OiNKs! BBQ caters to meat-lovers and veggie-eaters alike

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

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

When Wolfe's closed in December, it took one of the town's best vegetarian barbecue options with it. But at least there's still barbecued tofu on Colfax Avenue, thanks to OiNKs! BBQ.

There's really only one meat replacement on the OiNKs! menu, the tofu, which you can get in bulk, as a combination platter or on a sandwich (pictured above, with 9-Volt Hot three-pepper blend sauce topping it off). The tofu sandwich can also be ordered with jalapeno cream cheese -- obviously not a choice for vegans, but vegetarians might enjoy that extra snap of spice.

OiNKs! is set up in a typical, fast-casual style: You order at the counter, where you should feel free to share any special dietary needs with the person ringing up your food; staffers were happy to let us know which of their several sides were vegan. Pictured above are the spicy green bean salad and collard greens -- which are not cooked with animal products, a pleasant and unusual surprise. Other veggie sides include the sweet potato fries, fried okra, fresh potato chips, onion rings, nutty coleslaw and potato-parsnip mash -- but beware the bacon-infused sweet potato salad.

You then take a seat at one of the many tables, each thoughtfully adorned with a roll of paper towels (you'll need it, because the food at OiNKs! is deliciously messy). There's also an array of sauces, with a laminated sign explaining what each lid signifies: Kansas City-style, Texas-style, Carolina mustard, vinegar sauce and the aforementioned 9-Volt Hot, which, as advertised, is spicy.

OiNKs! does not smoke its tofu, so it doesn't have a smokey flavor. Instead, the tofu is sauteed in a marinade that crisps the outside a bit while leaving it tender inside, then decorated with your choice of sauce -- either 9-Volt Hot or the Kansas City-style, which is sweeter and not nearly as hot. Either way, that tofu is tasty.

Follow @CafeWestword on Twitter

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.