Jelly U Cafe in Denver Delivers Top Notch Brunch and Kitsch to Match

Cafe Au Lait and Donut Bites Made to Order
Cafe Au Lait and Donut Bites Made to Order

Jelly U Cafe, the second location of Jelly Cafe and sister restaurant

of The Royal Burger has a lot of things going for it. First off, it’s an almost new dining room with a kitschy feel and tons of color and breakfast related decorations.  The host stand is an old tv and the staff is bubbly and very knowledgeable.  The booth for two is very small, but not lumpy like an outdated diner.  The portions here are price appropriate and you get quality over quantity, but a lot of food none the less. The donut holes are made in house and made to order. They were all fantastic and light. One had a raspberry sauce followed by bacon maple, chocolate creme and creme Anglaise. The cafe au last had perfect milk texture and you can tell the barista is very well trained.

The Brunch Menu here is really nice and compact. You don’t have 80 items to get confused about. My choice that morning was Pork Belly Hash made with sweet potatoes, potatoes and parsnips. The parsnips were delicious and the in house biscuit was too die for buttery. A ramekin of soft butter and apricot vanilla jam, made in house, accompanied the buttery biscuit. The jam had so much vanilla you could see the little black specks of pod in the luxurious and almost liquid jam. The jam was not overly sweet and probably had no added sugar.  The pork belly has was under salted which I liked since I like to control the salt level of my food.  Often hash is overly salty and bulldozes over the other flavors.  This hash was light and crisp with perfectly cooked veggies and poached eggs. The free herbs here shined through. Josh Epps, the owner, really seems to have dialed in the tastes of the people of Denver here.

Pork Belly Hash with Parsnips, in house biscuit and Apricot Vanilla jam.
Pork Belly Hash with Parsnips, in house biscuit and Apricot Vanilla jam.
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