Do you even brunch? We sure do. It’s the most beloved of all meal mash-ups, after all.
But you don’t want to completely erase the last five days you spent sweating in the gym. For the love of all breakfast food, help us Denver. Don’t worry – our city never lets us down, and we know how to brunch right. Here is just the guide you need to navigate all things healthy brunch in Denver.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
These Denver-based breakfast specialists have several locations around town – from Pearl Street in Boulder to Union Station in Denver, and even in the ’burbs. Snooze’s menu is filled with innovative choices and they even encourage you to customize your order. And while substituting your way through the regular part of the menu is definitely possible and encouraged, the “Light As A Feather” selections have the fit-friendly grub. Added bonus: you can snag all-day brunch, seven days a week.
Need brunch right now? B-Cycle your way to this South Broadway restaurant, there is a rental station right across the street. There, The Hornet has been healthy before healthy was cool; they’ve been serving GMO-free, organic foods for over 20 years. They pride themselves on being flexible with special requests too, so don’t be shy if you are sensitive to any ingredients. The Greek God of Parfait won’t leave you feeling overstuffed for your bike ride home, but we always spring for the breakfast tacos or Hornet Omelette. And good news, friends! You can start your weekend early, because these folks offer Friday brunch as well. Fri/Sat/Sun 10-3.
Bacon Social House
Yes. We said bacon. This paleo-friendly spot in the Highlands centers its brunch and dinner menus around everyone’s favorite breakfast meat. But they aren’t serving greasy diner grub. Bacon Social House cares about what they put on your plate, sourcing the best local and organic ingredients they can find while giving you plenty of ways to taste the bacon. Try the bacon flight, with six different types of bacon — from applewood to habanero. Or stick to the bacon-friendly classics, like eggs or a burger, jazzed up with some serious bacon flavor, of course. And if you feel like a little indulgence, give the bacon tots a try. You’re welcome.
The Corner Beet
The Corner Beet sits at the corner of 14th and N. Ogden in Cap Hill. And if you think they are juice-only, think again! This quaint spot has a menu full of tasty toasts, super-healthy salads, breakfast burritos, açaí bowls, and smoothies. They use 100% organic produce and source locally when possible. With plenty of fresh, real foods, they’re always willing to cater to whatever dietary preference or need you have (yes, they have gluten-free bread!). You can’t make a bad choice on the menu, but no matter what you pick, wash it all down with one of their specialty drinks—from the matcha chai tea to the golden milk latte—and you’ll definitely leave a nourished and happy human.
Featuring two on-site gardens, it doesn’t get fresher than Root Down. Their menu offers gluten-free-friendly, organic, and vegan options, which rotate seasonally. But if you’re one of those “1pm is brunch time”-believers, you may have to wait – it’s no secret this downtown spot has gorgeous view of the city. Calorie counting meat-eaters can fix your plate with substitutes like egg whites and avocados. But the tofu scramble is something else – herbivores and vegans, we see you. And lucky you, if you are awaiting a flight at Denver International Airport, they even have a second location within the terminal. Friday 11-2, Sat/Sun 10-230.
This rustic lower Highlands joint offers a spectacular farm-fresh, sustainably sourced menu. Pretty much the definition of small batch, the food options are limited – these guys are dedicated to keeping it small in order to craft everything in-house. As a healthy foodie, you like to know what’s really in your food, and they’ll tell you! They’re specialists in quality ingredient control making sure you get all of the good and none of the bad. Plus, almost any dietary need can be created here with g-free bread and egg white options. Sat/Sun 930-2.
Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen
If you haven’t ventured out to the food scene in RiNo, Stowaway is a great place to start with brunch, especially if you are a coffee fanatic. A full espresso bar with… (drumroll, please) house-made cashew milk! And you will definitely dream about the organic pear juice-soaked Muesli on the “smalls” portion of the menu, or the Colorful Colorado – the ultimate breakfast platter – on the “bigs” section. Bottom line: bring some friends, split some dishes, and try everything. And as a bonus convenience if you’re on the go, during the week at select times they offer take-out orders via text. Weekends 8-3, Weekdays 7-3 & closed on Tuesdays.
Morning Collective opened the doors to its farmhouse chic brunch destination on the border of the South Broadway and Rosedale neighborhoods in Denver Metro. For the am eatery, Executive Chef Joseph Strelnik created a playful menu for early risers, health nuts, and weekend brunch warriors alike. Yes, that means one weekend you can opt for a healthy Sunrise Elixer, and the next kick back with the boozy “Breakfast Shot.”
Fooducopia is all things small, local, and organic. The eggs are so fresh, they are collected daily within five miles of the restaurant. It’s perfect because this menu is filled with hashes, omelettes, scrambles, and benedicts. And just a short walk from Wash Park, this will pair perfectly with your sun-filled day of volleyball in the park. You can even keep this one in mind when playing hooky (we won’t tell); they are open daily for breakfast. FYI: There is a seriously huge selection of veggies in almost all of the dishes, and the jam is made in-house if you are up for a little guilt-free splurge. 7 days/week 8-3.
Just BE Kitchen
Have you made it to this new spot on Platte between LoDo and LoHi? The entire menu is free of gluten, grains, and refined sugar (read: Paleo). Think a combination of cleaned-up classics, like a chicken caesar with cashew dressing and almond flour croutons, plus cool and creative picks like the Meatzza (you’ll just have to try it). And if a bullet coffee is on your brunch standby, you’re in luck. The cozy and calming vibe of the space reflects the mission: “To provide mindful mouthfuls from a conscious kitchen with kindness on a plate.” No need to be Paleo or gluten-free to eat here. You just need to like really good food.
Beatrice & Woodsley
Head on over to the Baker Historic Art District for Colorado-grown, seasonally rotated dishes. There, you’ll meet Beatrice & Woodsley. The food here is creative, with all sorts of fun flavors and some great vegetarian options. You know us Denverites love to keep it crunchy, so slide us that seed, nut, fruit, greek yogurt combo of what they call the House-Made Tree-Hugger Kisses. Combine that with a glass of Kombucha (made in-house), for the win. Seriously though, you will leave happy no matter what you pick. Sat/Sun 10-2.
City, O’ City
Head to Cap Hill for breakfast every damn day from 7 to 2. They use local produce when possible, and even have their own urban micro farm which provides much of its produce in the summer. They also support other Colorado companies to bring you all the best local stuff, from coffee to booze. Vegetarians and meat-eaters will both appreciate the veg-heavy menu too. Try the waffle with chicken-fried cauliflower, a simple bowl of steel cut oats with peanut butter and acai berries, or the tempeh bacon hash with kale.
True Food Kitchen
True Food is real food. Just walk by the open kitchen at the Cherry Creek restaurant and you’ll see why. With mounds of chopped veggies waiting to be tossed into your meal, True Food’s kitchen looks like you wish yours did: bright colors, prepped produce, and clean counters. Tons of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free items are clearly marked on the menu, even for their Saturday and Sunday brunch. Paleo options exist too, you just have to look. The menu is based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet. That means super-clean food that is full of flavor.
From the brains of the folks who brought us Root Down and Linger, Vital Root brings veggie-focused, healthy eats to Berkeley. Try something fun and different like the Banh Mi breakfast tacos or keep it simple with the everything bagel avocado toast. And if a boozy brunch is your thing, try the freshly-squeezed blood orange mimosa. But if you can’t laze around for a two-hour meal, know that it’s fast(er) casual with a really good vibe.
This Five Points joint focuses on local, organic ingredients with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Think organic eggs, whole-grain hotcakes, and gluten-free muffins. And specialties like a tofu scramble with quinoa and Huevos Rancheros with a grilled bison burger. There’s always something happening at “The Merc” too — from poetry readings to swing dance lessons to live music.