Making the decision to become a vegan is a big deal. Whatever your reasons for making the lifestyle change are, it means that sometimes you’re frequently left eating the veggie tray with hummus anytime to go out to dinner with friends, leaving you hangry for the rest of the evening.
Lucky for you though, you live in Boulder, which is a fairly vegan-friendly city for people who are committed to their dietary choices, but still love eating out. Here’s a list of some of the great places to find vegan food in Boulder (note: this is not, by any means exhaustive, so if you have a place you love, please feel free to add it in the comments).
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
If you’re looking for an upscale evening in a restaurant that understands the needs of vegetarians and vegans alike, Leaf is a great place to dine. The meals are creative and satisfying and you can most certainly get enough to eat. The menu, which is filled with mouth-watering season dishes, is clearly marked with vegan, gluten-free and raw items (Jamaican Jerk Tempeh, need I say more?).
Want to eschew the meat eaters and hit up a place where all the food is vegan? Then head over to Native Foods. This place is a fast-casual business model, so it’s easy to drop in for lunch or a quick dinner. The entire menu is vegan, so you don’t even have to think twice about ordering anything on the menu, which is very extensive, from starters to sandwiches and even dessert.
This little café just off of Broadway and Violet is 100% vegan and gluten-free! At Julia’s Kitchen, the menu is all plant-based and you can get something for any meal of the day, from buckwheat pancakes to kitchari. It’s a little bit pricey, but fans rave that the food is worth it.
Sun Deli & Liquor
This one is a little hidden next to an apartment complex on Pearl and you’ve likely driven past it a dozen times without realizing the amazing vegan options they offer. Next time, don’t drive by; instead, stop in for a pizza or a sandwich. Virtually half the menu at Sun Deli is offered both as a meat or vegan option. Yes, your omnivore friends can join you here and you won’t have to listen to them complain about a lack of meat on the menu.
Even vegans get the munchies for sweet satisfaction. Boulder Baked delivers (literally) with a wide range of vegan desserts. The added bonus: they deliver until midnight, so you can still fulfill that late night craving without compromising the dietary guidelines that you’re committed to.
We also discovered several Nepalese restaurants that offer great vegan buffets once a week. Nepal Cuisine on Table Mesa offers an all vegan lunch buffet on Mondays from 11-3 and Himalayas has a vegan dinner buffet on Wednesday evenings.
Don’t see your favorite vegan restaurant in Boulder on this list? Please let us know what you love in the comments!