Favorite Breakfast Place in Harvard Gulch, DenverSince breakfast is the most important meal of the day it only makes since that going out for breakfast (or brunch) is at the top of our list for must do weekend events.  Denver is a foodie city and there are many awesome Denver restaurants.  I wanted to share my favorite four in the Rosedale Harvard Gulch neighborhood.  They are all wonderful and appealing in different  ways.  I love all four of these Harvard Gulch eateries:  

1.  Maddie's Restaurant located at 2425 S. Downing is the quintessential, neighborhood, feel good restaurant.  It was named after the owner's daughter and  it's up-beat, fun energy makes me want to meet Maddie!  The original Maddie's  started out in the cottage next door to the current venue and only had 16 seats.  In 2016, the Geller's converted the old gas station bordering the original digs into the cool, retro diner that now houses the restaurant.  The owners have managed to maintain some of the gas station elements: garage bay doors that open when the weather is nice, wood rafters and garage memorabilia.  The cheerful red accents, clean lines and industrial flooring give the space a cool and energetic vibe without being snobbish.  Maddie's has an outdoor patio with seating and a two sided fireplace to chase away the chill.  The owner, is a long time Harvard Gulch resident, having grown up there and is a DU alum.  Maddie's manages to embody  the neighborhood vibe and feels like walking into the home of a friend.  The menu is delicious and affordable.   I love that Maddie's new make over is modern but steers away from the straight hipster vibe.   I had brunch there on a Saturday morning with four girl friends and it was a great experience.  The restaurant was bustling.  The garage doors were open to let in the spring air.  The service was great and we all loved our food.   The food quality, ambiance and great value make me want to keep going back.   For more information, check them out at www.maddiesrestaurant.com

2.  Morning Collective is located at 2160 S. Broadway.  I am so excited to see Broadway continuing to transform with great shops, businesses and eateries and Morning Collective is a welcome addition.  I was really excited to check this place out since it has gotten great reviews.  On their website they define their food vision as "classic concepts fused with modern innovation".  Morning collective has a hipster vibe, with colorful, yellow wallpaper atop of turquoise wainscoting that off set the industrial elements of the bar and flooring.  I was excited to order a Vegetarian Benedict that showcased butternut squash, a cauliflower puree base, eggs and a sun-dried tomatoe hollandaise.  My breakfast buddy had the Short rib Bennie that had a braised short rib and bacon hollandaise.  The food was fresh and definitely achieved its goal of a modern take on classic food!    Morning Collective's specialty is what it calls it's "Sunrise Elexir's" - highlighting lovely "adult" morning drinks like Morning Margarita's, Bloody Mary's and Hard Horchata Iced Latte's.  I stuck to straight coffee this trip since I had to work later but am looking forward to sampling some Elexir's in the near future!  This would be a fun place for brunch with your crew but be prepared to wait.  Morning Collective is a popular brunch destination in Harvard Gulch.   For more information check out their website:  www.morningcollective.com

3.  Trompeau Bakery is located at 2950 S. Broadway and is technically just outside of the Harvard Gulch neighborhood (by a couple of blocks) but since it was a DU staple for many years, I have included it.  This is THE place to go for a pastry and a cup of coffee!  Trompeau is a classic french bakery and the pastries are out of this world! I am not a pastry girl (read always dieting) but I really wanted to see what french pastry is like.  I ordered a Raspberry Almond Croissant and could not stop eating it!  The dough was light, buttery and flakey!  The filling was the perfect sweetness without being over powering and the flavors were perfectly balanced.  Trompeau is family owned and has been in operation since 2001.   The larger space on South Broadway allows for good traffic flow and tables for guests who want to sit and linger over coffee and danish with a friend.  I got my croissant  to go and am embarrassed to say that I managed to scarfed it down before I even got home.  Fortunately they threw in a free cherry danish, so my hubbie was not short changed.  This is my new go to place if I need to bring pastries, croissants or bread for any special event  or if I just need my coffee with a special treat. They also sell take-and-bake bread and pizza dough.  For more information you can find them on the web:  pasccal-trompeau.squarespace.com

4.  Lucile's  has been  a Denver favorite since 1980 and has a new location at 2095 S. Ogden.  Lucile's is a Creole inspired restaurant that set its goal to become a premier brunch location.  With multiple locations and lines out the doors on the weekends, I would say they have accomplished their goal.  The owner and his mother, Lucile, opened the first Lucile's in Boulder in 1980.  The cuisine is Creole inspired and features offerings like:  The Cajun Breakfast: red beans, poached eggs, hollandaise and grits or the Eggs New Orleans:  fried eggplant, poached eggs, creole spices and hollandaise.  The restaurants are decorated with New Orleans inspired decor - think Mardi Gras beads, masks, alligators and Creole posters while Cajun music cranks through the speakers.  An interesting fact about their menu is that their first chef was trained at the highly acclaimed "Commander's Palace" in New Orleans.  The food at Lucile's is hearty, unique and on point!  For more information check them out at:  www.luciles.com.

I hope you enjoy your weekend and are able to get out and sample some of the delicious offerings of these great restaurants in the awesome Harvard Gulch neighborhood!