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12 Killer Breakfast Sandwiches To Swap for Brunch

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That weekend ritual brunch often extends into the early hours of the afternoon. During the summer months with beautiful weather and a plethora of outdoor activities calling, time is often better allocated to things other than sitting at a table inside. Luckily, some of the area’s favorite brunch locales offer alternatives still packed with all the delicious, sweet, and savory flavors of brunch but in a portable form. Here are 12 killer, on-the-go breakfast sandwiches to swap for brunch this weekend.

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1. Bodega Sandwich at Emmerson

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1600 Pearl St #100
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 953-9852
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This innovative Boulder restaurant serves up a classic breakfast sandwich at its Pearl Street abode, complete with American cheese, bacon or sausage, seasonings, and ketchup. Simple yet satisfying.

Bodega Sandwich at Emmerson
Emmerson

2. Breakfast Burger at The Buff

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2600 Canyon Blvd
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-9150
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The Buff has been serving hearty breakfasts to locals for more than 20 years. The breakfast sandwich heads to the next level in the form of a generous-sized burger, topped off with bacon, cheddar cheese, and an egg.

Breakfast Burger at The Buff
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3. Sunrise Sandwich at South Side Walnut Cafe 

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673 S Broadway St
Boulder, CO 80305
(720) 304-8118
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A favorite among the Boulder community, Walnut Cafe stacks this breakfast sandwich to the brim with protein — two eggs, sausage or bacon, and cheese served on toasted rosemary olive oil bread with a side dish. The restaurant also offers gluten-free bread as an alternative.

Sunrise Sandwich at South Side Walnut Cafe 
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4. The Frenchie at Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

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725 E 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 440-9880
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For diners who need to start their days with a bagel and smear, bagel gurus Rosenberg’s Bagels dishes up a sweet-savory combo — Polidori sausage, scrambled egg, and melted sharp cheddar on a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel and topped with a drizzle of maple syrup.

The Frenchie at Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen
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5. Standard Breakfast Sammy at Annette

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2501 Dallas St #108
Aurora, CO 80010
(720) 710-9975
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Annette provides a modern take on takeaway breakfast with the “Standard Sammy.” Breakfast staples such as bacon and a sunny-side egg meet arugula, romesco, and a house aioli, all served on a house English muffin.

Standard Breakfast Sammy at Annette
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6. The Chronic Breakfast Sandwich at Rioja

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1431 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 820-2282
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Grilled jalapeño cheddar sourdough, poblano cream cheese, scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado, and other veggie toppings make up the breakfast sub at this Larimer Square restaurant run by James Beard awarding-winning-chef Jennifer Jasinski. Her take on portable breakfast is essentially a pepper popper in sandwich form.

The Chronic Breakfast Sandwich at Rioja
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7. Monte Cristo at Steuben’s

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523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 830-1001
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With Steuben’s spin on the French classic croque-monsieur, this sweet-meets-salty combo is perfect for those seeking a more indulgent brunch alternative on the go. Ham, turkey, Swiss, and American cheese are layered with house-made raspberry preserves before the sandwich is battered and deep fried.

Monte Cristo at Steuben’s
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8. The Breakfast Sandwich at Watercourse Foods

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837 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-7313
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For eaters going lighter on the meat side, vegan-vegetarian-haven Watercourse Foods serves Northern Capitol Hill a vegetarian breakfast sandwich with tofu bacon or sausage, egg omelet, Daiya cheese, avocado, and tomato. The sandwich can be served on an English muffin or gluten-free bread.

The Breakfast Sandwich at Watercourse Foods
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9. Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich at Beast + Bottle

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719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 623-3223
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For those looking for breakfast on-the-go options that are on the fancier side, North Capitol Hill’s Beast + Bottle serves up a buttermilk biscuit sandwich with elevated profiles maple bacon sausage, Gruyere, green tomato, and a fried egg.

Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich at Beast + Bottle
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10. Green Eggs & Sam at Olive and Finch

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1552 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-8663
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This airy Uptown abode brings Mediterranean flavors to this brunch alternative with the “Green Eggs & Sam” sandwich. Earthy basil pesto and sweet roasted tomatoes are layered over scrambled eggs and provolone cheese then nestled between a house-made focaccia.

Green Eggs & Sam at Olive and Finch
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11. All Day Breakfast Sandwich at City O' City

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206 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-6443
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This eclectic Capitol Hill favorite serves this breakfast sandwich at all hours of the day, from early-bird hours at 7 a.m. to night-owl 2 a.m. The vegetarian take on a breakfast sandwich is layered with a fried egg, cheddar cheese, and french fries served on a pretzel bun.

All Day Breakfast Sandwich at City O’ City
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12. Fig Jam and Ham at Moxie Eatery

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70 Broadway #150
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 524-9236
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The satisfying simplicity and flavors of Italy come out in the minimal yet savory breakfast sandwich dished up at this all-day eatery just south of downtown. Moxie Eatery tops prosciutto and a farm egg with feta and fresh arugula. Gluten-free options are also available.

Fig Jam and Ham at Moxie Eatery
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1. Bodega Sandwich at Emmerson

1600 Pearl St #100, Boulder, CO 80302
Bodega Sandwich at Emmerson
Emmerson

This innovative Boulder restaurant serves up a classic breakfast sandwich at its Pearl Street abode, complete with American cheese, bacon or sausage, seasonings, and ketchup. Simple yet satisfying.

1600 Pearl St #100
Boulder, CO 80302

2. Breakfast Burger at The Buff

2600 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302
Breakfast Burger at The Buff
Yelp

The Buff has been serving hearty breakfasts to locals for more than 20 years. The breakfast sandwich heads to the next level in the form of a generous-sized burger, topped off with bacon, cheddar cheese, and an egg.

2600 Canyon Blvd
Boulder, CO 80302

3. Sunrise Sandwich at South Side Walnut Cafe 

673 S Broadway St, Boulder, CO 80305
Sunrise Sandwich at South Side Walnut Cafe 
Yelp

A favorite among the Boulder community, Walnut Cafe stacks this breakfast sandwich to the brim with protein — two eggs, sausage or bacon, and cheese served on toasted rosemary olive oil bread with a side dish. The restaurant also offers gluten-free bread as an alternative.

673 S Broadway St
Boulder, CO 80305

4. The Frenchie at Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

725 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
The Frenchie at Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen
Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen, Facebook

For diners who need to start their days with a bagel and smear, bagel gurus Rosenberg’s Bagels dishes up a sweet-savory combo — Polidori sausage, scrambled egg, and melted sharp cheddar on a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel and topped with a drizzle of maple syrup.

725 E 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80205

5. Standard Breakfast Sammy at Annette

2501 Dallas St #108, Aurora, CO 80010
Standard Breakfast Sammy at Annette
Yelp

Annette provides a modern take on takeaway breakfast with the “Standard Sammy.” Breakfast staples such as bacon and a sunny-side egg meet arugula, romesco, and a house aioli, all served on a house English muffin.

2501 Dallas St #108
Aurora, CO 80010

6. The Chronic Breakfast Sandwich at Rioja

1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
The Chronic Breakfast Sandwich at Rioja
Yelp

Grilled jalapeño cheddar sourdough, poblano cream cheese, scrambled eggs, bacon, avocado, and other veggie toppings make up the breakfast sub at this Larimer Square restaurant run by James Beard awarding-winning-chef Jennifer Jasinski. Her take on portable breakfast is essentially a pepper popper in sandwich form.

1431 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202

7. Monte Cristo at Steuben’s

523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Monte Cristo at Steuben’s
Yelp

With Steuben’s spin on the French classic croque-monsieur, this sweet-meets-salty combo is perfect for those seeking a more indulgent brunch alternative on the go. Ham, turkey, Swiss, and American cheese are layered with house-made raspberry preserves before the sandwich is battered and deep fried.

523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

8. The Breakfast Sandwich at Watercourse Foods

837 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
The Breakfast Sandwich at Watercourse Foods
Watercourse Foods, Facebook

For eaters going lighter on the meat side, vegan-vegetarian-haven Watercourse Foods serves Northern Capitol Hill a vegetarian breakfast sandwich with tofu bacon or sausage, egg omelet, Daiya cheese, avocado, and tomato. The sandwich can be served on an English muffin or gluten-free bread.

837 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

9. Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich at Beast + Bottle

719 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich at Beast + Bottle
Yelp

For those looking for breakfast on-the-go options that are on the fancier side, North Capitol Hill’s Beast + Bottle serves up a buttermilk biscuit sandwich with elevated profiles maple bacon sausage, Gruyere, green tomato, and a fried egg.

719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

10. Green Eggs & Sam at Olive and Finch

1552 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Green Eggs & Sam at Olive and Finch
Yelp

This airy Uptown abode brings Mediterranean flavors to this brunch alternative with the “Green Eggs & Sam” sandwich. Earthy basil pesto and sweet roasted tomatoes are layered over scrambled eggs and provolone cheese then nestled between a house-made focaccia.

1552 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

11. All Day Breakfast Sandwich at City O' City

206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
All Day Breakfast Sandwich at City O’ City
Yelp

This eclectic Capitol Hill favorite serves this breakfast sandwich at all hours of the day, from early-bird hours at 7 a.m. to night-owl 2 a.m. The vegetarian take on a breakfast sandwich is layered with a fried egg, cheddar cheese, and french fries served on a pretzel bun.

206 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

12. Fig Jam and Ham at Moxie Eatery

70 Broadway #150, Denver, CO 80203
Fig Jam and Ham at Moxie Eatery
Yelp

The satisfying simplicity and flavors of Italy come out in the minimal yet savory breakfast sandwich dished up at this all-day eatery just south of downtown. Moxie Eatery tops prosciutto and a farm egg with feta and fresh arugula. Gluten-free options are also available.

70 Broadway #150
Denver, CO 80203

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