Looking for the best breakfast restaurants in Denver? We’ve got the ultimate list! Everything from chicken and waffles to bacon fried rice.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Denver, there are so many great dining options. BTTM team member, Alicia Glassmeyer, gives us a breakdown of her favorite morning meals in the Mile High City. You can follow her on Instagram @breakfastsocks for more breakfast inspiration.
Ah, the dynamic duo!! Are you wondering where to find the best chicken and waffles in Denver? We’ve found a few flavorful options for you…
Our vote for the best chicken in waffles in Denver (and we have tried a lot) goes to Devil’s Food. They top a delicious Belgian waffle with a perfectly seasoned southern fried chicken breast, sausage gravy and maple syrup. If you are a fan of sweet and savory, do yourself a favor and try this. The flavor combination is perfection!
This restaurant is small and popular, so plan ahead and get here early. Don’t worry though, if you have to wait, put your name on the list and visit their sister shop Devil’s Food Bakery a couple doors down for some coffee and pastries while you wait!
A recent discovery for us was Concourse Denver who has a completely different take on chicken and waffles but with extremely flavorful results. Here, they top a cornmeal waffle with butter and maple syrup, fried chicken, and pineapple chunks. Your mouth will thank you when you take a bite of the delicious spicy chicken and sweet pineapple.
The only bad thing about this meal, is that it’s only available on their weekend brunch menu. But if you happened to be looking for where to have brunch in Denver, I guess it works out. 😉
Since we just can’t get enough chicken and waffles, we are giving you a third option for it. Lucky for us, Bacon Social House offers a daily brunch menu, full bar, and bacon flights! The chicken and waffles here is a Belgian waffle topped with a crispy fried chicken breast, sausage gravy, chipotle honey, and (of course) a side of bacon.
The sweetness of the waffle pairs well with the spice of the chipotle honey and savory sausage gravy. Enjoy this meal just about any time of day since the brunch menu is offered until 4pm daily!
Ask anyone where the best biscuits in Denver are and they will all undoubtedly tell you one place…
If biscuits are your thing, you will be in heaven at Denver Biscuit Co. Here, biscuits are the focus and you can get a wide variety of dishes from sweet to savory in sandwich form or plated meals. It’s extremely difficult to choose one favorite meal here, because they are all so tasty!
If you are in the mood for a sandwich, The Franklin is a fantastic option with buttermilk fried chicken, cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy. If your sweet tooth needs fed, try the biscuit French toast, you can try it plain or add a fruit compote (we recommend the apples). The biscuits and gravy are always a solid choice and if you are really looking for a hearty meal, try the biscuit pot pie. Vegetarians can rest easy here knowing there is the option of a mushroom gravy instead of sausage gravy. There are multiple locations in Denver, Aurora, and Colorado Springs, so find one near you and get your biscuit fix!
Get ready to lick your plate clean! We’ve found a couple of sweet contenders for the best French Toast in Denver…
While Punch Bowl Social is not specific to Denver, the Monkey Bread French toast here is undeniably delicious, so it earns it’s spot in the Denver breakfast scene. Imagine bread pudding topped with salted caramel and candied walnuts and that’s what you get along with a side of bacon and cooked to order eggs.
This meal is on the daily breakfast menu and the weekend brunch menu, so go whenever you get the craving! Warning, the portion size is big and you might not be able to finish it, but you will certainly enjoy trying!
Four words: Banana Bread French Toast. According to the menu, this French toast has won awards, and we certainly believe it. We were so excited to try this that we forgot to take a photo (oops). This French toast, made from thick slices of sweet, delicious, banana bread will fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth. Moonlight Diner is located near the airport and is open early morning until late night, so you can welcome yourself to Denver with a delicious award winning meal!
If you’re looking for a fresh new twist on traditional breakfast staples, these two Denver restaurants are bound to excite your taste buds…
If pancakes are your breakfast go-to, you must try the pancake flight at Urban Egg Eatery! You can choose from five different pancake flavors and you will not be disappointed. With the pancake flight, you get three large pancakes. We chose Colorado blueberry streusel, cinnamon swirl, and carmelized bacon.
You really cannot go wrong with any of the flavors, but if you only want one pancake, we recommend the Colorado blueberry streusel. The combination of the blueberry syrup with the lemon honey butter is amazing! There are locations in Belleview Station, Highlands Ranch, and Fort Collins, so get to the nearest one for some pancake bliss today!
This quaint from-scratch kitchen in Sunnyside has multiple delicious pancake and waffle options. Seriously, where else can you get cookie dough or peanut butter cups cooked into a pancake? As an added bonus they follow sustainable practices by recycling and composting and using local ingredients when possible.
If it’s waffles you are looking for, you can get them topped with Nutella, strawberries, and even cannoli filling. We chose the Jaswells waffle which is topped with spiced apples, salted caramel, bacon streusel, and whipped cream. The apples were spiced perfectly and went so well with the crunch of the streusel. Sunny’s is small and can fill up quickly, but it’s worth the wait!
There are some pretty unique restaurants in Denver. The following breakfast places in Denver offer a variety of fun and distinct dishes…
For a small breakfast and coffee joint, this place packs a lot of flavor. At Onefold you will find a small breakfast menu with truly unique and tasty options. We tried the bacon fried rice and can only describe it as life changing. Rice fried with bacon, garlic, green onions, and tamari soy sauce, drizzled with chili oil and topped with two duck fat fried eggs.
This is not your standard breakfast, but it will be your new favorite breakfast! Try a Vietnamese iced coffee while you’re here, it’s sweet and refreshing.
Who says you can’t have mac and cheese for breakfast? Not Sassafras. The Breakfast Mac is a must try. It is a unique combination of creamy mac and cheese, diced bacon, and grit croutons topped with an over easy egg. Open 7 days a week with two locations in Denver and one in Golden, so pick the one closest to you and enjoy!
Four Friends Kitchen is a locally owned, southern inspired restaurant that will definitely satisfy your craving for grits. While they have many delicious options on the menu (including beignets) it’s the Four Friends Grits that keeps us coming back; creamy four cheese grits topped with buttermilk battered southern fried chicken, collard greens, red chili sauce, and poached eggs.
The spiciness of the chicken and the chili sauce pairs so perfectly with the cheesy, creamy grits. This dish will certainly make you do the happy food dance. There are now two locations in Denver at Stapleton and DU, so get out there and get some grits!
Pro Tip: While in Denver, also stop to check out the street art in the RiNo Art District!
No matter what you’re craving, we hope this list of the best breakfast restaurants in Denver will help you start your adventures for the day off right! Of course, no list is absolute, so if you think we’ve left out a great breakfast option please feel free to leave it in the comments below. 🙂