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Denver Breakfast Stops [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

jwsteen81 Aug 2, 2007 08:29 AM

Does anyone have suggestions for great Denver breakfast places? They seem awfully hard to come by (chains like IHOP excepted). I'd love to hear about any favorites! Thanks!

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    Booger RE: jwsteen81 Aug 2, 2007 10:04 AM

    Here are my top 3 favorites (in no particular order). Annies Cafe (diner style - 8th and Colfax), Emma's (Cajun Style - Alameda and Logan), Dozens (Havana and Iliff, and 14th and ??? - basically right across from the Denver Jail downtown).

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      tatamagouche RE: Booger Aug 2, 2007 12:45 PM

      Not even a Denverite yet (I arrive next week), but I've already had a few brunches at Watercourse I really liked. Caveat: it's vegetarian; eggs yes, but bacon/sausage, nope.

      Watercourse Food
      206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

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        Megiac RE: Booger Aug 2, 2007 12:54 PM

        Lucille's is one of my very favorite breakfast spots. Other's include Zadie's, Sams No. 3 (for a dinner breakfast), Crepes 'n' Crepes, and Toast.

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        aka_zoe RE: jwsteen81 Aug 2, 2007 10:35 AM

        I will say:

        Snooze (on 22nd and Larimer - in Lower Downtown, upscale and delicious pancakes, worth waiting)

        Lucille's (on Alameda and Logan, my favorite)

        Annies (9th and Colorado Blvd... booger is only off a couple of blocks and delicious)

        Breakfast Inn (just west of Monaco on Evans...good greasy breakfast), Bump & Grind (17th and Clarkson... Drag Queen Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, be prepared for a wait, but worth it)

        and lets see... one more, Hot Cakes Diner (17th and near St. Joseph Hospital on Lafayette - I think - they are all about top notch breakfasts there).

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          ColoradoFun RE: aka_zoe Aug 2, 2007 11:03 AM

          I agree with Booger, but I think maybe he meant Luciles not Emma's on Alameda and Logan. Emma's was on 6th and is closed. Just an FYI on weekends the wait at Lucilles can be very long. Also Dozens is on 13th, just south of Broadway, almost under the new wing of the Denver Art Musuem and I don't think they have a Aurora location?

          My favorites:
          Mona's, near the REI in the Platte Valley (soon to be one on South Broadway)
          Sams #3 - one downtown and a few other locations, ok, I am not going to say the food is great but they serve a lot of it and I like their breakast burritos with the veggie green chili.
          Toast in Littleton

          Oh - and I have to disagree that Denver breakfast places are hard to come by. I am sure there will be quite a few more suggestions.

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            Booger RE: ColoradoFun Aug 2, 2007 11:20 AM

            I meant Lucille's. Thanks.

            Drag Queen breakfast at Bump and Grind is a lot of fun also. The food is pretty good as well (how could I have forgotten about that ).

            Dozen's definitely has an Aurora location (unless they closed - I bet aka_zoe could verify this). It is just North of Iliff, on Havana, on the East side of the street ).

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              aka_zoe RE: Booger Aug 2, 2007 12:47 PM

              Dozens... Drive by it twice a day... still there. I haven't ever actually been though!

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            Megiac RE: aka_zoe Aug 2, 2007 12:55 PM

            9th and Colorado Blvd? Is Annies in that stretch where the Swing Thai, Falafel King, and Heidi's are?

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              Booger RE: Megiac Aug 3, 2007 07:40 AM

              No, it is right around the corner (just South, and East). It is in the same shopping center as the Video Store (but their entrance is on 9th), but the entrance is on 9th. They have parking in back.

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                Megiac RE: Booger Aug 3, 2007 08:35 AM

                Good to know! I am only a couple of blocks away, and never realized it was there.

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                  Megiac RE: Booger Aug 12, 2007 04:24 PM

                  I tried out Annie's for the first time today (it's actually on 8th, not 9th), and have definitely been missing out on a great spot. Has anybody tried their lunch or dinner?

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                    Booger RE: Megiac Aug 17, 2007 03:33 PM

                    I have eaten there at all hours of the day. It is all good, but I definitely prefer their breakfast options. (Can't get enough of the Peanut Butter on the table, which is always my desert).

            2. Veggo RE: jwsteen81 Aug 2, 2007 01:06 PM

              The Egg Shell, 3rd & Josephine in Cherry Creek, has exceptional waffles, muffins, omelettes, fresh juices. Very home-cooked feel, cuz it is. You may have a wait at the predictable hours.

              1. expatslat RE: jwsteen81 Aug 2, 2007 01:12 PM

                Highland Gardens Cafe -- 2927 W. 32nd......
                Excellent cinnamon rolls and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. The garden is a great place to be on a Sunday summer morning; have a walk 'round the neighborhood while you're there. St. Patrick's Cheese Shop, around the corner from MondoVino, is a good place to pick up lunch.........

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                  ColoradoFun RE: expatslat Aug 3, 2007 08:15 AM

                  Thanks for the Dozens Aurora info. I never realized they had another location. Highlands Garden is a great suggestion as well especially if you are looking for somplace a little nicer and relaxing. I have been for dinner but never breakfast.

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                    ClaireWalter RE: expatslat Aug 3, 2007 09:36 AM

                    Agreed, but make that St. Killian's Cheese Shop. And I believe that Mondo Vino is the name of the wine store and that the restaurant has another name.

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                    Heyteacher RE: jwsteen81 Aug 5, 2007 08:08 PM

                    HANDS DOWN -
                    Sam's #3 (Havana and Parker Rd)


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                      Megiac RE: Heyteacher Aug 8, 2007 03:34 PM

                      There's also a Sam's downtown on 15th and Curtis (or at least I think it is Curtis).

                    2. Ghost Runner RE: jwsteen81 Aug 8, 2007 03:33 PM

                      Snooze, Devil's Food, Egg Shell, Bump n Grind, Uptown Tavern

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                        denverkate RE: jwsteen81 Aug 8, 2007 08:35 PM

                        I agree about Watercourse (17th and Emerson). The scrambled tofu, to me, is a can't-miss. I'm not a vegetarian and don't particularly love tofu, but it's really excellent. Try the scrambles. The florentine is my favorite. The one with refried beans, though, is not very good.

                        My other favorite: Charlie Brown's. If you can get past the atmosphere, the food is amazing. We go for the gyros and eggs with homemade pita bread.

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                          EastCoastWineMan RE: jwsteen81 Aug 13, 2007 07:30 AM

                          Manny's Underground is awesome...fresh everyday and great prices

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