Colorado has a reputation for eating healthy and every year it seems to get a little easier. Whether you just want to cut fat, salt and calories or if you want to find the best vegan available, there are plenty of options throughout the metro area. We’ve limited ourselves to Denver proper for these top spots.
2199 California St.
Denver, CO 80205
The Mercury Cafe is not only good for the body, it’s good for the environment. The cafe is frequently singled out as one of the greenest businesses in Denver. The Mercury has been serving organic foods and beverages long before “organic” became a catch-phrase for healthy. The restaurant prides itself on buying from local farmers and cooking from scratch as much as possible. You’ll also be drinking local wines and beer. The Mercury also offers up plenty of local music, theater, poetry and other gatherings.
1000 S Colorado Blvd
Glendale, CO 80246
This newcomer to the Denver restaurant scene promises you healthy food on the cheap. Nothing costs more than $10 and you have plenty of choices. The pizza boasts whole grain crust covered with fresh toppings, you can even go gluten-free. It’s cooked in a brick-oven for a thin crust with full taste. You’ll also find great soups and salads which you can load up with the freshest ingredients available.
Organic Pizza Company
4500 W. 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212
891 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Fast, fresh, simple is the motto for this pizza place, but you’ll also find some unusual toppings including duck, salmon and shrimp. The Organic Pizza Company has whole wheat or gluten-free thin crust. If you’re heading home or to a party, it’s a great place to stop and grab a take-and-bake pie or you can get one already cooked delivered or for pick-up. The restaurants do their best to serve up local fare.
837 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80210
It would be hard to believe Watercourse is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in almost any other city, you can find yourself waiting for a table as long as an hour some days. The wait is well worth it, you’ll find a menu full of dishes made from cage-free eggs or scrambled tofu. In addition there is a full range of vegan choices. The breakfast items hold their own against anything you can find with bacon and sausage and the Mexican dishes compare to our Top Spots of Mexican places. Watercourse will offers french fries and onion rings that will satisfy your bar food need without all the guilt.
- By Raetta Holdman for CBSDenver.com