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Family-Friendly Brunch Spots in Metro Denver

Our top picks for brunching along the Front Range with the whole family.

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Before kids, brunch is all about bottomless mimosas and indulgent food. With kids, brunch is still an occasion to celebrate, especially at one of Denver’s many delicious weekend brunch spots. We made the rounds around Denver to find the places that offer great food and something special for families.

Maddie’s

Housed in a converted gas station, this neighborhood joint serves up deli classics with an Israeli twist inspired by owner Gayor Geller’s Israeli upbringing. Geller’s daughter, Maddie, who’s now eight, is a fan of their sweet options, especially the challah French toast. Kids meals are $6.75, and to make sure nobody gets hangry, Maddie’s offers free banana and Cheerios plates for kids to eat while enjoying the play area. 2425 S. Downing St., Denver. 

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Snooze: an A.M. Eatery

There’s a reason this Denver brunch staple is a favorite with locals and visitors; the expansive menu focused on sustainable ingredients offers something for everyone. Try the breakfast pot pie, seasonal benedicts, or heavenly blueberry Danish pancakes. Their kids menu serves up Snooze favorites, with a side and drink for $6. Insider tip: To avoid a long wait with hangry kiddos, send one parent to put your name on the list ahead of time. The hostess will send a text when your table is almost ready. Eight metro Denver locations. 

Wendell’s

Its insta-worthy diner vibe is matched with updated classics to please the whole family. Savory favorites like chicken fried steak and croque monsieur are a hit as are the customizable pancake and waffle options. Kids meals, served on an old-school cafeteria plate, include a breakfast main, fruit, veggies, and side for $6, with books and toys to keep kids happy. 3838 Tennyson St., Denver. 

Jelly

Take a spin back in time at this retro eatery adorned with vintage cereal boxes, which pay homage to the owner’s Star Wars cereal box he’s had since childhood. With trendy menu items like Corn Flakes French toast and eight flavors of donut holes, Jelly may become your new favorite neighborhood spot. The kids menu keeps kids occupied with jokes, riddles, a word puzzle, and a maze to color. All kids plates are $2.50 to $3.50. Two metro Denver locations. 

Tupelo Honey

Tupelo Honey dishes out authentic southern dishes light enough to explore its LoDo neighborhood afterward—unless you load up on their famous Cathead biscuits, whose name references their size. Try the fried green tomatoes, or their southern spin on avocado toast before tucking into their spicy shrimp and grits. Kids can dig into favorites like mac and cheese, sweet potato pancakes, or grilled cheese for $5 to $6.50. 1650 Wewatta St., Denver.

Sassafras

With its inviting atmosphere and farm tables, Sassafras is like eating at a close friend’s house, if your friend has an expert-level skill of southern Cajun and Creole cooking. Try anything from the sections devoted to shrimp and grits, mac and cheese, or a brunch cocktail. Kids menus will keep kids busy with coloring, while Mardi Gras décor at the Capitol Hill location is the perfect backdrop for family selfies. All kids plates are $6.50. Three metro Denver locations.

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HashTAG

Adding a global take to classic breakfast dishes, HashTAG’s drool-worthy menu reflects Chef Troy Guard’s background, with Maui Wowie Hot Cakes calling back to his Hawaiian roots, breakfast nachos to showcase his love of mexican food, and breakfast pho from his years spent in Asia. Kids options are just as enticing for $4 to $5, especially the lucky charm waffle or the pancake corn dog sausage. Request a HashTAG mystery box of toys; ranging anywhere from dolls and army guys to jacks and other old-school toys. 10155 E. 29 Dr., Denver. 

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