A hearty breakfast, like gin and sibling rivalry, is most authentic when cooked up at home. Taste family tradition with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a $40 reusable gift card for homemade diner fare at The Local.
At The Local, the owners of Washington Park Grille and Max Grill showcase a menu of traditional American diner fare with a Mexican twist. Sidle up to the counter and nab a swivel stool to watch griddle jocks crown pumpkin-banana pancakes with rings of caramelized pineapple ($7.50), recognizing their right to rule over plates, napkins, and servile glasses of orange juice. Guests take custody of hunger any time of day with a plate of huevos divorciados, piled with two fried or poached eggs, two kinds of salsa, and piles of pork-and-green-chili chilaquiles ($8.25). For lunch, kitchen crafters sculpt custom-formed burgers from beef, buffalo, turkey, or veggie patties ($6.50–$7.25), creating culinary masterworks to compete with the sauciest canvases of Picasso's ketchup period. Give mouths a snappy slap with half or full portions of a zesty chicken-tinga panino pressed with pulled chicken, spicy chorizo, and a punchy splash of chipotle ($4.98/$8.50).
At The Local's bustling counter, adults sip Pablo's locally roasted coffee and read the morning paper against a backdrop of exposed brick, and little ones lick bulbous scoops of homemade ice cream and publicly compare the width of their chocolate mustaches. The diner’s welcoming air also whooshes outside to an umbrella-decked outdoor patio.
For the four Denver residents who founded The LocaL, their community is the driving force behind their hearty eats. The team’s commitment to all things local begins in their kitchen, where chefs forge Mexican-inspired cuisine classics for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Throughout the day, the staff brews coffee made with Denver-roasted Pablo’s beans, arranges strips of antibiotic- and hormone-free bacon alongside local eggs, and grills burger patties formed from The Local’s proprietary blend of local beef.
Within their welcoming dining space, cheery green walls and a '50s diner–style counter set the scene for leisurely feeding frenzies. On the outdoor patio, guests can sample the diner’s 12 flavors of housemade ice cream under the protective cover of umbrellas.
2217 E Mississippi Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80210