Native Foods

The original Native Foods Cafe opened in Palm Springs, California, in 1994, but the chain seems tailor-made for Boulder. The concept is ingenious in its simplicity: an all-plant-based menu served up in a fast-casual manner, with table service if you dine in. That menu is divided into starters, salads, sandwiches, bowls, "chef's favorites" and decadent desserts, and there are also flavored lemonades and teas (and beer and wine) to wet your whistle while you eat. You can find soy-free, wheat-free and nut-free dishes for diners with more particular tastes than simply "vegan," and Native Foods also makes its own special meat replacements, like seitan, tempeh and even a housemade fake chicken if you're craving something like buffalo wings. Going Native has never been more enticing.