Home to a wide array of eclectic shops, herbs, events, and some of the best vegan restaurants. It is no wonder why so many people are making the leap and moving out west and planting roots in Denver. There is something to say about the culture and lifestyle when you visit this beautiful place. We recently had the pleasure to visit for a wedding. Despite the unseasonal blizzard, we made due and traversed the city in search of some of the best Denver vegan restaurants.
City O’ City
Whether you are in the mood for some good vegan food or simply a libation to wet your pallet, City O’ City is a must-eat for any vegan or traditional foodie. I recommend traveling up E. 13th Ave. for an early morning start and grabbing one of their breakfast specials. My pick: the Huevos Rancheros. A delicious dish consisting of refried beans, eggs or tofu, smothered in queso fresco, green chile, and cilantro, served with corn tortillas and potatoes or quinoa with a bottomless cup of coffee. Once you’ve had all you can take of this epic meal, burn some of it off with a short walk east to Wax Trax Records.
After spending the day shopping and checking out of local offerings, make your way northeast. Located just off e. 17th ave, WaterCourse is one of the original Deven vegan restaurants, operating since 1998. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan or non-vegan, WaterCourse has a knack for spinning up dishes that would change the hearts and minds of many meat-eaters. Coming in at a close second for my favorite breakfast spot is their pancake stack. Something about the moist, airy fluff of these bad boys made me stop in more than once and pick them up for lunch. If you hit WaterCourse in the middle of the day, a must have is the Street Taco Platter. Soft taco shells packed with black beans, sweet potatoes, onions, and peppers, topped with cilantro lime slaw, chipotle aioli, avocado crème, and served with sides of refried black beans, brown rice, sour cream, and salsa. A vegan taco-lovers dream.
Broadway is known for its wide selection of culture stores, variety shops, and dining. From vintage stores to bike shops, this is certainly an area to spend a few hours on, and why not toss in a good brunch? Located next to the world-famous Hi-Drive music venue, Sputnik is a full-service restaurant and bar spinning up good vibes and delicious vegan options perfect for a mid-day meal. I recommend the Stacks of Vegan Power. Delicious quinoa cakes with potatoes, veggies, greens, avocado, and a roasted garlic sauce. Better yet, snag a Sputnik Soul Bowl packed with mashed potatoes, fried tempeh, served with collard greens, kale, corn and red onions, topped with brown gravy and fried shallots.
When it comes to the best vegan restaurants in Denver, it is hard to choose. Each spot offers something delicious and unique. If you play your cards right, you can grab a bite at each place in a single day.