Breakfast and Brunch

Ten Stellar Denver and Boulder Brunch Spots for Vegan Options

Order the vegan burrito or taco options with soyrizo and tofu.
Order the vegan burrito or taco options with soyrizo and tofu. Snooze
Whether you consider it a late breakfast or an early lunch, brunch is on the weekend agenda for tens of thousands of Denverites. A menu where bacon and eggs are the stars of the show doesn’t seem a likely space for plant-based eaters; however, we found some surprising spots serving hearty vegan brunch items — not just a bowl of oatmeal or fruit. Here are ten places where vegans can indulge in the city's tastiest and trendiest brunches.

click to enlarge Order the vegan burrito or taco options with soyrizo and tofu. - SNOOZE
Order the vegan burrito or taco options with soyrizo and tofu.
Snooze
Snooze
1701 Wynkoop Street (and multiple other locations)
303-825-3536

Snooze is one of Colorado’s most popular breakfast spots (with nine in-state locations), for good reason: great food, creative drinks and a fun atmosphere. Any egg item on the menu can be swapped with tofu, so options are plentiful. Breakfast tacos come with crumbled, flavorful tofu, hash browns and pico de gallo, and you can add soyrizo to give them some extra spice. Load the breakfast burrito with your choice of veggies — poblano peppers, wild mushroom, spinach, tomato, avocado and more — in addition to the tofu, black beans, pico and hash browns.

Sputnik
3 South Broadway
720-570-4503

Sputnik is a great spot for a big group since the kitchen is adept at both standard and vegan cooking. Tofu replaces eggs in a handful of brunch dishes, like the hangover scramble, breakfast burrito and the South Broadway, which also has mushroom chorizo, potatoes, veggies and greens. A dish called Stacks of Vegan Power comprises quinoa cakes with a roasted garlic sauce and avocado.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
303-993-8023

Ophelia’s isn't completely vegan, but its vegetable-forward menu is inspired by dishes from all over the world. Arepas Benedict, plantains and "nacho flatbread" can all be made vegan on request. Don't miss the soyrizo tofu quiche, made with herb tofu, barbecue black beans and smoked sweet potatoes, with a radicchio salad on the side. Complete the brunch experience with blood-orange bottomless mimosas.

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Watercourse Foods
Watercourse Foods
837 East 17th Avenue
303-832-7313

Watercourse is vegan-only and has all the classic breakfast options — breakfast sandwiches with tofu bacon, breakfast burritos, pancakes, French toast and waffles — every day. But on the weekends, the Uptown eatery rolls out a separate brunch menu, with cream cheese and strawberry-stuffed French toast and a Southern-fried “chicken” (actually cauliflower) and waffle topped with sweet chile-bacon jam, among many other delicious bites honed over years of serving Denver's plant-based community.

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Kristen Kuchar is a Colorado writer covering dining and the beverage industry, including wine, beer, cider and spirits. Her articles have appeared in VinePair, the Beer Connoisseur, Beer Advocate, Craftbeer.com, Zymurgy and more. She has a WSET Level 1 certificate and is a Certified Beer Server by the Cicerone Certification Program.