Category Archives: Restaurants

I will be posting restaurants from Colorado that are vegan or vegan friendly. I live in Denver so most of the restaurants will be in the Denver Metro area, however this is a great excuse to travel around a bit so hopefully I will make it to all 4 corners of the state this year!

Izakaya Den

Izakaya Den
Izakaya Den
Izakaya Den
1518 South Pearl St, Denver, CO
303-777-069
Dinner:
Tues – Thurs: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri – Sat: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sun: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Lunch:
Sat – Sun: 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Monday: Closed

 

We frequent this restaurant a lot, at least once a week.  Back in my fish eating days I loved going to Sushi Den, a place that’s now too trendy and overrated for my taste.  There’s ALWAYS a crowd waiting outside, that’s not really for me…unless it’s awesome vegan fare, then I’m more patient about waiting around.  Izakaya Den is owned by the same person and is pretty much just across the street, it’s much mellower and less crowded and I’ve got to assume it’s the same high quality of food since it’s the same owner.

Izakaya Den

Dining Area

The interior is mostly wood with exposed beams overhead, stone flooring, and bamboo partitions make it cozier since it is a large space.  There’s a really cool light sculpture above the bar that changes colors really subtly so you’ll find yourself thinking, “Wait a minute, wasn’t that thing red a few minutes ago?”  Then you’ll have to stare at it for a while just to make sure you’re not losing it. Read the rest of this entry

Sazza Pizza!

Sazza Pizza!
Sazza Pizza!
Sazza Restaurant
2500 East Orchard Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80121
Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm
303-79-SAZZA (303-797-2992)
 

This pizza is my favorite; all other pizzas are held to this standard and all pale in comparison.  Being a vegan and finding great pizza has been one of my top problem areas.  Cheese is usually the last thing to go when one goes vegan and the same was true for me.  And I happen to know for a fact that their cheesy bread sticks are amazing.

Sazza Menu Board

The Sazza Pizza crew use mostly organic ingredients sourced from mostly local growers and their take out containers are all biodegradable/compostable.  The glasses in their restaurant are made from old wine bottles and they recycle almost everything from their kitchen.  I LOVE that.  Sazza, if you’re reading this, I love you. <3 Read the rest of this entry

Mercury Cafe

Mercury Cafe
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St
Denver, CO
303-294-9281 for info
303-294-9258 for reservations
 
 

I’ve known of this restaurant for ages and have never eaten here until today.  I’d been here a long time ago to attend an event in the upstairs community center room, but hadn’t stopped to eat…silly me, I’ve been missing out all this time!

The Mercury Cafe opened at this location on Halloween Day, way back in 1990.  This location is far more than just a restaurant: it’s a community center, a gathering place, a music and poetry venue, and much more.  I just may be going back to take some belly dancing classes too!  Check out their website for a monthly calendar, most things are free, but there is a small fee for a few events.

Today we drove up to The Mercury, there is a pay parking lot right next to the building, on the weekend it’s just $2 for the whole day so it’s not much to complain about.  There is free parking on the streets too if you can find it.

Mercury Cafe Dining Area

We were seated immediately, the restaurant wasn’t busy at all for being a Saturday around 1pm.  I love that.  We were seated in a booth by the empty bar.  The restaurant is decorated in a really unique and warm way.  There are a lot of red and white Christmas-style lights draped from the ceiling and lots of mirrors on the walls reflecting things around.  Several of the walls are painted red with large red roses.  And for our auditory pleasure there was a flamenco guitar player playing in the dining area.  For some reason there are a lot of pumpkins around the dining area, that’s not odd if it’s October, but this is the middle of February!  In general, the place it totally eccentric, warm, and friendly. Read the rest of this entry

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

MellowMushroom.com

I’d heard rumors of this Mellow Mushroom pizza place being very vegetarian and vegan friendly so when I saw a Groupon for it I decided that this was our chance to go and check it out.

Mellow Mushroom is a franchise restaurant and is in about 20 states here in the U.S.  It was started in 1974 by a few college kids in Georgia who wanted to make a cool place to have pizza that showed their eccentric and progressive qualities.

Mellow Mushroom

We went to the location by the old SouthGlenn Mall, it’s next to my favorite Whole Foods so I thought we could do two things from the same parking lot.  Convenient AND environmentally friendly.  I’d seen several restaurants come and go in this new area so I figured the restaurant would be kind of dead.  That was my first mistake!  The doorway was jam packed with kids, lots of kids and a few adults accompanying them.  Holy Crap!  Since there is only 2 1/2 of us we got seated in about 15 minutes. Read the rest of this entry

Rebellion Pizza

Rebellion Pizza
Rebellion Pizza
RebellionPizza.com
303-733-4511
2231 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210

 

Sometime last summer I received a flier for a pizza place not too far from my house, this was one of dozens of pizza fliers I received last summer, but for some reason I actually looked at this one before I threw it in the recycling bin.  The flier said that the entire menu can be made Vegan!  What?!  Really?  I was skeptical but I kept the menu in the kitchen…for many months, until we finally decided to cheat on our regular pizza place (Sazza Pizza – they’re awesome!) and try this new place that advertises vegan pizzas.

I called just to verify that what I read was accurate and to see if they were still in business.  I read correctly and they are still in business.  I was told that ANYTHING on the menu can be “veganized.”  They use Morning Star chicken, Lightlife Pepperoni, Lightlife bacon, Yves Canadian bacon, Tofurky Italian Sausage, and Boca burgers as their meat replacements.  Not bad!  For cheese substitutes they have Daiya and Follow Your Heart.  How exciting to be able to order a pizza, any pizza, and have it arrive all veganed out!  Read the rest of this entry

Parallel 17

Parallel 17
Parallel 17
1600 East 17th Avenue
Denver, Colorado
303-399-0988

Parallel 17.com

This weekend I had my Mom and stepdad in town visiting, it was time for lunch and we needed to find a place to accommodate a carnivore.  Simon, my Mom, and I consist of a combination of vegans and vegetarians; my stepdad is a meat eater.  We all decided on Parallel 17 because they have AWESOME vegan Phö and most everything else isn’t vegan, leaving him the majority of the menu to choose from.  Are we considerate or what?!

Parallel 17 is a great little place on the corner of 17th and Franklin St.  The interior is light and friendly during the day, but at night it turns into an ultra-cool hotspot. Read the rest of this entry

Sputnik

Sputnik
SputnikDenver.com
720-570-4503
3 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80229
M-F 10:30am – 2am
Sa-Su 10am – 2am
 

Sputnik Front Door

 

This past Monday, Simon, Oliver, and I visited Sputnik for our very first time.  Actually, I’d been there about a century ago on some random Match.com first date, but I didn’t eat there and there was no 2nd date so I don’t count that.
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Chipotle {Update!}

Chipotle {Update!}

Hours may vary by location.  Check it out.

Chipotle.com

Locations?  They’re everywhere, just stand up straight and look around.  I just typed in my zip code and their website pulled up 70 results!  Did you know they also have 2 locations in London, England?  They’re in Canada too, eh? (I grew up near the border of Canada, I’m allowed to make Canada jokes!)

Chipotle – University Hills, Denver

Pretty much everyone has eaten here and it probably doesn’t need a vegan review, but it has vegan options and is great when you’re in a hurry or find yourself with only $6.00 in your pocket and need a large burrito in your stomach ASAP.
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Mad Greens – Mad Beans

Mad Greens – Mad Beans

Mad Greens

Hours may vary by location.  Look into it!  Again, this is another chain started in Denver.  I’m seeing a trend here.

Mad Beans Dining/Lounge Area

We recently went to the location by the Denver Art Museum at 1200 Acoma Street.  Within this 5000 square foot space is also Mad Beans, a coffee shop and wine bar!  Mad Beans just opened in January and took over the space where Novo Coffee used to be.  It’s all one space, but there are different areas to sit, wine, or dine.  One can sit anywhere, but there is the Mad Greens salad area, kind of fast food-ish, cramped, and uncomfortable looking, there’s the back of the space by the wine bar where you will find comfy chairs, couches and booth-like seats, you’ll also find lots of board games and things to keep you occupied if you plan to hang out there for a long time.  Very comfortable and dignified.  In the middle of those two areas you’ll find something in the middle.
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WaterCourse Foods

WaterCourse Foods
Watercourse Foods
837 E. 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
303-832-7313
Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm 
Fri-Sun 8am-10pm

I know, I know.  It’s almost a cliche that I decided to review WaterCourse.  I love it and I love to hate it.  It’s almost always packed and the wait is usually half an hour to be seated. It’s worth the wait, but I hate waiting.  And anytime I’ve told someone I’m vegan they say, “Oh, have you been to Watercourse?”  Yes, genius, I have.

 

Watercourse Restaurant

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