I have passed by this place many times on a night out or a drive home from work. If not for it’s reputation in the Capitol hill and Denver community, I probably never would have stumbled into this delicious restaurant. Luckily, or unluckily for me I have discovered it a week before I move out of the neighborhood! I definitely could spend a good deal of money here and not feel a shred of guilt.
City, O’ City is a Denver staple and one of the top vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the city. Boasting many awards including Best Vegan Burger , Best Vegetarian Restaurant (2015 and 2016), and last but certainly not least Best Neighborhood Bar. They have something for everyone, no matter what you are in the mood for. My husband, a true British man who cannot live without meat, even liked it! It is open for breakfast/brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night. I found myself having a hard time deciding what to try first, so obviously I had to go eat there twice in one week to give you a full and more honest review.
On my first trip down to the corner of 13th and Sherman in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, I was on my last few days of my vegetarian challenge. I was craving buffalo chicken, so naturally I got their buffalo chicken wrap (NOT CHICKEN) with gorgeous onion rings. I mean seriously look at how golden and wonderful those rings look! #FOODPORN
I know what you are probably thinking…how in the hell do you have a buffalo chicken wrap without chicken?!? SEITAN! God’s gift to vegetarians everywhere. This made me a true believer that indeed I could cut out chicken for good. In case you are wondering seitan is a high-protein vegetarian food made from cooked wheat gluten. Honestly I forgot that I wasn’t eating meat. The wrap was perfectly spicy and the onion rings are definitely a must.
My friend and I also decided to split the poutine. In perfect Lazy Lady Fashion, I naturally had to try a sure fire food to clog my arteries. Poutine is french fries covered in gravy and cheese curds. Holy OMG wow… totally worth every bite. I decided to make mine vegan by trying out their substitute vegan cheese. I wish I could remember exactly what they used for the vegan cheese curds, but I am certain that it was some type of nut. Whatever it was I actually enjoyed the vegan option much more than the normal cheese curds.
Because my first time was so good and I live maybe 4 blocks away, I had to come back a second time. There are so many creative dishes to choose from, and my experience and service was fabulous that I needed to introduce City O’ City to my husband. We were absolutely starving by the time we strolled in there on a Sunday night. The host greeted us and prompted us to take advantage of the coffee bar while we waited for a table. We happily agreed and not long after my cell phone buzzed to let us know that our table was waiting.
Our server was attentive as well and answered all of our questions, including what the hell was an iced toddy. I knew I had to eat something and fast, so I decided to try their Cauliflower chorizo tacos.
As you can see, I didn’t even wait to take a picture before I inhaled the tacos. Lucky for me, my husband reminded me just before I attacked the last one.
I may have also coerced my husband into trying the BBQ Mac Wrap. This is exactly what you think it would be. BBQ Seitan or tofu, Vegan Mac and Cheese, coleslaw, and pickles, all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. You must see it to believe it.
Now to be honest I preferred the buffalo chicken wrap and cauliflower chorizo tacos more, but none the less this wrap was really good and would probably make anyone a very satisfied customer. I however decided to try one of their more main-stream options. I ordered their NO. 5 Pizza. (It is important to note that if you are gluten free, this is the only option that they cannot do.) The No. 5 comes with buffalo ranch sauce, tomatoes, seitan sausage and mozzarella. It was perfect. The crust was just the right amount and it had a kick without being overly spicy. I even had it for lunch the next day and it still tasted fabulous.
To wrap up our entire City, O’ City experience, we had no choice but to try one of their gluten free cupcakes. The hubby got a Carmel Cream something or other and I indulged in a ho-ho cupcake. I was thrown back into my childhood love of Little Debbie snacks. Cheat day officially achieved, and yet I didn’t even feel all that bad!
Lastly, their bakery formally known as Watercourse is re-opening and re-branding as Make, Believe Bakery. Check out the full and delicious story here.
P.S New progress photos are coming Friday!