Our list of the ten best burgers in metro Denver included Park Burger -- which won bonus points for its veggie burger, a repeat winner for Best Veggie Burger in the Best of Denver. Some readers quibble with the idea of a meat-free burger qualifying as a real burger. But another reader wonders if bur ... More >>
Are vegetarians jerks? Or are the people serving vegetarians jerks? While Gretchen Kurtz liked many of the dishes at Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, which she reviews this week, she found the service less than attentive. And on our arts blog, Bree Davies pondered the possibility of becoming a vegetarian ... More >>
Many times in my life, others have assumed I was a vegetarian. At a work function or a family dinner, someone would attempt to pass me some kind of animal product, only to pull back the offering abruptly and say, "Oh, I forgot. You're vegetarian." But I'm not a vegetarian -- never have been -- and u ... More >>
"I like a good impromptu dance party," Rachel Kesley acknowledged last year, when I asked her to reveal something about herself that most people weren't aware of. And after getting the boot last week from WaterCourse Foods, the venerable vegetarian restaurant in Uptown, whose kitchen Kesley spearhea ... More >>
As the longtime author of Veggie Girl, I ate a lot of green on my way to helping choose the winner of Best Vegetarian Restaurant for the Best of Denver 2014. And there was a lot of discussion over our ultimate choice: Native Foods Cafe, which came to Glendale last year. Denver is lucky to have some ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
That Red Robin commercial hawking veggie burgers really got some vegetarians' carrots in a boil. The ad starts with a mention of the meatless burger, followed by an actress saying, "We even have a garden burger just in case your teenage daughter is going through a phase." This was probably meant to ... More >>
Though they seem polar opposites, vegans and hunters have more in common than you might think, according to Tovar Cerulli. He would know; he's been both. In his new book, The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance, Cerulli traces his relationship with mindful eating through years of b ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Flickr photoAs if vegetarians don't get enough kudos for being greener and more animal-friendly than their meat-eating counterparts, now they get rewarded with hugs. And who doesn't love a hug? Today is Hug a Vegetarian Day, according to PETA2. And since we've been slaving away in our cubic ... 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 >>
Paintings by vegan artist Ken Voss.On Saturday, VegFest 2011 took over the Exhibition Hall at Jefferson County Fairgrounds; among the lifestyle products available were these chaotic yet controlled abstract paintings by vegan artist Ken Voss. And more -- including aromatherapy for dogs and pap ... More >>
Lester Karplus.Lester Karplus, co-founder of DelectablePlanet.com, has eaten veggie for almost forty years; he'll be offering up cooking demonstrations at VegFest tomorrow, which runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. We talked to Karplus about his shift toward vegeta ... 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 >>
Mario Batali endorses Meatless Mondays"He's dead to me." That was a good friend's immediate response to the news that Mario Batali, patron saint of cured meat, is supporting Meatless Monday, a non-profit that's trying to convince Americans to go vegetarian one day a week in order to reduce t ... More >>
Adam Brock and others speak out."You are what you eat" -- we've all heard that one before. But writers and activists such as Michael Pollan have brought the issue of conscious eating into the forefront. And tonight, the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, will serve up "Conscious Eating: ... More >>
The cover is green for a reason Reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma fucked me up good. It changed the way I looked at food forever and seriously altered the way I actually ate. Considering that eating is my vocation, this was no small thing. I have never looked at an ear of corn ... More >>
Rush down to Old Town Littleton this morning for the opening of Lola's Sugar Rush, a store that stocks old-time and nostalgic candy. Owner Lola Salazar will smash a giant lollipop to open her place at 10 a.m.; it's located at 2490 West Main Street, where the party will continue through the weekend. ... More >>
Vegetarians unite at the VegFest and Health Expo.
My roots go deep in New Mexico, so I'm fairly well-versed when it comes to Native American cuisine, and Indian fry bread and Navajo tacos are a few of my very favorite treats. So I was thrilled to hear that a new, fast-casual Native American place was opening at 3536 West 44th Avenue. Tocabe is mod ... More >>
I've been trying to get to New Orleans for years. The first time, my road trip across America was cut short by an early start date for a new job. The next time I wanted to go was for my honeymoon, and we seriously considered New Orleans before I decided that an August trip there was a bit risky. Two ... More >>
I enjoy dining at nice restaurants as much as the next person. Two problems: not only am I usually broke, but it's also hard to find a satisfying vegetarian meal at many of this town's finer estbalishments. While I'd love to try Fruition, the idea of paying $21 for what the menu calls "Grazing Veget ... More >>
Fall sees new menus and the passing of Chi Bistro, and I feel fine.
Just when you thought the JonBenet Ramsey murder case had everything -- a pint-sized beauty queen, a bogus Santa Claus, a ransom note right out of Matlock and, finally, a suspect with a yen for confessing and wearing eyeliner -- another player enters the picture. PETA. Yes, People for the Ethical ... More >>
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