The Mile High over the years has unofficially become a brunch capital of the United States. It’s one of the things that makes Denver – along with making drinking socially acceptable on a Sunday afternoon.
The Colorado lifestyle takes a toll on our budgets weekend after weekend of overpriced concert tickets, expensive housing, costly outdoor adventures and eating out at all the new spots popping up.
Some of us need a break from the $40 brunches after late nights, enjoying with friends or when we just are feeling too lazy to make breakfast at home.
I decided to compile a list of 5 Denver restaurants where you can enjoy brunch for under $25 after tip & all.
1. Sam’s No. 3
This diner bar has native roots and been serving the American classics since 1927. It now has 3 locations: Downtown, Cherry Creek, and Aurora. The menu is a very large typical diner menu with many Colorado classics such as green chili smothered breakfast burritos, which are massive. Eating a whole one will give you a food baby and put you in a coma. From sandwiches to Mexican style food to Wisconsin style cheese curds, there is truly something on the menu for everyone. They offer early bird specials (On weekdays), making it the perfect place to start off those early morning mountain adventures. Meal substitutions make it easy for those with health restrictions like gluten-free or keto. Be prepared for a wait on the weekends. I’ve had the best luck at the Cherry Creek location for no long wait times.
Sunny’s in Sunnyside has become a neighborhood staple among the string of restaurants and businesses on 44th St. Sunny’s has a local organic and sustainable approach to brunch without the trendy atmosphere or the price tag, which is almost unheard of in Denver. They also offer numerous healthy options for those trying brunch without the guilt that comes with greasy breakfast foods and slamming bottomless bloody marys and mimosas but the cannoli waffles are something not to missed if you have Sunday sweet tooth.
3. Swift’s Breakfast House
Swift’s Breakfast House in Santa Fe Art District is a hole in the wall, greasy spoon that has been keeping regulars coming back for decades – 6 decades to be exact. Swift’s shifts the Denver norm and specializes in Coney Island red chili. It has the classic diner scene of watching the cooks make your food from behind the counter, personable service and great food for a great price/. I love coming here when I want to avoid long waits and drinking during brunch. It’s super lowkey and can’t beat the prices – you can successfully spend less than $10 and be satisfied.
4. Mr. Egg
This unsuspecting breakfast spot in the northside of the town, 73th, and Washington, is putting large portions of great food for a great price. Last time I went here I was too hungry to even think straight and couldn’t finish my breakfast quesadilla. It came with a side of amazing green chili. (Can you tell I love green chili yet?) I was astonished by how fast the food hit my table. Other classics on the menu include a wide variety of American breakfast favorites like french toast and corn beef hash as well as other Mexican staples smothered in Green chili Coloradans know and love.
5. Magnolia Restaurant
The new Cajun restaurant on South Broadway serves up a breakfast buffet for on Sunday’s from 10:30am-2pm for $16 with a full menu of authentic creole food including shrimp & grits, house-made andouille sausage, crawfish etouffee as well as full an omelet station, biscuits & gravy and what might be the best bread pudding in Denver.
Did we miss a spot? Feel free to comment some of your budget brunch recommendations. We’d love to check them out!