Vegetarian

The Ten Best Vegan Wings in Denver

Watercourse makes wings ether with seiten, like these, or cauliflower.
Watercourse makes wings ether with seiten, like these, or cauliflower. Facebook/Watercourse Foods
Chicken wings are the quintessential bar food — but an obvious off-limits appetizer for vegetarians and vegans. With a growing interest in veg options, eateries are using seitan and cauliflower to replace the poultry, making wings fair game for everyone. Here are ten vegan wings you'll want to fly in for right now.
click to enlarge Known for the wings, Fire On The Mountain offers a house-made seitan option. - FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
Known for the wings, Fire On The Mountain offers a house-made seitan option.
Fire On The Mountain

Fire on the Mountain

3801 West 32nd Avenue
303-480-9464
fotmdenver.com

The seitan used for wings at Fire on the Mountain is made fresh daily and designed to replicate the texture of traditional wings. Bite sized pieces are lightly fried and smothered in housemade sauces, ranging from a traditional extra-hot Buffalo to a cool lime-cilantro. Other finishes include spicy peanut, bourbon-chipotle, Jamaican jerk, raspberry-habanero, and the tongue-blistering El Jefe. Cool down the heat with a creamy (but dairy-free) vegan ranch.
click to enlarge The cauliflower wings at ShaWING are lightly fried and smothered in hot sauce. - SHAWING
The cauliflower wings at ShaWING are lightly fried and smothered in hot sauce.
ShaWING

ShaWING

303-957-6892
shawingtruck.com

The goal of ShaWING, a Denver-based food truck, was to make Buffalo-style bar food for Denver. For the veg substitute, owner Chris Rizzo fries cauliflower florets, without breading, in canola oil. The simple, crispy wings are tossed in butter-free buffalo sauce cranked up with cayenne. The cauliflower wings are served along crispy carrot sticks for more healthy crunch.
click to enlarge City, O' City's seitan wings are also available in a wrap. - CITY O' CITY
City, O' City's seitan wings are also available in a wrap.
City O' City

City, O’ City

206 East 13th Avenue
303-831-6443
cityocitydenver.com

Of course, Denver’s iconic vegetarian restaurant is going to come strong with its wing game. The faux flappers here are made from seitan and can be tossed in a traditional spicy Buffalo sauce or a slightly sweet barbecue sauce. Served as an appetizer, they come with vegan ranch and celery, but the wings also make another appearance in the eatery's Buffalo wrap, tossed in Caesar dressing and showered with greens.

Collision Brewing Company & Restaurant


1436 Skyway Drive, Longmont
720-996-1850
collisionbrewco.com

The majority of the massive menu at Collision Brewing can be made vegan by swapping in dairy-free queso, vegan sour cream or a plant-based protein, such as miso-ginger tofu or an Impossible burger patty. The brewpub offers both seitan and cauliflower for wing options, both tossed in a variety of housemade sauces:  barbecue, Buffalo, maple-chipotle, mango jerk, sweet Thai chili, mustard glaze or the zingy Bangin’ sauce.
click to enlarge Choose from cauliflower or seitan wings at Watercourse. - WATERCOURSE
Choose from cauliflower or seitan wings at Watercourse.
Watercourse

Watercourse Foods

837 East 17th Avenue
303-832-7313
watercoursefoods.com

The wings at Watercourse Foods fit right in with a completely vegan menu loaded with hearty comfort foods such as burgers, nachos, pasta and mac and cheese. Choose between gluten-free cauliflower wings or seitan wings, then get saucy with house Buffalo, Memphis-inspired barbecue or orange glaze. Vegan ranch dressing and celery come alongside.

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Kristen Kuchar is a Colorado writer covering craft beer, food and travel. For Westword, she explores vegan dining and the state's artisan beverages, such as cider and mead.