The five best vegetarian/vegan dishes in Denver

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Denver's a great town for vegetarians and vegans, as the Best of Denver 2013 attests. In that issue, you'll find accolades for Best Vegetarian Green Chile and Best Vegan Market, as well as many more green categories. But if you're looking for the best plant-based dishes in the city, look no further than the list below: the five best vegetarian/vegan dishes in Denver.

See also:
- Tarasco's New Latin Cuisine is hot for veggies, too
- Biker Jim's vegan dog a meat-free alternative to his elk/duck/rattlesnake options
- The vegan pizza at the Marquis Theater is a show-stopper

5) Pho at Pho 95
This pho is made with vegetable broth, so vegetarians and vegans don't have to worry that the flavor in their Vietnamese noodle bowl starts with beef. Everything about the pho here is perfect, from that savory broth to the fried triangles of tofu to the yards of thin rice noodles floating in the soup.

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4) Vegetarian Platter #2 at Damascus Grill
Denver has a lot of great Mediterranean food, but Damascus Grill stands above the rest for a couple of reasons. The first is the authentic recipes, the second is the fresh ingredients used in those recipes, and the third is the portion sizes. If you're used to polishing off a combination platter in one sitting, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the amount of food that arrives on your plate at Damascus -- especially if you order the second veggie combo, with hummus, dolmades, falafel, fatoush salad, baba ghanouj and mujadara (a lentil-and-cracked-wheat mixture), as well as a mound of saffron rice.

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3) Vegan pizza at the Marquis
The vegan pizza at the Marquis is a winner even if you're not a vegan (or even vegetarian) -- and worth seeking out even if you're not on your way to a show at the Marquis. That thin, crispy crust topped with fresh veggies and Denver Seitan Company wheat meat is a showstopper all on its own.

Continue reading for our top choices.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Tarasco's New Latino Cuisine

470 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Marquis Theater

2009 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Damascus Grill

1399 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO

Category: Restaurant

Pho 95

1401 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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32 comments
cantake8
cantake8

My vote: Vegan Benedict at Eden (3010 Downing St.). Everything on the menu is available with vegetarian and vegan variations, they handle substitutions with a smile and in my experience have always gotten them right 5 out of 6 times, and fixed the one miss right away. EdenDenver.com

I used to be all about Watercourse, but they've grown unimaginative and bored with their food -- especially the presentation. Seriously, tomato soup without bread or crackers, and side order of bread is 1/2 slice for $2? Hummus with the consistency of spackle, and olive tapenade that is so salty it's inedible? My favorite used to be their sage gravy that tasted like Thanksgiving, but the last few times has been a stingy amount and too thick. Then there are those horrible onion rings in globs of heavy, doughy, batter fried in grease that tastes burnt. Too many nasty tastes and bored hipster magicians posing as servers (they are great at disappearing).

Jonny G
Jonny G

I'd love to have you come check out the Vegetarian 3 course prix fixe at Old Major and let us know what you think.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

The picture associated with the link to this article looked like the bucket of stuff I brought from the back yard after pulling weeds.

Harvey
Harvey

Blah, blah, Pho.

10N noodle bowl at New Siagon kicks the crap out of any Pho.

James Herrick
James Herrick

I have an out-of-town friend vegan friend coming this weekend - talk about perfect timing! Any other recommendations, anyone? I'm a carnivore, so places that cater to both are great... We're also planning on hitting City O City and Watercourse.

stephanie.nolletti
stephanie.nolletti

Does Biker Jim's offer vegan buns again?!  They've been out of/stopped carrying vegan hotdog buns at least 6 months ago. 

pholcomb
pholcomb

Pho 95 is amazing so is Pho Duy also.

Kris Call
Kris Call

your picture shows Pho with rare steak though

Sarah Rowan
Sarah Rowan

You're right on the Pho. I have meat eating friends who get the veg broth because it is more flavorful than the meat broths.

Jennifer Garcia
Jennifer Garcia

haha - Thanks Rishelle Aragon I hit the wrong thing - multi-tasking here at work!

Blake Stine
Blake Stine

Kim Chi bowl at city o city shoulda made the cut

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

The best beverage served with a veggie meal is flat beer.

NoVeggies
NoVeggies

The only acceptable veggie options in Denver are Chili Rellenos (preferably smothered in chunky pork green chili) and a guacamole tosdada.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

And nothing from Watercourse Foods ??


Harvey
Harvey

@megan.stilley It also doesn't include cardboard.  And just like the entrees at Watercourse, cardboard is vegetarian and vegan, as well as consistently ho-hum.

Seriously, Watercourse needs to buy fresher and execute better.  That is all.

cantake8
cantake8

@Jonny G I checked out the OLD MAJOR website. The emphasis on MEAT -- "We butcher in house" -- is a little alienating. Unfortunately there is no description of the Vegetarian feast... I'm assuming it's a feast at $30, which puts its price point at the top of the menu with only one item more expensive, a 1-1/2 pound Rib Eye steak.

cantake8
cantake8

@James Herrick Be sure to check out EdenDenver.com -- excellent vegetarian and vegan options on every offering, and they're passionate. Vegan Benedict comes with a choice of Portabello or Tofu or BOTH.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@James Herrick 

Leaf Restaurant in Boulder ... beats them all.


Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@James Herrick Linger and Root Down both have a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. They specifically dedicate their menus to these items, so the food is awesome - not just a pile of steamed vegetables. The Squeaky Bean also does a few very good vegetable-centric dishes.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kris Call ... no, it shows tofu.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay I love their buffalo seitan sandwich. The savory waffle at City O City is also insanely good.

Jonny G
Jonny G

@cantake8 @Jonny G It can be alienating at first--the prix fixe changes weekly and yeah, we love our meat.  But, Chef's wife is pesca and we take a lot of pride in putting up a decimating veg prix fixe for her and our veg friends even while we eat a ton of the porky pork goodness ourselves.  And remember, when comparing the price of a 3 course prix fixe to a single entrée (which run $27 to $36, plus the ribeye which is $60 (grassed, grain finish, co raised)) I think you're getting a great deal.  To do a combination of any 3 other plates on our menu...it's a hell of an option.  In my opinion, it's some of our most adventurous and impressive plates.

I have tons of omnivores that get this every time they come in.  

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