Real Dill mix and pickled veggies. Other brunch cocktails such as the Head in the Clouds (vodka, orange, lemon, vanilla, and orange blossom), and Science Fair (limoncello, St. Germain, and cava) also add a nice sip to the meal. 3330 Brighton Blvd. #201, eatwithsafta.com 

Simms Steakhouse

Head to Lakewood and catch your summer brunch on the hillside while basking in the gorgeous views. This visage proves almost as eye-catching as the seafood station, which is a sight to behold. After all, who doesn’t want a side of crab legs with waffles? 

Offered Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at $45 for adults ($60 on select holidays), your day of rest can be filled with over 35 brunch favorites. From made-to-order omelets to as-thick-as-you’d-like-it prime rib to fresh fruits to cleanse the palate. Plus there’s smoked salmon, frittatas, benedicts, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, a chocolate station, and a panorama of pastries. 11911 W. Sixth Ave., Lakewood, simmssteakhouse.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steph Wilson

Steph Wilson is a writer, editor, and creative maximalist in Denver. She makes magazines for a living and throws color around the world like confetti for fun.

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