Native Foods - Boulder

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 18 Reviews
Part of the Native Foods vegan restaurant brand from Southern California. Original menu of salads, veggie burgers, rice and noodle bowls, vegan desserts, chai with soymilk, organic coffee, and more. In-house tempeh and seitan (wheat meat). Order at the counter, and food is brought to your table. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan, American, Fusion, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out
1675 29th St Mall Ste 1272
Boulder, Colorado 80301
303-442-0213

Open Mon-Sun 11am-10pm.

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First Review by lisamoshop
Rambling Vegans
Rambling Vegans
29

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  • vegan

Love This Place!

5 Posted on 02 / 27 / 2014

The last two times we've been in Boulder we made sure to eat here several times because the food is so good. Their salads are the best although there hasn't been a meal that we've been disappointed in yet. We always get everything to go since we travel with our dogs and everything is always packaged really well. The Native iced tea is a favorite of ours, as well. So refreshing without being overly sweet. We'll definitely be stopping there again the next time we're in Boulder!

Pros: Excellent Food, Decent Prices, Friendly Staff
HappyCowKeown
HappyCowKeown
20

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  • vegan

ALL VEGAN casual dining.

5 Posted on 01 / 07 / 2014

This is our go-to restaurant in Boulder for food to satisfy kids and grown-ups alike. The menu has burgers for my husband (Scorpion and Mushroom are his 2 favs), glorious bowls or salads for me (proper veg-head) and chicken nuggets for the kiddos (we add steamed kale). An entree each is enough. although the sweet potato fries with chipotle sauce are a must as a side or bowl to share. As a health-nut veg-head I do crave comfort food at times and this is the place for it! I like their zucchini bread for dessert and the kiddos like the cupcakes mainly because of the RIDICULOUSLY tall faux-frosting. You get a free refill on your soy chai. Also, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (mostly) you get a free dessert with an order of an entree and drink. We've eaten here over 20 times with non-veg friends and family and they like it too! If you sign up for their rewards program they give you $10 towards a meal on your birthday and $10 for every $200 cumulatively spent. They send occasional emails detailing cooking classes (quarterly) - the classes are well worth attending for recipes, giveaways & vegan cooking tips.

Pros: good prices, big portions (especially the bowls), Everything is vegan - even the 'chicken'
Cons: cafe-style/informal (make a line, pay, wait), busy (only because it's so good)!, frosting is ridiculous!
teafour2
teafour2
29

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  • vegan

Too good to be true?

4 Posted on 11 / 30 / 2013

Hands up, my review is coloured by being a Brit; lots of our vegan restaurants - which are a huge novelty in themselves here - serve grains, vegetables and stuff that sounds healthy, we just really don't have this type of restaurant in the UK. To be truthful, we looked at the menu we very nearly left ('Chicken in BBQ sauce? Where's the vegan food?!') not realising of course that EVERYTHING is vegan. Having had that revelation, the novelty of american style vegan food meant we ordered way too much: a starter each, a main each, a pudding and a shake each. The food came quickly, they were big portions, and to a Brit it was all pretty cheap. All the food tasted good, with a mix of textures and styles, and the staff were very helpful. The only thing I could criticise was that the layout means you sit very close to others, but this is a tiny price to pay for the overwhelming choice and tasty food.

Pros: choice, big portions, cheap (for me)
Cons: a bit crowded
surfaces
surfaces
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  • vegan

Unexpected

4 Posted on 11 / 22 / 2013

Oddly good food for the most part, 3 of 4 meals I've had were 4.5/5, one (a greek gyro quinoa salad) was maybe 2.5/5 for lack of flavor. Strange fast-casual corporate-feeling atmosphere—but I don't dine out very often, so maybe I'm uniquely caught off-guard. Menu is heavily weighted toward fake-meats, which I am somewhat uninterested in (even if made in-house)—I prefer my plants as they are, less processed. Wish Native Foods had a wider variety of legumes and beans in place of the "chicken". Still, I would definitely go here again when in Boulder.

Pros: Great taste, medium variety, Good price/portions, for Boulder, Daily special adds free side order
Cons: Fake-meat reliant, Odd insincere corporate atmosphere, "Too friendly" staff?
fondducoeur
fondducoeur
66

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  • vegan

Large Menu, All Vegan

4 Posted on 07 / 06 / 2013

This is the second Native Foods I have visited (the first in Chicago) and my opinion is the same. The food is not the most flavorful vegan fare I have eaten, but there is a large menu (burgers, bowls, appetizers, desserts, etc), it is pretty good, and it's all vegan. This time around I had the Sesame Kale Macro bowl (tempeh, ginger sesame sauce, steamed kale, sauerkraut, brown rice, cucumber salad) which I enjoyed quite a bit. My husband got the Scorpion Burger (tempeh w/chipotle sauce, avocado, veggies) and was less pleased as it was kind of bland and I couldn't taste the chipotle on it at all. We split and order of Native Chicken Wings w/ranch, which were good, and we both enjoyed the desserts we got to go (I had the carrot cream cheese cupcake and he got the peanut butter parfait). It's great to have a chain of fast-casual vegan restaurants and I hope they continue to expand (hopefully to my home town of St. Louis!). I would not hesitate to hit up another one I happen to come across.

Pros: Large Vegan Menu, Great Native Chicken Wings, Vegan Desserts
Cons: Dishes can be a bit bland

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DougMcCallum
DougMcCallum
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  • vegan

Good all vegan menu

4 Posted on 03 / 14 / 2013

The food is good (not great) and gives an option when shopping in Boulder. I would prefer to see some non-fake-meat/tofu options on the menu for protein. Lots of good "real food" alternatives out there. Other than that, it has been good the couple of times we've been.

Pros: Good food, All Vegan
Cons: A little pricey, Too much dependence on meat substitutes
Gopala 108
Gopala 108
8

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  • vegan

Vegan Restaurant in Boulder

5 Posted on 02 / 28 / 2013

I'm happy that we now have a vegan restaurant in Boulder. This place is one of my favorites w/ a changing daily special and friendly service.

Pros: All vegan, Lots of variety, Friendly Service
Cons: They sold out of the vegan lasagna once
Catlady333
Catlady333
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  • vegan

Happy to have this place here!

4 Posted on 02 / 23 / 2013

I can't express how happy I am that we finally got a Native Foods. The food is great and the service is pretty quick. Not a huge fan of the iced tea as it tastes a little like cough syrup to me but that's my only criticism.

Pros: lots of choices, vegan desserts
Cons: cough syrupy iced tea
saysuan
saysuan
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  • vegan

Native Foods

5 Posted on 01 / 15 / 2013

Went to Boulder especially to try this restaurant and were not disappointed. Just wish they would open in Northern California where we have an abundance of wonderful vegan chefs but few affordable vegan restaurants. Hope that will change.

Pros: Delicious food, Great prices, Nice vibe
Cons: None in Northern California
Gabe
Gabe
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  • vegetarian

Not too shabby

4 Posted on 01 / 11 / 2013

It's nice that some place has opened in town which has more or less filled the niche that was left empty when VG Burgers closed. I haven't been impressed by all the dishes I've tried, but others are great (I like the Meatball Sub, the Twister Wrap, and the Reuben). Desserts and beverages are tasty too. Service is usually fairly prompt, including takeout, though sometimes they make mistakes if you customize an order. Other than that, the only complaint I have about service is that certain servers (including [I think] the manager) can come on a little too strong, e.g. be so helpful and enthusiastic it's exhausting - but I'm the kind of person who really prefers a hands-off approach when someone is serving me food. The decor is also pretty tacky. Regardless, it's worth the trip because it's the only fully vegan place in town with palatable food.

Pros: good selection, all vegan, quick service
Cons: parking sucks at peak hours, staff can be *too* helpful, please pay someone to redecorate
monicalsmith1
monicalsmith1
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  • vegetarian

Great food great prices

5 Posted on 01 / 02 / 2013

All vegan and all amazing. We had the portobello sausage burger, oklahoma bbq "burger", and meatball sub, with lentil soup, fries and sweet potato fries. The pesto sauce on the meatball sub and sausage burger was divine!

Pros: Great food, Great fast service
Cons: Parking can be tight
LiterateFoodie
LiterateFoodie
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  • vegan

Satisfies the comfort food craving

5 Posted on 10 / 30 / 2012

Wow! I am totally impressed by the wide range offered at this place, and all totally vegan. If you want to spare animals but miss the savoriness of meats, this place is for you. Their "meats" are so amazing and not too processed. On top of that, they utilize flavors and spices brilliantly. Great place!

Pros: fast, delicious, comfort-food
Cons: lots of gluten+ soy
Fauvette808
Fauvette808
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Medium fast food, but very yummy

5 Posted on 10 / 28 / 2012

Our whole family (2 generations including small children, and various others) has eaten here twice and will go again. It is not super-rapid but has many quite delicious vegan options. So far we have not experienced any of the complaints uttered by other reviewers. (I have no idea how one determines if there is gluten in various dishes unless one becomes ill. Have many reviewers complaining about gluten been there multiple times to sample various items and then get sick? I doubt it. But it is a question worth asking). The menu changes from time to time. Platters are generous, so a second meal at home is possible if you have brought your folding plastic bowl! (NO styrofoam!) Some drinks--like the wonderful lemonade--are free fill-ups, and very refreshing when the Colorado sun is bright. Support this place-- it is hard to find veggie fast food, and I want Native Foods to survive.

Pros: good for small kids, tasty veg food, easy to find
Cons: variable wait when busy, outdoor tables on north side
KasloColorado
KasloColorado
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  • vegan

Incredible variety, great service

5 Posted on 08 / 24 / 2012

The entire menu is vegan and there's quite a variety to choose from. I've tried the nachos, meatball sub, curry, mac and cheese, cupcakes, and cheesecake. The cupcakes are amazing! Light and fluffy cake with an artful tower of creamy not-too-sweet frosting. The carrot up cake with cream cheese frosting is the best. Oh, and the portabella burger was not my favorite due to an unusual patty, but you can't please everyone, all the time. The service really is exceptional. The staff have all seemed to be in a genuinely good mood, each time I've visited. There is no shortage of awesome vegan options in Boulder, but this restaurant is absolutely the best fast, casual dining option for vegans.

Pros: All vegan, Variety, Great service
Cons: I can't help but eat too many cupcakes.
bballfan
bballfan
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Best vegan food I've ever had at a restaurant

5 Posted on 07 / 19 / 2012

WOW! I was very impressed with the food and service and will definitely go back for more. I enjoyed a "double bacon cheeseburger with ranch"...and it was vegan. I could hardly believe it. It was delicious and even my non-vegan friend wanted more. I highly recommend this place!

Pros: Food Variety, Service, All Vegan
HappyGFV
HappyGFV
4

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  • vegan

Pure heaven!

5 Posted on 07 / 08 / 2012

Every single town and city should be required to have a "Native Foods" so I could travel and have wonderful food everywhere I go!


initfortheanimals
initfortheanimals
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  • vegan

All Gluten, All Soy, All Hype

2 Posted on 06 / 20 / 2012

This place is your typical "tell you what you want to hear" establishment.
They need to be honest about the food they sell, the staff and management are totally uninformed about ingredients, foods containing gluten, or GMOs.
I've been here several times since they opened, half of the items on the menu "aren't available", other items that are labeled as "gluten free" are not, the food is MEDIOCRE at best.
They claim "local", what a joke! I challenge Native Foods to show Boulder what exactly they are sourcing that is local, I guarantee that nothing they serve is local, they even told me that the soy/gluten meat that they use is made in a factory in California.
I'm glad that people can get a vegan option while they are at the mall, but all these local claims from a Chicago/California based corporation are a bit insulting.
If you live in Denver, just stick with Watercourse, its better food, and at least
they are a real local business.

Pros: vegan, wait staff
Cons: food, dishonest , non local
  • HappyVeganMom HappyVeganMom

    I've noticed several gluten-free options on the menu. Are you claiming that these items actually contain gluten and the business is knowingly lying to customers? If so, please provide details. Also, which half of the menu was unavailable and on which date? I have been here several times and have not experienced anything being unavailable.

    This is one of the only all-vegan restaurants in Boulder. If you are "in it for the animals," please provide all the facts when disparaging a vegan venture. VG Burger has recently been replaced by a chicken wings restaurant. It would really be a shame if this restaurant met the same fate.

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lisamoshop
lisamoshop
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XL Portions of Most Delicious Veg Food in Boulder

5 Posted on 06 / 01 / 2012

So far I've tried Native Foods' chicken wings (awesome!), Soul Bowl,(delicious!), Native Nachos (magnificent!), strawberry parfait (no dairy! wait, wha?) and of course their housemade drinks (watermelon, and lavender lemonade). Everything has been fantastic, mouth watering, fresh, flavorful, and 100 percent vegan. Portions are huge, so part of today's lunch will probably become tonight's dinner. Good thing, because the prices can run upwards of 25 dollars for an appetizer, entree, drink and dessert. If youre budget conscious, skip the appetizer, but don't skip desssert!

One more thing: The decor is great, bright and cheerful with lots of seating available and a gorgeous mural to gaze at while you eat. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is very cheerful.

Pros: huge portions, best vegan food around, great atmosphere
Cons: a little pricey

 

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