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


  • Root Down’s blood-orange mimosa might cost $12—two dollars more than the restaurant’s traditional sparkling cocktail—but the brilliant color and slight raspberry tang are worth the indulgence. And: It’s bottomless. Better yet, trade the bubbly for a more potent (but not bottomless) blood-orange Caipirinha. 1600 W. 33rd Ave., 303-993-4200, rootdowndenver.com
  • At Bistro One, the fleur de lis—a cocktail that stirs floral St. Germain Elderflower liqueur with smooth vodka and fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit—is a grand step up from the Greyhound. 1294 S. Broadway, 720-974-0602, bistroonedenver.com
  • While the Ultimate Bloody Mary is Lola’s most popular morning sip, our go-to is the pineapple mimosa. The bubbles cut the juice’s natural sweetness, and it’s a perfect complement to the green chile hash with roasted chiles, shredded Yukon golds, chile rojo, and an over-easy egg. 1575 Boulder St., 720-570-8686, loladenver.com
  • At Olivéa we alternate our drink orders. Option one: the spicy Bloody Mary, a riff on the classic Bloody with a habanero kick and a garnish of tomato, basil, and balsamic-marinated mozzarella. Option two: the refreshing Camapri sunrise, with Grand Marnier and fresh orange juice. Either way, you win. 719 E. 17th Ave., 303-861-5050, olivearestaurant.com
  • We appreciate that Parallel Seventeen’s cocktail lineup is in keeping with the restaurant’s Vietnamese spin: Sparkling wine lovers should try the bottomless guava mimosa, a tropical rendition of the classic that’s light and refreshing, with none of the tart-sweetness of orange juice. 1600 E. 17th Ave., 303-399-0988, parallelseventeen.com