In my neighborhood, just north of the Highlands in Denver, there are several quaint places to eat, but not many within walking distance. That’s why I was so happy that Hash opened near us — it’s less than a mile away, serves local and organic food and is affordable.
While we had a great meal there today — the bomb hash and iced coffee — we’ve had poor experiences at Hash and elsewhere, in the past. Here are my tips to make your brunch as enjoyable as possible:
- Avoid weekends after 9 a.m. Denver is a brunch place. We love our mid-morning meals. Save yourself stress and two-hour waits, and eat an early breakfast out if it’s the weekend.
- Scope the area. Don’t bring your dog or your baby to a restaurant without being sure they’ll both be comfortable.
- Check Yelp. Make sure the restaurant is open when you plan on going. Nothing is more frustrating than walking a mile with the hope of bacon awaiting you and finding a “closed” sign instead. Also, if the reviews are all bad, don’t waste your time.
- Avoid chains. I have a rule: if the cream for coffee doesn’t need to be refrigerated, the restaurant isn’t worth my time. Most chain restaurants have more processed food and less creative menus.
- Branch out. Even if you’re not a foodie like me, try out new places. There are so many great places to eat around town; check the 5280 Rise and Dine list for suggestions.
- Go bottomless. I’m talking drinks, not pants. Wear pants (or shorts, now that it’s summer)! But nothing goes better with a good brunch than some mimosas or fresh coffee, so let your hair down and enjoy!