1616 S. Eighth St., 634-7321, omeletsetc.com
I hadn't visited Omelets Etc. since my November 2010 review, when it was just five months old. So I felt like I was making up for lost time last week when I dropped in, suddenly remembering how much I liked the place. It's bright and clean with a super-friendly staff and affordable diner prices that reflect serviceable if not superior eats.
A tilapia special ($8.99 includes a side) sports a nice Cajun-esque seasoning, though its side veggies are steamed to mush, sans butter or seasoning; white onions pep up an iceberg salad with standard bought-dressing options. Bottomless Royal Cup coffee ($1.99) still bests other big brands, and Omelets Etc. can make anything except its crêpes gluten-free, including sandwiches and pancakes. For dessert, a GF pancake ($.99) and a regular pumpkin pancake ($1.98) are fluffy but tougher and chewier than most, under salted butter that boosts sweetness. — Matthew Schniper
New Belgium Brewing
500 Linden St., Fort Collins, 970/221-0524, newbelgium.com
Every year at Denver's Great American Beer Fest, Tampa, Fla.-based Cigar City Brewing sports one of the longest sample lines. I've loved their work ever since trying the 2009 GABF gold-medal-winning Humidor Series IPA; its bottle still sits on the nerd-shelf above my desk next to some other all-time favorites, if that says anything. So I was elated to see a team-up with New Belgium for the latter's Lips of Faith series, which has proved spotty to me in the past. (Coconut Curry Hefeweizen, you sounded so promising ...)
This unnamed, 8.5-percent ABV collaboration (around $9.50/bomber), though perfectly delicious as an almost-amber, mid-level-hop, citrusy Belgian, fails to hit its advertised notes with gusto, missing Cigar City's signature cedar wood infusion almost entirely. Though Anaheim and Marash peppers deliver a nice earthy backbone, I just didn't experience the "spicy peppery woody long finish." Don't read the label and you'll enjoy it just fine. — Matthew Schniper
900 E. Fillmore St., co-spgs-omeletteparlor.com, 633-7770
The venerable Omelette Parlor continues to act like Grandma's house for just about everybody in the city. Large built-in china cabinets hold up walls next to tight wooden booths with a well-worn look. A jammed morning parking lot previews a buzzing restaurant full of families speaking Spanish, medical workers in scrubs and dozens of others. Basically, if you want a breakfast experience, the OP's the place.
Omelets boast names like Edna, The Egglady and Manitou Springs V.F.D., but Pat's Thunderbird ($9.99) seemed the best bet. Reminiscent of King's Chef's breakfast burrito, a fluffy, three-egg omelet wraps around a tortilla stuffed with square bites of sausage and diced peppers, onions and tomatoes, and sits next to sliced potatoes. Then all that's smothered in a lovely medium-hot green chile, flecked with black roasted bits, which sits on the thick side, though not to the gravy-like level of some Pueblo variations. — Bryce Crawford