6 Decadent Brunch Dishes to Dig Into This Weekend

By Ruth Tobias  |  March 14, 2014

Some people gauge the arrival of spring by the weather; we prefer the more accurate barometer of new brunch menus. After all, at this time of year, local chefs start rolling them out rain, snow or shine. Showing up for brunch is the least we can do to indulge them - and ourselves - in their efforts. Here are some just-launched luxuries to try now, plus a couple of signatures that put us in a sunny mood no matter the forecast.

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    Black Pearl's Scrap Burger

    At this Old South Pearl fixture, chef Samir Mohammad’s “butcher’s-choice” burger changes all the time, depending on the scraps he’s got to grind: the pictured patty contains a mixture of dry-agred beef, lamb, duck and bacon. Done to a perfect medium-rare, it’s topped with cheddar, Gruyère, melted leeks and avocado set atop a toasted bun from Pajama Baking Company down the street, and accompanied by duck-fat french fries and poblano aïoli. Best of all, it’s available not two but four days a week: Black Pearl serves brunch complete with bottomless mimosas Friday through Monday. 

    1529 S. Pearl St.; 

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    Elway's Chicken-Fried Steak Burrito

    Sure, you could wolf down four or five burritos from the average taqueria for the price of Tyler Wiard’s brunch concoction ($19). But we guarantee they won’t be stuffed with chicken-fried prime tenderloin, as well as pork green chile, hash browns and two eggs, then smothered in sausage gravy. And we'd be bowled over if you didn't leave at least half of the Cherry Creek steakhouse’s signature gut bomb to take home for leftovers later. 

    2500 E. First Ave.;

  • La Biblioteca's Chorizo Benedict

    Starting tomorrow, Richard Sandoval's Latin-Asian tequila lounge in the Platte River Valley will be open for bottomless brunch from 10 AM to 2 PM Saturdays and Sundays. We’re talking as many small plates and cocktails as you can handle for $35, from sushi and ceviche to chorizo-kimchi eggs Benedict (pictured), shrimp potstickers and churros in raspberry-yuzu sauce, plus a Bloody Maria bar, grilled-pineapple margaritas and more. We’d warn you to pace yourselves, but we know from experience at Zengo next door how hypocritical that would be. 

    1610 Little Raven St.;

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    Old Major's Charcuterie Plate

    After almost a year in business, this farm-to-table smash hit in LoHi is also launching its much-anticipated brunch menu tomorrow. Offered Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 AM to 2 PM, it's as pig-centric as you'd expect from a swine sage like chef-owner Justin Brunson: think house-smoked ham with cheddar-chive biscuits, pork breakfast burgers and, of course, daily-made charcuterie (pictured). But pastry chef Nadine Donovan gets in on the action too, baking boules for grilled toast with seasonal preserves and whipping up monkey-bread pain perdu.

    3316 Tejon St.;

  • Palettes' Passion Fruit-Berry Parfait 

    To coincide with the current “Modern Masters" exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, Kevin Taylor’s daytime-only on-site eatery is offering a three-course tasting menu inspired by the featured artists. Among them is this Mark Rothko-esque dessert parfait, accompanied by ruby-grapefruit sorbet, white-chocolate marshmallows and tropical-fruit coulis; other dishes take presentation cues from Picasso, Pollock and Warhol. This is one way to truly absorb culture.

    100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.; 


  • Sassafras American Eatery's Mac 'n' Cheese

    From biscuits in duck gravy to buffalo hash and chicken-fried eggs, this adorable Southern kitchen in Jefferson Park doesn’t miss a trick when it comes to modern country cooking. Take the made-to-order mac 'n' cheese with your choice of toppings, including house-smoked bacon, collard greens and a sunny-side-up egg (as pictured) - or pulled pork if you’re really a glutton for glorious punishment. 

    2637 W. 26th Ave.;