Colorado Vegan Springs

New vegan hot spots, whether or not your diet is plant-based.

There’s a wave of vegan restaurants opening in Colorado. No, not in Boulder. Nope, not Denver either.

Colorado Springs is going vegan.

OK, not exactly, but the city is having a surprisingly vegan moment. In recent months, two new, 100-percent vegan restaurants opened, joining the well-established leader of the pack The Burrowing Owl in a trifecta of pretty much anything a plant-loving foodie is looking for.

Santana’s Vegan Grill

This one’s a—wait for it—vegan drive-thru. Hidden at the southwest corner of Union and Academy, the stand-alone fast-food joint is regularly surrounded by cars four and five deep. You’ll find meatball subs, hot dogs and burgers—standard fast-food fare, with zero cholesterol or animal cruelty. Go for the belly-busting deluxe bacon cheese burger and greasy fries. (Proof that vegan eats won’t earn you healthy sainthood.)

5046 N. Academy Blvd.,

vegan dish from moxie
Moxie. Photo by Brienne Boortz


On the other end of the spectrum there’s the unpretentiously stylish Moxie, with exquisite food and clever drinks. A must at the bar: The Dude Went Vegan. Its housemade coffee liqueur, vodka and coconut milk are dangerously on point. Two musts at the table: tempura Brussels sprouts and sage gnocchi. Healthy never tasted so slightly decadent, and the lunch and dinner fare rivals some of the best New York City vegan restaurants. Something to look forward to in summer: breakfast and gorgeous patio-views of Pikes Peak.

925 S. 8th Street,

JL Fields
JL Fields is a vegan chef, culinary coach, and chef consultant to restaurants and food, health, and wellness brands. She is the founder and culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy and is a Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator. JL is the author of several books, including Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook, Vegan Meal Prep, The Vegan Air Fryer, and Vegan Pressure Cooking and writes the monthly vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette. She produces vegan markets and the annual vegan restaurant week in Colorado Springs where she lives with her husband, Dave, and their rescued cat, Oliver, and rescued dog, Harry.

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