It's unfortunate that the author seems to think vegetarian and vegan fare is limiting. I am allergic to milk and eggs, which happen to be ingredients in most prepared foods. When I go to restaurants, frequently I can only eat a few things on the menu and what I have found in vegetarian/vegan restaurants is my food choices increase drastically. There are options for me that don't exist other places. Thank you to those who understand not all people eat the same and thumbs down to the author who, obviously, has a narrow/limiting view on food choices.
Best Vegetarian Restaurant - 2008
If you're in need of vegan love in Denver, you might try Watercourse's sister restaurant, City O City. I find they're actually doing more interesting things, especially in the pizza department. And there are a handful of enlightened restaurants around town that have numerous creative vegan/vegetarian options w/o being soley meatless overall (e.g., The Mercury Cafe).
I am new to the area and I find it dissapointing that there are no good vegan/vegetarian restaraunts in the Denver area. There are several in Boulder, however. Watercourse is not impressive, but unfortunately, there is little to choose from in the Denver and surrounding area.
You said: "...Starting from such a limited culinary position can only serve to strangle any creativity or free thinking in the kitchen."
Creativity is not bred from unlimited options. Instead, we are often most creative when our choice are the most restricted.
If there's one thing vegetarian cuisine is NOT, it's limited! Perhaps what's limited is the author's knowledge of vegetarian cuisine.