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Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant in Boulder
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant in Boulder
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The Vegetarian's Guide to Dining in Denver

Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, or simply looking for a Meatless Monday, here are our favorites

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Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant in Boulder
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Gone are the days of the mushed, the washed-out, and the wilted. Yes, vegetables are having their moment. The more inventive of the Denver chef community are now trying out plant-based meals and menu items. They're shooting for delicious staples, rather than your standard side dishes.

Last year, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer also warned us about processed meats – bacon, hot dogs, corned beef – labeling the food products "carcinogenic" along with cigarettes and asbestos.

So there you have it. While we wouldn't dream of talking meat-eaters out of their carnivorous cuisine of choice, we would like to welcome the next generation of vegetarian- and vegan-friendly establishments to the table. Read on for the freshest of vegetables and the most deceptively delicious of meat substitutes. In Denver and beyond, here are our favorite veg-forward restaurants.

Note: Map points are listed in geographical order and are not ranked. Did we miss your favorite vegetarian spot? Show it some love in the comments, send us an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. City, O' City

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206 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-6443
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Start the morning bright and early with pastries or vegetarian and vegan breakfast items from this hippie haven in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Or go all day and all night (closes at 2 a.m.) for the lunch, dinner, and late-night fare packed with local ingredients and influenced by French, Mediterranean, Italian, and American cooking. The coffee house and edgy, full-service eatery features a full bar as well.
Allie Schue

2. Jerusalem Restaurant

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1890 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-8828
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Though this authentic, family-owned Middle Eastern eatery just off the University of Denver's campus serves up lamb, chicken, and other meat-based dishes, the Mediterranean menu also is jam-packed with vibrant flavors in a variety of veg-friendly fare. Try the sample platter with hummus, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, baba ganouj, and more.
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3. The Cherry Cricket

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2641 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-7666
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This original Denver watering hole and heavenly hamburger joint has successfully filled Denver bellies with burgers and beer since 1945. But order any of the creative combos with a veggie burger, and prepare to be both amazed and full afterward.
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4. Vital Root

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3915 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 474-4131
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Bold flavors on a vegetable-only, fast-casual menu came to the Tennyson Art District last month with Justin Cucci's latest – Vital Root.
Gigi Sukin

5. Beet Box Bakery & Cafe

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1030 E 22nd Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 861-0017
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Rooted in the craft and quest of transforming raw ingredients into delicious delights, this vegan bakery and cafe serves up cakes and pastries – croissants, muffins, and tarts – as well as breads and sandwiches. Try the the ABC, with roasted almonds, beets, cashew cream cheese, butter lettuce, and whole-grain mustard on country bread.
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6. Blooming Beets Kitchen

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3303 30th St
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 443-3479
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A healthy eater's dream, this not-entirely vegetarian eatery has plenty of options to satisfy the hungry herbivore and includes all-grain and gluten-free items.
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7. Fire on the Mountain

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3801 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 480-9464
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Amidst the buffalo wings, burgers, and beer, Fire on the Mountain also features vegetarian and vegan fare, with options such as vegan chicken, portobello mushrooms, and seitan.
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8. Govinda's Garden Cafe

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1400 Cherry St
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 333-4000
This laid-back, spiritual space prepares seasonal vegetarian and vegan specialities. Devotees of the Ayurvedic selections can enjoy various buffet-style dishes. Entrées are always accompanied by steamed veggies, daily soup, organic rice, homemade organic whole wheat bread, crispy lentil wafers, and a heart-healthy salad bar, with all the raw fixings. All 100 percent plant-based and vegan.
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9. Handy Diner

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2958 N Downing St
Denver, CO 80205
This vegan-only diner serves comfort breakfast and lunch to the Five Points neighborhood. The menu has a few hearty entrees: chickpea fried steak, lentils and onions, shepherd's pie, and a chili bowl. Breakfast is served all day, with pancakes, tofu scrambles, carrot bacon, and oatmeal. Vegan baked goods and Copper Door coffee are available as well.
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10. Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

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2010 16th St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-1485
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Owned and operated by Chef Rachel Best, Leaf is the epitome of Boulder's health-centric mindset and lifestyle. The restaurant is dedicated to creating an outstanding and creative vegetarian dining experience, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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11. Love, Peace & Sol Cafe and Catering

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3435 Albion St
Denver, CO 80207
(720) 227-6935
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For another week or so until its closing, Love, Peace & Sol Cafe is Denver's premiere vegan soul food eatery. Try the Black Folk Quesadilla, or the Étouffée BayBay with zucchini, squash, peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms over brown rice, or the Freedom Tata with greens from the on-site garden.
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12. Mercury Cafe

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2199 California St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 294-9281
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With specialties such as the Suzie’s Herbed Tofu, Tofu Rancheros, and Grilled Tempeh with black bean sauce, the Merc may not be veggie-only, but they're more than a little veg-friendly. Serving locally-sourced vegetables, fruits, grains, and bar selections, the menu is organic with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices, and shows love and loyalty to local farmers, ranchers, vintners, and distillers.
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13. Sputnik

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3 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 570-4503
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Offering several vegetarian and vegan options, Sputnik also has a full espresso bar and free wifi. Try the Zucchini Dog or the Loretta Tempeh, with diced tomato, onions, peppers, and vegan mayonnaise, served on a hoagie.
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14. The Corner Beet

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1401 Ogden Street
Denver, CO 80218
(720) 295-4447
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Specializing in cold-pressed juice, Capitol Hill's The Corner Beet serves up both hot and toasty, as well as cold and fresh sandwiches, and also an assortment of salads chock-full of veggies and healthy goodness.
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15. WaterCourse Foods

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837 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-7313
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Opened in 1998, this kitchen puts out nothing but meat-free cooking. WaterCourse has become a community for vegetarians, vegans, and others with dietary restrictions. The menu features dishes that rotate seasonally.
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1. City, O' City

206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Allie Schue
Start the morning bright and early with pastries or vegetarian and vegan breakfast items from this hippie haven in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Or go all day and all night (closes at 2 a.m.) for the lunch, dinner, and late-night fare packed with local ingredients and influenced by French, Mediterranean, Italian, and American cooking. The coffee house and edgy, full-service eatery features a full bar as well.
206 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

2. Jerusalem Restaurant

1890 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
Official Website
Though this authentic, family-owned Middle Eastern eatery just off the University of Denver's campus serves up lamb, chicken, and other meat-based dishes, the Mediterranean menu also is jam-packed with vibrant flavors in a variety of veg-friendly fare. Try the sample platter with hummus, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, baba ganouj, and more.
1890 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210

3. The Cherry Cricket

2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
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This original Denver watering hole and heavenly hamburger joint has successfully filled Denver bellies with burgers and beer since 1945. But order any of the creative combos with a veggie burger, and prepare to be both amazed and full afterward.
2641 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206

4. Vital Root

3915 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Gigi Sukin
Bold flavors on a vegetable-only, fast-casual menu came to the Tennyson Art District last month with Justin Cucci's latest – Vital Root.
3915 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

5. Beet Box Bakery & Cafe

1030 E 22nd Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook
Rooted in the craft and quest of transforming raw ingredients into delicious delights, this vegan bakery and cafe serves up cakes and pastries – croissants, muffins, and tarts – as well as breads and sandwiches. Try the the ABC, with roasted almonds, beets, cashew cream cheese, butter lettuce, and whole-grain mustard on country bread.
1030 E 22nd Ave
Denver, CO 80205

6. Blooming Beets Kitchen

3303 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301
Facebook
A healthy eater's dream, this not-entirely vegetarian eatery has plenty of options to satisfy the hungry herbivore and includes all-grain and gluten-free items.
3303 30th St
Boulder, CO 80301

7. Fire on the Mountain

3801 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook
Amidst the buffalo wings, burgers, and beer, Fire on the Mountain also features vegetarian and vegan fare, with options such as vegan chicken, portobello mushrooms, and seitan.
3801 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

8. Govinda's Garden Cafe

1400 Cherry St, Denver, CO 80220
Official Website
This laid-back, spiritual space prepares seasonal vegetarian and vegan specialities. Devotees of the Ayurvedic selections can enjoy various buffet-style dishes. Entrées are always accompanied by steamed veggies, daily soup, organic rice, homemade organic whole wheat bread, crispy lentil wafers, and a heart-healthy salad bar, with all the raw fixings. All 100 percent plant-based and vegan.
1400 Cherry St
Denver, CO 80220

9. Handy Diner

2958 N Downing St, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook
This vegan-only diner serves comfort breakfast and lunch to the Five Points neighborhood. The menu has a few hearty entrees: chickpea fried steak, lentils and onions, shepherd's pie, and a chili bowl. Breakfast is served all day, with pancakes, tofu scrambles, carrot bacon, and oatmeal. Vegan baked goods and Copper Door coffee are available as well.
2958 N Downing St
Denver, CO 80205

10. Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

2010 16th St, Boulder, CO 80302
Official Website
Owned and operated by Chef Rachel Best, Leaf is the epitome of Boulder's health-centric mindset and lifestyle. The restaurant is dedicated to creating an outstanding and creative vegetarian dining experience, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
2010 16th St
Boulder, CO 80302

11. Love, Peace & Sol Cafe and Catering

3435 Albion St, Denver, CO 80207
Facebook
For another week or so until its closing, Love, Peace & Sol Cafe is Denver's premiere vegan soul food eatery. Try the Black Folk Quesadilla, or the Étouffée BayBay with zucchini, squash, peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms over brown rice, or the Freedom Tata with greens from the on-site garden.
3435 Albion St
Denver, CO 80207

12. Mercury Cafe

2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook
With specialties such as the Suzie’s Herbed Tofu, Tofu Rancheros, and Grilled Tempeh with black bean sauce, the Merc may not be veggie-only, but they're more than a little veg-friendly. Serving locally-sourced vegetables, fruits, grains, and bar selections, the menu is organic with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices, and shows love and loyalty to local farmers, ranchers, vintners, and distillers.
2199 California St
Denver, CO 80205

13. Sputnik

3 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
Offering several vegetarian and vegan options, Sputnik also has a full espresso bar and free wifi. Try the Zucchini Dog or the Loretta Tempeh, with diced tomato, onions, peppers, and vegan mayonnaise, served on a hoagie.
3 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

14. The Corner Beet

1401 Ogden Street, Denver, CO 80218
annahedlund1
Specializing in cold-pressed juice, Capitol Hill's The Corner Beet serves up both hot and toasty, as well as cold and fresh sandwiches, and also an assortment of salads chock-full of veggies and healthy goodness.
1401 Ogden Street
Denver, CO 80218

15. WaterCourse Foods

837 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Allie Scheu
Opened in 1998, this kitchen puts out nothing but meat-free cooking. WaterCourse has become a community for vegetarians, vegans, and others with dietary restrictions. The menu features dishes that rotate seasonally.
837 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

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