Denver is probably one of the best hidden secrets in the U.S. This is not just true because winters there feel incredibly mild, there is constant sunshine and people are just way too friendly—but also because there is more vegan food than your heart desires.
Start your exploration by visiting The Corner Beet—a vibrant breakfast, brunch and lunch place with a variety of vegan açaí bowls, colorful smoothies and delicious toasts. All toasts come on freshly baked bread. The Ban Mi is our favorite. Perfectly crispy tofu, avocado and jalapeños on top of a thin layer of vegan mayo. Perfection.
If you are looking for a casual dinner and real comfort food, City O’ City is your spot. Most dishes are vegetarian or can be made vegetarian. The warm Brussels sprouts salad is a must and the waffles and chicken (crusted cauliflower deliciousness!) is an absolutely winner—no matter if you come for brunch or dinner. I also loved the kimchi pizza—the dough was fluffy and melted in your mouth.
If you are looking for a quick, yet utterly satisfying bite, check out Quiero Arepas for, well yes, arepas. The vegan arepa comes with grilled plantains, avocado and black beans. It’s hands down one of the best meals I have ever had. I recommend an extra side of plantains.
For a tiny bit fancier feel, Watercourse Foods is an absolute must. The cauliflower wings are delicious—my favorite was the siracha apricot flavor. I also loved the sweet potato gnocci that came with a pumpkin puree. Another must is the 3 taco platter. All dishes are super indulgent and highly sharable.
If you are in the mood for a drink—check out Stem Ciders. They offer a variety of sweet and dry local ciders, as well as locally sourced kombucha. I highly recommend the lavender flavor by Happy Leaf.
Have we missed any must-taste vegan food in Denver? Let us know!
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