Top 7 Breakfast Spots in Boulder

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Any good college town has a slew of breakfast options, and Boulder, Colorado, is no different. From flapjacks piled high to sizzling egg skillets and breakfast burritos, diners can find a variety of styles and options to please almost any fancy. So if you’re new in town or just want to try a different spot, have a look at this list of best breakfast spots in Boulder:

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    The Village is a Boulder staple that serves straightforward, greasy and delicious breakfast options. It has the small and unmistakable feel of a diner with table and counter seating, and the menu is packed with classics like egg combos, omelets, pancakes and French toast. The place is usually loud and busy, and the wait staff is friendly but no-nonsense. One of the best attributes of the Village is the price – everything on the menu is affordable. If you come at peak time on a Saturday or Sunday, chances are there will be a wait, but it won’t be long; the turnover is pretty quick.

  • 02 of 07

    The original Walnut Cafe and its south Boulder counterpart serve tasty breakfast with a Boulder twist. Gluten-free and vegan options are plentiful, and health nuts can find enough wheat bread and grilled veggies to keep them happy. But big eaters and meat lovers need not shy away -- Walnut has a full menu of hearty options as well, including breakfast burritos and Belgian waffles piled with toppings.

  • 03 of 07

    The Buff is a favorite across all age groups, and the reason is diners can come to the Buff to enjoy fresh food in a civilized setting. Located in central Boulder, it’s a popular place to get fed before the game. The menu sports an impressive array of eggs Benedict, and the Southwestern options – huevos rancheros and chimichangas, to name a couple – are outstanding. And take the edge off last night with one of the Buff's 99-cent mimosas or Bloody Marys.

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    The Denver-based breakfast hotspot is relatively new to Boulder, but diners have certainly found it. Located at 16th & Pearl streets, Snooze features a modern design and colorful atmosphere -- and often long lines of customers waiting for a table. During peak hours, it’s not uncommon for wait times to stretch to 45 minutes or longer, but once you taste the food, you’ll know why. Plentiful unique pancake options – such as pineapple upside down, sweet potato, and coffee and donuts  – are garnished with pecans and flavored butter. Snooze also boasts an expansive espresso bar and breakfast cocktails.

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  • 05 of 07

    When you’re looking to get away from the hustle of campus and the more famous breakfast spots, Lucky’s is the place to go. Nestled inconspicuously in north Boulder, the cafe draws an adult crowd and almost always an open table. A recently redesigned menu boasts reasonably priced classics like eggs, bacon, and hash browns, as well as a variety of omelets and pancakes. Try the Greek omelet for a delicious take on local ingredients.

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    Foolish Craig’s might be the most “Boulder” establishment on this list; nearly everything is made from scratch, with a bevy of ingredients from local suppliers used to make fresh and organic breakfast dishes. It’s known for its crepes, many stuffed with the likes of mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, and eggplant. There’s also a good selection of omelets and sandwiches. Prices are reasonable.

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    One of the more unusual dining experiences in town, Lucile’s is housed in a yellow Victorian house at 14th and Pine streets and serves up a taste of New Orleans with Creole-inspired breakfast dishes. While it’s expanded over the years to include five locations, the original Boulder spot is the heart and soul of the restaurant. The food itself is top notch – starting with the big fluffy biscuit and moving on to Southern favorites like the Creole omelet and shrimp and grits. And be warned; the portions are huge. Chances are you’ll be needing a to-go box.