by Kathleen St. John on April 2, 2010
Brunch is one of the best eating, and drinking, occasions of any week. It’s fun for all: Families chat after church. Busy groups of friends reconnect before a hectic week. Couples sip mimosas and bat eyelashes. Hungover partiers clutch coffee cups and pine for a hair-of-the-dog cure. All are united by a desire for breakfast, with the option of having lunch, as well.
If there’s a good weekend to have brunch, this is the one — brunch on Easter Sunday is a time-honored tradition. It’s going to be nuts out there, but here are a few fine places to consider raising a toast on this biggest of brunch days.
Steuben’s (523 E. 17th Ave.) is always a hit for brunch. The classic menu is a crowd-pleaser, which explains the weekend hordes in the cavernous restaurant. The full bar ensures that drinks are plentiful. There’s a wide range of standard, quality cocktails, from an old-fashioned to a lime rickey.
The mimosas come in long, tall, test-tube- like glasses, with an excellent proportion of orange juice to champagne. True breakfast fans should check if the bacon-infused vodka is available for their Bloody Marys.
On Capitol Hill, Charlie Brown’s (980 Grant St.) is a great place to meet if the weather is nice. There’s construction going on now, but the sheltered patio is still open. When it’s warm outside, the patio windows are opened, letting balmy breezes blow through.
Normally a lunch-and-dinner restaurant, Charlie B.’s busts out the breakfast treats on the weekends. Naturally, there’s a full bar that makes a long, lazy Sunday very tempting.
Those still recovering from Saturday night will be lining up at Sputnik (3 S. Broadway) for its legendary brunch service. Carafes of mimosa are $5, and the bartenders are not stingy with the bubbly when mixing them. Bloody Marys are a steal at $3.
The music at Sputnik’s brunch usually starts at a soothing, soft tempo and tone, and slowly escalates as the drinks flow and the room fills. If it gets too crazy, headache sufferers should try the Hangover Scramble with their drinks: a pile of potatoes, topped with eggs, sauce, cilantro, avocado and cheese, with optional meat additions.
In Wash Park, The Devil’s Food Bakery (1020 S. Gaylord St.) is an upscale-but-unpretentious joint that happily has a liquor license. The ambience is akin to a coffee shop, but the lines on the weekends are a testament to the popularity of their brunch. The mimosas aren’t cheap, but they’re quality, and it’s worth it to eat in a restaurant designated as a cellphone-free zone.
After loosening up with a drink and a satisfying meal, grab a cup of coffee to go from the front counter. And if your house missed a visit from a rogue candy-distributing bunny this year, snag a sweet treat too. It’s Easter.
– Tryst’s farewell —
There’s change underway for LoDo hotspot Tryst (1512 Larimer St.). On Tuesday, Tryst owner Paul Piciocchi sent out a note to the Tryst mailing list, announcing that Friday and Saturday will be the last nights for the lounge. He’s moving Tryst to Playa del Carmen, the Mexican vacation destination.
He’s still in charge of the Tryst space, though, and a revamp of the room is forthcoming. Contacted for comment, Piciocchi said he’s waiting until next week to divulge the details. Stay tuned.
– Beer hunt –
Drink in the waning days of spring skiing at the New Belgium Brewing Scavenger Hunt on Saturday at Loveland Ski Area.
Skiiers, snowboarders and other mountain movers are invited to don silly costumes and solve riddles all over the ski area — just beware of dudes in Bigfoot costumes and other strange creatures. Then, there’s a “Beerlicious” apres-ski party sponsored by the beer company.
Registration starts at 9 a.m.; the cost is $10, in addition to purchasing a lift ticket. The proceeds benefit Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado.
– And Vinyl, of course –
– Kathleen St. John