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Breakfast King is the best 24-hour dinner in Denver


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It is 11 a.m. on Sunday morning and you want to take the family out for a nice simple breakfast after church.

It is noon on Wednesday and you want to grab a club sandwich and fries with a friend on your lunch break.

It is 2 a.m. on Saturday night. The bars just closed and you need two fried eggs smothered in green chile and a heap of potatoes.

In all three of these scenarios, the answer is Breakfast King.

This is not your usual trendy-hipster-Denver brunch spot. Those places are plentiful and many of them, such as Snooze, are doing great things. There is a time and a place for that kind of breakfast. However, there is also a time when you want an old-fashioned, no-nonsense plate of eggy goodness. Sometimes you want a couple of eggs, potatoes, bacon, pancakes, and toast (whether that comes with country gravy, green chile, or ketchup is entirely a personal decision). This is when you head to 300 W. Mississippi Ave.

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Breakfast King is the best 24-hour dinner in Denver, hands down. There are two notable competitors. Both are on Colfax and both are, in this Examiner’s opinion, plainly inferior. Breakfast King has become a regular part of my dining out experience. It is nearly a weekly ritual. The owners have perfectly captured the down-home, truck stop, 70’s dinner atmosphere. They have large orange booths. They have a long breakfast counter. They have waitresses in matching uniforms (complete with orange aprons), milkshake machines, and a ridiculously extensive menu.

They serve up all the classic items you want from a 24-hour dinner. Denver omelet, biscuits and gravy, two eggs sunny-side-up, a couple of hot links, you name it. Beside all of the obvious breakfast choices, they also do a wide selection of lunch and dinner items. They do a pretty tasty turkey club.

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One of their main items, and the thing that distinguishes them as being wonderfully Denver-ish, is their green chile. It’s certainly not the fanciest green chile in the city, but as a person who has made it his personal mission to find the best chiles in town, I can say that Breakfast King is up there with the best of them. My favorite menu items are the ones that involve this delightfully spicy verde topping. The above-mentioned green-chile-cheese fries are an awesome late night snack. If you are looking for a more standard breakfast experience, try the huevos rancheros. Two eggs any style served with refried beans, tortillas, and potatoes, all smothered in green chile. It is particularly good when the eggs are sunny side up.

Their most well known item may be the breakfast burrito supreme. This enormous burrito is filled with eggs, potatoes, and meat, and then covered in cheese and green chile. It is incredibly filling and delicious. I hate to beat a dead horse, but I cannot say enough about this topic. Their green chile is generally held in very high regard by most folk in Denver lucky enough to have tried it. The restaurant goes through countless gallons each day.

Nearly all breakfast items range from $5 to $9. A simple plate of eggs, toast, and potatoes will run you less than six bucks. The giant burrito is closer to eight. Either way, it’s a value. It is also one of the only local restaurants you can eat at after 10 p.m. any night of the week.

The next time you have a craving for a good old greasy plate of breakfast magic, forget all those dumpy chains like Denny’s and Perkins. Head to Breakfast King. Whether it is the first thing you are eating that day or the last thing, it will put a smile on your face without putting too much hurt on your wallet.

*Side note for vegetarians: While this is definitely not “vegetarian restaurant” there are plenty of meatless plates, like the huevos rancheros. Also, you can also order a simple breakfast of eggs, potatoes, and pancakes. Just skip the bacon.

More Reviews: Westword, Yelp


  • Erin Warnecke 5 years ago

    I agree the Breakfast King is a good cheap diner for the Denver area.

  • Anonymous 5 years ago

    its not good, its amazing. good article!

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