Three Little Figs' Ultimate Veg Guide to Boulder, CO
Compiled by Three Little Figs
2793 Iris Ave. (NW Corner of 28th & Iris)
This list is by no means complete. It merely covers some of the highlights
as well as a sampling of the many great vegan options that abound. Click
for general suggestions and guidelines when dining out. We've compiled
this information from our experiences and those of others who have shared
with us. We have made reasonable attempts to ensure its accuracy, however,
restaurants can change menus and ingredients, or staff may be misinformed.
Thus no information is guaranteed. Therefore, it is always advised that
you ask questions (politely, of course) when dining out to be sure that
your wishes are understood and your needs are met. This also helps the
staff become more knowledgeable about the presence of animal ingredients
and lets the establishment know there is a demand for vegan food.
Email other yummy discoveries to email@example.com.
V* indicates a vegan establishment. V indicats a vegetarian
Aji – Latin American
1601 Pearl St., (303)442-3464
Menu offers vegetarian "ceviche" made with hearts of palm, mushroom,
and sweet corn. The fried plantain and black bean appetizer , Platano Rellenos
(hold the queso) is delicious. Vegetarian entrees are Frijoles y Arroz
Criollos (roman beans, black beans, white rice, artichokes, and tomatoes-
leave off the cheese) which is very hearty and flavorful, and the Guiso
de Quinua (quinoa, roasted sweet potato, peppers, and braised endive ).Fried
plantain chips are fun, too. Some of these dishes may normally be cooked
with butter, however they will accommodate vegans by using olive oil instead-
just be sure to specify that you want your meal dairy free. They have awesome
homemade dairy-free sorbets, too. Flavors seem to change occasionally.
Some have been Mango Jerk, Strawberry, Guava, and Canteloupe.
Alexander’s – New Mexican-style Mexican
1650 Broadway, (303) 444-6699
Burritos available with, in addition to the usual rice, potatoes and
beans, less common ingredients such as: tofu, barley, cauliflower,
asparagus, quinoa, bulgur, walnut, pecan, spinach, broccoli, zucchini,
cabbage, green bean, kale, basil, garlic, mushroom, and rosemary. Come
smothered with choice of hot or mild vegetarian green or vegetarian red
chili and accompanied by salad. Enchiladas and tacos can be made with many
of the same ingredients; All can be accompanied by spanish rice, refried
beans and guacamole. Thumbs way up to the mexican potatoes (minus cheese)-
fried potato cubes smothered in hot or mild green chili. Ask them to hold
the cheese on all vegtarian selections. Also have vegan tamales. Moderately
priced. Cute but not fancy indoor seating surrounded by cacti!
Back Country Pizza
- Pizza and Subs
20 East Lakeview Drive #212 (Nederland)
Go for a hike and then chow down on the "Vegan Love" pizza at
Backcountry: spinach, mushrooms, garlic, roma tomatoes, black olives, etc.(cheeseless).
Big City Burrito-
Casual Burrito Joint
Folsom & Arapahoe in shopping center with Safeway
Vegetarian burrito filling options include rice and pinto or black
beans, fried potatoes, sauteed vegetables (sauteed in olive oil), plus
assorted salsas and a variety of hot sauces to try out. Their guacamole
is not vegan, however, as it contains sour cream. Drat. Choose from a selection
of tortillas (white, wheat, tomato, spinach, etc.).
1800 Broadway, #160, (303) 444-4721
Have many items that seem as though they could be vegan, and others
labeled vegan in error (i.e. one item containing paneer cheese), which
doesn't increase the confidence level. But we haven't been, so things may
have changed for the better. If you go, ask questions (and report back
with answers. ha).
Boulder Cafe – Restaurant and Bar
1247 Pearl St., (303) 444-4884
One vegan entree – coconut curry udon soup; large plate of french fries;
sometimes a vegan soup option; outdoor patio seating on the Pearl Street
Boulder Farmer’s Market
– Weekly Farmer’s Market (Seasonal) – Sat 10-2; Wed 4-8
13th St. between Arapahoe & Canyon, boulderfarmersmarket.com
Locally-grown organic fruits & vegetables; delicious breads and
focaccia from Pasquini’s bakery; vegan cookies and muffins from Brillig
Works (ask which are vegan); green chili and beans from the tamale stand;
grilled vegetable spring rolls, tofu peanut salad and coconut sticky rice
with strawberries from Pan Asia; Millet Bars, Chocolate Chip bars, and
chocolate cupcakes with mint icing from Amazing Grains bakery.
Breadworks – Bakery and Cafe
2644 Broadway, (303) 444-5667
Great freshly-baked specialty breads, at least one vegan soup daily,
delicious vegan chocolate chip cookie; two vegan muffins, daily breads
like the crusty french baguette or batard, Sourdough, Italian, rustic roll,
focaccia roll; specialty breads like calamata olive & thyme, green
olive & sage, rye (also with raisin & walnut), dill, ciabatta,
onion, fresh rosemary, the big pretzel, the panello del’uva (with pine
nuts, walnuts& grapes – only on Sundays), sorbets. Can make a vegan
pizza on request - we hear it is quite good.
Buchanan’s – Coffee on the Hill
1301 Pennsylvania Ave. (303)440-0222
Coffee house offering many drinks with soymilk & agave nectar.
Vegan muffins and vegan burritos sometimes available.
Buddha Cafe - Thai Cuisine
2719 Iris Ave. (720)565-0506
Many items are vegan as usually made, and others can be made so easily
when you request that certain components be omitted or replaced with plant-based
ingredients instead. (Note that the yellow curry is vegan if made without
fish sauce, however the other curries all contain shrimp because it is
a component of the curry pastes.) *With our help, Buddha Café
is creating a guide to animal-free menu options so that when you
go in, you’ll be able to ask them for this list of vegetarian/vegan options
to help you in making your selections! From the fried Simple
Tofu appetizer, to soups, salad, noodle dishes, fried rice, numerous house
stir-fried entrees, and delicious Tapioca in Coconut Milk dessert, Buddha's
food is bountiful and satisfying. Nice owners, too. Try the Sweet Lemon
Grass Drink, The Sawan Noodle Salad, and the Basil Dish. Our notes on veg
options at Buddha can be found ----HERE----
Burnt Toast -
grub on the Hill
1235 Pennsylvania Ave., (303) 440-5200
Breakfast options include a tofu scramble, which isn't "scrambled",
really, but cubed seasoned tofu fried with potatoes and a colorful assortment
of vegetables. This dish normally (oddly) comes with two eggs on top, so
be sure to ask for extra tofu in place of the eggs. There is another dish,
usually prepared with eggs, that can be done with tofu instead- served
over a bed of arugula with white beans. Their biscuits are made with buttermilk,
but you can get yummy housebaked sourdough bread with strawberry jam instead
with your dishes. No upcharge on soymilk for coffee is a nice change from
–(V) Vegatarian Cafe within Boulder Co-op Market
1902 Pearl St., (303) 447-COOP
Organic salad bar, made-to-order sandwiches, and a hot bar with grains,
beans, and other staple dishes plus vegan curries, seitan/tofu/tempeh dishes,
and other creations du jour. Also has a juice bar, smoothies, espresso
bar and vegan in-house baked goods and pastries. The breakfast bar has
bagels with Tofutti cream cheese, vegan breakfast burritos and there are
a few other vegan options made to order but they have unfortunately added
eggs and dairy items. Most entrees at the hot bar are vegan at lunch and
Casa Alvarez – Mexican
3161 Walnut Ave., (303) 546-0630
Big sizzling plate of tofu fajitas, also tofu tacos, tofu tostada,
guacamole tostada, bean burrito, tofu fajita burrito, vegetarian
red & green chili; their beans, rice and guacamole are all vegan, also.
Just ask to leave off cheese/sour cream where indicated, and get guacamole
instead. Nice strong margaritas.
China Gourmet- Chinese
3970 Broadway, (303) 440-3500
Casual north Boulder restaurant has quick service (order at the counter).
Many veg selections, including items made with tofu, tempeh, and yuba (bean
curd sheets), plus vegetable dishes. Some authentic Chinese dishes available
(on the blue menu), which you don’t find in other Boulder establishments.
City Street Bagels
– Bagel Shop and Deli
3070 28th St., (303) 442-0049
Most bagels are vegan, including flavors such as french toast, black
& white (half poppy/half sesame), rye, blueberry, etc. And they
now offer Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese, which makes this place a favorite!.
Also serve house-made hummus for bagels and soymilk for coffee.
Dot’s Diner- Greasy spoon diner.
2716 28th St., (303)449-1323
Dot's on the Hill: 1333 Broadway, (303)447-9184
Tofu scramble, home fries, toast (minus butter), side of vegan sausage
(patties), OJ, coffee. Not a great place to go if the smell of frying bacon
grosses you out.
Dushanbe Tea House
– Tea House with International Cuisine
1770 13th St., (303) 442-4993
Beautiful interior and outdoor garden seating make for a delightful
ambience in this authentic Persian teahouse. Their menu used to be seemingly
much more vegan friendly than it currently is. Current vegan selections
are the Middle Eastern Hummus Platter and Indonesian Peanut Noodles, both
of which are tasty. However, we were not able to get definitive answers
about anything else being vegan. But we did discover that they put eggs
in their samosas (why?!) and that the Persian Kooftah Balls have egg also,
which is really disappointing. We were flatly told by our server that if
we wished to get vegan food, we should have gone to Leaf, which is owned
by the same people who own the Dushanbe. (We were told the same by staff
at Aji, which is also run by the same owners). This, combined with
staff's lack of knowledge and willingness to get answers to our questions
did not make us feel that vegetarians or vegans are particularly welcomed
Falafel King – Middle Eastern Fast Food
1314 Pearl St.; (303) 449-9321
Inexpensive and fast – they offer a falafel sandwich in pita with tahini
dressing and fresh garden salad or the falafel plate with a choice of 2
or 4 mediterranean salads such as hummus, tabouli, eggplant in tomato sauce,
marinated mushrooms, stuffed grape leaves; don’t forget the curly french
Fan's Chinese Restaurant (Niwot)
7960 Niwot Rd. (in Niwot, CO), (303)652-6250
Have many vegetarian vegetable and tofu based dishes, plus some mock
chicken dishes. Their mock chicken comes in two styles and they'll use
different ones for different dishes-but only one of the "chickens"
is vegan, so be sure to make sure. The food is very good, but the space
lacks atmosphere, so it's a good spot for takeout.
28th & Iris, located in Safeway Plaza- 3325 28th St., Unit 5 (720)565-0707
Pan-Asian restaurant with several meatless options. Food can be made
without any animal products (chicken broth, fish sauce, eggs), etc. upon
request. Drunken Noodles and Sesame Tofu were good (this is all we've tried
so far). Prices reasonable, portions large.
Food Court on the Hill
1310 College Ave (downstairs)
Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern stalls all have good selections. Nothing
really innovative necessarily, but you can find a satisfying meal.
Food Court in the UMC
University Memorial Center – University of Colorado Campus – Euclid
Ave and Broadway.
Alferd Packer Grill has “build your own” panini (grilled vegetables,
artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers & hummus), salad
bar, soup (and bread bowls), vegetable chili, green chili, spanish rice,
black and refried beans, silk soymilk & other nondairy drinks, soy
yogurts & smoothies, bagels; hot dog cart has veggie dogs; Baby Doe’s
occasionally has vegan baked items.
Foolish Craig’s– American
1611 Pearl St., (303) 247-9383, foolishcraigs.com
Tofu Scramble (spinach, mushrooms, onions & tomatoes sauteed in
peanut sauce served with toast and potatoes); hummus sandwich, portabello
mushroom sandwich, Italian grilled eggplant (omit the mozzerella) sandwich;
french fries; variety of salads and dressings include a few vinaigrettes
(ask which are vegan).
Glacier Ice Cream
– homemade frozen desserts
4760 Baseline Rd.; 3133 28th St, (303) 440-6542; College Ave. (on the
Several non-dairy sorbets and chocolate soy ice cream made on the premises.
However, the chocolate soy ice cream is (irritatingly) mentioned nowhere
on the board with the extensive list of flavors, so you have to know to
ask for it.
1964 28th St.; (303) 442-6868
Several mock chicken options along with the usual selection available
at most area Chinese restaurants; they will also substitute mock chicken
in many of their typically meat-based selections. Veggie “chicken” lettuce
wraps are a favorite appetizer, also scallion pancakes & vegetable
dumplings. Menu entrees include Sesame tofu, Spinach or bok choy with fresh
garlic, Cashew with Four Treasures, Crispy Tofu, Eggplant or Mixed
Vegetables with Garlic Sauce, Sauteed tofu with spinach, Home style tofu,
Ma po tofu, sauteed asparagus, Zen Delight and more. Request veggie chicken
or tofu substituted in the Kung Pao, Tangerine, Hunan or Sesame chicken.
Their specials board usually includes some veggie “chicken” selections.
Make sure to let them know before you finish your meal that you do not
want the green tea (dairy) ice cream that they often bring to customers
Greenbriar Inn – Elegant
8735 N. Foothills Hwy. (303)440-7979
Have several meatless options on the menu and we are told 1 or 2 of
the vegetarian entrees at any given time either are already vegan
or can be made vegan with notice. Call ahead to make sure you get something
that suits your needs and tastes. They are reputed to be very willing to
accommodate customers' preferences.
Half-Fast Subs – Sub
1215 13th St, (303) 449-0404
This college hangout on the hill has a large menu with a proportionately
large vegetarian section. Subs come in 7" and 14" sizes and several must
have the cheese and/or dressing omitted so that they are vegan. They've
got BBQ Tempeh or Tofu, Vegetarian Sloppy Joe, Baked Tofu, Roasted Eggplant,
Tempeh Reuben (baked tempeh with sauerkraut less cheese & dressing),
Tofu Veggie (tofu spread plus lots of veggies), Thai Tempeh (baked tempeh,
veggies, crispy noodles & spicy peanut sauce), Portabello Mushroom,
Black Bean Hummus, and more. The Thai Tempeh sub (and Thai Tempeh salad)
are vegan as is, and definitely our favorite. Serve margaritas and Long
Island Iced Teas by the glass or the pitcher, too.
Hapa Sushi – Japanese
1117 Pearl St., (303) 473-4730; 1220 Pennsylvania Ave., (303) 447-9883
Try the attractive caterpillar roll (cucumber roll wrapped in avocado
and drizzled in sweet soy.Try adding strawberries!); vegetable roll, vegetarian
maki sushi such as grilled eggplant, avocado, cucumber, shiitake mushroom,
kaiware (spicy daikon sprout), inari (tofu pockets); the grilled teriyaki
rice ball is delicious; seaweed salad marinated in a sesame oil dressing,
chilled tofu salad, mixed green salad in a sesame soy dressing, edamame
soybeans (chilled or sauteed with seasonings).Flavored sakes are delicious,
too. Note: their miso soup is Not vegetarian (contains bonito- fish flakes).
This is our favorite place for sushi in Boulder. The staff is generally
knowlegeable about ingredients and they have a relatively varied vegetarian
Illegal Pete’s – Mexican
1320 College Ave. (303) 444-3055; 1447 Pearl St. (303) 440-3955
Crispy corn or soft flour tacos and large, tasty burritos with choice
of grilled veggies, lime cilantro rice, black beans, pinto beans, fried
potatoes, guacamole and red, green or chile-corn salsa. Vegetarian green
chili can be ordered as an entree or for smothering burritos; guacamole
can be substituted for cheese & sour cream.
Jalino’s – Pizza
1647 Arapahoe Ave. (303) 443-6300
Their soy cheese unfortunately contains milk proteins (casein), but
they will make you a gigantic cheeseless pie with all the veggie toppings,
and have been known to make vegan cheese pizzas for customers who bring
in a block of dairy-free cheese (try Follow Your Heart’s “Vegan Gourmet”
in mozzarella or monterey jack flavor) for them to use.
Kathmandu - Indian
110N. Jefferson St.(Nederland), (303)258-1169.
Many delicious menu items plus a fantastic buffet with plentiful vegan
options (most of it is vegetarian and of the veg items only the saag and
an occasional second dish may contain dairy). If you get the buffet, let
them know you do not eat dairy or that you are vegan and they will bring
you your own special order of dairy-free saag and some dairy-free bread
to have with your meal if you ask for it! This is a great place!
1600 Broadway, (303) 447- 0273
Many curries and other dishes are vegan or veganizeable with omission
of fish sauce and/or egg. Tofu available in many dishes in place of meat.
Try the tasty fresh rice paper spring rolls with fresh herbs and peanut
sauce. As with any Thai or Vietnamese restaurant, it is also always a good
idea to ask whether there could be shrimp paste in the curry pastes they
Kim’s – Vietnamese Take-out
1325 Broadway, (303) 442-2829
Vietnamese spring rolls with peanut sauce; stir-fried tofu & broccoli,
tofu & mixed vegetables, tofu & tomato, stir fried bean sprouts
and more – all served with rice; vegetable rice noodle soup; Large portions
at cheap prices; located in a hut across from the CU on the hill at University
and Broadway. We have recently learned that they do often put Oyster
Sauce in seemingly vegetarian dishes unless you specifically ask them to
leave it out, so remember to speak up when you place your order.
Landmark Theatre – Pearl & 30th.
Movie theatre offers vegan snacks like Bobo’s oat bars and Alternative
Baking Company cookies, and a shaker of nutritional yeast to shake on popcorn
has even been spotted on their counter. Have heard the popcorn is vegan,
but haven't confirmed that yet.
L's - Italian
29th St., (303)442-1300
Upscale Italian restaurant. Formerly Laudisio's.
Arrabiata sauce is delicious (ask for it minus the pancetta with dried
pasta). Many dishes can be prepared dairy free (using olive oil rather
than butter) upon request, and dried (egg-free) pasta can be used in place
of the fresh pasta which contains eggs. Pasta with wild mushrooms and truffle
infused olive oil is a favorite.
Restaurant (V) – Upscale Vegetarian
16th St just north of Pearl- 2010 16th St. (303)442-1485
This totally meatless restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, plus
brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10 'til 3. A large portion
of the lunch and dinner menu is either vegan or easily prepared vegan upon
request. Waitstaff eager to accommodate guests’ needs. Dishes include several
appetizers and salads, creative vegetable and grain preparations, plus
some tempeh, tofu and seitan selections. The stuffed poblano pepper mole
dish is beautiful and especially tasty. They've also added a vegan carrot
cake to their dessert offerings, which is simply lovely. For brunch, their
scrambled tofu is good, and we hear they now have vegan french toast! Currently,
they are offering a Happy Hour with specials on select vegan appetizers
from 3-6 PM daily. Nice atmosphere.
Lucky’s - Breakfast and Lunch Cafe
3980 Broadway, (303)440-3793
Kind of a hole in the wall place, but great for a hangover breakfast.
Decent tofu scramble comes with 3 veggies of your choice (choose from beans,
avocado, spinach, sundried tomatoes, green chiles, artichokes, plus the
usual veggies), with home fries, toast (hold the butter) and coffee/soymilk/OJ.
Also have a vegan soup. Very affordable, with a diner atmosphere.
1915 28th St. between Canyon and Walnut (next to Radio Shack) (303)442-7166
New Indian restaurant. Several menu items are vegan, and others can
be made without the dairy (whether ghee, cream, or yogurt). Biriyani, samosas
(nice and less greasy than most), aloo gobi, dal, etc. Staff are very willing
to ask questions about ingredients and to accommodate however possible.
114913th St. (on the Hill) (303)443-2300
All the sauces are vegan - the mole, green chili, red chili and most
entrees can be made without cheese. Enjoy bean enchiladas, fajitas, bean
burritos (can be "chimified", i.e. deep-fried), etc. Most foods seem to
be prepared with very little salt (but you can salt things to taste at
the table), so it's a nice choice for anyone watching their sodium intake.
1002 Walnut St.(303)444-5335
This downtown hangout has undergone menu changes a few times, and veg
options disappeared for a while but we hear that a few of their nice vegan
options are returning to the menu soon: Vegetable Paella and Mushroom Paella,
Hummus Trio, Salads, Sangria, and fresh sorbets. Nice outdoor patio seating.
Moongate Asian Bistro
– Pan Asian
1626 Pearl St., (720) 406-8888
Great selection of vegan dishes, including: Seaweed and mixed greens
salad, vegan vegetable tempura (yay, no egg in the batter!), vegan miso
soup (no "bonito" fish flakes!), tofu spring rolls, drunken noodles,
wonderful sesame tofu (crispy outside, custardy inside), Szechuan
Eggplant, many delicious curries, and more. Vietnamese noodle bowl can
be prepared vegan. Fried tofu appetizer comes with fish flakes, but they
can be left off. Beautiful presentation, generous portion sizes,
great value, and top notch food.
Mountain Sun – Brew
1535 Pearl St., (303) 543-0886, www.mountainsunpub.com
Appetizers include hummus, chips & salsa and french fries; vegetarian
black bean chili; veggie & bean burrito; spinach salad (omit the cheese);
Tempeh Reuben with Vegan 1000 Island dressing!! (but omit the cheese).
Oh, and beer, and house-made root beer, etc. Heard the chocolate stout
uses milk chocolate, though.
Mustard’s Last Stand - Hot Dog & Burger Joint
1710 Broadway, (303) 444-5841
Veggie Dogs, Veggie Chili, Tempeh burgers, tofu reuben (minus cheese/dressing),
fresh-cut french fries.
Murphy’s - Bar & Grill
2731 Iris. Ave, (303)449-4473
Can make veggie burrito minus cheese, stir fry over rice, possible
pasta dish with modifications, french fries. Their veggie burger (Gardenburger
original) unfortunately contains cheese.
Narayan’s Nepal- Nepalese
4800 Baseline Rd., (303)449-2234
Buffet includes several vegan dishes. Many dishes on the menu customarily
made with butter can be prepared vegan (with oil instead) upon request.
Good food, inexpensive.
Noodles & Co – Fast
Food Noodle Chain
2770 Pearl St. (303) 444-5533; 1245 Alpine Ave. (303) 440-4340; 2850
Baseline Rd., (303) 247-9978
A number of noodle & vegetable combos either are vegan selections
or can be made vegan with omission of cheese. Tofu & extra veggies
can be added to any dish. Choose from Japanese pan udon noodles in a soy-ginger
sauce, penne pasta fresca (minus cheese), ,Indonesian peanut rice noodles,
Thai curry soup, tomato marinara with penne, house salad with grilled tofu.
Decent food and selection for a fast food chain. Inexpensive.
3980 N. Broadway, Suite 104, (303) 444-9100
O! Pizza serves organic pizzas and has recently added vegan soy cheese
(Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet) to their menu. They have the usual
complement of veggie toppings, with some exciting ones thrown in. Order
the pizza without cheese if soy cheese is not your thing. A gluten-free
crust is available for those avoiding wheat. For dessert, they have delicious
dairy-free sorbet in a variety of interesting sorbet flavors (Lemon Rosemary,
Cherry Riesling, etc.)
1050 Walnut St., (303) 449- 4353
Offers the standard array of vegetable dishes and tofu dishes with
white or brown rice.
1200 Yarmouth Ave., (303)440-8348
They have a list on the wall behind the counter to indicate to all
servers and staff which items are vegan, and they were easily provide more
information on items which can be prepared so to order. They offer
casual healthy lunch options. organic juices and smoothies, sandwiches,
pizza, salads, soups, and some deli items to go. Some vegan choices
include the Nut Loaf Burger, Peanut Butter Banana and Mint Sandwich, Hot
Veggie Rice Bowl with Tofu and choice of sauce (Green Curry, Basil Almond
Pesto, or Thai Peanut), and fresh Chopped Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing.
We hear daily soups are usually vegan, too. Deli items include a delicious
looking wild rice salad and noodle dish with spicy peanut sauce and veggies.
At night, the restaurant provides a more upscale dining atmosphere. Vegan
dinner entrée options include: Living (Raw) Pizza with Vegan Pesto,
Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes, and Brazil Nut Cheese; Winter Beet Risotto, Baby
Root Vegetables, and Basil Citrus Vinaigrette (hold the goat cheese); Seared
Tempeh, Bean and Brown Rice Timbale, Salsa Fresca, and Yuka Avocado.
And for dessert, try the dairy-free Sorbet Trio with fresh Berries.
Pei-Wei - Pan Asian Fast
1675 29th Street, (720)479-5570
This chain is owned by PF Chang's. Animal-free selections are Edamame,
Blazin' Noodles, Sweet & Sour Tofu, Soba Miso Noodle Bowl, Japanese
Udon Noodles, Teriyaki Bowl, and the Spicy Korean (which has long beans,
one of the neatest foods there is). Food is affordable and prepared in
minutes in their open kitchen.
Pekoe – sip house.
1225 Alpine Ave., (303) 444- 5953
Nice teas, plus large pearl boba (bubble) tea all available with soymilk.
Serve a vegan cookie from Breadworks.
Ping’s Favorite – Chinese
1635 28th St., (303) 449-0783
Friendly, accommodating owner. Vegetable dumplings, scallion pancakes,
and vegetarian's “goose” (mushrooms wrapped in tofu skin) appetizers; Tofu
& vegetable soup; Entrees include General Tso’s vegetables (with marinated
gluten), eggplant in garlic sauce, vegetables in szechuan sauce, sesame
tofu, ma po tofu, bok choy or spinach with fresh garlic, moo shu vegetables
w/ pancakes (omit the egg) and more.
Pita Pit- quickie wrap
1509 Arapahoe Ave., (303) 443-7482
Large rolled sandwiches can be made with an assortment of fresh veggies
and condiments, incl. hot pepper, mustards, oil and vinegar, etc. Not a
huge selection of options at all, but they’re open pretty late and inexpensive.
Qdoba – Mexican Fast Food
1119 13th St., 303-449-3439; 1625 28th St., 303-440-1006; www.qdoba.com
Burritos with choice of cilantro-lime rice, black beans, pinto beans,
grilled veggies (zucchini, scallions, eggplant and sweet red peppers) and
guacamole; Taco salads in a crispy flour tortilla bowl, soft flour tacos
or crispy corn tacos with grilled veggies, lettuce and salsa (omit cheese
& sour cream); several salsas from which to choose including poblano
pesto, mole, roasted chile corn, warm ranchera, pico de gallo, verde,
roja and habenero; Vegetarian tortilla soup.
Ras Kasaas – Ethiopian
2111 30th St, (303) 447-2919
Fun, casual atmosphere, patio seating by creek; entrees are served
with injera (Ethiopia's spongy flatbread made from Teff) and sides of salads,
greens, vegetables and lentils. Exotically-spiced entrees include special
mushrooms, sweet potato stew, spicy red lentils, butternut squash stew,
beets & potatoes and yellow split peas; all vegetarian entrees are
vegan except the special mushrooms which are easily prepared vegan upon
request (with oil instead of butter). Vegetarian combination consists of
the spicy red lentils, yellow split peas and beets & potatoes. Mild
and spicy vegetarian combination plates also available. Eat with your hands!
Rincon del Sol – Mexican
2350 Arapahoe Ave., (303) 442-0541
We haven't been here yet either, but heard from a reliable source that
they have really good Mexican food, and put lots of little tofu pieces
in the veggie fajitas. It doesn't mention the tofu filling on the menu,
though (or at least didn't). Be sure to ask whether there is chicken broth
in the rice or other items, though, as we've heard there might be some
question about that.
Rudi’s – International
4720 Table Mesa Dr, (303) 494-5858. rudisrestaurant.com
Dinner entrees include Sesame Tofu (oriental style tofu steaks with
veggies in a sesame-ginger sauce), Thai vegetable curry in coconut milk,
Saag Panir (must ask for tofu instead of panir cheese!) – served with dahl
(lentil stew), poori bread, date chutney and basmati rice ;Masala Dosa
(fragrant vegetable curry in a thin fried crisp rice-lentil crepe) , Ganeshapuri
Special – samosa, dahl, curried vegetable, mataar panir (substitute tofu
for the panir), poori bread, chutney and basmati rice; For lunch they have
a marinated and grilled Portabello sandwich with roasted red peppers and
grilled artichoke hearts (omit the cheese) or Tofu Avocado sandwich (omit
the cheese & mayo); Saag panir (make it tofu) and Thai vegetable curry
also available for lunch.
On the Hill 1207 13th St., (303)546-9666 North Boulder
4593 N. Broadway, (303)442-7874
Delicious and refreshing frozen treats: both smoothies and bowls.
All smoothies and bowls can be made completely dairy-free; Just specify
your wishes. In addition to substituting soymilk for cow’s milk,
smoothies that call for frozen yogurt are happily prepared instead with
Soy Delicious vegan ice cream. Holy cow, indeed!! Umpteen creations on
their board menu sound great, and you can also tweak listed options to
create your own. Some of the more exciting ingredients are chocolate syrup,
peanut butter, coconut, green tea, espresso, and tropical fruits like guava
and mango, and superfood acai The “Blueberry Moon” (banana
and blueberry with Soy Delicious) and “Caught in the Rain” (reminds one
of the Strawberry Julius of yore, yet poses zero threat of salmonella or
campylobacter infection to you, and zero threat of slaughter to egg-laying
hens) are personal favorites. And perhaps most exciting of all are the
BOWLS. Also made with soymilk and Soy Delicious, these come in flavors
like “Peach Cobbler”, “Apple Pie”, and “Peanut Butter and Jelly Yum”. They’re
blended up thick and served in a bowl with a spoon. Some list honey as
a component, to be drizzled over the top, but even here they’ve got vegan
covered; just ask for agave instead! Dairy-free and like a slip-slidey
soft serve sundae for the soul. Go check them out!
Restaurant – Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian
825 Walnut St., (303) 440-7151, www.sherpaascent.com/restaurant.htm
Delicious food and a large vegan selection. Lovely atmosphere:
an old Victorian house in a quiet location just off the downtown Pearl
Street mall, and outdoor patio seating with a Flatirons view. This is one
of the best spots in town to spend a mild summer evening with friends.
Selection of appetizers includes samosas, pakoras, fried or steamed vegetable
momos (dumplings), creamed spinach with Chapati bread (request no dairy);
Entrees include Saag with Tofu and Potatoes (request no dairy); Pea, Tomato
and Tofu Curry; Vegetable and Dumpling Stew, Tibetan Noodles.
Siamese Plate On The Go - Thai and Japanese fast food
3033 28th St., (303) 444-3133
Tom Yum (spicy lemon flavored soup) with tofu, Gai Tom Kha (same lemon
soup with coconut milk); Entree selections include tofu and cashews, tofu
in garlic pepper sauce with broccoli, tofu and Thai basil, stir fried tofu
in a roasted chili sauce,Soft rice noodles and veggies with sweet soy sauce
or Thai basil, Pad Thai (omit the egg); fried rice with vegetables and
tofu; vegetarian sushi and spring rolls. A favorite here is the coconut
sticky rice with mango.The menu also lists many different curries (Panang,
green, red, massaman, etc) but we have not confirmed whether the curry
pastes used are animal-free (shrimp paste is a common ingredient in Thai
curry pastes, so it is always a good idea to ask your server to check it
out for you). Inform your server you do not want any fish sauce or egg
Skinny Jay's - Pizza
Place/Sports Bar with live music many nights
(in the Boulder Outlook Hotel) 800 28th Street, (303)447-2222
Has both Vegan Pizza and a Vegan Calzone on the menu. Both are delicious.
Because their tomato sauce does contain dairy (cheese), both the pizza
and calzone are made with a delicious olive oil and roasted garlic base
in place of tomato sauce. Toppings/fillings are fresh and very ample, including
fresh mushrooms, onion, peppers, black olives, diced fresh tomato, broccoli
and fresh basil leaves. The price is very reasonable and they're open late.
2049 Pearl St., (303)444-7766
Vegetarian subs on the menu can be done vegan with omission of items
like sliced cheese, cream cheese, or mayonnaise. Fillings include grilled
portobellos, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, peppers, etc.
Sun – Brew Pub
627 S. Broadway, (303) 543-0886,
See listing for Mountain Sun above.
Spice China - Chinese
269 McCaslin Blvd. Louisville., (720) 890-0999
Many nice preparations of more common vegetable/tofu dishes. Plus on
the Shanghai menu, they have some more exotic dishes, including several
with fried wheat gluten (or "glutton", as they fittingly refer to it).
Be sure to mention that you are vegetarian and remind them to leave out
the chicken stock.
Spruce Confections- bakery
4684 Broadway, (303) 449-5819
Have a few vegan items, including muffins and lemon poppy seed cake.
Sun Deli – Deli, Pizza and Liquor Store
2299 Pearl St., (303) 938-1128/(303) 938-1078
Oh my god- vegan cheese pizza!!! Made with Follow Your Heart’s Vegan
Gourmet. Or have them make the fresh-baked Veggie Roll (veggie and "cheese"
filled calzone type of deal) with the soy cheese in place of dairy cheese.
Upscale Ornanic & Natural Foods
1701 Pearl St., (303) 440-0220
Menu includes some good vegan appetizers, entrees, and desserts. In
our opinion, one of the best things about Sunflower is the salad bar deal:
For around ten bucks, you get a large bowl of the soup of the day (always
vegan), plus fresh crusty seeded rolls with olive oil (and yam butter,
just ask for it) and unlimited access to their salad bar, which is about
85 percent vegan, including tempeh & tofu salads, hummus, seaweed salad,
creamy pasta salads (they use Vegenaise in all their mayonnaise-y stuff),
organic veggies, baby greens, fruit salad, nuts, raisins, and a half dozen
different house-made vegan dressings! On the menu, appetizers include a
tempura fried tofu nori roll, onion rings (yes, vegan onion rings and vegan
tempura!), and french fries served with a vegan spiced mayo. Enjoy the
tempura udon bowl, asian stir fry, pad thai or veggie burger (skip the
cheese) for lunch. Choices for dinner include tempeh scaloppini with mashed
potatoes, a seitan dish (which changes seasonally), and sometimes
a pasta dish with herbed “creme” sauce (cheese may need to be omitted on
this one). Brunch menu includes wheat-free vegan pancakes made with spelt
flour in two flavors: Banana Chocolate Chip or Blueberry Granola, as well
as tofu scramble. Dessert options include a chocolate Soy Delicious / soymilk
/ berry smoothie; sundae with housemade “rice cream” and chocolate or vegan
caramel sauce plus berries and cookies; chocolate peanut butter tart;
and chocolate raspberry mousse cake. This is a nice place for vegans because
the staff know the menu very well and can tell you exactly what’s in (or
not in) stuff, so you can order with confidence. We've recently heard from
a good source that you can ask for Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Cheese
on sandwiches, burritos, rancheros, etc. We'll have to check it out.
Taco Del Mar
28th St. (next to Safeway at 28th & Iris)
Taco Del Mar have a vegan burrito on the menu, stuffed with seasoned
rice and your choice of black or pinto beans, guacamole, pico de gallo,
and shredded lettuce or cabbage. Nothing too fancy, just a cheap, fast,
hot meal to go. You can have your burrito smothered in their enchilada
Three Little Figs Market
2793 Iris Ave., (303) 447-5934
All-vegan Gourmet Grocery featuring many hard-to-find vegan specialty
items including fine Belgian chocolates; Caramels; The world's most delicious
vegan cheese imported from Scotland; vegetarian caviar, several flavors
of Tofutti Cream Cheese, Pierogi, Tamales, Knishes, mock meats and much,
Trident Cafe- cafe attached to a bookstore.
940 Pearl St., (303)443-3133
Have spelt vegan muffins, but always seem to sell out of them. Get
there early if you want one! Nice coffee drinks and teas (the gunpowder
tea is especially good). And they carry Brillig Works’ delicious
Jam Dandy cookies, too. Cute mellow place to hang out and people-watch
Trilogy Wine Bar
– Restaurant and Wine Bar, Entertainment venue
2017 13th St., (303) 473-wine www.trilogywinebar.com
One vegan entree – lentil-quinoa pilaf in coconut-ginger sauce with
seared arugula, roasted mushrooms, grilled asparagus & oven-roasted
tomatoes – sounds awesome, but we haven’t tried it yet. Popular wine bar
just off the Pearl St. Mall. Live music & performance.
Tsing Tao –
607A South Broadway, (303) 494-6228
This restaurant has undergone a vegan makeover and now offers
a very large selection of vegan dishes. In addition to the vegetable and
tofu dishes they have always offered, they have vegan chicken and beef
now, as well as vegan smoked duck, and a whole separate vegan menu.
Viirtually every sauce is vegan, so meatless "meats" can be substituted
in most menu items on their regular menu to render veg versions of things.
The eggrolls are vegan (no egg in the wrappers) and they have just added
a great vegan hot and sour soup. They are really making an awesome effort
to cater to those looking for animal-friendly food, their service is friendly,
and their food is delicious! Read your fortune from inside an egg-free
cookie at the end of your meal.
2805 Pearl St., (303) 442-2800
The tofu finger appetizer is a favorite. Some feel Turley’s is
somewhat overrated with respect to vegan options, but they do have a house
made veggie burger, tofu scramble, veggie stir fry and french fries, smoothies,
V.G. Burger (V*)
Organic, All-Vegan Fast Food
3267 28th St., (303) 440-2400
Offers five types of wholesome vegan burgers made on site: Classic,
Three Nut, Felafel, Black Bean/Quinoa, and Sunshine Burger. All are made
with organic whole food ingredients like grains, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Top your burger with choice of condiments, from ketchup and mustard, to
salsa, guacamole, Vegenaise, or Chreese "cheese" sauce. Other options include
the Chili "Cheese" Dog, salads, housemade soups, baked fries, shakes, Purely
Decadent brand soy ice cream, hemp-based ice cream and organic fountain
sodas. They now have cookies and waffle cones as well. Serving materials
used are bio-degradable and environmentally friendly.
Cafe (and new Walnut Cafe South)– Breakfast and Lunch Cafe
3073 Walnut St, (303) 447-2315.; South Side on Broadway in the Table
Mesa shopping center
Breakfast options like tempeh skillet, scrambled tofu or tofu rancheros
(hold the cheese on all), home fried potatoes, vegan sausage, oatmeal or
granola with soymilk; vegetarian green chili; sandwiches with sauteed tofu,
artichoke hearts, mushrooms, onions, peppers and olives. Cheese must be
omitted on most meatless items to make them vegan. Often crowded.
Veg-Unfriendly/ Don't Bother List:
Applebee’s- American. Virtually nothing suitable for strict vegetarians
Asian Deli- large selection of seemingly-vegetarian dishes, but they
prepare everything with chicken stock.
Boulder Cork- basically a steakhouse with nothing vegan on the menu,
(although you may be able to get someone to make you something if you call
Cafe Gondolier- No vegan options (dry salad does NOT count). House
pastas are made with egg, all sauces contain cheese.
Chez Thuy- Vietnamese. Have a section of the menu labelled vegetarian,
but many of the dishes listed actually contain
fish sauce and many people suspect they ignore (or do not understand)
requests to leave it out even if they tell you that they will do so. A
lot of people love this place, but we say proceed with caution..
Frasca- Hoity-toity “meat, meat, cheese, and more meat” place.
Japango- sushi. Most salads, the seaweed salad, the miso soup, and
even their soy sauce contain fish products. Dishes labelled as vegetarian
are actually not so. Basically everything in there contains fish!
Uninformed waitstaff. Make no genuine effort to cater to vegetarians, despite
extremelty deceptive menu listings.
Juanita’s- Mexican. Their motto is “praise the lard”. Need we say more?
They actually have a scant few vegetarian offerings, but most other Mexican
places have more to offer.
Lucille’s- This place has a great reputation, but they unfortunately
offer nothing vegan-friendly.
Mo's Bagels- All bagels have whey in the basic recipe.
Olive Garden- Unclear information about which dishes, if any, are free
of meat-stock and/or dairy products.
Proto’s- Pizza. They are willing to make cheeseless pizzas, however
all pizza dough contained honey last time we checked.