For our last morning there, we asked the concierge for a nearby breakfast recommendation. He told us that this place is "where the locals eat," and he was right. The morning before, we had found ourselves in a completely empty restaurant around the corner from our hotel. Sam's No. 3 was packed with people. It almost seemed like a diner that would be on a sitcom, very homey with lots of locals. Even with the crowd, we didn't have to wait for a booth. The restaurant is large and was kind of like a Denny's, if Denny's was more "fun." The color scheme is red, yellow, and blue, and the extensive menu was very loud and brightly colored.
Sam's offers up anything you can think of for breakfast, as long as it's American or Mexican (or some variation). They seem to specialize in comfort food. I love waffles, and with the diner atmosphere, I thought the waffles here would be terrific. My boyfriend opted for the Greek breakfast burrito. The waffle was average, about 9 inches across and thin. Nothing special. It also did not come with any sides (so you need to order those separately). The burrito was huge, a tortilla stuffed with eggs, potatoes, gyro meat, onions, tomato, and feta. My boyfriend thought it was great, and I tasted it--I liked it, except the potatoes did not quite fit to me. The burrito was definitely a lot more filling to him than the waffle was.
I also had their coffee, which was kind of a let-down. It was not very good. However, it seems to be the only Denver-unique place in the vicinity of downtown to grab a reasonably priced sit-down breakfast. I'd probably go back and try it again if in the area.
December 22, 2005
From journal 40 Hours in Denver in the Middle of the Week