Denver Vegan Guide

Matt and I moved to Denver in the summer of 2014. It feels like it was just yesterday that we were packing up the car for our cross-country drive. We didn’t go vegan until after a year of living in Colorado, but once we did it, we HAD to check out every vegan or vegetarian restaurant in town.

I put together this map here so it’s easier to find each restaurant. You can also toggle whether you’d like something 100% vegan or you’re okay with going to a restaurant with excellent vegan options. If the restaurant has only one vegan option on the menu, I didn’t include this in the list – I tried to only add places that I felt like you would be satisfied with your meal!

Here’s a list of our favorites:

100% Plant-Based:

WaterCourse Foods

vegan / serves alcohol / coffee / brunch / outdoor seating
837 E 17th Ave, Denver • hours*: 9a – 11p every day

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This place is amazing. They have a huge ALL DAY breakfast menu to go with their great lunch and dinner options. There can be a short wait during prime-time (dinner, weekend brunch…), but it’s totally worth it. They have great coffee (ask for the lavender latté) and serve baked goods from their vegan bakery, “Make, Believe”. They also serve alcohol, including beer, wine, cider, cocktails and mimosas.

Our Favorites:

  • CAULIFLOWER WINGS – crispy cauliflower tossed in Memphis BBQ or buffalo sauce
  • BISCUITS & GRAVY – savory biscuits smothered with breakfast gravy, add scrambled tofu and crumbled barley sausage
  • CUBAN SANDWICH – shaved smoky seitan with pepperoncinis, pickles, mustard, swiss cheese, and tofu bacon pressed into a hoagie.

 

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Vegan White Bean Alfredo

Vegan White Bean Alfredo by Pasta-based. Creamy, cheesy, healthy, low-calorie and low-fat vegan alfredo sauce made with white beans, garlic, and vegetable broth. Two white bowls filled with mezze rigatoni pasta, smothered in creamy white bean alfredo sauce and tossed with fresh broccoli and grape tomatoes.

This Vegan White Bean Alfredo recipe is creamy, cheesy, and packed with flavor. Who would have ever guessed that you can make an alfredo sauce using a can of white beans. This recipe is healthy, low-calorie, and low-fat so you don’t have to feel bad about going back for seconds.

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The BEST Vegan Baked Ziti

Vegan Baked Ziti by Pasta-based. Cheesy, saucy, creamy baked ziti bubbling over a small crockpot sprinkled with vegan parmesan and fresh parsley.

This Vegan Baked Ziti recipe is creamy, cheesy, and bubbling with tomato sauce. Although this recipe requires a few different steps, it’s actually easy to make and tastes delicious. This Vegan Baked Ziti will bring you back to the good ol’ days when mom would make her cheesy pasta bake and the whole family would enjoy it together around the dinner table.

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Vegan Cauliflower Meatballs

Vegan Cauliflower and Brown Rice Meatballs by Pasta-based. Golden brown vegan meatballs piled up in a white textured bowl. Laying on top of a dark grey linen towel.

This recipe for VEGAN meatballs is made with a mixture of cauliflower, brown rice, breadcrumbs, and variety of herby and warming Italian spices. We included options to either bake or fry the “meatballs” but we highly recommend frying it because the flavor profile is so much more amazing and delicious. The outside of the balls sizzle in the vegetable oil, getting crispy and golden brown while leaving the inside soft and tender.

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