City, O' City's new menu serves up different (but still delicious) flavors

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

This is our first official Veggie Girl revisit, but we felt a fresh look at City, O' City was warranted, since the newly expanded restaurant also has a fresh new menu. While the wine/beer/tea/coffee lists are as impressive as ever, pizza doesn't seem to be as much of a focus, and there are some excellent additions to the roster of this vegetarian/vegan mainstay that we definitely enjoyed on our recent visit. (Read about our original visit here.)

The bright, airy new front of the restaurant at 206 East 13th Avenue was slowly filling up when we stopped by at 3 p.m. on Sunday, and the back room, which used to hold all of City, O' City's seating, was completely full, even at such an off-hour. Although there are seven pizzas on the current menu, only one with any kind of meat substitute (a seitan "sausage"), we went with sandwiches and other dishes this round. Pictured above is the vegan BBQ Plate, featuring dry-rubbed tofu with bourbon barbecue sauce, mac and "cheese" and beautifully sauteed greens. The tofu was reminiscent of what you used to find at the now-defunct Wolfe's Barbeque, so fans of that style will want to check this out. (You can also get a BBQ sandwich, changed slightly from its former incarnation as "the Sherman," but still an excellent choice for lunch or dinner.)

We started off with a new small-plate item, the shisito peppers, which can be ordered grilled or tempura-battered and fried; we went with the grilled option. The peppers were crispy, with black-and-white sesame seeds liberally sprinkled on top; a hint of garlic added a little extra bite to these already heated peppers. A sweet soy reduction had been drizzled over the whole concoction, and we swiped up the last smears of that delicious sauce as we devoured the peppers. This version of the patty formerly known as the Maximus burger nearly made our eyes pop out of their sockets when it was served up with City, O' City's amazing onion rings. The quinoa-and-pinto-bean patty comes with cheddar, sauteed mushrooms, onion rings, hot-sauce aioli and a fried egg; if your tastes run more toward the vegetarian than the vegan side of the spectrum, this is a filling and delicious option.

Overall, we've been pleased with City, O' City's new menu; there are enough old favorites that you can still feel comfortable ordering familiar dishes. But what really tickled our tastebuds are the new options, and we'll definitely be heading back again (and again, and again) to test everything that Brandon Doyle has added to the spread.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.