What to do when January 1 rolls around? It’s time for brunch of course. You’ve got the day off, so grab the family and keep your holiday going with an amazing meal and just enough grease to help calm that pesky hangover. Brunch has quickly grown to become the most popular meal at many local restaurants, as each works to show off its own style and skill by presenting some of the most amazing and clever dishes around. Besides, when else can you enjoy bacon, pastries and vodka in the same meal? If you need a little brunch inspiration, here are five fantastic Denver-area restaurants that would be the perfect place to enjoy your New Year’s Day brunch.
Beast + Bottle
719 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
This Uptown eatery is known for taking the concept of “farm to table” one step further. Not only do sibling owners Paul and Aileen Reilly ensure that their ingredients are sourced from Colorado farms but they have special relationships with the farmers themselves, bringing truly fresh vegetables, fruits and meats to their tables. The Reillys even get their eggs from a local flock at Cottonwood Creek Farms in northeast Colorado. The brunch menu includes lots of fantastic treats like pumpkin waffles, deep fried brioche French toast and incredible eggs Benedict. Make sure to order a mimosa or Beastly Bloody to perfectly complement your New Year’s brunch.
1575 Boulder St.
Denver, CO 80211
Enjoy your first meal of 2015 infused with the flavors of coastal Mexico. Lola’s menu features dishes inspired by the regions of Oaxaca, Baja and the Yucatan Peninsula, with a rich, contemporary feel to all of its specially crafted dishes. Go classic with the Lola Huevos or splurge a little with the Chicharron benny, which includes pork belly and a delicious chipotle hollandaise sauce. There is even a lobster green chile omelet with delectable butter poached lobster. You can also get oysters on the half shell, fresh ceviche and some of the sweetest doughnuts you’ve ever had. If you want a cocktail with your brunch, you’ll love the Michelada Pop or the Ultimate Bloody, which is served with chile poached shrimp, bacon, house-made pickles, spicy asparagus and cheese. It’s a whole meal in a very large glass.
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1600 W. 33rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Root Down is a favorite neighborhood restaurant, offering a huge menu of globally influenced seasonal cuisine which is its fancy way of saying the menu is diverse and not tied to one specific genre. Most everything is local, organic and truly fresh, and you’ll love the different options on the amazing brunch menu. Try the almond flour buttermilk pancakes, the pulled pork omelets or the amazing kale and Brussels sprout salad. Of course, you’ll also want to allow plenty of room for the bottomless mimosas or a delicious classic Bloody Mary. If you have any dietary needs, Root Down is also happy to accommodate you, as you’ll find lots of vegan and gluten-free options on this menu.
609 Corona St.
Denver, Co 80218
There’s a reason that Table 6 won Best Brunch in 2013 and the Best Hip Hop Brunch in 2014 and it’s more than just the amazing menu. You’ll also find a live DJ spinning tunes every Sunday morning, making a lively and unique atmosphere for any New Year’s Day brunch festivities. This menu is also filled with amazing items like fried duck meatballs, smoked salmon cakes, a sliced pork loin club and an insanely delicious barbecue short rib with chile con carne. Of course, it also helps that you can order a full slab of bacon or fill up on delicious brioche with cream cheese and jam. All of this amazing food, plus lively music and a great atmosphere? If that isn’t the perfect way to ring in the new year, then what is?
7352 E. 29th Ave.
Denver, CO 80238
When you’ve had a bit too much to drink, there is one food that always sounds good – bacon. The Berkshire in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood is a whole restaurant dedicated to pork, offering just about every amazing pork dish you can imagine. Enjoy the pork belly Benedict or the wild boar bacon hash, or try the delicious Porky’s Inferno for a slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich served on a challah bun. If you aren’t sure what to order, just get the Heritage Breed Bacon Flight and you can enjoy some of the best bacon in Denver. Make sure to order the Bacon Bloody Mary for an amazing brunch cocktail, made with bacon-infused vodka and served with a beer back.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.