Best Vegan Spots In and Near Colorado Springs

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!

Trinity Brewing Co.

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

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!

Burrowing Owl Lounge

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!

Fern’s Diner & Drinkery

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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

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 Vegan Street Food

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!)

Adam’s Mountain Cafe

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!

Vegan’s Guide to Seattle

Hello folks! Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite vegan spots in Seattle! The first couple times I visited from Georgia I was so impressed with how many vegan-friendly restaurants there are, and it’s still one of my favorite places to try new vegan dishes.

I don’t frequently find myself in the city for breakfast, but I thoroughly recommend Wayward Vegan Cafe if you’re looking for some fantastic breakfast/brunch grub. They’ve added even more options since I last visited, but I can vouch for the country fried seitan and pancakes being absolutely delicious! They also serve lunch and dinner, so you’ll have tons of variety whenever you decide to visit.

While some may argue donuts aren’t a “proper” breakfast, I say to follow your heart and eat the dang donuts! Mighty-O Donuts is my favorite spot in the city for vegan donuts because they offer some amazing classics and delicious specialties. I’m a sucker for any cake donut with sprinkles, but their fritters and yeast-raised donuts are also fantastic. What better way to start your day in Seattle than a delicious vegan donut and a hot cup of coffee?

Once you walk off breakfast and get hungry enough for lunch, I’d recommend swinging by Pi Vegan Pizzeria. Pi Vegan offers up some of the best vegan pizza I’ve ever had. My favorites are buffalo chicken and magic mac, which features their very own vegan mac and cheese on top! Don’t worry, if you’re not in the mood for pizza you can also just get a serving of their delicious mac and cheese on its own.

Veggie Grill is another awesome vegan option in the city, especially if you’re on the hunt for something quick and casual. Veggie Grill serves up a variety of sandwiches, salads, and bowls, and anything you order is sure to be delicious. Their salads are absolutely massive, so I love getting one as my entree and then a couple sides to share. If you’re on the hungrier side, they also have classics like burgers and fries to fuel you up!

If you still have room for dinner by the end of the day, you must swing by El Borracho. They actually have a location in Pike Place Market which makes it a fantastic option after a day of shopping. El Borracho’s menu is 100% plant-based and they have so many incredible options, it’s hard to know where to begin. When in doubt, I always recommend the nachos which you can load up with shredded “chicken” or seitan steak.

This restaurant recommendation is a little bit outside of Seattle in a town called Renton, but I included it because it’s a fantastic option if you’re heading into the city from SeaTac. Blossom Vegetarian is hands down one of my favorite vegan Asian restaurants in Seattle. They specialize in Vietnamese cuisine and have everything from Vietnamese chicken nuggets to pho to entrees with plant-based duck and fish. Their menu is extensive and has some of the most impressive plant-based meats I’ve ever tried.

You didn’t think I would forget dessert, did you? Cinnaholic is actually a chain but their Seattle location is worth a visit because these are the best vegan cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had. These aren’t your standard, canned rolls: they have almost any kind of topping you can think of. You can get a standard frosting or try flavors like chai, cake batter, or maple, and your topping options range from fruit to pretzels to vegan COOKIE DOUGH. Yup, you read that right. Mind. Blown.

If you’re more of an ice cream person, Frankie and Jo’s is the place to go. All of their ice cream is vegan, and they offer some deliciously unique flavors like salted caramel with activated charcoal as well as dark chocolate with coffee and toasted almonds. You can also get your ice cream served up in a cone and topped with extras like cookie dough bites and chocolate fudge sauce. Talk about dreamy!

I hope you get to enjoy some of these recommendations on your next visit to Seattle, and let me know what your favorite vegan spots are in the city!