Red Flannel Hash
Jelly (Capitol Hill), 600 E. 13th Ave., Denver, eatmorejelly.com
There’s a reason Jelly got its name — the homemade jelly is served atop a made-to-order donut hole, or with a large, freshly baked biscuit. At the Capitol Hill establishment, the jelly flavor changes daily, but is always delightful. Recently we were served peach and honey jelly along with our biscuit, all of which was only a side to the uniquely delicious red flannel hash. Beets, bacon, red and sweet potatoes are soaked overnight in a sweet cream marinade, then mixed with crispy breakfast potatoes and adorned with two eggs any style. We chose over medium and the runny egg yolk mixed well with the almost-tart beet hash. The biscuit, butter and jelly was the icing on the cake to finish brunch off. $10.89.
Iced Horchata Latte
Brewing Market, Multiple locations in Boulder County, brewingmarketcoffee.com
We know of at least one great way to round out the dog days of summer: Slurp an iced horchata latte from Brewing Market. Sweet, soft cinnamon is abundant in the drink and the foamed milk (almond in this instance) makes for a pillow-light mouthfeel. It’s an ideal pick-me-up for the next hot afternoon, which might be our last of the year. When the weather turns though, we like the sound of Brewing Market’s authentic Turkish coffee — that’ll get us excited for fall. $3.95.
Boxcar Coffee Roasters, 1825 B Pearl St., Boulder, www.boxcarcoffeeroasters.com
Sometimes coffee just isn’t enough. An early morning quick cup of joe or an afternoon pick-me-up demands a snack to go along with it. The homemade granola bars at Boxcar Coffee Roasters are the perfect antidote — not a huge indulgence, but just enough to fulfill a craving for a freshly baked bite. Made with dried fruits and chopped nuts, the gluten-free bars are held together by organic creamy peanut butter with a light hint of honey. They are delightfully crumbly and big enough to leave you satisfied. $2.99.
Leña, 24 Broadway, Denver, lenadenver.com
On a recent Sunday, still luxuriating in the aftermath of a successful afternoon of treasure hunting on Denver’s Antique Row, we found ourselves inside Leña perusing an enticing menu of Latin American-inspired cuisine. True believers in the power a well-made taco has to fix a bad day or enhance a great one, we wasted no time ordering up one of Leña’s desayuno (breakfast) tacos. A little larger than a traditional Mexican street taco, Leña’s version is still manageable in the hand, stuffed with rich ground duck, piquant chorizo, fluffy scrambled eggs, buttery Oaxaca cheese and earthy aji roja, with crisp green onions for texture and color. This gussied-up taco is filling, but it’ll leave you drooling for another, so go ahead and order a couple, sit back and relax in Leña’s home-and-hearth atmosphere. $4.50.