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


  • Even in the light of day, Sputnik retains its Broadway-cool vibe. Paper lanterns hang over tables and offer just enough light to see your “green eggs and ham” breakfast sandwich stacked with eggs (or tofu) scrambled with spinach pesto and topped with Swiss and shreds of Canadian bacon (or soy ham). 3 S. Broadway, 720-570-4503, sputnikdenver.com
  • If Table 6’s haute pocket—a getup of steak, bacon, scrambled eggs, cheddar, and grilled onions on a milk roll—is good enough for the Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate, it’s good enough for you, too. 609 Corona St., 303-831-8800, table6denver.com
  • Dig into Venue’s slightly spicy shrimp and creamy grits while listening to the Highland gossip drift from nearby tables. 3609 W. 32nd Ave., 303-477-0477, venuebistro.com
  • It might sit on the Hill in Boulder, but don’t be fooled: Café Aion is no CU hangout. The rustic farm-to-table menu is constantly changing, but we go back again and again for the fried-to-order doughnuts and the hearty steel-cut oatmeal with Moroccan fruit compote. 1235 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, 303-993-8131, cafeaion.com
  • The Bohemian set descends on Paris on the Platte, where pitchers of strong coffee are a must. Over conversation, or between pages of a dog-eared novel, fuel up on sunny bites of French toast stuffed with bananas and honey-walnut cream cheese. 1553 Platte St., 303-455-2451, parisontheplattecafeandbar.com
  • Set in the heart of Capitol Hill, the brand-new Jelly has already found a following. We love the house-made preserves, but it’s the breakfast sliders—mini frittatas set on toasted buns—that bring us back. Don’t miss the Savory: goat cheese frittata, bacon, and spinach-walnut pesto. 600 E. 13th Ave., 303-831-6301, eatmorejelly.com