Top 10 Brunches in Denver

Mother's Day 2016

Your mom spent many years flipping perfect flapjacks for you, or at least, pouring cereal and milk in a bowl. Return the favor by taking mom out to brunch for Mother's Day. From Italian fare at North Italia to modern Mexican at Lola, Denver's diverse restaurants offer many choices to make mom happy. Mother's Day this year falls on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

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    ••• Photo courtesy of Julie Monley

    Dazzle your mom with live jazz performed onstage by the Julie Monley Quartet, featuring the vocal talents of Denver native Julie Monley. While you mellow out in the dining area with omelets made to order and a top-notch brunch buffet, mom can kick back and relax. For an additional cost, you can add on all-you-can-drink mimosas and Bloody Marys.  Reservations by phone are required.

    Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge
    930 Lincoln St.
    Denver, CO 80203
    Phone: 303-839-5101

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    ••• Ellyngton's at the Brown Palace serves an elegant champagne brunch. Photo courtesy of the Brown Palace

    The Dom Perignon champagne brunch at Ellyngton's at the Brown Palace will pamper mom with carving stations, seafood selections  -- plus a pour of premium champagne. The historic Brown Palace hotel downtown has housed many of Denver's elite since its construction in 1892, and continues the tradition of luxury, with prices of more than $100 for the Dom Perignon brunch. Reservations are required.

    Ellyngton's at the Brown Palace
    321 17th St.
    Denver, CO 80202
    Phone: 303-297-3111

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    Coohills, a LoDo eatery helmed by chef Tom Coohill, offers a brunch buffet with a raw bar of shrimp, oysters and smoked mussels for moms who love seafood. Other brunch items include herb-crusted prime rib and roasted turkey, as well as Chocolate Nemesis cake for dessert. Brunch costs $45 for adults and $20 for children.

    Coohills
    1400 Wewatta St.
    Denver, CO 80202
    Phone: 303-623-5700

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    Vegetarian moms will savor the menu at Watercourse Foods in City Park, which also includes gluten-free options. The buckwheat pancakes are surprisingly good -- despite being healthy for you. Watercourse Foods serves breakfast all day from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Sundays.

     

    Watercourse Foods
    837 E. 17th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80218
    Phone: 303-832-7313

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    Trendy moms can enjoy the hipster ambiance at Snooze, which has several Denver locations, including an outpost at Union Station. Indulge your sweet tooth with Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, or dig into several delicious varieties of Eggs Benedict. Not the best choice for moms on a diet, however, as low-calorie options are limited.

     

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    The Capitol Hill eatery is giving Snooze a run for its money as hippest breakfast joint in town. Jelly makes its doughnut holes in house, which come filled with your choice of jelly or other fillings. Jelly also offers a twist on old favorites such as pancakes and biscuits and gravy. Gluten-free items are available on the menu. Be prepared for a wait. Jelly recently opened a second location at 700 East Evans Ave. in Denver.

    Jelly Cafe
    600 E. 13th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80203
    Phone: 303-831-6301

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    Show mom the world at Lola, which has one of the best views of downtown Denver from the patio of the Highlands eatery. The Mexican restaurant's brunch menu features American classics such as chicken and waffles, as well as Latin-inspired favorites such as the Yucatecan breakfast. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Lola Mexican Fish House
    1575 Boulder St.
    Denver, CO 80211
    Phone: 720-570-8686

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    The Tavern offers a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three of its locations: Tavern Lowry, Tavern Tech Center and Tavern Littleton. The buffet features prime rib, smoked salmon and an omelet station. Moms who are fond of quaffing champagne will enjoy bottomless mimosas for $10.50. The Tavern also features a top-notch bloody mary bar for $6.50. Brunch is $32 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Every mother also receives a rose with brunch.

     

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    Lucile's Creole Cafe has several locations in the Denver area, and offers breakfast favorites with a Creole kick. Try the Eggs New Orleans for a spicy take on Eggs Benedict, and don't forget to start off the meal with beignets. Lucile's does not accept reservations.

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    North Italia

    North Italia
    ••• Photo © Nina Snyder

    North Italia, a modern Italian restaurant in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver, offers a brunch with Italian and American influences. Highlights include the savory Nonna dish, as well as the sweet French toast made from brioche bread pudding.

    North Italia
    190 Clayton Lane
    Denver, CO 80206
    Phone: 720-941-7700

    Nina Snyder is the author of "Good Day, Broncos," a children's e-book, and "ABCs of Balls," a children's picture book. Visit her website at ninasnyder.com.