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Delicious and Healthy Brunches in Boulder and Beyond



Though the Front Range of Colorado and Boulder truly shine when it comes to their lunch and dinner offerings, perhaps the best meal of the day, state-wide, is brunch. Most locals flock to the places on our list with abandon after a long night of camping in the Rocky Mountains or before a big day of hiking and adventuring. 

At the tippy-top of this incredible list sits the quaint, colorful, and tucked-away Sundance Cafe. Located in the mountains of Nederland, Colo., just 20 minutes from North Boulder, this spot offers a beautiful view while you fill your belly with pancakes, omelets, and the daily special. The perfect stop before a big day sight-seeing in the mountains, the staff at Sundance is as warm and welcoming as the atmosphere. 

A unique choice for a brunch list, Centro Latin Kitchen offers authentic Mexican cousin and some of the best brunch around. The Huavos Rancheros and the Centro Breakfast Burrito are two staples sure to please. Wash it all down with one of Centro's spicy and flavorful Blood Mary's or their refreshing Sangria. 

For a more traditional but still funky brunch full of character, the Southside Walnut Cafe offers simple, tasty breakfast and brunch items. This local favorite has been in operation since 1983 and offers some of the best pie for miles. 

Stick to our list and your hearts and bellies will be full to the brim! 


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Lucile's


Providing delicious and unique brunch concoctions for over 34 years, Creole cuisine and old-fashioned Southern breakfasts top the menu at this popular restaurant. Start with a beignet pastry and a steaming cup of coffee. Enjoy eggs Benedict or the vegetarian version, eggs Jennifer. The Cajun Breakfast includes ham, kidney beans and eggs folded in a spicy sauce. Grits, along with biscuits smothered in jam, will satisfy the Southerner in everyone. If you're in the mood for a sugary treat, try Lucile's New Orleans style doughnuts sprinkled with powered sugar and some fresh squeezed orange juice, both of which will put some pep in your morning step.

Recommended for Brunch because: Lucile's is a Boulder favorite and staple, serving up Cajun-inspired breakfast and brunch options. Not to mention, their grits are to-die-for-delicious.

Hope's expert tip: The Cajun Breakfast is the best way to start out your day in Boulder.

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Southside Walnut Cafe


This adorable diner is located on the outskirts of town and offers gluten-free waffles and pancakes. Southside Walnut Cafe also serves up delicious fruit dishes, piping hot oatmeal, traditional eggs and pancakes for breakfast, and much more. If you have a hankering for brunch, try Southside's Quiche of the Day or their Sunrise Sandwich, complete with 2 eggs how you like them, your choice of meat and cheese, served on toasted Rosemary Olive Oil Bread. Need to keep your bread gluten-free as well? Walnut cafe offers a GF bread option for all of its sandwiches. Be sure to ask for their GF menu when you're in for a full listing of options.

Recommended for Brunch because: Southside Walnut Cafe offers simple, tasty, breakfast and brunch options and some of the best gluten-free pancakes in town.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to ask your server if your breakfast item can be made gluten-free along with your sweet treats.

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This moderately priced restaurant is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike because of its elegant yet relaxed environment and high-quality food. Known for being gluten-free friendly, not only is The Kitchen willing to accommodate your dietary preferences but they also offer a number of gluten-free items that need no modification, including Pan Roasted Monk Fish and their savory marinated olives. But never fear, gluten lovers, there's still plenty of variety for you as well, including Lemon Ricotta Pancakes for brunch. Known for accommodating good allergies and preferences, many of The Kitchen's items can be modified to suit your vegan and vegetarian preferences as well.

Recommended for Brunch because: Known for their commitment to fresh, local, food that is as nutritious as it is delicious, The Kitchen is the perfect way to start your morning.

Hope's expert tip: Try their Goat Gouda Omelet and be sure to ask for gluten-free options.

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Made from scratch recipes reinvent the way you eat breakfast and brunch. Featuring organic coffees, fresh produce, as well as all-natural and farm raised meats and eggs. To add to the fun, meals are customizable upon guest request. So you can make up your own pancake or egg concoction whenever you choose. Try the Sandwich I Am served on a soft pretzel roll filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and a sausage patty, served with a side of smoked cheddar hollandaise & house hash browns. For something savory, indulge in the Havana Daydreaming, featuring Free-range house pulled pork, sliced ham, jack cheese, homemade pickles and a sunny side egg (or your call) with Dijon hollandaise served open face on a hoagie roll.

Recommended for Brunch because: Snooze offers a modern vibe, scrumptious food, all in the heart of Boulder's thriving downtown.

Hope's expert tip: Snooze is proud to serve organic coffees, fresh produce, and all-natural ingredients.

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Centro Latin Kitchen may seem like an odd choice for a Brunch List, however, this restaurant offers some of the best Mexican style brunch options around, including their Centro Breakfast Burrito and Green Chili Hashbrowns. Their brunch Happy Hour Menu also includes burnt fruit, cinnamon sugar dusted churros with Kahlua chocolate sauce, and coconut fried bananas. If you're in the mood for a mid-morning drink, mimosas, sangria and bloody marys await, ready to put some pep in your step. Keep in mind that this amazing brunch is only served on the weekends, so be sure to stop in before or during your Boulder adventures.

Recommended for Brunch because: Centro Latin Kitchen offers an amazing weekend brunch complete with a happy hour menu that's to die for and refreshing alcoholic beverages such as sangria.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to check out their affordable and delicious Happy Hour Menu.

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Set at the foothills of the beautiful Flatirons, this century-old landmark features exquisite indoor and outdoor dining (on the historic property's wraparound porch). Starters include house-smoked salmon, gazpacho, organic beet salad, and steamed mussels. You can also get entrees like grilled Colorado lamb, Rocky Mountain trout, venison steak, pan-seared ahi tuna, salmon, halibut, and vegetarian specialties. An excellent wine list and a great selection of microbrews highlight the beverage list. After your meal, we highly recommend burning off some calories by hiking in the park. The Royal Arch Hike and Green Mountain are scenic routes that will challenge you and ease your guilt when you return to the dining hall for dessert.

Recommended for Brunch because: Chautauqua Dining Hall offers delicious, locally sourced breakfast and brunch options. The perfect stop after an early morning hike up to the Boulder Flatirons.

Hope's expert tip: When the weather is fine, as to sit on the wraparound porch for a great views of the Flatirons.

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Tajik Shish Kabob, Spicy Indonesian Peanut Noodles, and North African Harrissa Chicken are just a few of the delights you'll find on the Teahouse's international and exotic menu. This lovely restaurant was a gift from Boulder's sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which donated the building to the city in the late 1980's. The ornately decorated structure was imported and then rebuilt by workers from Tajikistan. Offering a truly one-of-a-kind brunch, you'll find Indian samosas, German Bratwurst, and Korean Kalbi Short Ribs. For something a bit more traditional, you can try the salmon benedict, homemade oatmeal, or greek scramble. And, because it wouldn't be a true visit to this gorgeous restaurant without a cup of tea, be sure to indulge in one of their many black, green, white, or oolong teas.

Recommended for Brunch because: Known for its rich history, beautiful decor, and international fare, The Dushanbe Teahouse is more than just a restaurant. It's an entire dining experience.

Hope's expert tip: You simply must indulge on the Indian samosas or salmon Benedict.

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This popular restaurant offers some of the best breakfast fare in Boulder. The menu features traditional options such as egg and omelet combos, including The Swiss, pancakes, and waffles, along with a specialty breakfast chimichanga. The delicious whole grain nut toast is almost an inch thick. For something light, you can start off with cereal and fresh squeezed orange juice, Buff granola, or steel cut oatmeal. For something a bit more decadent, try the french toast, blueberry pancakes or griddle cakes. If you're in the mood for Mexican, the Huevos Rancheros are not-to-be-missed, along with the light but satisfying breakfast tacos.

Recommended for Brunch because: The Buff is a local favorite and offers an eclectic menu sure to satisfy your morning munchies.

Hope's expert tip: Grab a slice of The Buff's inch-thick savory nut toast.

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Located just outside Boulder in quaint Louisville, Colorado The Huckleberry is known for its fresh, delicious, and all-American food. The Border Burger is not to be missed and can be ordered with humanely raised, grass fed beef. A variety of fresh salads also make eating healthy at lunch time simple, including the traditional Greek Salad complete with humus and creamy feta. The Huckleberry also really shines, with a variety of eggs benedicts, biscuits and gravy, milkshakes, and homemade pies. Many items can be made gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan to suit your dietary preferences or needs. Tea and pastries can be purchased to take home, as well as a variety of local and handmade gifts such as jewelry, teapots, and art work that can be found in The Huckleberry lobby. Also, be sure to have a delicious house chai.

Recommended for Brunch because: The Huckleberry, located just outside of Boulder in Louisville, offers fresh and local delights in a cozy and very purple atmosphere.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to ask for seasonal dishes that use local ingredients and don't miss out on their Huckleberry Ding-Dongs!

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Located just a mere 30 minutes from North Boulder, The Sundance Cafe is perched in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and overlooks Eldora Ski Lodge. Patio seating on warm summer or cool crisp autumn days allows you to soak in the scenery while munching on The CB, an English muffin, topped with Canadian Bacon and other yummies served with Sundance's crispy home fries. They also start serving all lunch items at 8am, so if you're in the mood for one of their signature sandwiches early in the day, you're in business. The quirky and adorable town of Nederland is home to awesome festivals, breweries, and shopping. Well worth a stop on your way back down Boulder Canyon.

Recommended for Brunch because: The Sundance Cafe, perched in the mountains of Nederland, Colo., offers a quaint atmosphere, killer view, delicious food and amazing service.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to ask for the daily special. If its the biscuits and gravy, chow down!

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