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


  • Nothing sweetens the morning after better than Gaia Bistro’s peanut butter, banana, and honey crêpes; if you’re looking for something more substantial, try the baked eggs with black beans, tomato, and goat cheese. Even when it’s packed, this Platt Park spot feels cozy and—depending on your company—even romantic. 1551 S. Pearl St., 303-777-5699, gaiabistro.com
  • If the weather is right, pick a table on Bistro Vendôme’s tucked-away patio. Outside or inside the intimate space, we could spend all day sipping smooth French 75 cocktails (gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar), eating gooey, decadent bites of croque madame, and dreaming of Paris. 1420 Larimer St., 303-825-3232, bistrovendome.com
  • Slip inside the door of Olivéa for a New York–style bistro experience. Order the eggs Olivéa—sunny side ups over polenta with sage, soffrito sauce, and pine nuts—and don’t pass up the basket of buttery pastries and house-made jam. 719 E. 17th Ave., 303-861-5050, olivearestaurant.com
  • At The Kitchen, share a cannelé—a dainty, French pastry—over sips of espresso. Then order the slow-roasted Long Farm pork shoulder with salsa verde, sandwiched between slices of Udi’s ciabatta. 1039 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-544-5973, thekitchencafe.com
  • If you have the willpower to walk past Devil’s Food’s pastry case without ordering a treat, we commend you. (Just save room for after breakfast.) Settle into the comfortable dining room for rustic eats such as cornbread topped with scrambled eggs, ham, and melted Brie. Brighten up the meal with a roasted half grapefruit with brown sugar. 1020 S. Gaylord St., 303-733-7448, devilsfooddenver.com