For a moment, the brunch buffet looked grim. Would those colossal seafood towers ever return? Could prime rib cutting stations survive in a world where COVID-19 exists? Would we still have the pleasure of spoiling ourselves in an all-you-can-eat waffle bar? Fortunately, reports of brunch buffet death were overdone (or at least premature), and many overdone Front Range sideboards returned.
From the visual appeal of seeing row after row of smoothie shooters to the complete lack of wait time between when you want those four danishes and when you can eat those four danishes, there’s no denying the appeal of the brunch buffet.
Thanks to new safety measures, buffets could even be more hygienic than ever. Some restaurants, like Broadmoor’s Lake Terrace dining room, have installed protective guards and have staff handing out food to reduce the number of sprouted fingers touching those tongs.
Here, six places — from chic hotel brunches to more casual buffets — where you can answer the question of how many made-to-order omelets are too many made-to-order omelets.
With over 100 offerings, the Sunday Champagne Brunch on the Garden Terrace is an exercise in common sense. That doesn’t mean there are tough decisions to be made: how do you choose among all the cheeses? How many sushi rolls and oysters should you fill your plate with? Do you really need that seventh snow crab leg? One choice, however, should be easy: add bottomless mimosas and champagne for just $10. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $65 adults, $32 children; 200 Inverness Drive, Englewood
RiNo’s favorite Israeli breakfast buffet is back, with all-you-can-eat latkes, cheeses, roast lamb, Rosenberg bagels, smoked fish and more pastrami hash than you can shake a stick at. fork. Brunch cocktails go beyond the basics with drinks like the Shadow of Equinox, a blend of cardamom, urfa, mezcal, and grapefruit. Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.; $45; 3330 Brighton Blvd., #201
Options change weekly at this Greenwood Village eatery, but highlights include an omelet station, heaps of shrimp cocktails, made-to-order benedicts, pastas, and desserts. Add as many bloodys and mimosas as you want, before congratulating yourself on making good life choices. Do not go over your 90 minute time limit. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $40; 8310 Belleview Ave East, Greenwood Village
Enjoy brunch with a view in the southern suburbs with ViewHouse’s seafood mounds, fresh cookies, meat carving stations, bacon strips and desserts. Grab a group to share the $60 mimosa tower, with your choice of OJ, blood orange, or strawberry juice. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $34.95 adults, $12.95 children; 7101 S. Clinton Street, Centennial
The ancestor of the hotel’s brunch buffets can be found at the Broadmoor’s Lake Terrace Dining Room. There, you can indulge in a variety of pastries, seafood, meats, cheeses, eggs all over the place, and gorgeous desserts. There may even be decorative ice sculptures. For now, the iconic brunch is only open to hotel guests and club members, but the general public is sometimes allowed in on special occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Mother’s Day. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; $85 for adults and club members, $35 for children; 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs
Casinos and buffets go hand in hand, so if you go up to the Black Hawk to gamble, you almost have to make a detour to one of the brunch buffets. Our favorite: The Lodge Casino, which takes place daily and includes a standard breakfast, made-to-order waffles, and what most people are there for: king crab legs. Daily from 10 a.m.; $19 Monday-Friday and $22 Saturday-Sunday; 240 Main Street, Black Hawk