Good Denver Brunch: Snooze, an AM Eatery
Are you looking for an unbelievable brunch restaurant in Denver? Look no further than Snooze, an AM Eatery.
I was fortunate to have had three separate visits from out-of-town friends/family in the last month (shout outs to Jesse, Pam/Andy, and Natalie), and though there are so many Good things to do, sights to see, and places to eat in this great city, one activity remained constant on each guests’ itinerary: brunch at Snooze.
Everything at Snooze is so. unbelievably. Good. The pancakes are, without question, the best I’ve ever had anywhere, and though the rest of the menu is great, they are the biggest reason I come back again and again. The choices are incredibly decadent–on a given day they might include some of the following: pineapple upside down cake, blueberry lemon bar, red velvet, chocolate chip, chocolate/peanut butter, blueberry, the Ichabod Crane (with a phenomenal pumpkin cream sauce, toasted pumpkin seeds, and maple syrup–currently my favorite), and an ever-changing pancake of the day (which never disappoints).
Their savory items are fantastic as well. Some of my favorites include the Sandwich I Am (Udi’s soft pretzel roll filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and a sausage patty, served with a side of smoked cheddar hollandaise & house hash browns), the Breakfast Pot Pie (Snooze’s homemade rosemary sausage gravy smothers a flaky puff pastry, topped with an egg your style, and served with hash browns), the Snooze Spuds Deluxe (a heaping portion of hash browns, covered with melted cheddar & jack cheese, scallions plus two veggies, meats, or combo of your choice), and Juan’s Breakfast Tacos (three fresh corn or flour tortillas filled with scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, jack cheese, and ranchero sauce plus veggies and meats of your choosing).
To truly get the most out of your Snooze experience, though, I recommend enjoying both the sweet and savory elements of the menu. Start sweet by ordering a pancake flight (your choice of three of their signature pancakes) to share with the table, and finish with a savory item as your main dish. Add a side of the perfectly spicy chicken sausage or an extra pancake if the flight at the beginning of the meal wasn’t enough for your sweet tooth (I have yet to see any leftovers on a pancake flight plate, but be careful–the side pancakes and pancakes as a main course are significantly larger than the ones in the flight).
At Snooze, you don’t have to stress about the bill; menu items are very reasonably priced. Most dishes cost between $7.50 and $9.50. Perhaps the restaurant’s ability to keep prices down is due, in part, to the sheer volume of customers who are willing to wait in lines that average between 30 minutes to an hour during peak periods to get a table. No, you can’t make a reservation at Snooze, but since there are two locations in/near downtown Denver, you can call both and see which has the shorter line (insider tip #1), then then head to the location with the shorter line and enjoy a delicious Spicy Bloody Mary with hot pepper-infused vodka or endless free coffee (insider tip #2) while you wait.
Here’s the “nitty gritty” featuring business hours, locations, and phone numbers courtesy of Snooze’s website:
- Mon-Fri: 6:30A-2:30P; Sat & Sun: 7A-2:30P
- Ballpark @ Park Ave & Larimer: 303.297.0700
- 7CO @ 700 N Colorado Blvd: 303.736.6200
- Ft Collins @ College & Mountain: 970.482.9253
- SoGlo @ Streets of Southglenn: 303.734.9655
- BoCo @ 1617 Pearl St, Boulder: 303.225.7344
- * Boulder HOURS 7A – 3P EVERY DAY!
- HiC @ 3940 5th Ave SAN DIEGO: OPENS WINTER ’11! 619.500.7344