HeidiTown Rant: Serving breakfast, open at 8 a.m.?

Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961).

I have a major complaint. If a restaurant wants to get in on breakfast service they need to open at least by 7 a.m., maybe earlier. Most people work. Yep, it’s true. And most working people need to be at work by 8 a.m.

My husband and I love going out for breakfast on a weekday, especially a Monday. We are business owners, so it gives us some time to sit and discuss the upcoming week. Time and time again, especially in Loveland, Colorado, we run into restaurants that proclaim to serve breakfast, but don’t open soon enough for us to partake.

This past week we drove down to Sofia’s Bistro located at 1120 N. Lincoln. I’d been there for lunch and was quite happy with my food. I’d recently heard their breakfast was very good too, so we were excited to give it a try.

As we pulled into the empty parking lot at 7 a.m., my heart sank. Sure enough Sofia’s doesn’t open for breakfast until 8 a.m. We ended up at Widow McCoy’s Restaurant & Lounge located at 1101 E. Eisenhower.   McCoy’s serves up a good standard breakfast, although their coffee leaves much to be desired.

Sofia’s lost out on our business and will continue to lose out on our business unless they open their doors at an appropriate breakfast hour. And I’m quite sure we aren’t the only ones.

If you have a favorite Northern Colorado breakfast joint, please let me know!


  1. I just ate breakfast at Sofia’s, and it’s worth waiting for 8 am to eat there. Their menu is more sophisticated than any other breakfast place in Loveland, and it has a nice atmosphere.
    I just thought of another breakfast place: Antonio’s Burritos Plus. It’s been a couple years since I’ve been there, but they served a mean Huevos Rancheros. They open at six and are definitely a “joint” sort of place. I need to revisit them to see if they’re still good.


  2. I also like Sofia’s, but it seems a bit expensive for casual Loveland dining (maybe they are marketing more than casual, but it seems casual to us). I think it would be cool to book a party in the summer in their outdoor long table though. I’m with you on bfast open times! I’m almost an hour into work by 8am. We recently started to hit the Heartland Cafe for a good old fashion dive bfast with a Mexican influence. I believe they open at 6am. The huevos rancheros rock there as well. The chili burger is wonderful – oops, did I order that for bfast too? 😉


  3. I know the atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired, but when my husband and I want an early breakfast, we go to Johnson’s Corners. And it’s not even for the cinnamon rolls – we go there and have a great bowl of green chile served with tortillas and some pretty decent coffee. It’s a pretty quick jaunt up the interstate or on Hwy 402, they are open all the time, the staff is very friendly, prices are good and the food is good. Give them a try for your early mornings – we’ve really come to enjoy it.


  4. Diane,
    I love Johnson’s Corner! It’s our usual stop when we have an early morning trip to DIA. We’ve also stopped in there for burgers at 1 a.m.! I love how fast the service is, however, it’s definitely a diner, and you can’t find the freshness served at a restaurant like The Rainbow in Fort Collins. But for breakfast in Northern Colorado, there’s no place more dependable than Johnson’s Corner.

    Heartland Cafe came up several times in a poll I ran on the HeidiTown Facebook Fan page. We tried that place when we first moved here 8 years ago, but the coffee snob in me just couldn’t handle their joe! We do need to try it again, because obviously it a local favorite.


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