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25 Best Bets for Mother’s Day Dining in Denver/Boulder

By Ruth Tobias
May 2, 2014
Photo by: Ruth Tobias

Buffets and Prix Fixes

The Broadmoor
Why She’ll Love It:
Lake views, ice sculptures and live music will enhance the legendary Colorado Springs resort's banquet of a brunch, displaying some 150 selections on the Lake Terrace (9 AM-3 PM; $60 per person 11 and up, $21 per child ages four-10, free for children under three).
Must-Try Dish: It's hard for us to tear ourselves away from a seafood station with oysters galore. 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs; 719-623-5112

Central Bistro & Bar
Why She’ll Love It:
It’s rare that a hot spot is also kid-friendly, but Central wears both hats well. Today it’s hosting an all-you-can-eat buffet complete with bottomless “momosas” (10 AM-4 PM; $35 per adult, $10 per child 12 and under).
Must-Try Dish: Chef Matt Selby hasn’t released the menu yet, but cross your fingers for his signature chilaquiles. 1691 Central St.; 303-477-4582

Colterra
Why She’ll Love It:
Bradford Heap’s Niwot retreat has a charming garden patio on which to linger over a three-course prix fixe brunch (10 AM-3 PM; $45 per person) - or over dinner, for that matter, when the kitchen will be offering a couple of à la carte specials (5 PM-9 PM).
Must-Try Dish: While the daytime menu’s still under wraps, lobster risotto is a luxurious bet for the evening. 210 Franklin St., 
Niwot; 303-652-0777

Coohills
Why She’ll Love It:
Tom Coohill’s urbane LoDo eatery has got quite the spread planner for its brunch buffet, complete with raw bar, prime-rib carving station and a double-pour Bloody Mary bar if Mom’s really ready to let her hair down (10 AM-2 PM; $45 per adult, $15 per child ages six-12, free for children five and under).
Must-Try Dish: Wrap your head around the concept of Wagyu-tallow biscuits with Berkshire pork-belly gravy. 1400 Wewatta St.; 
303-623-5700

EDGE Restaurant and Bar
Why She’ll Love It:
Though the Four Seasons’ signature eatery is first and foremost a steakhouse, chef Meredith Manee favors the light approach. Her three-course menu is a toast to spring as well as to mom (10 AM-3 PM; $57 per adult, $25 per child ages 12 and under).
Must-Try Dish: We recently tried both the seared diver scallops over lemon risotto and the strawberry-rhubarb tart (pictured) and they're scrumptious. 1111 14th St.; 303-389-3343

Flagstaff House
Why She’ll Love It: The Boulder institution is a bastion of elegance - complete with sparkling views (11 AM-3 PM; $55 per adult, $18 per child).
Must-Try Dish: Luxury abounds on the three-course brunch menu, from a duo of duck pâté and terrine to lump crab-smoked salmon hash in lobster hollandaise. 1138 Flagstaff Rd., 
Boulder; 
303-442-4640

Guard and Grace
Why She’ll Love It:
With 27 choices on the three-course brunch prix fixe, from sashimi and pasta to quiche and enchiladas, Troy Guard’s Downtown steakhouse is going all out for mom (10 AM-2:30 PM; $45 per person).
Must-Try Dish: How can you say no to fork-and-knife cinnamon rolls for dessert? 1801 California St.; 303-293-8500

Hotel Boulderado
Why She’ll Love It:
A historic setting, live music, a free glass of bubbly and a fancy brunch buffet on the mezzanine - what’s not to love? (10 AM-3 PM; $60 per adult, $25 per child ages four-10, free for children three and under)
Must-Try Dish: Two words: chocolate fountain. 2115 13th St.; 303-442-4344

Panzano
Why She’ll Love It:
Elise Wiggins, the chef at the Hotel Monaco’s Italian fixture Downtown, is centering her buffet brunch around a patio pig roast (8 AM-2:30 PM; $35 per adult, $17 per child ages 12 and under).
Must-Try Dish: Revel in the comfort of the meatball-pasta casserole called pastiche. 909 17th St.; 303-296-3525

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
Why She’ll Love It:
Not only is the Downtown hotel holding its elaborate brunch buffet in the ballroom, it’s setting up a fresh-flower station so you can build a bouquet just for her, while a photographer makes the rounds for take-home family portraits (10 AM-3 PM; $75 per adult, $35 per child).
Must-Try Dish: You name it: from sushi, salad and cheese displays to carved-meat, omelet and dessert stations, the choices are near-endless. 1881 Curtis St.; 303-312-3133

Second Home Kitchen + Bar
Why She’ll Love It: Choices, choices. If mom wants to wear pajamas to brunch and drink bottomless mimosas over the regular brunch menu (served 6:30 AM-2 PM) while a pancake bar keeps the kids occupied, she’s got it. But this contemporary Cherry Creek favorite will also be hosting a fireside buffet with charcuterie displays, a waffle station and more (10 AM-2 PM; $48 per adult, $15 per child ages six-12, free for children under five).  
Must-Try Dish: Either the bag of donuts with dipping sauces, the meatloaf with beer cheddar and chipotle ketchup - or both. 150 Clayton Ln.; 
303-253-3000

TAG
Why She’ll Love It:
If she’s got an adventurous palate, Troy Guard’s globally inspired Larimer Square flagship has got her covered with a three-course prix fixe that ranges from smoked-chicken chilaquiles to a lilikoi-orange tart (10 AM-3 PM; $40 per adult, $15 per child).
Must-Try Dish: The taco sushi is a signature for a reason. 1441 Larimer St.; 303-996-9985

To The Wind Bistro
Why She'll Love It: Royce Oliveira and Leanne Adamson's superb City Park newcomer is opening up specially for a three-course holiday brunch of grilled octopus with melon, veal schnitzel over latkes in lump-crab béarnaise and chocolate-stout cake with apricots, as well as bottomless mimosas ($36 per person); the kids can opt for waffles. 3333 E. Colfax Ave.; 303-316-3333 

Zengo
Why She’ll Love It: While Richard Sandoval’s Latin-Asian longtimer always offers its all-you-can-eat brunch of small plates and cocktails, today’s it’s sweetening the already-good deal with a split of bubbly and a chrysanthemum for the moms in the crowd (10:30 AM-2:30 PM; $35 per adult; $10 per child).
Must-Try Dish: Get more than one pandan waffle with strawberry-guava sauce - you (and she) won’t want to share. 1610 Little Raven St.; 720-904-0965

Other Notable Specials

Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria
Why She’ll Love It:
Because a bottomless mimosa awaits, and it’s on the house (10 AM-2 PM).
Must-Try Dish: In honor of the occasion, Frank Bonanno’s Lone Tree pie parlor is whipping up two types of frittata à la carte. 8439 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree; 303-799-8900

Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches
Why She’ll Love It:
From Friday through Mother's Day, this fast-casual franchise is not only rolling out a couple of chocolate-drenched goodies in her honor but also throwing a weekend pajama party: bring the kids in their nighttime get-ups from 8 AM-10 AM, and they eat free.
Must-Try Dish: Chocolate, strawberries and whipped cream grace both the waffle and the milkshake available as specials. 1000 S. Colorado Blvd.; 303-963-9045

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts 
Why She’ll Love It: The Ballpark culinary center is treating her to a brunchtime cooking tutorial complete with cocktails (11 AM-2:30 PM; $89 per person; book here). 1937 Market St.; 303-308-9300

Elway’s Cherry Creek
Why She’ll Love It: Because in addition to all her old favorites like the chicken-fried steak burrito, the Cherry Creek chophouse has a quartet of specials planned, from zucchini-white cheddar frittata to a BLT salad with avocado (11 AM-2 PM).
Must-Try Dish: Check out the Reuben updated with roasted beets. 2500 E. First Ave.; 303-399-5353

Harman's eat + drink
Why She’ll Love It:
Make reservations for brunch or dinner, and there's a $10 gift card in it for her.
Must-Try Dish: Cianfotta, a light,bright vegetable stew, has been a go-to for us since Mark Fischer opened this contemporary Cherry Creek eatery. 2900 E. Second Ave.; 303-388-7428

Olive & Finch Eatery
Why She’ll Love It: Mary Nguyen’s Uptown cafe and bakery isn’t celebrating the holiday in-house, but it is taking advance orders for a gorgeous gift basket filled with housemade truffles and cookies as well as jam, spices, popcorn, olive oil and more ($100; includes wrapping and card). 1552 E. 17th Ave.; 
303-832-8663

Patxi’s Pizza
Why She’ll Love It: Bring her in to any of this pizzeria's three branches for lunch or dinner, and she’ll be handed a rose and a $5 gift card.
Must-Try Dish: We’re rather fond of the spinach-pesto deep-dish pie. Cherry Creek: 185 Steele St., 303-331-1000; Cherry Hills: 3455 S. University Blvd., Englewood, 303-783-2000; Uptown: 1598 E. 17th Ave., 303-832-8000

SALT
Why She’ll Love It: At Bradford Heap’s Boulder bistro, they’ll be adding not only à la carte dish specials to their regular brunch menu but also, and more importantly, deals on champagne (10 AM-3 PM). 
Must-Try Dish: The cinnamon French toast with pecan butter and fig mostarda’s a winner. 1047 Pearl St.; 303-444-7258

Spuntino
Why She’ll Love It: Yasmin Lozada-Hissom and John Broening’s adorable Mediterranean cafe in LoHi is usually closed on Sundays, but they’re opening up for both brunch (10 AM-2 PM) and dinner (5-9 PM) especially for her.
Must-Try Dish: The à la carte menus are TBA; call ahead for details. 2639 W. 32nd Ave.; 303-433-0949

The Squeaky Bean
Why She’ll Love It: As if the chance to play bingo with the fam weren't enough? Turns out the crew at Johnny Ballen's LoDo favorite is also handing out pots of basil from its own herb beds to moms during its Sunday bingo brunch - aww. (Food served 10 AM-3 PM; the games begin at 1 PM.)
Must-Try Dish: To supplement its regular menu, chef Theo Adley is whipping up an omelet with goat cheese, morels and ramp purée that has her name written all over it. 1500 Wynkoop St.; 303-623-2665

Wazee Supper Club
Why She’ll Love It: The old-school LoDo hangout is feting the guest of honor with a number of à la carte brunch specials along with $3 cocktails from 10 AM to 2 PM. They're even letting the kids explore their dumbwaiter.
Must-Try Dish: Wazee’s known for its pizza, so the breakfast pie with eggs, sausage, potatoes and green chile should be a hit ($11 small/$23 large). 1600 15th St.; 303-623-9518

Places Mentioned

Zengo

Latin American • LoDo

Food25 Decor25 Service23 Cost$39
 
 
 
Flagstaff House

American • Boulder

Food27 Decor28 Service27 Cost$75
 
 
 
Panzano

Italian • Central Business District

Food26 Decor24 Service25 Cost$44
 
 
 
Food26 Decor23 Service23 Cost$49
 
 
 
Salt

Boulder

Food23 Decor23 Service22 Cost$37
 
 
 
Elway's

Steakhouse • Cherry Creek

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$59
 
 
 
EDGE Restaurant and Bar

Steakhouse • Central Business District

Food25 Decor25 Service25 Cost$42
 
 
 
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Central Bistro and Bar

Bistro • LoHi

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Coohills Restaurant

French • LoDo

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Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria

Pizza • Lone Tree

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Spuntino

Italian • West Highland

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Olive and Finch

City Park West

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Patxi's Pizza

Pizza • Englewood

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Patxi's Pizza

Sports Bar • Cherry Creek

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Patxi's Pizza

Pizza • City Park West

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Guard and Grace

Steakhouse • Ballpark

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