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Rosenbergs Bagels

Rosenberg’s Bagels

One of my first memories of my maternal grandfather is a rainy afternoon when he brought home a bag of fresh bagels and I thought he had purchased doughnuts off the factory line before workers could sweeten and glaze them and I was very upset.

Rosenbergs Bagels Sign

Bagels and I have made up since then. On an early Saturday morning, Drew and I ventured over to the Five Points neighborhood to nosh on some carbs before a workout. Drew ordered a simple egg and cheese combination on an onion bagel. I ordered a cinnamon raisin with vegan cream cheese, which I was delighted to find on the menu. Nothing against you, real cream cheese, but I’m a bit of a lactard. We ordered and paid the friendly folks at the counter and cozied up in the cute lower level dining area, decked out in yellow and blue, to wait for our breakfast.

Rosenbergs Bagels Grenade

Rosenberg’s Bagels opened in July of last year to a warm reception. Owner and dreamer Joshua Pollack grew up outside New York City and grew up on the greatness of Katz’s Deli (see: When Harry Met Sally), fostering a deep love of bagels with lox. To replicate the notoriety of East Coast bagels, Joshua replicated the water components of the New York City supply in order to mimic them to perfection. The result is soft, chewy bagels that you can really sink your teeth into.

Rosenbergs Bagels Decor

Drew and I both commented on feeling full but not gross afterward– something that every Colorado bagel place we’ve tried to date has done to our tummies. Could it be the quality ingredients at Rosenberg’s? They have it down to a science. Sorry, Moe’s. It’s not us. It’s you.

Rosenbergs Bagels Deli Counter

The director to whom I report at work (hi, Brian!) is a born and bred Jersey boy. Much as we loved what we ate, Drew and I agreed that he will have to play both judge and jury in deciding whether Rosenberg’s creations are the Real Deal. I plan to take a bag to work soon on a weekday. Friends that live in the neighborhood describe a line out the door at Rosenberg’s on weekend mornings.

Rosenbergs Bagel Deli Counter Pastry

Oh, and why is it named Rosenberg’s? Joshua named it after his mother, Karen Rosenberg Pollack. Could this story be more tender? Go get some.

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Denver Biscuit Company

Vegetarian biscuits and gravy at Denver Biscuit Company

You down with DBC? Yeah, you know me.

Drew and I first discovered the majesty that is Denver Biscuit Company on a trip there in 2011 with brunch sages Whitney and Brian before they ruined my life by moving to Ohio. Drew and I were still Boulderites at the time!

To start, I’ve always been a bit confused by their branding. The restaurant is called Denver Biscuit Company. Inside the establishment is a pizza window / area by the name of Fat Sully’s. Adding confusion to the mix, when you get a text message to confirm that you have been added to their waitlist, it comes from the Atomic Cowboy. All of this is quickly forgivable the moment you bite into their biscuits. Freshly baked. Buttermilk. Biscuits. Would you like them topped with buttermilk fried chicken, Tender Belly bacon, cheddar cheese and shredded iceberg? They have that. Are you an herbivore like me and never able to order biscuits and gravy because it’s usually a sausage party? (And I don’t mean a frat party.) They have vegetarian mushroom gravy. That sound you just heard was the choir of heaven singing through the clouds. What’s that? You have a sweet tooth? Order a side of their honey butter or get all up in some biscuit french toast or strawberry short cake biscuits.

outside Denver Biscuit Company

We brought our friends (and first-timers) Kitzel and Kendall here for breakfast on a Sunday. It was busy, as it tends to be on weekends, and our server forgot to put our order into the point of service system so we waited longer than usual to eat. It happens. When he realized his mistake, he felt overly terrible and brought us some sweet potato fries to tide us over. I told his apologetic manager that they were in good company with a card-carrying former restaurant server sitting at the table. We noshed on these perfect fries with chipotle mayo until the main event arrived.
sweet potato fries

Per usual, I ordered the vegetarian biscuits and gravy. Drew had the cordon bleu, Kendall had the aforementioned Tender Belly bacon combination (the image on the header of this post if you’re viewing this post in your browser) and Kitzel tried the build-your-own business and then added her own vegan bacon that she had brought with her in her purse. She’s my soulmate. These two are moving from Boulder to Denver in the coming weeks and I am thrilled.

Not that I need to add to the appeal of DBC, but they have self-serve Boxcar coffee to the tune of $3 a pop, bottomless. Coffee snobs rejoice.

Well, butter my biscuit! Denver Biscuit Company is located on both Colfax and on South Broadway. We’ve only ever been to the Colfax spot but I’m sure the other location is just as tasty. DBC is also on Insta, Twitter and FB. And I am on them. Forever.

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