Last weekend I was in Denver for a wedding, which I decided to turn into a mini vaca. The three days were full of sun soaked hours by the pool, hikes and drives in the gorgeous mountains, catching up with dear friends, and food. So. Much. Food. I regret none of it.

As I was preparing to go and telling Chicago friends about my weekend plans, one must-see was continuously mentioned – “You have to go to Snooze for brunch.” When it comes to dining recommendations, I don’t argue.

The restaurant had a classic diner decor with an eclectic flair. It was clearly a popular spot among visitors and locals alike, but they kept it moving. To make the surprisingly short wait even more pleasant guests are offered free coffee, which won me over from the start.

fullandfearless_foodsnooze1My brunch buddy and I can be a bit indecisive when it comes to a tasty meal {a.k.a. we want it all}, so we decided to try as many things as possible by sharing multiple dishes. Settle in for a lengthy ride, but trust me, your taste buds will thank you for it. Or they’ll just be angry that you’re not eating all these goodies. I can’t be sure.

Our first selection was the pancake flight. Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes sounded more like a dessert than breakfast, so obviously I chose those. The buttermilk pancake was covered in strawberry-basil coulis, fresh strawberries and mascarpone whipped cream, complete with a lemon-shortbread cookie crumble.

Next up on this dessert – urm, I mean breakfast – tour was the Pineapple Upside Down Pancake. This buttermilk beauty was garnished with a bit of cinnamon butter, homemade vanilla crème anglaise and chunks of caramelized pineapple.

Pancake number three was my friend’s recommendation – the Sweet Potato Pancake, a signature item at Snooze. The pancake, made with sweet potato buttermilk batter, was topped with a pat of ginger infused butter and candied pecans, then finished with a liberal drizzle of housemade caramel sauce. Highly recommended and for good reason.

Well, as I always say, sweet can’t be without her other half – savory. Next was the Benny Duo, a half order of two different benedicts, perfect for the especially indecisive. I wanted to get a real taste of Snooze, so we picked two completely different options.

First was the Bella! Bella! Benny. A piece of toasty ciabatta bread was topped with paper-thin slices of prosciutto and a perfectly poached egg that ran like a river once sliced. I honestly could’ve stopped there and been happy, but the cream cheese hollandaise, balsamic glaze, arugula, and creamy Taleggio cheese took this little benny to a new level.

The other half of our somewhat bizarre benedict combo was the Chile Verde Benny, my friend’s recommendation. Rather than bread, the base was a stack of tortillas soaked in green chile sauce, which sounded like a promising start to me. They were then covered in perfectly seasoned slow cooked pulled pork, another one of those perfect eggs, melty Mexican cheese, green chili hollandaise, and pico de gallo. It was perfection. Between this and the pancakes, I must say he makes some good food suggestions. I should listen to him more often {don’t get a big head now, Caleb}. Both bennys came with a side of hash browns, which were delicious, but we had to leave room for the third course. Priorities, people.

fullandfearless_foodsnooze2Being fully committed to this brunch, we decided to go all in and ordered the accurately named OMG! French Toast. I’m not usually a french toast fan, but this artisanal brioche bread was stuffed with mascarpone cream before being griddled and crowned with salted caramel, fresh strawberries, flakes of toasted coconut and more of that delicious vanilla crème. O. M. G., amiright?

Needless to say we rolled our happy little selves out of Snooze and didn’t think about food for another 8+ hours. So, I will now join the club and sing Snooze’s high praises. If you’re ever in Denver don’t miss it. I’m already eye the menu for my next trip. Until then, Happy Friday and happy eating!


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