Denver, Colorado has generated real buzz in the plant-based community. From raw food to comfort food, from All-American to local garden Indian fusion, Denver has it all when it comes to plant-based offerings. Boulder, Colorado has been on our radar, so we couldn’t resist making the trip to Denver. In this showcase, we’ll take you to 10 restaurants where your plant-based dining dreams can come true.
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One of Denver’s original vegan restaurants, Watercourse began in 1998 as a small vegetarian cafe. The name “Watercourse” is derived from the Taoist principle of the “water course way” which means taking the path which causes the least harm.
Watercourse is a cooking-from-scratch kitchen offering fresh ingredients and seasonal menu options that feature brunch, lunch and dinner staples. The kitchen also has a few out-of-town selections like nachos and pot stickers. The restaurant that takes pride in using local vendors, sustainable businesses practices, and giving back more than they take.
837 East 17th Ave
2. City O’ City
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City O’ City redefines what it means to source locally. They partner with local vendors, farms, and artists whenever possible to give their customers the freshest possible experience. They even have their own urban micro farm to get their produce fresh from the source.
With offerings of delicious locally grown food, local craft beer, and coffee, this restaurant provides early morning breakfast and late-night sipping in a hip, casual environment. All dietary preferences are considered, and the menu has an extensive gluten-free selection. Don’t forget to stop in for happy hour!
206 E 13th Ave
3. Beet and Box Bakery and Cafe
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Beet and Box Bakery and Cafe is a vegan bakery focused on delicious food and whole ingredients. They offer decadent baked goods and coffee drinks, along with sandwiches and tarts for the savory eater. Their cake selection is particularly imaginative, with unique and inventive cakes for all occasions. Great for kids.
1030 East 22nd Ave
4. The Corner Beet
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The Corner Beet offers their unique selection of toasts, salads, and acai bowls in a hip, relaxing environment. Everything on the menu at The Corner Beet is 100% organic and made locally or in-house whenever possible. The restaurant/cafe also provides a venue for artists to showcase their songs, poetry, and other expression in a supportive and encouraging space.
1401 N Ogden Street.
5. Native Foods
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Native Foods might have locations in L.A., Chicago, and Oregon but that doesn’t stop this plant-based company from being involved in the local community. With delicious burgers, burritos, wraps and more Native Foods is a kid-friendly location with a full plant-based children’s menu.
680 S Colorado Blvd.
6. Root Down
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Root Down has a simple motto: “Root Down aims to connect the neighborhood to a dining experience in the same way ingredients are connected to food.” But simplicity is only the beginning of the work they do. Root Down specializes in using seasonal, sustainable ingredients to keep the food they serve as fresh and environmentally conscious as possible. They are powered 100% by wind energy and grow 20% of their vegetable in their garden in-house. While the menu can change with the season, you can always enjoy their delicious sliders. While not all of their food is exclusively vegan, Root Down offers a sustainable model that some restaurants can only dream of.
1600 W 33rd Ave.
7. Meta Burger
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The plant-based burger joint Meta Burger was developed and created by two ambitious people who saw a lack of affordable plant-based and health-conscious dining, both in Denver and in the world at large. Meta Burger serves American burger classics as well as their own unique burger visions. The word ‘Meta’ means seeing something from a higher perspective. At Meta Burger, they try to view the world and everything in it from a higher perspective as well. And those Vegan Blizzards…
7950 East Mississippi Ave. Unit A
8. Wong Way Veg
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It wouldn’t be a hip restaurant list without at least one food truck. Wong Way Veg’s ‘scratch made vegan comfort food’ proves you don’t need a big kitchen to make delicious vegan food. The truck was founded by Lisa Wong. Coming from a family of restaurateurs, her love of street food, animals, and passion for feeding people is what fuels her adorable orange truck!
Check out their schedule here.
9. Radha Govinda’s
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Radha Govinda’s is a family-owned restaurant that offers Indian cooking and more at their multicultural buffet. They source food locally and grow their own produce for a fully organic, sustainable feast. Kids under 5 eat free!
1400 Cherry Street
10. Vital Root
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Vital Root adheres to one simple premise: “Keeping it Real.” this healthy-eaters paradise features plenty of raw food options. This restaurant is a fast-casual eatery dedicated to conscious, healthy living. Vital Root equates food with wellness, and believes in healing through the power of what you put in your body.
3915 Tennyson Street.
Bring Denver Into Your Kitchen!
Feeling inspired by our list? Check out these recipes inspired by Denver’s deliciousness, courtesy of the Food Monster App!
Pan-Seared Mushroom Burgers With Caramelized Onions and Arugula
These Pan-Seared Mushroom Burgers With Caramelized Onions and Arugula by Ashley Hankins are delicious, easy to make, and require less than an hour to prepare. Also, they hold up well to cooking, which is essential to a solid veggie burger, just like Meta Burger!
Philly Tofu Cheesesteak
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Protein Acai and Red Currant Breakfast Bowl
If you liked this meal guide, check out 15 Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Mexico City! For even more recipes, we recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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