And the winner is...
Denver: 46 / Boulder: 43
Why it won: 7 spots to convince you that Denver is king
1. Snooze is breakfast heaven. Don’t try to avoid the pineapple upside-down or red velvet pancakes, or the sticky bun French toast—they’re the reason you got up. $; 3 locations; snoozeeatery.com
2. Root Down. You’ve gotta love a place that caters to anyone’s eating dilemmas—vegan, gluten-free, even raw—with creative cheer. Along with spectacular, seasonally inspired dinners, the weekend brunch menu includes to-die-for lemon-ricotta poppy-seed pancakes, a quinoa muffin Benedict, and bottomless blood-orange mimosas. $$; 1600 W. 33rd Ave.; 303/993-4200.
3. Pinche Tacos. The tiny farmers’ markets at Old South Pearl and Highlands are nice, but the main draw is this truck serving authentic street food with attitude—like the seared tongue with guajillo chile–honey mayo. Just don’t say the truck’s name to your Spanish-speaking abuela (grandma); it’s slang for the f-bomb because, yes, the tacos are that good. pinchetacos.com