Breakfast and brunch eats: 4 new spots to try in Denver

Looking for your next great breakfast and brunch outing in Denver? These new spots will satisfy your cravings. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for your morning favorites.

Ad Hominem

43 W. Ninth Ave., The Golden Triangle

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Ad Hominem is a contemporary American restaurant serving up a globally inspired and locally sourced menu in Denver's Golden Triangle.

Weekend brunch offerings include biscuits with house-made jams, a doughnut breakfast sandwich with sausage, egg and arugula, and fried chicken thighs with a corn waffle. 

The new restaurant prides itself on "cooking honestly and truthfully," its website explains, connecting personally to the wants and needs of each individual guest. 

Yelper Jessica H., who reviewed Ad Hominem on April 20, wrote: "My boyfriend and I went to Ad Hominem last week and we LOVED it. Upon walking in, you are greeted by a friendly host and entranced by glass tanks full of freshly growing greens (and yes, these are used in menu items!)."

And Kara P. said, "This is exactly the kind of restaurant we have been waiting to have in the neighborhood. The atmosphere, the food and the service were phenomenal."

Ad Hominem is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday. Brunch is held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Under the Umbrella Cafe

300 Elati St., Baker

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Under the Umbrella Cafe is a bakery and breakfast spot located in the heart of the Baker neighborhood. 

This is the second location for the restaurant, offering treats along with a full breakfast and coffee menu. Come try the pesto egg and bacon croissant or chocolate chip pumpkin muffin, along with a fresh cup of joe.  

Under the Umbrella Cafe's current Yelp rating of five stars out of five reviews indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Leeds L., who reviewed Under the Umbrella Cafe on March 3, wrote: "This place is perfect! Great pastries and breakfast sandwiches, great strong coffee, kind people, cool interiors and a great location. Great spot to come and get work done. I'm in love."

"Such a perfect, quiet little shop," added Daniel H. "Amazing breakfast sandwiches. Delicious coffee and great atmosphere. Staff were super nice and the area is perfect to walk around. Will be back!"

Under the Umbrella Cafe is open from 7 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on weekends.

Stoney's Uptown Joint

1035 E. 17th Ave., North Capitol Hill

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Stoney's Uptown Joint is a new sports bar, brunch and traditional American spot. It's designed as a cozier version of grand-scale Stoney’s Bar & Grill at West 11th Avenue and Lincoln, co-owner Stoney Jesseph tells BusinessDen.

With more than 20 beers on tap and lots of screens for the day's games, the 200-seat space has a relaxed, casual vibe.

For weekend brunch, try the Sunrise Stacked Sammie consisting of thick-cut Vienna bread, fried egg, American cheese, seasoned potatoes and jalapeño or the flatbread stuffed with homemade sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese. (You can check out the full menu here.)

Stoney's Uptown Joint currently holds 4.5-stars out of 20 reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews. 

Yelper Heather T., who was one of the first users to visit Stoney's Uptown Joint on March 10, wrote: "Great location! Great atmosphere! Food and drinks are delicious. Brunch menu is amazing! Can't wait for football season."

Libby B. noted: "Great space! They were accommodating to our dietary needs."

Stoney's Uptown Joint is open from 11 a.m.–1 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.–2 a.m. on Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.–2 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–midnight on Sunday.


1701 Wewatta St., LoDo

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Craving a crispy chicken patty on a freshly baked biscuit? The quick-service Birdcall has you covered with its second Denver outpost, located inside the Union Station Whole Foods. 

The local chain's high-tech ordering system has replaced human cashiers with bright-yellow ordering kiosks, per Westword. Stop in for breakfast and try the innovative system for yourself. Menu offerings include fried chicken tossed in hot sauce on a southern-style biscuit, an everything bagel with American cheese and baked egg, and a chorizo burrito with egg, salsa and jalapeño cream cheese.  

Birdcall's current rating of 4.5 stars out of 49 reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.

Jason H., who reviewed the new eatery on April 28, said: "Visited Birdcall for the first time today. My partner and I were pleasantly surprised. The food was hot and good. I had the breakfast burrito and he had the southern chicken breakfast sandwich."

Yelper David M. wrote: "Great chicken sandwiches made from locally grown cage-free and antibiotic-free chickens on toasted rolls. Had the Nashville hot and it was excellent. Crispy outside. Juicy inside."

Birdcall is open from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.