Sunday, December 12, 2010


UPDATE (12/11/12): Just a quick update to let you San Diegans know that Snooze has a location in Hillcrest in addition to the Colorado locations.  I went recently to the location in SD and it was just as good as I remember it being in Colorado.  I again opted for the huevos rancheros and ordered a single gluten free peanut butter cup pancake.  The pancake was mind-blowingly delicious, filled with chocolate chips and topped with homemade peanut butter and chocolate sauces.  In addition to the delightful food the service was great, the restaurant has beautiful big windows and is large.  There was a wait when we went but it was well worth it.  The pancakes were definitely better than my last visit.  I will definitely be visiting Snooze again soon here in San Diego.
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My friend Stevie and I headed to Root Down early on Sunday morning to check out the restaurant's brunch.  I had neglected to visit Root Down on my previous trip to Denver because of mixed reviews; Stevie assured me that such reviews were incorrect and that we had to check this place out for brunch.

Unfortunately for us, Root Down doesn't open until 10am for brunch on Sundays.  He had to work beginning at 11:30am, so we decided on Snooze.  My Twitter friend GlutenFreeDee had suggested Snooze to me as a place to check out and Stevie hadn't been there in a long time, so we headed over to its location over by Coors Field. 

Upon looking at the menu I was immediately struck by how many options were available gluten free.  I stuck with my regular breakfast order of Huevos Rancheros.  Ever since moving to California a little over two years ago, I've worshipped at the altar of Huevos Rancheros.  I love the tortillas, the guacamole (or avocado), and the beans served on the side.  Fresh avocado is something I have definitely become accustomed to on the West Coast, and it was good to see my favorite item was still being served up in the Rocky Mountains.  Stevie opted for the gluten free pancakes which I was excited to try.  I had originally intended to order them but once he said he was going to, I figured we should order two dishes so as not to be repetitive.

I loved my huevos rancheros.  No, they weren't my favorite huevos rancheros (that award goes to Mani's, where I particularly enjoy the Huevos over Blackstones), but they were tasty.  Stevie's pancakes weren't as warmly received.  He wasn't a very big fan of the dry pancakes.  While it was of course great to be able to order gluten free pancakes from the menu, Snooze's were very dry and not particularly flavorful.  Stevie ended up having to douse them in maple syrup to make the best of his meal.  As he is dairy free, he stayed away from the creamy pumpkin drizzle that was served on the side.  I tasted the pancakes with the drizzle and absolutely loved the flavor of the drizzle, but there was no way to escape it: the pancakes were dry.

It's also worth noting that, despite the early hour (we arrived around 8:30am), Snooze was hopping.  We waited about 10 minutes for our table; not at all a bad wait, but at that hour I was surprised there was even a wait. 

Overall, I enjoyed Snooze and appreciated that the restaurant was aware of gluten free eaters.  However, I know that next time I'm in Denver I will head directly for Root Down.  Third time's the charm, right?

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Snooze, an a.m. eatery
2262 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205 (Map)

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