I’ll admit it. I love breakfast hash. Mainly of the sweet potato base variety, but anything with tons of veggies, sunny side up eggs, and a hearty protein and I’ll be shooting heart eyes all morning long.
When I’m home in Austin, I eat my own version of a sweet potato hash pretty much every single day. Throw in some broccoli, carrots, kale, and roasted chicken and I’ve got myself an easy veggie forward way to kickstart my day.
So on this trip to Denver, I ended up on a sweet potato hash journey which I’ll share for you in short detail below, just in case you find yourself in Denver also craving a (Sweet potato) hash 🙂
I only had 3 breakfasts in the Mile High city this trip, and all three were great contenders for my favorite “on the road” hash, aka what I can find when I can’t be in the kitchen making it myself.
Hashtag is probably the newest out of the three. Owned and operated by Denver Chef darling Troy Guard, who owns TAG Restaurant Group, I can’t find when it officially opened, but it strikes me as new based on the location. It’s on the way towards the airport in what looks like a new development. We were on the way to the airport so it was an easy breakfast spot, plus– with anything using ‘hash’ in the name, you know it’s gonna catch my attention. Fortunately the flavors were ON POINT, it was one of my favorite flavor profiles for a hash. And closest to what my hash tastes like. I ordered The Hippy Hash, made with fresh roasted seasonal veggies, sweet potatoes, 2 eggs, baby kale salad with a sriracha pepper puree. I asked to add roasted chicken, because #protein. And asked for sunny side up eggs, because #instagram. While the flavors were delicious, I was disappointed in the wrong prep, they gave me scrambled eggs. And then when I dug in, there were… I kid you not… the equivalent to TWO sweet potato fries. I’m bummed about this because I enjoyed the flavor but the presentation was a let down on this one.
Jelly Cafe is a Denver breakfast staple. So much so that I can’t believe in *all* my trips, I had never made it to Jelly Cafe for breakfast. Thank God I did this trip, because this was one of my favorite hashes. I will say, not one of these places had a 100% perfect hash. Most I had to customize or tweak slightly. Like this one from Jelly Cafe was the Veggie Hash, made with carrots, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, onions but no meat. So I added chorizo 🙂 And an added bonus, the hash came with a big ole biscuit served with house-made pineapple mango jam. They are also known for their Jelly donuts, but I was trying to be semi good this trip and went in for the biscuit with my hash. But would definitely recommend this if you’re a sweet potato/hash lover! This place fills up so plan accordingly, and go ahead and make room for the biscuit and the jelly donuts, I hear they’re worth it!
Four Friends Kitchen
I came across Four Friends Kitchen in a Denver Westword article saying it was best breakfast in Denver. So when I saw that AND saw they had a sweet potato hash on the menu, it was game on! This location was also on the north side of town, and we found ourselves heading there on the way towards a conference that happened to be in the area. We went around 9am on Saturday and had a brief wait. We snagged first come first serve seats at the bar which worked out perfectly! I went with another modification to the hash. This time I added brisket to the Mushroom sweet potato hash. Mixed with baby spinach, peppers and grilled onions with sweet pepper coulis, topped with two sunny side up eggs, and not pictured was the big ole piece of cornbread served with their house made strawberry jam! I particularly loved the portion size on this one for the pricing, I felt it was really reasonable and filling for what we got! I would definitely add this to the breakfast/brunch menu list next time you’re visiting, just know there is probably going to be a wait.