Rise & Dine

Ahh, breakfast. The smell of sizzling bacon alone brings back the Saturday mornings of childhood. And while the meal was ignored for too long by serious restaurants, that’s no longer true. Here, our favorite 64 spots for morning eats.

March 2011


  • Denver’s newest powerbroker breakfast spot is Edge Restaurant inside the Four Seasons, where chef Simon Purvis stacks the menu with thoughtful fare. Not to be missed: the Front Range hash with eggs any style (we prefer over easy), braised buffalo, Yukon potatoes, bell peppers, and a zippy chipotle hollandaise. 1111 14th St., 303-389-3000, edgerestaurantdenver.com
  • Ellyngton’s breakfast begins at 7 a.m., so you can dine early and still get to the office on time. Keep it light with a broiled grapefruit followed by house-made granola, or go big with the Denver omelet. 321 17th St., 303-297-3111, brownpalace.com
  • Racines is a gathering place for the politicos and local movers and shakers, so you’ll be rubbing elbows over your skillet breakfast or buttermilk pancakes. (If you’re meeting with the opposition, you’d be wise to head elsewhere.) 650 Sherman St., 303-595-0418, racinesrestaurant.com
  • Trying to impress a client? Head to the quiet, handsome dining room at Elway’s. Order the springy asparagus and mushroom frittata—expertly paired with fire-roasted tomatoes and rosemary breakfast potatoes—for a dish that’s light but filling. 1881 Curtis St., 303-312-3107, elways.com