Omelettes and more: 15 independent mighty breakfast finds in Southwest Denver

by Carrie Bradon | Dec. 1, 2017, 3:48am |

Early 20th-century restaurateurs Albert A. McVittie and M.D. Looney each claimed to have invented the Denver omelette.

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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Morning Collective 

2160 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
(303) 953-9943
Morning Collective is a spacious spot when you can enjoy specialty items like their horchatta iced latte and Tres Leches Pistachio French Toast.

Little Spoons

1705 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO 80210
(303) 997-9496
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.

Jelly Cafe

600 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO 80203
Jelly Cafe has a diverse menu, but customers are strongly encouraged to try their famous donut bites.

Lancer's Diner

2991 W. Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80219
(303) 936-4007
Lancer's features huge and filling portions at a modest price, giving customers a reason to come and come back.

Rosebud Cafe

90 Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO 80203
(303) 593-2119
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.

Lucile's Creole Cafe

275 S. Logan St., Denver, CO 80209
(303) 442-4743
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.

Denver Biscuit Co.

141 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
(303) 377-7900
Denver Biscuit Co. is a casual spot to get a filling breakfast for a great price.

City O' City
206 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO 8020
(303) 831-6443
City O' City is versatile in its offerings as it caters to both omnivores and vegans— a challenging find for breakfast spots!

Moxie Eatery

70 Broadway, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80203
(303) 524-9236
Moxie Eatery offers gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions, and never scrimps on style or quality, regardless of the dish.

DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe

865 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80203
(303) 386-3375
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. 


2740 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Denver, CO 80227
(303) 984-4722
Zest includes a lot of organic options, as well as other dishes that are great for gluten-free diets or those avoiding meat. 

Waffle Brothers

700 E. First Ave., Denver, CO 80203
(303) 733-1212
Waffle Brothers is affordable and well-liked by Denver locals. 

Lucile's Creole Cafe

2095 S. Ogden St., Denver, CO 80210
(303) 442-4743
Lucile's cajun-inspired dishes are delicious and filling and the coffee and OJ are always fresh.


236 W. 13th Ave., Denver, CO 80204
(303) 572.0066
Dozens is tasty and generous with their servings sizes. Don't be surprised if you have to ask for a to-go box!

The Spring Café

1373 Grant St., Denver, CO 80203
(303) 835-1124
The Spring Café is known for their fresh food and friendly staff.

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