I take my heritage seriously. So when I was home recently, and my mother suggested we go to Lucile's Cafe, a Creole restaurant on 275 Logan Street, I was skeptical, at best. Authentic Creole food is hard to come by once you've traveled west of the Mississippi River. But I was pleasantly surprised when the waitress brought our first dish: beignets. These puffy Creole donuts, which are dusted generously in powdered sugar, took up an entire saucer.
Next came a warm, buttery, super-sized biscuit and with my choice of blueberry, strawberry and orange marmalade. I have literally never eaten one so large and yummy! I dared not ask the presumed caloric count. After washing it down with a classic mimosa, my Eggs Eisenhower arrived, piping hot. Two scrambled eggs, bacon and andouille sausage, and Creole-seasoned potatoes were piled high.
Also on the menu: chicory coffee, sausage gravy over buttermilk biscuits that comes alongside red beans and grits. Eggs New Orleans (fried eggplant slices with a creole sauce, poached eggs with hollandaise and your choice of grits or potatoes) is also a favored choice as is rice pudding porridge with raspberry sauce, currants and cream. And for the traditionalists: gumbo, Shrimp Creole or Crawfish Etouffee!
In business since 1980, Lucile's, open only for breakfast and brunch, is a must stop if you find yourself in the Mile High. They have two additional locations: one in Boulder and Longmont if you can't get to the Denver location.
For additional information, and to see the entire menu, head over to www.luciles.com!