You really can’t go wrong with breakfast — period! No matter your diet, lifestyle or schedule, it’s an important meal. Luckily, Southwest Denver serves up creative and inspired breakfast and brunch spots. Here are 15 of the best.
Perhaps the city’s most famous breakfast item is the Denver omelette, blending peppers, onion, ham and cheddar with eggs. Local lore describes it as actually having begun as a sandwich that became popular with both railroad workers and cowboys — and that gave literal meaning to the term of “to go” orders.
Early 20th-century restaurateurs Albert A. McVittie and M.D. Looney each claimed to have invented the dish independently. But no matter who gets the credit, that creation evolved into the Denver omelette by the 1970s.
And no matter what culinary style you espouse, you’ll find hearty meals — whether vegan and gluten-free or traditional omnivore fare — at all of Southwest Denver’s mighty breakfast spots.
Our 15 recommended eateries collectively bring on the biscuits and bacon, from simple to spicy. And don’t forget the coffee!
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1705 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO 80210
Little Spoons is as charming as it is delicious. The food is handcrafted by Amelia, the owner of the restaurant, who puts love into each meal.
90 Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO 80203
Rosebud Cafe has a lovely interior to match their offerings. Customers are happy to have a healthy and cozy spot to call their regular breakfast choice.
275 S. Logan St., Denver, CO 80209
The fresh offerings at Lucile's are sure to have you wanting to return to try all of the menu options. Food is heavy but in a good way.
City O' City
206 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO 8020
City O' City is versatile in its offerings as it caters to both omnivores and vegans— a challenging find for breakfast spots!
865 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80203
DJ's serves up creative versions of breakfast staples. Brie is incorporated into some omelettes and it's not unexpected to find Mexican ingredients added as accents to bring an entree to the next level.
700 E. First Ave., Denver, CO 80203
Waffle Brothers is affordable and well-liked by Denver locals.
2095 S. Ogden St., Denver, CO 80210
Lucile's cajun-inspired dishes are delicious and filling and the coffee and OJ are always fresh.