65 Things You Need to Eat in Denver

From classic diners to trendy new hot spots, our food editors scoured the Mile High City for these bucket-list eats.

March 2017

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—Photography by Aaron Colussi

Rise & Dine: Denver's Best Breakfast Sandwiches

Hi Rise owner Doug Anderson’s superb breads and bagels anchor the extensive menu of breakfast sandwiches at this Ballpark spot. In particular, the Uncle Gary’s delightful marriage of a fried egg, Canadian bacon, caramelized onions, fontina, and tangy honey mustard on a house-made English muffin is one for the books. 2162 Larimer St, 303-296-3656

Looking for a fancy breakfast sandwich? Go elsewhere. Congress Park staple Under the Umbrella Cafe and Bakery has served simple, cheap, and reliably satisfying options to hungry Denverites for years. Our favorite is the Shannon: scrambled eggs, spinach, tomato, onion, and pepper jack cheese on a bagel. 3504 E. 12th Ave, 303-256-0797

If you’re craving an East Coast–style breakfast, look no further than Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessen. The Jersey Boy extols the classic combo of a rich egg bagel, runny-yolk fried egg, Taylor ham, American cheese, and ketchup. Grab a few napkins and dig in. 725 E. 26th Ave, 720-440-9880

Moxie Eatery on Broadway has become one of our mainstays since it opened nine months ago. The sherry-vinaigrette-drizzled bacon Gorgonzola breakfast beauty (served on an English muffin) isn’t traditional, but thanks to its balanced flavors, don’t be surprised if it becomes a regular fixture in your morning routine. 70 Broadway, Suite 150, 303-524-9236

The breakfast sandwiches at Highland’s charming Wooden Spoon Cafe & Bakery are the stuff of dreams. House-baked brioche—pillowy, rich, and slightly sweet—cradles fluffy eggs and the toppings of your choice. We always return to the tasty combo of sausage, tomato, and cheddar. 2418 W. 32nd Ave, 303-999-0327

Rise & Shine Biscuit Cafe. Photograph courtesy of Rish & Shine Biscuit Cafe

Rise & Shine Biscuit Cafe offers house-made breakfast sandwiches that make getting out of bed worthwhile. Choose the Goldsboro, a freshly baked biscuit heaped with salty country ham. Add scrambled egg and cheddar cheese to round it out. Douse with hot sauce to taste. Enjoy. 5126 W. 29th Ave, 720-855-0540

At $7.25, the sautéed wild mushroom breakfast sandwich from Justin Brunson’s Masterpiece Delicatessen may not be the cheapest in town—but it’s certainly among the most delicious. Choose a Rosenberg’s bagel or an English muffin as the base, and ask for the egg cooked over medium. The earthy, nutty mushrooms add an indulgent touch. 1575 Central St, 303-561-3358; 1710 Sherman St, 303-832-5555

The Sammie Bing Bing at Taxi’s Black Black Coffee employs a supermarket throwback—Boursin cheese—to terrific effect. The creamy herbed spread mingles with an organic fried egg, a swipe of chipotle aïoli, arugula, and your choice of avocado or meat (go for bacon) on a squishy brioche bun. 3459 Ringsby Court, 720-595-1708

Carbon Cafe & Bar. Photograph by Aaron Colussi

If you count a McDonald’s McMuffin among your guilty pleasures, then you have to try the Golden Arches sandwich from Carbon Cafe & Bar. A fresh brioche doughnut (from Habit Doughnut Dispensary next door) is split and served with bourbon-blueberry jam, a fried egg, caramelized Spam, American cheese, and tater tots. Healthy? Not quite. Delicious? Oh yes. 1553 Platte St, 720-428-8565


For early risers—and those who detest waiting in line for brunch.

Pete's Kitchen. Photograph by Sarah Boyum

Pete’s Kitchen began feeding the hungry masses in 1942, and beef-and-lamb gyro has been a house specialty ever since. Pete’s serves it any way you like: in an omelet or breakfast burrito, as any number of sandwiches, or as a plate. Each and every iteration is downright tasty. 1962 E. Colfax Ave, 303-321-3139

Lancer’s Diner is a neighborhood haunt worthy of a visit. The from-scratch menu is lengthy, but favorites include crêpes with a cream-cheese-and-berry filling paired with hash browns and bacon or sausage. It’s a balanced, bountiful plate that goes down easy. 2991 W. Evans Ave, 303-936-4007

Cherry Creek’s Zaidy’s Deli offers exceptional Jewish deli–style fare and a down-to-earth vibe. Try a different kind of breakfast sandwich that’ll fill you up for hours: two massive latkes encasing smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, red onion, and tomato. 121 Adams St, 303-333-5336

Cozy DJ’s Café is the kind of spot where regulars chat with their servers throughout their meals. The menu tempts across the board, but give the spicy chorizo stew a try: Packed with sausage crumbles, potatoes, and tomatoes and topped with slices of baguette and a wobbly poached egg, it’s a bowl of warm-you-to-your-toes goodness. Multiple locations

No list of area diners would be complete without the Denver Diner. This stalwart reopened in 2015 after extensive repairs due to a fire, and we’d argue that the refabbed—yet still classic—space is all the better for it. Fortunately, staples like biscuits and gravy and creamy milkshakes haven’t changed a bit. 740 W. Colfax Ave, 303-825-5443

When it comes to classic greasy spoons, Breakfast King in the Overland neighborhood rules. Settle in among regulars for the legendary Texas country-fried steak, a tender, 11-ounce behemoth laden with gravy and crowned with two eggs. 1100 S. Santa Fe Drive, 303-733-0795