Posted on 07 / 22 / 2011
As a vegan, it pains me to have to give a bad review to the only vegan restaurant for hundreds of miles in any direction, but frankly, this place is underwhelming. The food on its own would get 3-3.5 stars, but the price, service, seating area, and bathroom are all huge cons. The bacon cheeseburger is tasty but costs $10 on its own - not including side, drink, tax, or tip. If you want fries and a drink, and want to show the staff a little appreciation, you're looking at closer to $20 after tax.
However, you may not want to tip too generously preemptively, because several members of the staff, whilst very friendly and well-meaning, clearly have little to no restaurant experience, and this means your food may take a very long time to come out and you may have to get up and get your own silverware after they told you they would get it and didn't.
While several of the sandwiches are quite good, the fries are the little shoestring kind and are often slightly burnt, and the "salads" are just shredded iceberg lettuce with dressing on it. The chili cheese fries that everyone raves about are those previously mentioned things covered in Amy's chili and vegan cheese. Tasty enough, but not $8 tasty. Stay away from any of the faux chicken sandwiches unless you like Gardein chicken breast.
On top of all this, the seating area is small and cramped and features tacky posters, bad music, and the worst free publications Boulder has to offer. You need a key for the bathroom and it's outside, around the back, and about 12 ftò and not a bastion of cleanliness. There are also very few parking spots, and they're shared with the drycleaner's next door.
To summarize, this place is quite mediocre, made worse by the feeling that they've squandered big potential. I really believe that all the people giving it 5 stars have just never eaten at a GOOD vegan (fast food) restaurant. You can't blame them; like I said, there is no other vegan restaurant for hundreds and hundreds of miles in any direction. However, if you want something extremely vegan friendly in the area I recommend Watercourse Foods in Denver. It's a sitdown vegetarian restaurant with lower prices and infinitely better food. As far as VG Burgers goes - if you are a newish vegan and have never had vegan junkfood, the sheer novelty will amaze you. If you've eaten at more than a couple of vegan restaurants in your life, VG burgers will quite likely leave you disappointed and a little poorer for the experience.
only vegan restaurant for 100s of miles, friendly staff, decent sandwiches
most other menu items are unimpressive, price/service, parking/seating area/bathroom