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Thursday, April 25,2013

Best of Boulder 2013: Breakfast and Brunch

By Boulder Weekly Staff
Photo by Susan France
Emily Pearson of Snooze, winner of best brunch and best pancake


2124 14th St., 303-442-4743

Second Place: Snooze
Third Place: Walnut Caf√ƒ¬©/Southside Walnut Caf√ƒ¬©/Super Mini Walnut Caf√ƒ¬©
Fourth Place: The Buff
Fifth Place: Tangerine

There aren’t many things that make us wish for morning to come, but just the thought of biscuits and gravy at Lucile’s is enough to start counting the hours until we can get out of bed. If flaky, buttery biscuits topped in sausage-laden gravy doesn’t motivate you to set your alarm a little earlier, consider the Eggs Jennifer, a tasty take on a benedict that dresses an English muffin, spinach, tomato, avocado and poached eggs in hollandaise, or the New Orleans praline waffle, which tops a pecan batter waffle with more pecans, fruit and whipped cream. Of course, don’t forget to start with an order of beignets — puffy, hot pastries covered in powdered sugar — and chicory coffee.

The creole-inspired caf√ƒ¬© is cozily situated in an old house just off Pearl Street, making it an easy stop-off before a Saturday of shop browsing, people watching and busker patronizing.


1617 Pearl St., 303-225-7344

Second Place: Walnut Caf√ƒ¬©/ Southside Walnut Caf√ƒ¬©/Super Mini Walnut Caf√ƒ¬©
Third Place: Tangerine
Fourth Place: Brasserie Ten Ten
Fifth Place: Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

We hardly know where to start with the praise of Snooze, which is pretty much like the experience of going to Snooze. Fortunately, they’re accustomed to this kind of menu-induced overload, because they’ll let you mix and match a few pieces together. Can’t decide how you want your hollandaise? Get both the Bella! Bella! Benny and the Loxness Benny. Thinking pancakes? Get a flight to sample from options that include Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes, Sweet Potato Pancakes, the “Coffee and Donuts” (buttermilk pancakes glazed with maple icing and topped with crushed pecans) and the Chestnuts Roastin’ Pancakes, which are filled with spiced pears and topped with roasted chestnut caramel, sweet cream and citrus butter.

Thirsty? Their coffee is an exclusive house blend from Guatemala, their Mmm…Mmm… Mimosa mixes pomegranate liqueur and champagne with orange juice, and their bloodies are everything a bloody mary should be.

And we know to come prepared to take a cup of coffee outdoors to wait out the line for a table. It’s never a disappointment.


3075 Arapahoe Ave., 303-442-4427
2650 Broadway, 303-444-3252 3267
28th St., 720-406-9000

Second Place: Einstein Bros Bagels
Third Place: Big Daddy Bagels
Fourth Place: Panera Bread
Fifth Place: Mickey C’s Bagels

Donuts have sometimes been doomed in Boulder, but their close relative, bagels — which can be adorned with hummus, sprouts and other Boulderitefriendly toppings — are a hit. Moe’s Broadway Bagel, this year’s winner, sells its doughy, fresh-baked bagels in flavors from jalape√ƒ¬Īo to granola at three Boulder locations. Moe’s also offers locally themed sandwiches like the Mount Sanitas, which could power a bagel-loving local up the steep popular hike. (Though slogans like “Only the Best Get Baked!” indicate that some bagel buyers may have another agenda.) They also sell tie-dyed shirts, in case you forgot yours, and dog treats for your pooch. You can also grab a dozen bagels for under $10 if you’ve got a big crew with a bagel hankering. At least they’re nutritionally superior to donuts. And you can always pile on the superfood toppings.


1617 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-225-7344

Second Place: Walnut Caf√ƒ¬©/Southside Walnut Caf√ƒ¬©/Super Mini Walnut Caf√ƒ¬©
Third Place: The Buff Restaurant
Fourth Place: Dot’s Diner
Fifth Place: The Huckleberry

Pancakes don’t often get treated to more innovation than Mickey Mouse ears or the addition of blueberries or chocolate chips and the occasional attention of one of those people who can flip them straight out of the pan. They’re a breakfast standard — good just as they are.

But Snooze has taken it to a new level, and with entries like the “Coffee and Donuts” pancake, a pancake glazed with maple icing and crushed pecans, served with espresso cream, it’s not tough to imagine what’s taken them to the lead in the category for best pancake in town. This decadent maple number isn’t alone on the menu — it’s accompanied by pancakes served a la pineapple upside down cake, with carmelized chunks of the tropical fruit, vanilla cr√ƒ¬®me anglaise and cinnamon butter; sweet potato buttermilk pancakes; and classic favorites with chocolate chips, blueberries or chocolate and peanut butter. They even have gluten-free options.

The innovation just keeps coming, and Snooze likes to keep the menu a little fresh and surprising, so it’s possible that a beloved pancake could rotate off for a while. But we have faith that they’ll keep plating up appetizing options for the sweet tooth at the breakfast table.

STAFF PICK: Place to Eat Breakfast in Last Night’s Clothes

1725 28th St., Boulder, 303-442-9150

Judging by the stampede of youngsters frequenting The Buff Restaurant every weekend, it’s clear there’s only one place in which to recap last night’s debauchery over a comforting, hangover-assuaging plate of eggs and bacon. This unassuming restaurant, hidden in a Best Western parking lot, is just what doctors Pabst and Coors ordered after a long night of drinking. If the food isn’t greasy enough (and it might not be; the menu is pretty solid), the $1 bloody marys (with the purchase of an entree) will provide you both nutritious sustenance and the hair of the dog. The waitstaff, accustomed to the half-awake, won’t judge your slurred speech or your puffy red eyes, making The Buff the best place in Boulder to end your walk of shame.

STAFF PICK: Most Surprising Place to Find Great Huevos Rancheros

7960 Niwot Rd., #B4, Niwot, 303-652-8595

You wouldn’t guess it from the outside and, frankly, you wouldn’t guess it from the inside either. You wouldn’t guess that this Niwot breakfast and lunch establishment that decks itself out in early granny’s-house decor and looks about as capable of producing a great plate of Huevos Rancheros as one of Tiger Woods’ blonde Scandinavian girlfriends, can and does do exactly that. Go figure. But if you find yourself craving this classic Mexican dish some morning, head for The Garden Gate Cafe. You’ll be surprised and glad you did.

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