Olive & Finch
Chef/owner Mary Nguyen of P17 thought Uptown’s 17th Avenue Restaurant Row was lacking a speedy but high-quality option, so she opened this allay, counter-service cafe dishing up scrambles and skillets. The kitchen crew roasts turkey in-house, cures pastrami and salmon on-site and crafts everything in the pastry case from scratch. Breakfast sandwiches hit all the taste buds: Green Eggs & Sam combines creamy mozzarella, rich and salty pesto, fluffy scrambled eggs and tangy roasted tomatoes. There’s usually a line between 11 a.m. and 1 1 p.m., but don’t panic; it moves pretty swiftly. 1552 E. 17th Ave., oliveandfincheatery.com
This Berkeley operation run by two sisters and their mom didn’t set out to be gluten-free, but it’s become known for stellar no-wheat options like green chili biscuits with chorizo gravy and cinnamon rolls slathered with maple frosting. Dine with friends to make the most of shareable small plates such as lobster deviled eggs and churro doughnuts with dulce de leech. The Blue Grey is a cure for your common mimosa, made with house-infused blueberry vodka, iced Earl Grey tea, mint simple syrup and sparkling wine, or go for a Colorado-made beer from Station 26, Fate or Telluride brewing companies. 4140 W. 38th Ave., revelrydenver.com
Denver Biscuit Co.
This biscuit bakery is one of two restaurants within laid-back bar The Atomic Cowboy (the other is pizza slicery Fat Sully’s). Regulars swear by the melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk biscuit sandwiches with bacon and sausage from local purveyor Tender Belly, but the shop’s signature dough also stars in the potpie, French toast and sweet-salty-tangy cinnamon rolls so prized they sell out by noon. More than two dozen taps make it tough to choose cocktails over brews, but concoctions such as lychee laced sangria and Mom’s Iced Latte—think boozy coffee milkshake— prove tempting 3237 East Colfax Ave.; 141 S. Broadway; 4275 Tennyson St., denbisco.com
Comics, musicians and artists convene at City, O’City for vegetarian and vegan comfort food served til 1 a.m. at this Capitol Hill hangout. Fill up on pizza, barbecue mac ’n’ cheese wraps and saucy wings (made with seitan at next-door Make, Believe Bakery). P.S.: The bar’s open until 2 a.m., pouring brews from Ratio Beerworks, Renegade Brewing Co. and Baere Brewing Company. 206 E. 13th Ave., cityocitydenver.com