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 if the mere thought of beer makes you hiccup, order Gallop Café’s PBR biscuits and gravy. The suds lighten the biscuit, which comes topped with scrambled eggs and sausage gravy. 2401 W. 32nd Ave., 303-455-5650, gallopcafe.com
  • El Diablo’s chilaquiles are the ultimate morning-after grub: Layers of corn tortilla chips are simmered in mild guajillo salsa before being topped with scrambled eggs, queso, and crema. 101 Broadway, 303-954-0324, eldiablorestaurant.com
  • If you can handle the line at Lucile's, reward yourself with the Cajun breakfast: spicy red beans, poached eggs, and grits—doused in hollandaise. Multiple locations, luciles.com
  • Under the Umbrella’s smothered breakfast burrito—egg, cheese, potatoes, green chiles, and bacon—comes wrapped in a tortilla big enough to fill a dinner plate. 3504 E. 12th Ave., 303-256-0797, denverbakeryandcafe.com
  • The best time to visit Breakfast King is in the wee hours of the morning. Take in the 1970s kitsch and the eclectic crowd over eggs (any style) and hash browns. 300 W. Mississippi Ave., 303-733-0795
  • Steuben’s first sold its chicken and waffles as a New Year’s Eve special, but its popularity has landed the dish on the regular brunch menu. We just wish we could order it for dinner, too. 523 E. 17th Ave., 303-830-1001, steubens.com
  • At Sam’s No. 3 we go for the Greek omelet, stuffed with gyro meat, feta, tomato, red onion, and a side of tzatziki. 1500 Curtis St., 303-534-1927 and 2580 S. Havana St., Aurora, 303-751-0347, samsno3.com