Rise and Shine: Morning Collective is Denver’s Newest Breakfast Eatery


Try the Stuffed Banana Hazelnut pancakes, featuring a Nutella center and caramelized banana cream, fresh bananas and powdered hazelnuts on top. Courtesy Morning Collective

In a perfect world, we would sit down to a full, hearty breakfast every morning, with no worries of extreme calorie consumption keeping us from slathering on the butter and syrup or reaching for an extra slice or two (or three) of perfectly crisp bacon, a stack of fluffy pancakes or eggs Benedict drenched in hollandaise sauce.

We’d also happily consume all that goodness daily at Denver’s newest breakfast spot, Morning Collective.

This “farmhouse chic” restaurant, which opened its doors April 3, offers up plenty of traditional fare, but instead of sticking to the breakfast book, executive chef and partner Joseph Strelnik is taking tradition to another level by “fusing” classic dishes with modern innovations. The former executive chef of Snooze, Strelnik says Morning Collective isn’t about being perfect. Instead, it’s about absolutely delicious food and sticking to the restaurant’s motto: “Everyone deserves a well-crafted meal.”

The food: All dishes are made in-house, with some ingredients sourced locally. The menu starts with traditional items like breakfast burritos and rancheros, then gets creative with “stacked Benedicts” including pistachio pesto, coffee-braised pork and roasted tomato and cream cheese bread pudding; loaded, to-go friendly hearty and healthy bowls; daily made-from-scratch breads with “molten” centers—as in a warm chocolate center in a stuffed s’mores pancake; mini-meal, “second breakfast” options; and a small lunch menu, available all day.

The drinks: Ever tried tomato-flavored ice or caramelized banana froth? At Morning Collective, you can test out both in the house bloody mary and latte. In addition to crafted cocktails and “no booze elixirs,” Strelnik created flavored ice, creams and froths for Morning Collective’s drink program. Order the house-made horchata, for instance, and your drink will include horchata-flavored ice and horchata froth.

The six cream and froth and eight ice flavors are paired with particular concoctions, but the staff invites guests to mix-and-match.

Morning Collective is located at 2160 S. Broadway and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Our advice? Come hungry.

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