Best Vegetarian Restaurant - 2005
Chef Jon Pell, the guiding force behind Sunflower, continues to put out the best vegetarian fare in the area -- and he does it at a restaurant that serves meat. That's because Sunflower isn't really a vegetarian restaurant; it just happens to have an award-winning vegetarian chef and a kitchen capable of lavishing as much attention on a carrot stick, broccoli rabe or quivering lump of tofu as it does on the finest steaks and seafoods. The result is a restaurant where vegetarian food doesn't taste like your standard sticks-and-berries cuisine so popular in the Republic of Boulder, but rather like perfect expressions of whatever vegetable happens to be on the plate. Pell and crew labor mightily to use nothing but the best in organic, free-range and artisanal ingredients -- a noble effort that extends even to the organic vodka in the bar's Bloody Marys.