Sunny Gardens looks like a typical Chinese joint -- until you see the mock meat

Daniele Lirette
Vegetarian chicken chow fun at Sunny Gardens.
Sunny Gardens, tucked away in a strip mall on East Yale Avenue, looks like a typical neighborhood Chinese restaurant -- until you open up the menu. Because there, tucked between the usual listings for fried rice, egg foo young and lo mein, is a lengthy vegetarian section, offering dishes made with chicken-, shrimp- and beef-flavored mock meat.

See also:
WaterCourse Foods, Denver's landmark vegetarian restaurant, should chart a more creative course.

Through a translator, chef-owner Sunny Chen said that this emphasis on mock meat stems not from personal reasons - he and his wife are omnivores - but from the fact that "having been a cook for so long, I know there are people out here that want vegetarian."

That's certainly true, judging from the popularity of WaterCourse Foods, which I recently reviewed.

But is the food at Sunny Gardens, whether meat or plant-based, what people want? Find out when my review is posted on tomorrow.

Location Info

Sunny Gardens Restaurant

6460 E. Yale Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
Anthony Santini
Anthony Santini

I used to live right down the road from this place and it was my favorite. I love that when I ask them to make my food extra spicy they actually make it extra spicy.


I'm eager to read up on what exactly this mock meat consists of. Plant based pseudo-flesh is not always taste bud pleasing!! I'm typically open to veggie alternatives but I'm not so sure that the public at large shares this perspective.

ScubaSteve topcommenter

The address given in the first line of this article states East Evans, but the correct street is East Yale as it's written in the Location Info at the end of the article.   It's at Yale and Monaco.

patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

@foodcrazy editor typing too fast. the address is correct in the map -- and in the review that comes out tomorrow.

Now Trending

From the Vault