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    May 29, 2014

    Top five celebrity restaurant fails

    Nothing is sadder than when celebrities dabble in the food-service industry and fail miserably at it -- except when the food fails are so completely predictable that even a dumb-as-a-rock celebrity should have known better. Over the weekend the lady-centric (and arguably un-feminist) steakhouse SHe ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Coohills anniversary dinner, Thanksliving vegan feast tonight

    Celebrate Coohills second anniversary this evening with good food, good wine and good company. A cocktail hour will start the night off right at 6:15 p.m.; a four-course dinner will follow at 7 p.m. All courses will be accompanied by wines from Jordan Vineyard, a Sonoma County winery -- and Chris Av ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Shish Kabob Grill has some of the best hummus (and other veggie options) in town

    Clearly, any place called Shish Kabob Grill is going to specialize in grilled meats -- and Shish Kabob does those very well. But if you're looking for a plate of falafel, hummus and baba ghanouj near the Capitol, sans meat, this is the spot for you. We named it Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in 2011 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

    Soup makes a fantastic cold-weather dish, and this potato-fennel concoction is thick and hearty enough to work as an entree through the chillier days ahead. The minced fennel gives the broth a beefy flavor that could fool anyone (especially if you make your own vegetable broth), but it's vegan and g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Chomp hosts a vegan pop-up dinner in the Horse Barn tonight

    Join Plants & Animals Denver , a vegan advocacy group, for Chomp, a pop-up vegan dinner that starts at 7 p.m. tonight at the Horse Barn, 1031 33rd Street. In keeping with that setting -- an old stable that's been converted to a work space for non-profits and other do-good organizations -- the dinner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Virgilio's Pizzeria and Wine Bar slices up new vegetarian (raw optional) entrees

    We're always finding new vegan and vegetarian food options to try in the metro area. But sometimes an old favorite is worth a second look -- and that's the case this week with Virgilio's Pizzeria and Wine Bar and the eatery's new "pasta" options. See also: Virgilio's pizza stretches to accommodate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Vegan coffee cake for a morning pick-me-up on Meatless Monday

    Sometimes you want something a little bit sweet to start off the day -- and because coffee cake goes perfectly with a cup of caffeine, it's an excellent choice for a breakfast treat. This recipe (adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking) has the added bonus of being super-easy to make, so you won't have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    The vegan Beet Box opens a retail bakery

    Swapping out butter and eggs for applesauce and almond milk has been a sweet deal for Blair Ednie and Michael Craig, who started Beet Box six years ago as a vegan catering and wholesale baking company. And this month, they gave up their base in Arvada for a new home just minutes from downtown,where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    City, O' City is doing seriously well these days -- and comedy helps

    It's easy being green these days, thanks to City, O' City and WaterCourse Foods, which are already off to a big year. "Business is really good," reports owner Dan Landes. "We're seeing newer and newer faces." But that doesn't mean they're younger faces: The biggest demographic growth has been in men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Kale calling: Five dishes featuring the antioxidant powerhouse

    It's been a good year for the cabbage family. First crispy Brussels sprouts elbowed their way onto menus, and now kale is following in its cousin's footsteps. At True Food Kitchen, which I review this week, this leafy green is used in many ways: as a drink, with apple, cucumber, celery, lemon and gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Sexy Pizza's vegan options get us hot and bothered

    Denver has plenty for the discerning plant-based diner, especially pizza. This town has so many good vegan pies that it's getting increasingly tough to pick a favorite. One thing we know for sure: The vegan and vegetarian pizzas at Sexy Pizza are swoon-worthy, especially on that delectable, decaden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Jack-n-Grill's green isn't vegetarian, but other dishes will grow on you

    Jack Martinez came to Colorado from New Mexico to sell chiles, a business that grew into Jack-n-Grill. The fare in this family place is New Mexican, and it's renowned for its green chile -- although there's no vegetarian version of the green. Still, there are plenty of options for herbivores at Jack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Flights Wine Cafe soars with its veggie-friendly small plates

    There are few pleasures in life as satisfying as sitting down with a good friend and a bottle of wine, maybe sharing a snack. Before the weather gets too cold to enjoy this pleasure in the truly great outdoors, do yourself a favor and head to Flights Wine Cafe in Morrison, which has a gorgeous patio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Vegan zucchini bread for a sweet seasonal treat on Meatless Monday

    There are so many monster zucchini ready to harvest in our garden that we're planning to make zucchini bread. A lot of it. And take it to friends and coworkers. And probably complete strangers. This vegan recipe (adapted for mile-high altitude from The Joy of Vegan Baking) is moist and delicious. An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    The vegan pizza at the Marquis Theater is a show-stopper

    We've found some very good vegan pizzas in town, including this year's Best of Denver award-winner. But the pie to beat in 2013 comes from the oven at the Marquis Theater, which has minimal seating for diners -- but plenty of entertainment while you wait.

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    July 24, 2012

    Yak and Yeti's veggie fare takes us higher than Everest

    The upstairs dining room of the Arvada Yak and Yeti is like an eccentric grandmother's attic, with its slanting ceilings and a shelf of books with such archaic titles as Communications in the Future (written in 1982). There are also enough cultural artifacts adorning the walls and shelves to stock a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Homemade vegan chai for an afternoon pick-me-up on Meatless Monday

    No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe. Beat the heat with a spiced drink with a little hit of caffeine to keep you going. This recipe (inspired by The Joy of Vegan Baking) us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Five Star Burgers grills up a five-star veggie patty

    Tomorrow is the first day of summer, also known as burger season -- and then, just around the corner, comes the green chile harvest. Celebrate both at Five Star Burgers, the New Mexico transplant that recently made its way to Broadway.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Sub-Culture serves a dozen vegetarian (and vegan-optional) sandwiches

    During its short time on the map, Sub-Culture has become very popular; it opened last year and has already garnered a Best of Denver award as the Best Non-Sports Spot for Watching Games. But we were more concerned with the food than the atmosphere when we swooped in to pick up lunch (after ordering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    The vegan fare at Hops & Pie makes us jump for joy

    Hops & Pie is an ideal neighborhood establishment: simply furnished, small enough to have a strong sense of intimacy -- but with a big beer list. As a bonus, the kitchen offers not just several vegetarian options, but also vegan dishes. One look at the menu, and moving to the Berkeley neighborhood j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Denver's ten best vegetarian dishes in non-vegetarian restaurants

    Picking the Best Vegetarian Dish in a Non-Vegetarian Restaurant for the Best of Denver 2012 was a tough task. The owners of omnivorous restaurants have really gone above and beyond lately to cater to lacto-ovo vegetarians and totally plant-based eaters alike. In no particular order (save for number ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    The 27 Social Centre hosts monthly, mostly vegan Secret Cafe

    Okay, so it's not really a secret -- although it is tucked away inside a printing shop. In an attempt to introduce their home to a wider group of people -- and occasionally focus on something other than politics -- the collective organizations at the 27 Social Centre, 2727 West 27th Avenue, have lau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Bombay Bowl's vegetarian and vegan options are quick and delicious

    Lose some, win some. Last August the original Bombay Bowl in Englewood closed rather than pay a rent increase, but the remaining Denver location was recently featured in the the New York Times. And despite the off-hour of our visit -- 3:30 p.m. on a Sunday -- business was steady at the fast-casual I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

    ​‚ÄčNo one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe. If you've tried our banana walnut muffins or peanut-butter cookies, then you know vegan baking isn't nearly as difficult as i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    The French Press has breakfast options for vegetarian eaters

    ​As difficult as it is to find vegan options at breakfast joints (read: nearly impossible), it's also not always easy to find plain old meat-free entrees. And the farther from central Denver you travel, the more difficult that task becomes. So we were thrilled to discover the French Press, 85 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Freshcraft's vegetarian selection and beer list hits the spot

    Freshcraft, which opened in 2010 on Blake Street, has earned nods from us for having a fantastic bottled beer list, and we've been looking at the myriad vegetarian options on the menu for quite some time, but we only managed to make it to the craft-beer-and-fresh-food joint this past Monday night. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Vegan Van's street food rolls into our repertoire

    ​Sure, it's freezing outside today, but tomorrow, it's supposed to be back to a more mellow thirty-some degrees, which means it's a good time to head to Fifth Avenue and Santa Fe Drive, where the Vegan Van -- along with a handful of other food trucks -- parks for a few hours during lunchtime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Wake up and smell the coffee: Snooze opens today in Boulder

    Lori Midson​Beginning at 7 a.m. this morning, early-rising college kids from the University of Colorado stumbled into Snooze, the fifth outpost from brothers Adam and John Schlegel, who opened the original Snooze, a breakfast and lunch joint commanding mind-blowing waits, in the Ballpark 'hoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Veggie-loaded soup, salad and sandwiches at Parsley

    ​Grabbing lunch to go is easy for most meat-eaters: No matter where you stop in, there's bound to be something on the menu that looks good. Not so for vegetarians and vegans. Sure, most places offer up at least one veggie-friendly dish ... but if you're not a big fan of portabello mushrooms or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Deronn Turner serves up vegan soul food at private dinner parties

    ​Deronn Turner is a cookbook author and soul-food warrior in this town; originally hailing from Oklahoma, Turner knows what down-home cooking should taste like. And she makes that evident during occasional private dinner parties thrown with friends, where she takes over the kitchen and cooks u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Pizza Fusion slices up another vegan-friendly pie

    ​You can find pizza anywhere in the city -- but finding vegan-friendly pizza is a slice more difficult. Pizza Fusion made the hunt much easier when it opened a few months ago; its vegan pie is topped with casein-free soy cheese (Follow Your Heart mozzarella -- which, as you can see in the phot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    VegFest 2011: Top five food products

    ​We came, we saw, we took pictures and now we're sharing them with you. There were all kinds of products available at VegFest 2011 on Saturday, but we managed to settle on five favorites, starting with this gourmet mushroom kit that grows 'shrooms in recycled coffee grounds. (Oyster mushrooms, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Compassionate Cooks' Colleen Patrick-Goudreau talks about her VegFest topic, her new book and more

    Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.​Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the founder of and the author of three must-have cookbooks for plant-based eaters: The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table and Color Me Vegan. She'll be speaking at VegFest tomorrow at the Jefferson County Fairgr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Stoney's veggie menu isn't large, but it still satisfies

    ​Like any other diner, sometimes plant-based eaters are looking for a nice sit-down meal, sometimes quick and casual grub, and sometimes we just want a place to kick back and relax with some craft beer, maybe play some skeeball or pool, and possibly sit down in a photo booth with friends to co ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Civic Center Eats offers plenty of options for veggie-eaters

    ​Being a vegetarian or vegan sometimes means you're not always sure whether something like Civic Center Eats is a good plan for lunch. Sure, there will be dozens of selections -- but how many of those cater to a vegetarian palate? Plenty, as it turns out. When we visited the food trucks that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Tocabe's fry-bread menu is loaded with veggies

    ​We've raved about Tocabe before -- it won a Best of Denver award in 2009, and former restaurant critic Jason Sheehan gave it a stellar review. And even better: Tocabe is vegetarian- and vegan-friendly.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Elana Amsterdam releases Gluten-Free Cupcakes

    Marble cupcakes with vegan chocolate frosting.​Elana Amsterdam had been baking healthy, high-protein desserts since the early '90s -- and then in 1998, she was diagnosed with celiac disease. One thing seemed to lead to another, and the delicious result is the local author's latest work, Gluten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Garbanzo is a very veggie-friendly chain

    ​In an ideal world, we'd all cook seasonally and locally, procuring our ingredients from farmers' markets -- and when we dined out, we'd eat only at local, independently owned restaurants. But this isn't Shangri-La, it's the real world -- and in the real world, convenience sometimes takes pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    VG Burgers' food is both very good and vegan-friendly

    ​Denver's veggie food scene is decent, but nowhere except the People's Republic of Boulder would you find a restaurant quite like VG Burgers. Its all-organic, all-vegan menu is an anomaly in the quick-casual industry -- as is the fact that the facility is entirely wind-powered, and there isn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Are vegetarian standards different in New Mexico? Larry Gutierrez of Little Anita's thinks so

    Beef broth does not a vegetarian chile make.​Yesterday we finally got to chat with Larry Gutierrez, the president of Albuquerque-based Little Anita's, and he seemed confused as to what, exactly, constitutes vegetarian cuisine. Earlier this week, we reported that Little Anita's -- which veggie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Vine Street Pub does beer -- and vegetarian plates -- right

    ​Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine Street, is known for its brews (pouring Mountain Sun-made ales, stouts and lagers) and its hippie-friendly atmosphere. The walls are decorated with an array of mostly psychedelic band posters, and there are no televisons -- although the pub does provide board games ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Walter Bond: Radical animal-rights activist pleads guilty to burning down Sheepskin Factory

    Walter Bond.​Animal activist Walter Bond is a man so devoted to his cause that he wears a giant "VEGAN" tattoo on his neck. So it's no surprise he showed zero remorse when officially pleading guilty to arson related to a fire at Glendale's Sheepskin Factory in April -- a crime for which he fa ... More >>

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    April 13, 2000

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