The first Native Foods Cafe opened in Palm Springs in 1994, and for nearly 20 years they've been serving up creative, delicious, made-from-scratch vegan food at over a dozen locations in California, Chicago, and Portland. Their newest location is opening at the end of the month in Boulder, and will represent the city's only all-vegan restaurant. Native Foods' Holladay Allen answered a few questions for us, and now we're even more psyched about the newest addition to the booming vegan scene in Colorado.
- What's the anticipated opening date for your Boulder location?
The Opening Date is set for May 29th. This of course is tentative until our final inspections are completed.... but so far, so great!
- What inspired a location in Boulder?
Boulder just seems like the perfect fit for Native Foods Cafe. Boulder is one of the most active and healthy cities in the US, and there is a strong sense of community... which really drew us there. We've received so many emails asking when are we going to open in Boulder (and Denver... stay tuned on that one :) so when the opportunity arose, it was a no-brainer!
- There are more commercially-made vegan substitutes available every day, and restaurants are taking advantage of them to make their menus more vegan friendly. Why does Native Foods still make items like seitan and vegan cheese in-house?
We have come a long way in the world of vegan food in the past decade, which is so fantastic. Here at Native Foods Cafe, we want people to love food, and love the way food makes them feel. Steering towards a whole foods diet with minimal processing is the optimal choice. That is why we make our Native Tempeh, Native Seitan (7 different kinds!), and Native Cheeses in house. A great example is the Native Nachos, every ingredient is made fresh in our kitchen... and they taste amazing! You'll have to come see for yourself :)
- What dishes should not be missed?
Portobello & Sausage Burger, Ensalada Azteca, Rockin' Moroccan, Scorpion Burger [homemade blackened tempeh, chipotle sauce, romaine, carrots, avocado and onions], Twister Wrap
- Is there anything else you want Colorado vegans to know?
We want Colorado vegans to know how excited we are to be there, and can't wait to get involved in the local community!
Native Foods will be at 1675 29th Street, Suite 1272 in Boulder. Get pumped!