Denver Biscuit Company
You know you have arrived at the right place when the crowd gathers on East Colfax Avenue corner. You’ll find yourself at the entrance to a hipster carnival. A large bar room with brick walls and wood floors, under a bright-red ceiling, is decorated with paintings of a rocket-riding rodeo girl and a fight between an alien and a buckaroo. Although Atomic Cowboy is the name of the space, half of the residents don’t know it. They think of the space as home to Fat Sully’s pizzeria and the Denver Biscuit Company, a Southern-inspired restaurant. This is the original location. There are currently four Denver locations.
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If you were to bet on everyone just getting out of bed, you would probably win big. You can wear sweats and ball caps at Millennial Central. However, bleary eyes are an acceptable accessory. If you order a cup of local roasted coffee, you will be able to serve yourself while you wait. You can also get juice, sweet tea or your dog. The Denver Biscuit Company’s biscuits are more than just the famous Bloodies. They are generously sized cocktails such as the Breakfast Sangria, which are delicious. These biscuits are also the basis of sandwiches that can stand up to half a foot tall.
Some of these sandwiches are now Instagram-famous. The Dahlia is a fat, crusty-edged sausage patty with maple syrup and buttermilk, the Franklin has buttermilk-fried chicken, cheddar, bacon and sausage, and the Franklin has sausage patties, gravy, sausage, or mushroom gravy, and the Elmer is a towering Elmer with French-fried onions and coleslaw. The biscuit cinnamon roll is the icing on this cake. It’s thickly smothered in frosting and topped with a fried egg, apple butter, and maple syrup. The young staff are seasoned beyond their years and can be seen moving purposefully behind the counter and through the dining area as they serve orders and bus tables. They’re friendly and approachable, which is a plus for those still in a coffee fog. To dieters, the DBC may feel more like a torture room than anything. The wait times can be up to an hour on weekends, so it’s not the ideal destination for hurriers. It’s best to come hungry, but not so hungry that you have to wait.