Encore on Colfax: Brunching It

by Grace Boyle on September 26, 2011

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Set on Colfax in Denver’s City Park neighborhood and alongside the Tattered Cover bookstore is Encore Restaurant. Housed in the Lowenstein building, a once-famous theater in Denver, that operated from the early 50’s-late 80’s Encore opened in 2007 to take over the historical space.

When you step inside, you feel the retro vibes as soulful Motown music lightly thumps throughout the restaurant and obvious theatrical pieces and design remain throughout the restaurant including the words: “Lowenstein Theater” along the wall where small booths sit.

As you enter, a long, narrow marble bar leads you into the dining room. I immediately noticed the photography that hung around the restaurant, representing neighborhoods in Denver.

The cement patio outside, is covered filled with plants and taupe-colored curtains tied in knots at the bottom, hanging alongside its perimeter.

We chose a small booth inside, for two.

You feel comfortable here. It’s unpretentious and I saw families scattered throughout the restaurant. Near the back of the restaurant the kitchen is open and spitting with life, shouts, hissing flames and laughter.

We ordered the Telluride jalapeno poppers, stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in apple smoked bacon over fresh jam. Let me tell you, I don’t even eat bacon (or much meat for that matter) and I had these. They smelled so good!

I ordered the special of the day, eggs any style, cherry chicken sausage, over grilled crostini and a whole grain mustard-hollaindaise sauce.

As breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day and I don’t want anything over the top. No foam, no outrageous menu item, just some solid eggs that hit the spot.

That’s what I had at Encore and I wolfed it down.

We also tried the pork belly confit hash with potatoes, corn, parmesan vinaigrette and a sunny side egg.

Our sweet waitress asked if we wanted dessert. Normally, at brunch I’m already too full but since our meal had been so fun we went with it and ordered the ricotta doughnuts with Greek yogurt caramel and apricot jam.

When you broke them open they were moist and steamed from the freshness. I drenched the doughnuts in the jam and greek yogurt, lapping up the sweetness.

Next up? I want to try their happy hour and dinner entrees. Encore has been voted Denver’s best burger before and on FourSquare the tips are peppered with trying their fries drizzled with mustard.

I also approve of and love that they have an entirely gluten-free menu. I know that isn’t an easy feat and it’s a nice touch.

I can’t help but stress, that the waitstaff was friendly, smiling and timely. Can’t go wrong with that consistency and service. Head on over to the “Colfax Country Club” of Encore on Colfax!

Find Them: 

Website: http://encoreoncolfax.com | 2550 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO.

Twitter: @EncoreOnColfax

Facebook: Facebook.com/DineAtEncore

Hours: Mon-Fri: Lunch. Dinner: Nightly, 4 PM. Brunch: Saturday and Sunday. | Reservations

Disclaimer: Special thanks to Encore for covering the bill. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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  • http://twitter.com/jrmoreau James Ryan Moreau

    I still have fantasies about those jalapeno poppers. Best I’ve ever eaten!

  • http://www.virtuallybing.com Bing Chou

    Maybe I’ve been watching too much Mad Men (sadly, we just finished it on Netflix), but I love the style of this place. Road trip.

    • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

      Great point, Bing! Great style here and it’s historical context is cool too. Let me know what you think. We did brunch but I’m intrigued by dinner/happy hour.

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