Spicy pupusa Benedicts. Caviar-topped eggs. Comforting bowls of Vietnamese rice porridge. These are just some of the new worth-crawling-out-of-bed-for dishes you’ll find at four freshly debuted brunch services in and around Denver. Any of these spots—all of which have airy patio seating available—will get your weekend started off in the most delicious way possible.
Chef-owner Quyen Trinh draws brunchtime inspiration from the early-day dishes she grew up eating in Vietnam; her restaurant’s new weekend-only menu was launched in late July. For pure comfort, order a bowl of Trinh’s steaming rice porridge, which is best when you opt to top it with thinly sliced, star anise- and clove-spiced beef. She serves the above with a bevy of fresh veggie toppings, including crunchy bean sprouts, palate-awakening sliced ginger, fresh cilantro, and scallions so you can dress your bowl to your liking. Or try the deluxe sticky rice, garnished with slices of cha lua (a fish sauce-scented pork sausage cooked in banana leaves) and thit nguoi (a fattier cured ham) and accompanied by a sweet-salty dipping sauce. The breakfast spring rolls—fluffy scrambled eggs and bacon wrapped in tender rice paper with fragrant mint, pickled carrots, and daikon—are also delicious. Complemented by a refreshing lineup of brunch cocktails that span from bottomless mimosas to rum-spiked fruit smoothies, all curated by Trinh’s husband, Long Nguyen, and you’re in for a meal that’s sure to cure all that ails you. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 865 N. Lincoln St.
Fans of Room for Milly’s polished cocktails and playful small plates, rejoice: The five-month-old LoHi bar is now serving brunch. Grab a booth in the gorgeous dining room or on the newly expanded streetside patio and then take your pick from a tight but mighty menu. The avocado toast with charred tomatoes, pickled radish, and herbs is a light, satisfying option, while the Tour d’Oeufs—a 65-degree sous vide egg, caviar, beurre monté (an emulsified butter sauce), and arugula stacked on a fried potato cake—is a fantastic indulgence. Still hungry? Coffee mousse-filled zeppole or burnt honey panna cotta is there to save the day. But no matter what you order to eat, a cocktail or Blue Sparrow coffee drink is a must; we recommend the Head Start, a decadent mixture of iced espresso, vodka, mole bitters, and heavy cream. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1615 Platte St., No. 145
Two-year-old Super Mega Bien has earned a bevy of accolades, including repeat spots on 5280’s 25 Best Restaurants list and, most recently, a James Beard Award nomination in the Best Chef: Mountain category for chef-owner Dana Rodriguez. But all awards aside, the limited-time Sunday summer brunch service at Super Mega is proof enough of Rodriguez’s ability to add flavor-packed flair to any meal. Start by ordering a tomatillo bloody Mary or Super Mega Bien old fashioned (rye, eye-opening espresso liquor, and bitters), and don’t miss the bread basket, which contains a heavenly assortment of house-baked croissants, rolls, and scones. For your main course, go for the Churrasco steak and eggs with herby chimichurri or the roasted corn and poblano Benedict, which is built with poached eggs, tender achiote-seasoned pork, heirloom tomato salad, and Sriracha hollandaise layered over pupusas (griddled corn cakes). The brunch menu will be available on September 6 and 20; more dates may be added in October. Reserve your table at email@example.com. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., select Sundays in September, the Ramble Hotel, 1260 25th St.
Until recently, a fried egg-topped sloppy joe wasn’t something we craved before noon. But when one-year-old Urban Village debuted its Village Burger in June, weekend jaunts to Lone Tree became more of a necessity. The dish is chef Charles Mani’s rendition of pav bhaji (a thick Western Indian vegetable curry served with a soft roll), made with grass-fed ground beef coated in a chile-tinged sauce. Not a carnivore? The vegetable masala burger, featuring a fried potato and corn patty seasoned with fresh ginger, turmeric, and garam masala, hits all the right notes. As do the loaded fries, which come as crispy, double-fried potatoes layered with a garlicky, tomato-tinged, fenugreek sauce. Save room for a cinnamon-mango ice cream sundae or the coffee ice cream kulfi, too. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9234 Park Meadows Dr., Ste. 700, Lone Tree