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Queen of the Tenderloins sandwich. Photo courtesy of Mother Muff’s Kitchen and Spirits
Eat and Drink

Stop for Indulgent Sandwiches, Skillets at Mother Muff’s in Colorado Springs

Doughnut burgers, breakfast pizza, and other rib-sticking fare is served with live music, bingo, and boozy shakes at this landmark lair, which is open from 8 to 2 a.m. daily.

Mother Muff’s is where cravings go to get realized in all their sugary, greasy, meaty, cheesy glory. From morning to moonset—8 to 2 a.m.—the gracious staff at this Colorado Springs institution churns out novelty comfort food in a sassy, come-as-you-are setting. Bacon and booze are a running theme with honey-cured bacon skillets and gravy-based breakfast pizza standing out as menu favorites next to a long list of brunch cocktails.

The Old Colorado City landmark began as Meadow Muffins in 1979, drawing locals to dine and dance among curiosities and movie antiquities (for example, an all-school Casablanca fan still spins in the front room bar). Meadow Muffins closed for a period in 2014, when Rob and Susan Hirt and partner Jill Kolman purchased the historic brick Waycott Building and restored the restaurant to its 1890 charm before reopening as Mother Muff’s Kitchen and Spirits the same year. Whispers from the building’s opera house past linger in stained glass, exposed brick, and tin-tiled ceilings. Weekends fill up with sports fans, local bands, and friends playing darts, pool, and shuffleboard—and the saloon-style wraparound bar is made for all-day story swapping.

A stacked breakfast burger at Mother Muff’s. Photo courtesy of Mother Muff’s Kitchen and Spirits

Breakfast comprises two-thirds of the menu and is served open to close. Mother’s invites you to drink your vegetables with eight craft bloody marys made with a house-juiced eight-veggie mix. Sip on the house-infused poblano vodka bloody ($8)—we recommend adding fresh horseradish, blue-cheese-stuffed olives, and a slice of peppered bacon—while you flip through the extensive spiral-bound menu.

Regulars return for the Mile High Mother cast-iron bacon skillet ($12) plied with scrambled eggs, ham, green pepper, onion, and cheddar on a bed of hash browns and lined with four slices of bacon. The specialty comes with your choice of honey-cured, jalapeño, pepper, brown-sugar-baked, or delectable chocolate-dipped honey bacon. Can’t choose? Munch on a basket of the all the flavors ($7).

Breakfast pizza at Mother Muff’s. Photo by Lisa Blake

The brown sugar banana buttermilk pancakes ($9), chopped-bacon-covered giant cinnamon roll ($7), and the classic country breakfast pizza ($11) with sausage gravy, salty ham bits, and fluffy scrambled eggs are all worth ordering as well. For lunch, tuck into a hand-breaded and fried Queen of the Tenderloins sandwich ($13), a fork-and-knife-required glazed doughnut cheeseburger ($12), and a grilled cheese ($10) oozing with cheddar, American, Swiss and bacon on thick, buttery Texas toast.

Stretchy pants recommended.

Visit Mother Muff’s on Tuesday and Thursday nights for karaoke, trivia on Wednesday, and local live music Saturday and Sunday.  2432 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs

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