As Gretchen Kurtz concluded her review of Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, "if you order carefully at Lotus, you'll likely go home happy." In response, a couple of readers offered their own must-order dishes, including the banh xeo "omelette" Kurtz mentioned, and the stuffed tofu in tomato sauce. And if ... More >>
Denver's vegetarian food scene is getting stronger all the time. All but the most vehemently meat-centric establishments in town have something besides salad to offer veggie-lovers, and ambitious, exclusively vegetarian eateries are opening all the time -- including Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, whic ... More >>
If you've had a burger at Park Burger -- whether the spot in Highland or in Uptown or the original restaurant on South Pearl Street, then you know this an unpretentious eatery does burgers right. The menu isn't vast -- shakes, alcoholic beverages, burgers and fries, and that's about it -- but when a ... More >>
Federal Boulevard is a great adventure if you love ethnic food -- but it's not always easy to tell what's vegetarian-friendly. And if you're a vegan, you'll have an even more difficult time separating the fish cakes from tofu. At New Saigon Bakery & Deli, though, you can enjoy a vegan banh mi. And i ... More >>
Dan Landes, owner of WaterCourse Foods (which I review this week) has brewed his share of beer over the years -- so to him, beer and vegetarian food have always gone together. But he's excited to see that the craft-brewing industry is starting to agree. "Maybe when I started, a brewer wouldn't have ... More >>
We last visited Steve's Snappin' Dogs almost three years ago, but on one recent, rainy day we decided to swing by the the hot-dog stand to get one last taste of summer. And despite the weather, we found plenty of other patrons patrons following our lead -- proof that you don't need a warm summery da ... More >>
When Dan Landes opened WaterCourse Foods in 1998, people assumed vegetarian cooking revolved around two ingredients: tofu and portobello mushrooms. Thankfully, options have broadened significantly since then, not simply at WaterCourse, where the menu is today is not just vegetarian but often gluten- ... More >>
News broke this week that a professor at Maastricht University in the Netherlands had created the world's first test-tube burger. Tasters gave the burger -- which was mixed with salt, egg powder, bread crumbs, beetroot juice and saffron for taste and visual enhancement -- a big "meh, it's okay." But ... More >>
Denver has no shortage of places serving up delicious, locally brewed beers with solid food offerings. And now the venerable, revamped Wazee Supper Club is one of them. The beer list is as big as (if not bigger than) the food menu, which features your typical bar offerings -- burgers, wings -- with ... More >>
With holiday preparations filling the calendar, who has time to sit in a restaurant and linger over a meal? For that matter, who has time to cook a meal? Right now, takeout is looking pretty good -- and there are several good reasons to try Bono's Italian Takeout. The takeout/lunch menu at this fami ... More >>
Every week, Amber Taufen serves up a heaping helping of healthy food in Veggie Girl. Yesterday, she focused on the vegetarian fare at Crema. And while Crema's vegan lattes made with almond milk are certainly sweet, one reader thinks Veggie Girl needs to give spots serving vegan and veggie fare more ... More >>
In the wake of the Aurora theater shooting, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals canceled a Denver protest in deference to the victims. But now, PETA has made the tragedy the centerpiece of a new PR blitz. The organization has written a letter to the Arapahoe County Sheriff Office (see it bel ... More >>
Although Colorado is home to some veggie-friendly chains (Chipotle, Garbanzo, etc.), we're never sure about chains that originate in other states. Which 'Wich?, which got its start in Dallas, was one of those unknown quantities -- but now we're happy to report that it offers more than one vegetarian ... More >>
My Brother's Bar is known for its burgers (and its history), and nothing about those burgers is known for being vegetarian-friendly: The words "juicy" and "mouthwatering" are generally thrown around. Also, "beef" and "bison." But the joint's Boulder Burger is vegan friendly -- and a fine option for ... More >>
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 >>
Eating Mexican food as a vegetarian isn't easy, and as a vegan? You might as well forget it unless you're at a plant-based restaurant. Or at Old Blinking Light Kitchen & Cocktails in Highlands Ranch.
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 >>
Racines is deservedly popular with meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. The salads and veggie-friendly Mexican entrees are amazing, and a relatively new addition to the menu, the Vietnamese vegetarian sandwich, can easily be modified to suit vegan palates.
Stephanie DeCamp"It's pretty unprecedented, what we're doing here," says City O' City chef Brendan Doyle, who's chomping at the bit to open the restaurant's expanded space today -- after more than a month off for renovations. "And we're all super-excited about it," he continues. "We use the ... More >>
One reader welcomed the news that Tiffin's has opened in Boulder -- but didn't appreciate this start to Lori Midson's piece on the all-vegetarian Indian joint: Seems that the Boulder granola set may be finally tiring of tofu. At least that's what Justin Patel, co-owner of Tiffin's, an all-ve ... More >>
Downtown Denver has its share of cute, modern eateries dishing up sandwiches and salads, but the Corner Office still stands out in the crowd. Its so-hip-it-hurts, yet still playful decor provides the perfect backdrop for beautiful people sipping martinis and nibbling on the food offerings. E ... More >>
Organixx, the modified fast-casual restaurant at 1520 Blake Street, does 75 percent of its business during lunch hours. Which is somewhat surprising, considering the tasty breakfast and dinner offerings, with several vegetarian options and a handful of vegan delicacies. In other words, if you ... More >>
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 >>
For over a decade, Little Anita's -- the Colorado outpost of a New Mexico group -- was a go-to spot for vegetarians hungering for meat-free green chile. But sometime last year, the five Little Anita's restaurants in the metro area started making both their red and green with beef stock -- whi ... More >>
If there's hardly any beef, then why not go vegan?Taco Bell has been sued by Alabama-based law firm Beasley Allen, which claims the chain was using too little beef in its "beef." And because this country loves meaty litigation, Taco Bell turned around and sued right back, claiming that not on ... More >>
Lori Midson Rachel Kesley WaterCourse Foods 837 East 17th Avenue 303-832-7313 www.watercoursefoods.com This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Rachel Kesley, executive chef of WaterCourse Foods. In part one of that interview, which ran in this space yesterday, Kesley dishes on pro ... More >>
Lori Midson Rachel Kesley WaterCourse Foods 837 East 17th Avenue 303-832-7313 www.watercoursefoods.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Rachel Kesley, executive chef of WaterCourse Foods. In part two of that interview, Kesley dishes on umeboshi vinegar, the traveling food ... More >>
The last time we went seeking a decent veggie burger in this cowtown, we checked out Park Burger, whose house-made veggie burger is definitely a winner, particularly if you're looking for a traditional mustard-and-pickle setup. But if you work or live closer to downtown than to Englewood, or ... More >>
It's no secret that Denver loves Chipotle, our hometown hero achieving world domination in the mission-style burrito restaurant chain universe. But the rest of the country loves Chipotle, too -- including the youngsters who voted in peta2's fifth annual Libby Awards to give Chipotle the honor ... More >>
When I was invited to a special dinner with winemaker Peter Franus at Elway's Downtown, I was a tad skeptical as to how, exactly, they would cater that meal to my palate. As a vegetarian, I usually turn down invites like this -- I've worked in the restaurant industry for many years, and far b ... More >>
Being vegetarian does not mean restricting your diet to only a handful of cuisines -- you can find dishes across every culture that accommodate non-meat-eating needs. Surprisingly, though, it's not always easy to find a vegetarian dish at a French restaurant. The cuisine is so rich and relies ... More >>
Although Denver is a vegetarian-friendly place, it's not always easy to find a decent meat-free breakfast. And as difficult as it can be for vegetarians to scrounge up a place that serves meat substitutes, vegans have it even worse: Just try finding an egg-, dairy- and meat-free breakfast any ... More >>
Although the bar at Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 901 West 10th Avenue, is packed during the early evening hours, the dining room is nearly empty, with just one two-top finishing up a meal over what sounds like a quiet business discussion. The room will get busier as the hour gets later -- but if ... More >>
For a while, it seemed like a new gourmet burger joint was opening every few minutes in the metro area. Although they're not as ubiquitous as Starbucks (yet), restaurants specializing in well-made burgers were clearly a big trend. The question -- at least as far as this Veggie Girl is concern ... More >>
We're officially nervous that PETA is taking over the world. Mario Batali, head of an empire that's entrenched in pork fat, beef cheeks and cured meat, is writing a vegetarian cookbook. First Meatless Monday and now this? What's the deal?
Vegan rice pudding at the Dushanbe TeahouseWe love meat. Love it. But recently, we've found ourselves ordering vegetarian dishes and, well, enjoying them. Maybe it's the summer heat, or maybe we're being subconsciously swayed by cute vegetarian campaigns. Whatever the reason for our recent d ... More >>
About a month ago, if you'll recall, I raked my former idol, Mario Batali, over the coals for jumping on the bandwagon of the cute veggie campaign, Meatless Monday. And in the aftermath, as was only fair, I was chastised for my pigheadedness (no pun intended). But as my comments about anima ... More >>
You know what's really annoying? When you're having a cookout for some kind of holiday -- say, the Fourth of July -- and one of your guests mentions they don't eat meat anymore. What the hell do you feed those people? We'll be covering hot dogs in July, in honor of National Hot Dog Month, b ... More >>
You'll find plenty of veggie options inside those doors.Most vegetarians remember the days when attending a ball game meant subsisting on popcorn and peanuts -- not bad as snacks go, but let's be honest: Peanuts are no substitute for a ballpark dog. Since 2002, People for the Ethical Treatmen ... More >>
Lori MidsonThis is part two of Lori Midson's Chef and Tell interview with Eric Stein, chef/instructor at Johnson & Wales. To read part one of that interview, click here. Most embarrassing moment in the kitchen: I worked for a restaurant called Adesso in Providence, Rhode Island, that featur ... More >>
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant will donate a portion of its proceeds to BCAP.Eat out for a good cause today, when both Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, 2010 16th Street in Boulder, and Aji Latin American Restaurant, 1601 Pearl Street in Boulder, will donate 15 percent of the day's sales to the Boulder ... More >>
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