Colorado Springs has a thriving vegan restaurant scene that has grown a lot in the past couple years, and I want to highlight some of my personal favorites in case you need ideas for your next meal out!
What’s better than beer and vegan bar food? Trinity’s menu isn’t strictly vegan, but what options they do have are very impressive. The vegan buffalo wings are a great appetizer for sharing, and their vegan philly is a super yummy offering. I would also recommend their brussel sprouts with vegan parmesan – trust me, they’re so good you won’t even remember you’re eating vegetables! And, of course, their beer is delicious!
Santana’s Vegan Grill has an extensive menu, offering delicious options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Their bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches and blueberry pancakes are to die for, and I highly recommend their burgers or steak and cheese sandwich for dinner. You really can’t go wrong with anything from Santana’s!
The Burrowing Owl is a super amazing restaurant, and I’ve loved everything I’ve ordered there. I crave their mac and cheese at least once a week, and their nachos are unbelievable. They also offer awesome daily specials, like a veganized Crunchwrap Supreme on the weekends after 5pm!
Image courtesy of Fern’s Diner & Drinkery
Fern’s Diner & Drinkery is a brand new local vegan spot from the same owners as Burrowing Owl. Technically located in the nearby town of Cascade, Fern’s is a charming little diner tucked among the foothills of Pike’s Peak. They have lots of classic diner dishes like pancakes, burgers, soup, and sandwiches – and everything is vegan!
Wildflour Bakehouse is a unique offering in that they don’t have a physical storefront, but instead make home deliveries of vegan baked goods around the Colorado Springs area. These desserts are seriously dangerous because they are So. Dang. Good. I personally recommend their rainbow cookies (because everything is better with sprinkles) and their chai cinnamon rolls are probably some of the best I’ve ever had, period.
The Joint is another unique one because it’s not a sit-down restaurant, but a traveling food truck! You can frequently find them at various breweries and events around town, and they keep a schedule on their website. Their menu changes every so often, but last time I ate there I thoroughly enjoyed their David BoWings and Dr. John’s Poutine. (Fun fact: the poutine is made with mushrooms which I normally hate, but they made them so good I actually loved it!)
You can find Adam’s Mountain Cafe just a short drive from Colorado Springs, in the quaint town of Manitou Springs. Adam’s Mountain Cafe is a charming spot with plenty of vegan and non-vegan options alike. This cafe is the perfect spot to grab a coffee and some breakfast before exploring the area, though their lunch and dinner menu is delicious, too!