Rise & Dine: Breakfast in Denver & Boulder


The best places for breakfast in Denver and Boulder.
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The best places for breakfast in Denver and Boulder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555915094
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/17/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,423,364
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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20th St. Café
1123 20th St. Denver, CO 80202 (303) 2959041
Hours: Mon.Fri. 6:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Sat. 7:00 a.m.1:30 p.m. Closed Sunday
No Checks
Ed, one of 20th St. Café's venerable regulars, has eaten a Japanese American breakfast here almost every week for 50 years. You'd expect this downtown eatery to have its share of longtimers, since it opened in 1946. What you don't expect is how one of the darker episodes in American history impacted the café. The late Harry D. Okuno left his pearldiving village in Japan to immigrate to California, where he entered the restaurant business as a dishwasher. Harry moved to Colorado, but Pearl Harbor shattered his dreams of restaurant ownership. He and his family, relocated to Colorado's Japanese internment camps, remained there throughout World War II. Upon release, the Okunos opened the 20th St. Café in what was known as Denver's Japanese town.
Grandson Rod took over the restaurant from his parents in 2000. Proud of his heritage, he cooks with Harry's original recipes. Rice is a staple in many of Rod's dishes. Moco loco, a derivative of the Hawaiian plate lunch, fills you up with gravied white rice, two eggs, and a juicy hamburger steak with chopped green onions. Breakfast fried rice gives a classic Asian recipe some American moxie with crunchy bacon, scrambled eggs, and fried onions in sticky white rice.
Rod and his wife, Karen, refuse to use artificial ingredients in their gravies, green chile, or chickenfried steak. "We make homemade everything," Karen proudly says. The 20th St. Café caters to customers like Ed. When someone on the Atkins diet asked for high protein, the Okunos cooked up a ham, sausage, egg, and cottage cheese plate. But modern diet fads haven't stopped Rod from making his Big Breakfasttwo eggs, two sausages, two pieces of bacon, hash browns, and toastfor the rest of us. The 20th St. Café is a haven for working people. A waitress wearing a "One Day Big Butts Will Be in Style" button serves federal judges and cops on the beat. The Okunos know them all. If any regulars go missing, Karen becomes concerned. "The only way we lose a customer is if they die," she says, but quickly adds, "it's not because of the food!"

719 E. 17th Ave. Denver, CO 80203 (303) 8311296
Hours: Brunch Sun. 10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Say oui to Sunday brunch at Aix. Decorated in the burnt orange shades of Provence, this elegant restaurant serves American fare with rusticFrench influence. Classical sauces such as hollandaise are light, ingredients fresh and simple. To support Colorado businesses, Aix buys their produce, beef, and game meat from local purveyors. French cheeses come from nearby Marczyk Fine Foods. On Saturday, owners and chefs Cyd Anderson and Rachel Woolcott bake traditional brioche, pecan crumble coffee cake, peach and cherry muffins, and zucchini bread made from fresh produce. Sunday morning, guests enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Aix's changing menu follows the seasons and the chefs' creative whims. In winter, a dish of warm polenta drizzled with maple syrup or cornmeal mush might warm your day. Fresh fruit and eggs with fines herbes are more a summer's delight. Eggs Benedict, the spécialité de la maison, with baked brioche, ham, poached eggs, and the creamiest of hollandaise, is available any season. The Provençal omelet, a mix of tomatoes, baby cipolline onions, olives, chives, and a light Gruyère that refuses to dominate, is a sure thing. Aix adds lemon zest, cream cheese, capers, and red onion to the housecured gravlax for another tasty choice. Anderson describes each ingredient with love, but says, "Aix is all about the potatoes." She's right. These spuds don't come flying off a greasy grill. They're individually spiced with paprika, onion, and a blend of herbs, then cooked to perfection.
Cocktails at brunch include peach and orange mimosas, Paulaner HefeWeizen beer, and the Aix martini: a blood orange juice and vodka wakeup call. The Bloody Frenchman sneaks a touch of Pernod and crisp fennel into the customary tomato juice and vodka drink.
Whether you order strawberry crepes, lamb and eggs, or a tenderloin benedict, Aix est bon for brunch.
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Table of Contents

Guide to the Guide
20th St. Café
Annie's Café
Benny's Restaurant & Cantina
Bistro Jou Jou
Bistro Vendôme
Bogey's on the Park
Breakfast Inn, Dinner Too
Breakfast King
Breakfast Queen
Bump & Grind
Café Bisque
Café Café
Café Europa
Charlie Brown's Bar and Grill
Chef Zorba's Cuisine
Cherokee Dining on 12th Avenue
Colfax Center Deli
Davies Chuck Wagon Diner
Delectable Egg
Deli Tech
Dixon's Downtown Grill
Dumitri's Family Restaurant
East Side Kosher Deli
EggCeption Eatery
The Eggshell Cafe
Eggshell of Cherry Creek
El Taco de Mexico
Fourth Story
Grace's Home Cooking
Handlebar &Grill
The Hornet
J&C Diner
Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Café
Kate's at 35th Avenue
King's Land
La Praviana
Le Central
Le Delice
Lienzo Charro
Little Anita's
The Market
McCormick's Fish House & Bar
Edgewater Café
Mercury Café
Mesa Bar and Grill
Michelle at Arapahoe Station
Mom's Café
My Big Fat Greek Café
New York Deli News
Ogden St. South
Original Pancake House
Park Tavern & Restaurant
Perfect Landing
Pete's Kitchen
Pho 99
Ralston Road Café
Rialto Café
Sam's No. 3
Seven 30 South
Sunrise Café
Sunrise Sunset
Swifts #4
Symposium Café
Vincenza's Italian Bakery & Deli
Walnut Café
Watercourse Foods
Zaidy's Deli of Cherry Creek
Boulder Belgian Bakery
Boulder Café
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
Burnt Toast
Chautauqua Dining Hall
Crosswalk Café and Deli
Dot's Diner on the Hill
Foolish Craig's
Greenbriar Inn
The Huckleberry
Le Peep
Lucile's Creole Café
North Boulder Café
Sol Azteca
Village Coffee Shop
Walnut Café
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Mile-High Yum!

    Anyone else out there sick of chain restaurants? Joey Porcelli has researched a hundred interesting, independent restaurants and cafes that serve breakfast in the Denver area. Each eatery merits two pages (formatted so that you open a page and there it is, facing you). She not only lists food, price range, location, etc., but adds a brief but vivid description of ambience and a glimpse of the cafe owners, wait staff, and/or clientele. The guide includes 'greasy spoons' and upscale eateries and doesn't limit the type of food listings to bacon-and-eggs. You can find Vietnamese, Japanese and Greek breakfasts, too. The book is an easily transportable size, which means you can carry it in your purse or the glove box of your car. I've already thought of half a dozen people who would enjoy it as a birthday or Christmas gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    Great guide for Denver!

    I found out about this book through a Denver 9News spot in which the author presented her book. Rise and Dine, a guide to breakfast in Denver/Boulder contains 100+ 'reviews' on the best places to have breakfast. Each restaurant is detailed with contact information, a pricing guide, and a simple system of icons notifying you if the place serves breakfast all day, alcohol, and if they are kid friendly. Unlike some other guides, Rise and Dine is a great size, fits easily in your vest pocket or purse and is a terrific price! Ms. Porcelli's reviews are simple and easy, and she offers a wide range of places to go, not just the high-end. If you're planning a trip to Denver or live here full time, this is a must for your shelves!

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