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The Inaugural Denver BBQ Fest — and More Food and Drink to Try for Father’s Day Weekend

Beer brunches, rooftop drinks, and blue plate specials

Mile High Stadium will host the inaugural Denver BBQ Fest all weekend
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For Brunch: Father’s Day Beer Brunch at St Julien Hotel & Spa

Father’s Day brunch at Boulder’s luxurious St Julien Hotel & Spa means free-flowing beer from West Flanders Brewing Co., sparkling wine and mimosas, and bloody marys. The menu includes a breakfast bar with eggs your way, chicken and waffles, pancakes, pastries, smoked salmon and Moe’s bagels, a chilled seafood bar, salads, entrees, a dessert bar, and even a taco bar. There will be live music from the Phil Robinson Trio, and of course, the view of the Flatirons from the terrace. Reservations: (720) 406-7399.

For Dinner: Flagstaff House Restaurant

Flagstaff House has been in the same family for three generations and is a Boulder fine-dining staple. For Father’s Day, chef and partner Chris Royster (a Chopped champ) is offering a wagyu steak with Asian sides of sticky rice, shiitake mushrooms, pickled vegetables, and a tamari demi-glace. Also on the menu is a Colorado lamb loin and shank served with polenta with white truffles, ratatouille, goat cheese, and jus. Royster is also offering a five-course tasting menu.

For Drinks: Tamayo

Tamayo is home to one of Denver’s original rooftop patios, and on Father’s Day, the brunch menu will offer not only sweeping mountain views but also bottomless guava mimosas, bloody marias, margaritas, and beers. For $39, guests will also get a shot at the brunch buffet serving goodies like short rib flautas.

For Lunch: Punch Bowl Social

Ping-pong, foosball, pinball, build-your-own bloody marys, and $5 old fashioneds — what could be better? Lunch plus games are offered at both the Stapleton and Broadway locations (the Broadway Punch Bowl is doing a Maker’s Mark apron and mitt givaway while supplies last). Choose one of the two Blue Plate specials for lunch: Half roasted chicken or a bone-in pork chop.

All Day: Denver BBQ Festival

The inaugural Denver BBQ Festival runs from the 15th to the 17th at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, and it’s free on both Saturday and Sunday (though all-inclusive VIP experiences, all-you-can-eat pit passes and BBQ master classes are available for purchase). Among the pitmasters: Jason Ganahl of GCUE BBQ, Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker, and eight others from across the country. Add in family-friendly games and live entertainment.

St Julien Hotel & Spa

900 Walnut Street, , CO 80302 (720) 406-9696 Visit Website

Punch Bowl Social Denver

65 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 (303) 765-2695


1400 Larimer Street, , CO 80202 (720) 946-1433 Visit Website

Flagstaff House Restaurant

1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, CO 80302 303 442 4640