Down Home Cooking
Longing for a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast? Try the Franklin, the Denver Biscuit Company’s top seller. Buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, and cheddar cheese are smothered in signature sausage gravy.
On a cold, frosty morning, when temperatures plummet and snow glazes the streets, what’s better than some stick-to-your-ribs, down home, country comfort cooking? And have we found two powerhouse breakfast spots to warm your body and soul.
The Denver Biscuit Company
The Denver Biscuit Company (DBC)—part of the award-winning, three-in-one restaurant concept that includes Fat Sully’s Pizza and the Atomic Cowboy—has opened its first Colorado Springs location in the Old Trolley Barn on South Tejon, and fans are rejoicing.
No more treks up I-25 to indulge in your brunch favorites, such as shrimp and grits and chicken pot pie all with one tantalizing difference: They’re made with super flaky, supersized biscuits.
And freshness is key. “We don’t sell a biscuit that’s more than 30 minutes old,” says Nate Lotz, general manager of Atomic Provisions.
Try the biscuits and gravy, and you’ll become a believer. The fluffy, buttery biscuit pairs beautifully with DBC’s deep, rich sausage or vegetarian gravy.
If you’d like a heartier selection, go for the Franklin. It’s the number one seller. Buttermilk fried chicken—crispy on the outside and tender on the inside—cheddar cheese, and Tender Belly bacon are smothered with the trademark gravy and topped with a biscuit.
Longing for some French toast? Don’t despair. Every sandwich can be made with DBC’s version of French toast made of day-aged biscuits, cut off at the ends, that are dipped in egg batter and cooked on the griddle.
Topped with homemade apple butter, a sausage patty, and a fried egg, the Dahlia offers the fluffiness of the French toast biscuit with so much maple syrup that you’ll be floating in sugar heaven.
For a mountain of sweet, gooey deliciousness bathed in cream cheese frosting, order the giant cinnamon roll. But take a friend; it’s two and a half biscuits’ worth of dough.
“In addition to serving dynamite food and beverages,” Lotz says, “our core value is giving back to the community and supporting local causes.”
For every Helo Hefe beer sold from veteran-owned Red Leg Brewing, DBC donates $1 to Angels of America’s Fallen, a local charity that supports activities for children of military and first responders killed in the line of duty—indulgence with a heart.
With its laid-back vibe, superstar staff, and funky industrial decor, Urban Steam is like a warm hug.
“We’ve gone with an Australian cafe culture,” says owner Kelly Bubach, “where you come in, sit down, relax, and maybe you’ll meet a life-long friend you never knew you had.”
Six years ago, Urban Steam began as a coffee tasting and roasting operation with a little bit of food. Then they added breakfast to the menu, and business soared.
Their waffles have become legendary. All house-made, the Belgian-style waffles are a little sweet and a little chewy with a touch of cinnamon. Loaded with Nutella, bananas, and whipped cream, the Monkey Wrench is topped with walnuts, dark chocolate, and a sinfully rich caramel sauce.
For a savory flavor, try the blue cornmeal waffles. the Greasy Granny is Urban Steam’s twist on biscuits and gravy. Rich and hearty, half a cornmeal waffle is topped with house pork sausage gravy, two eggs, cheddar cheese, and Hatch green chile.
If you’re craving a big brunch, order the Southern Comfort. Crispy buttermilk-fried chicken and two eggs sit atop half a blue cornmeal waffle smothered in 291 bourbon maple syrup.
Urban Steam’s signature coffee drinks are made with the house espresso, focusing on the “small cup culture” prevalent in most European countries.
In addition to Central American coffees, Bubach is excited to bring in exotic beans that customers haven’t been exposed to, including Ethiopian with its sweet, fruity accents and Kenyan, which has more floral notes.
For the ultimate coffee experience, try a pour over: each cup is individually brewed. Baristas will help you choose your favorite selection from a menu that changes weekly.
You can also start your Sunday fun day with some serious cocktails.
Try the Matterhorn, an adult hot chocolate. A decadent mixture of dark chocolate, peppermint schnapps, and steamed milk, it’s topped with a dollop of whipped cream to resemble a French or Swiss glacier.
The Bloody Hairy is a huge fan favorite. House-infused habanero vodka gives it a kick, and the spicy tomato and veggie mix is great by itself. And the garnish is epic: stuffed olives, bacon, pepperoncini, and a fat pickle with Applewood-smoked salt on the rim. The Bloody Hairy comes in three sizes: baby, big, and biggest. If it’s too spicy, the staff will be happy to make it a little less hairy.
Superstar service, every time.