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Going Plant-Based Downtown

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Array of Vegetarian Dishes from Food Lab

Hey, Downtown!

No meat? No problem! Downtown restaurants offer many unique vegetarian dishes for plant-based diets. If you or a loved one is vegetarian, or looking to give your tastebuds a new experience, check out dining options in downtown Boulder for vegetarian-friendly meals made with fresh, local ingredients.

Looking for a restaurant that is completely plant-based? Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant is dedicated to creating delicious and creative vegetarian dishes that even a hardcore carnivore would love. From freshly harvested produce to free-range eggs, Leaf uses many natural whole foods in their vegetarian plates. For sweet deals, swing by during their happy hour on Tuesdays - Sundays from 3 - 6 pm. Accompany a well cocktail or draft beer with Leaf’s famous buffalo cauliflower tacos, made with vegan blue cheese, celery, carrots and corn tortillas. This restaurant is a perfect choice for an elegant dining experience!

Are you looking to sharpen your cooking skills? Food Lab can help teach you how to craft delectable vegetarian recipes, including Plant-Based Sichuan, with a class offered on Monday, April 10th at 6:30 pm. This recipe - which is vegan and dairy-free - will teach you how to cook sweet and sour shiitake mushrooms, sichuan chili tofu, spicy buckwheat noodles, stir-fried choy sum and smoky eggplant with garlic. Grab a partner and head to Food Lab for fun (and delicious) experiences!

For house-made nut milks, superfood smoothies, colorful salads or kale chips, drive through Thrive to enjoy their healthy and tasty foods. This organic, on-the-go restaurant provides high-quality health foods with the option of a speedy drive-thru service. Everything on the menu at Thrive is gluten-free, raw, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, organic and soy-free. Try out their Yellow Curry, made with a cashew and coconut-based cream infused with a plethora of spices and loaded with an abundance of veggies, including carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, broccoli and zucchini. 

If you are ready to rewind and relax, The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House is the place to be. . This architecturally-stunning tea house offers over 80 premium teas and a lovely creek-side patio for the perfect afternoon tea hour. Their teas of the month include the jasmine rose green tea, made of an organic blend of jasmine flowers, springtime essential oils and the strawberry oolong tea, made of a blend of Taiwanese Jinxuan Oolong tea and fresh strawberries. Order the Korean Pan Fried Noodles with tofu, red onion, carrot, fresno pepper, scallion, jicama, bok choy, and bean sprouts to accompany your tea. 

To fuel up with more veggies, grab your grocery bag and head to the Boulder County Farmers Market (BCFM) on April 1st from 8 am - 2 pm for opening weekend!  BCFM is the perfect place for vegetarians to seek locally sourced fruits and vegetables. Vendors such as The Fresh Herb Company, Green Belly Foods and Boulder Juicery offer mouthwatering vegetarian options that include hot sauces, juices and more. Stock up on fruits and vegetables each Saturday beginning April 1st and look forward to spending beautiful days downtown supporting local Boulder businesses. 

Boulder is the place for foodies to be, and no dietary restrictions will hold you back from a fantastic day of dining your way around downtown. I hope you get the chance to check out downtown’s many restaurants that offer creative, delicious vegetarian dishes!

Catch you later!


Mentioned in this Post: Boulder County Farmers Markets, Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, Food Lab, Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, Thrive

Tagged:   Boulder,   Coffee,   Dining,   East End,   Restaurants

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