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.
Here’s a list of our favorites:
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.
- 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.
Beet Box Bakery & Café
Beet Box is a small café right outside the heart of downtown with loads of delicious options. If you have a sweet tooth like me, they serve donuts, pastries, scones, cupcakes, and cakes. Savory options include made-in-house breads, savory quiches, a bangin’ breakfast sandwich and a variety of sandwiches for lunch. They also have great coffee and made-in-house creamy cashew milk.
- BREAKFAST SANDWICH – chickpea frittata, smoked tempeh and mushrooms, arugula, tomato, ranch sauce on a pressed bun
- THE ABC – beets, roasted almonds, cashew cream cheese, butter lettuce, whole-grain mustard
- BAKED DONUTS – all flavors (but really, the chocolate walnut is my jam)
- MADE-IN-HOUSE CASHEW MILK
Native Foods Café
This is a fast-casual vegan chain restaurant with locations in 4 states (California, Colorado, Chicago and Oregon). They serve salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups and desserts. They have a variety of signature plant-based proteins like their tempeh, seitan, ‘Native Chicken,’ ‘Native Bacon,’ and cashew cheese.
- BISTRO STEAK SANDWICH – thinly sliced and seared seitan steak, topped with house made tofu bleu cheese, oven roasted tomatoes, crispy shallots and arugula on a toasted baguette.
- MEATBALL SUB – Native Seitan meatballs, marinara sauce, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, pumpkin seed pesto, ranch dressing and parmesan, served on a grilled artisan baguette
- OATMEAL CREME PIE – whipped vanilla creme between two soft-baked oatmeal cookies
This unique new restaurant offers seasonal fresh Mediterranean plant-based plates. Farm to table, fresh vegetables, making dishes which change with the season and what they get from the market. We went here for a special occasion and had a wonderful dinner, the atmosphere is so friendly and the food was fresh and flavorful.
- ALMOND SKORDALIA – I’ve never even heard of skordalia before we came here and it was so creamy and interesting to eat. One of those dishes that you think about for weeks after!
- PASTA – Are you surprised? Made fresh in-house.
- CHOCOLATE MOUSSE – so rich and decadent. Absolutely delicious!
MetaBurger is the newest plant-based restaurant to hit the Denver vegan scene! It’s located in a strip mall in south Denver and serves up delicious plant-based burgers with satisfying sides like meta bites, fries, and ice cream shakes!
- GODFATHER BURGER – grilled mushrooms, caramelized onions, giardiniera, pesto, lettuce
- SUPERNOVA DOG – habanero jam, pickled jalapeños, cole slaw, pickled red onions
- META BITES – breaded baked potato bites with bacon and chives, served with nacho cheese
NEW! Urban Beets Cafe
vegan / juice / serves alcohol / outdoor seating
5616 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada
Brand new (June 2019) 100% plant-based cafe and juice bar that has a unique, rotating menu. The food is delicious and the restaurant is extremely welcoming and cozy. Matt has been going here several times a week for lunch and he’s always excited to see what they’re serving on their rotating menu.
Alternation Brewing Company
All vegan beers and a vegan food truck always parked out front! They have a small back patio where you can sit and enjoy a cold beer. They also host vegan pop-up dinners, movies, holidays, sports viewings, fundraisers, and an all vegan brunch EVERY Sunday with Wong Way Veg! Follow them on Instagram so you can keep track of which vegan food truck will be parked out front.
- FOR THE ANIMALS: THIN MINT – almond milk stout brewed with girl scout thin mints, almond milk, and cacao.
- NUT SHAKE: DRAGON – coconut milkshake IPA with dragonfruit, coconut, and vanilla
Make, Believe Bakery
Make, Believe bakery is a 100% vegan bakery that recently opened under the owners of WaterCourse Foods. They are a small bakery that specializes in allergy free baking. Their products are also available at Watercourse Foods and City O’ City (which is located right next door).
- CUPCAKES / MACARONS
Our Daily Bread Bakery & Deli
Our Daily Bread Bakery & Deli is a new vegan, restaurant in Lakewood serving fresh breads, sandwiches, baked goods, salad bar, and daily soup. They grind their own wheat and use no preservatives. Their menu is limited but it’s 100% vegan. They use Violife cheese for their sandwiches (they sell the cheese too). Other items include a Seitan Steak Sandwich, a Chicken-Less Sandwich, and an Eggplant Melt Wrap.
- BREAKFAST BURRITO – tofu scramble, peppers, onions, potatoes, salsa and vegan cheese in a whole wheat wrap
Nooch Vegan Market
Nooch Vegan Market is a small vegan grocery and retail store where you can find all kinds of 100% vegan items. It’s so fun to shop at Nooch because you don’t have to think twice about reading the ingredient list on any of the items. They are also very helpful and friendly when you come in. Most items you might be able to find at other shops but they also have unique, specialty items that you can’t find anywhere else. They have a small selection of grab-and-go breakfast + lunch food too! Pro tip: don’t forget to bring your own reusable shopping bag.
Vegetarian with Vegan Options
City O’ City
City O’ City is consistently packed and the wait can be long at prime times – which is understandable because they serve up some bangin’ eats. I believe everything can be made vegan when asked, and it’s all delicious. They have great breakfast and brunch to go with their lunch and dinner menus, and even serve late night from 11pm-2am EVERY DAY (even serving breakfast)! This is a must go place, so do not miss out if you have the chance.
This restaurant inspired our BEST tofu scramble – so if you can’t stand the wait, you can make it at home instead 🙂
- ‘WALDORF’ PIZZA – sliced apples, candied walnuts, arugula, cashew cheese (by request), and chili flakes with garlic infused olive oil
- CHICKEN & WAFFLES – waffle with bourbon-brined chicken-fried cauliflower
- ALL DAY BREAKFAST SANDWICH – tofu scramble, french fries, hot sauce aioli and cashew cheese (by request) on a toasted pretzel bun
Opened in 2016, an awesome new vegetarian restaurant in the highlands neighborhood. Situated on Tennyson St., Vital Root is surrounded by trendy restaurants and local shops. Order at the register and sit down in the artsy dining room or outside on the herb-decorated patio. Vital Root is a fairly new restaurant, opening its doors in June 2016, but it does not disappoint with its creative and healthy dishes. They have plenty of raw options and 99% of their menu can be made vegan. Be sure to check it out if you want something new and fresh, as they have some of the best salads out there.
- CLUB SANDWICH – avocado, chao cheese (by request), coconut ‘bacon,’ tomato, watercress, miso dijonaise
- RAW BEET RAVIOLI – cashew cheese, zucchini, celery root, radish, balsamic reduction, smoked sea salt, and hazelnut pea pesto
100% Vegan Food Trucks
There have been a couple awesome food trucks popping up around town that are focused on vegetarian or vegan cuisine. They usually park outside of various breweries and coffee shops in Denver. You can sometimes also find them at vegan/veg fests, Civic Center Park, or outside Nooch Vegan Market.
WongWayVeg is awesome! We are absolutely addicted to their Boulder Philly (see description below). The two women who run the truck, Lisa and Natalie, are so friendly, hardworking, and amazing. Not only does their menu continue to surprise and delight with plant-based deliciousness, they park outside of Alternation Brewing every Sunday and serve brunch! This is our FAVORITE food truck in town and one that you do not want to miss.
- BOULDER PHILLY – marinated portobello mushrooms, sautéed onions & peppers, roasted green chiles, and avocado-cashew cream (by request) on a toasted hoagie roll.
- BRAISED JACKFRUIT QUESADILLA – smokey braised jackfruit, roasted corn salad, choice of vegan cheese (by request) in a flour tortilla.
The first time we found the Vegan Van, they were completely sold out of food because of a huge rush of hungry vegans! We finally got to try their food this year at VegFest and it did not disappoint! You can find them parked around town and sometimes they even show up outside Nooch for vegan brunch.
Find out where you can track down the Vegan Van by visiting the calendar on their website: www.veganvan.com/calendar
- WING MY BELL – house-made seitan wings tossed in buffalo or bbq sauce, served with celery, carrots, and ranch
- WRAP ME IN YOUR ARMS – caesar salad and buffalo tofu wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla, served with hand cut fries
- DON’T BE A BRAT – housemade vegan brat topped with peppers and onions, served with chips
The Veggie Yeti
The Veggie Yeti Food Truck started providing service to the Denver area in March 2019. Run by Ben Como and Jared Simpson, this food truck is one you surely don’t want to miss! Serving up plant-based comfort food, you can find The Veggie Yeti’s schedule always updated on their instagram account.
- OLD FASHION CHEESEBURGER – the vegan cheeseburger of your dreams! Pro tip: get a side of cheesy tots and you’ll be in vegan food heaven.
- DESSERT BITES – yummy bite-sized raw balls in a few different flavors like cookie dough, snickerdoodle and brownie.
Mu Denver is an asian food truck that serves up “the BEST vegan ramen in Denver” according to the reviews on their facebook page. They are regularly parked outside of Nooch Vegan Market or Alternation Brewery. We will update this post with our favorites once we have the chance to try their food.
Ba-Nom-a-Nom Treat Truck
We just find out about this vegan NiceCream truck but have yet to track it down. You can find their schedule here. Based on their Instagram photos, it looks delicious! We can’t wait to try Ba-Nom-a-Nom at VegFest this year.
*Hours may vary, check website to be sure. Last updated June 2019.
Not vegan or vegetarian but have many vegan options
- Goed Zuur – Goed Zuur, which means “good acid” in Dutch, is the first taproom in Denver that focuses on all sour and wild ales. They have a vegan cheese plate that pairs well with your beer and a few other yummy vegan options.
- Charcoal Bistro – They have a vegan dining series which is a 4-course prix fixe vegan dinner once a month.
- So Radish – The menu is MOSTLY vegan except for a tiny little place that says you can sub meat options. Still, would recommend checking out this quirky spot in Arvada. Serves alcohol, too!
- Hops & Pie – They offer pizza with housemade sausage, smoked tofu, and daiya cheese. Also, a “vegan sloppy jane” made with tempeh.
- Spice Room – Traditional Indian food. They have A LOT of great vegan options to choose from on their menu and most items can be made vegan by request.
- Blue Sushi Sake Grill – Japanese, Sushi with many unique vegan rolls like tofu tempura and BBQ seitan
- Yak and Yeti – Indian
- Himchuli – they host a monthly vegan buffet night, every third Tuesday of the month!
- Scratch Burrito – American (can sub seasoned tofu for most burritos)
- Root Down – Good for Brunch, Mimosas, Tofu Scramble (same owner as Vital Root)
- Linger – Unlimited mimosas during brunch! Soyrizo. (same owner as Vital Root)
- Voodoo Donuts – Donuts – many vegan donut options
- Sputnik – Dive-bar with a separate vegan menu
- Alamo Drafthouse – Movie theater that serves food and drinks while you’re watching the movie. Their menu has a separate section for everything vegan!
- Bang Up to the Elephant – clearly labels what can be made vegan on their menu