Why do we love brunch so much? Maybe it’s the comfort food feel of eating breakfast later in the day. Maybe it’s the unorthodox mashups of seemingly disparate ingredients. It’s a perfect excuse for day drinking, so there’s always that. And the easy-like Sunday-morning feeling of lingering over good food with family or friends makes brunch an experience, not just a meal. Yep, there’s lots to love about a brunch done right, and there are plenty of delicious options in Colorado Springs.
So we gathered our food writers and compiled our list of favorites. After some voting and debate, here are our picks for the best brunches in Colorado Springs. Are there other good brunches in Colorado Springs? Sure, but you can’t go wrong with these. And if your idea of brunch is all about the beverages, check out Where to Find the Best Bloody Marys in Colorado Springs. But first, the food and overall best brunches.
503W offers a distinctive brunch in the Springs: Asian fusion influences in the morning. Both their pork belly and bacon hashes supply sweet and spicy sensations, thanks to sweet potatoes, Korean spices and sriracha. For sugar at sunrise, 503W sets the bar high with a thick cinnamon and vanilla French toast topped with blueberries and strawberries. By the way, the gastropub built its reputation with cocktailing competitors and winners — if you have a sweet and spicy palate, try the Wasabi-Pineapple Mule even if it’s early in the day. We won’t judge. —Kristian DePue
Weekends, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
503 W. Colorado Ave.
Bon Ton’s Cafe
For an essential Colorado Springs experience, enjoy brunch on the patio in historic Old Colorado City with a mountainous backdrop. Consider it a rite of passage. Breakfast hones in on classic options, including a list of Benedicts and three-egg omelets. Or eat like a local by choosing from their Southwest specialties and Colorado Breakfast features. —Dionne Roberts
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Early Bird Specials 6-8:30 a.m. on weekdays
2601 W. Colorado Avenue
Broadmoor Lakeside Terrace
The grand dame of Colorado brunches, The Broadmoor’s Lakeside Terrace set a new standard for buffets, powered by about a half dozen chef stations. Made-to-order Benedict? No problem. Fresh-made tapas? Sure. But for now, you have to be a hotel guest or member at The Broadmoor to access its brunches at Lakeside and Ristorante Del Lago (which also is fabulous!). —Warren Epstein
1 Lake Avenue
This bright and airy church-turned-food-and-drink hall features one of the best-kept brunch secrets in town. Beloved chef Brent (Sencha) Beavers’ Breakfast for Dinner serves up dynamic breakfast tacos and lovely fluffy omelets, which pair perfectly with the most elaborate and spot-on brunch cocktail menu in town (from Araucana Bespoke Cocktails). The bloody mary features housemade fermented garlic and horseradish because … of course, it does. —W.E.
Weekends 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
320 S. Weber Street
Denver Biscuit Co.
For breakfast sandwiches, Denver Biscuit Co. is acclaimed along the Front Range. Lines are often out the door on weekend mornings! As with Denver, the favorite sammies under the Springs’ sunshine are the Dahlia (sausage, apple butter, egg, maple) and the Franklin (chicken, bacon, cheddar, gravy). Go traditional and get biscuits and gravy — or consider the sweetness of DBC’s strawberry shortcake biscuit. You can always add Nashville hot chicken to anything for a kick. —K.P.
Weekdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Weekends 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
528 S. Tejon St.
Garden of the Gods Market & Cafe
Formerly on the Westside, Garden of the Gods Market & Cafe now shares fiercely contemporary, downtown digs with Till, an upscale dining spot. It’s fancy-schmancy inside and more casual on the outdoor patio. The extensive brunch menu includes lots of gourmet flourishes, including the delectable Southwest Benedict, featuring hollandaise with a green-chile kick. —W.E.
Daily 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
616 S Tejon Street
Homa Cafe + Bar at Kinship Landing
Homa’s morning menu is all-day, with the Unusual being an excellent re-rendition of the ever-excellent egg, bacon and potato combo. Feel free to upgrade with avocado. Homa’s Rambler Toast satiates the sweet tooth with baked Japanese milk bread — c’mon! Don’t dismiss the flaky handpie breakfast option, and consider the refreshing Drunken Botanist from the cocktail choices. Homa is part of Kinship Landing, a boutique downtown hotel, but freely walk in. The cafe is a melting pot of locals and travelers. —K.P.
Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
415 S. Nevada Ave.
The Margarita at PineCreek
Go for the Eggs Rockefeller (poached with spinach, bacon, tomato and Swiss mornay gratin) and a bubbly bellini (prosecco with peach nectar and schnapps). Yes, this is a proper, dress-up-and-take-grandma brunch. But come summer, The Margarita also delivers a casual Saturday companion brunch serving the likes of egg puffs and breakfast tacos from a grill on the patio. And it’s complete with acoustic bands and a bustling farmers market. —W.E.
Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
7350 Pine Creek Road
Mountain Shadows Restaurant
Mountain Shadows is a Colorado Springs institution. Their green chile is, dare we say, the best in the Springs? OK, maybe it’s not the time to open that can of worms, but it’s dang good. Keep it simple and order the hash browns with green chile. But make sure you start with a giant cinnamon roll for the table, which can easily feed four to six people. Wanting to push your brunch to the lunch side? The burgers are stellar, and the green chile cheese fries are killer — order the fries extra crispy! —Meagan Thomas
Wednesday to Monday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2223 Colorado Avenue
If you’ve ever wondered where in the Springs you might head on a Sunday for Morning Chili Cheese Fries, look no farther. Informal, always welcoming, the Odyssey is the place where Chicken & Biscuit or Chicken & Waffles can be paired with a bloody mary in whatever level of spice that suits you. Otherwise, a bottle of Freixenet can be procured with your mix of choice for $18. As hair of the dog cures, the Rise and Re-Awaken (Grey Goose vodka, Razzmatazz schnapps and elderflower liqueur) will leave you feeling like you’ve arrived like Odysseus himself at the shores of Ithaca — reborn. —Steven Hayward
Weekends 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
311 N. Tejon Street
As history goes, this was originally the location where Ruth Etting, “America’s Sweetheart of Song” in the 1920s and ’30s, opened the T-Bone Club after fleeing to the Springs to escape the bright lights of LA and a murder attempt by her ex-husband. Now it’s home to one of the busiest, most extensive boozy breakfasts in the Springs. The wide-ranging menu advertises inarguably the “Best Omelettes in the West.” The Cowboy Hall of Fame (New York strip, two eggs, English muffin) and Mount Elbert Skillet (biscuits, eggs, potatoes arranged to resemble a geological formation) are worth a look. To drink, bloody marys are half price on Sunday. —S.H.
Monday to Saturday 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sundays 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
900 E. Filmore Street
Patty Jewett Bar & Grill
Patty Jewett is the type of brunch spot you go to when you need some hair of the dog and a lot of food. The bloody marys are poured with a heavy hand and the food far exceeds what you might imagine from a golf clubhouse. The chicken fried steak and eggs is not to be missed, but the breakfast burrito is one of the best in Colorado Springs. And they cure their own corned beef for the hash. Whatever you choose, you can’t beat the prices or the views of Pikes Peak visible inside or on the patio. —M.T.
Daily 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
900 E. Espanola Street
Snooze: An A.M. Eatery
With locations across Colorado and the U.S., Snooze has become a reliable go-to when you find yourself in a brunch crowd with different tastes and dietary restrictions. There are breakfast riffs with a twist like Sweet Potato Bacon Smash Up (eggs, pickled onions, hemp seed sprinkles) and the 3-Egg Scramble (‘nuff said). But you’ll also find amazing gluten-free and dairy-free options like the “Makin’ It Grain Bowl” and, my favorite, the “Bravocado Toast.” Drink-wise there are bubbles and bloody marys, but try the Michelada (house brew, bloody mary mix, lime, hot sauce). Pro-tip: Join the online waitlist before leaving to secure a table without a wait. —S.H.
6:30 am – 2:30 pm Monday-Friday, until 4 p.m. on weekends
7587 N. Academy Boulevard
There isn’t a better spot for “ladies who lunch” or a weekend brunch date than this bright, welcoming setting where patrons can savor Streetcar’s famous fried chicken and eggs or stacked burgers made with a short rib, chuck and brisket blend. (Be sure to add fries with their to-die-for curry sauce.) Ensure that your crew’s sunny disposition stays intact by washing it all down with a train of bottomless mimosas. —D.R.
Brunch served 11 AM-2 PM on Saturday & Sunday
520 S. Tejon Street
Urban Egg’s menu hits both sweet and savory, but the standouts are their pancake flights and eggs Benedict options. The Fred’s Hawaiian pancakes feature both pineapple and coconut, but the Cinnamon Swirl pancakes topped with icing is a fan favorite. Benedicts include the traditional, along with unique options like the Southwest, which is served on a tamale rather than an English muffin. Plus, they’ve got a full menu of coffee, cocktails and juices. With four locations in Colorado Springs and four from Denver to Fort Collins (plus Overland Park, Kansas), the local restaurant turned locally owned chain is perfect at home or on the road. —M.T.
Springs Locations: Powers and Dublin, Briargate, University Village, Downtown
Daily 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pizza is for every meal, and the only way to make this universally coveted dish better is to put an egg on it. This chic pizzeria reinvigorates its New Haven-style pies with a twist on traditional breakfast ingredients, as well as showcasing both sweet and savory sourdough toasts with fresh, seasonal toppings. Make it a true Sunday Funday with a gargantuan Megamosa or spicy Mega Bloody. —D.R.
Brunch served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
330 S. Nevada Avenue
Mother’s Day Mentions
Mother’s Day Brunch at Jax’s Fish House and Oyster Bar
Jax delicious Soul Brunch easily put the sustainable seafood spot on our Best Brunches list — until we learned they were no longer serving brunch for the time being. Fortunately for you and your mom, Jax is offering a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8, with bottomless mimosas.
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at ViewHouse
The buffet spread will be as wide as the Pikes Peak views on Sunday, May 8, featuring seafood towers, meat carving stations, build-your-own omelets and waffles, sushi, pastries and more. And moms get a free flower and glass of champagne.