• Illegal Pete's

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Fast food

Serves meat, vegan options available. Colorado-based small chain of Mexican bar & restaurants. Items suitable for vegans include: cilantro lime rice, brown rice, black and pinto beans, fajita veggies, guacamole, salsas and chips, and pesto (made from nuts). The veggie green chili is vegan but contains potatoes cooked in shared fryer. Can ask for guacamole as substitute for dairy in your burrito, bowl, or tacos. Open Mon-Wed 7:00am-12:00am, Thu-Fri 7:00am-2:30am, Sat 9:00am-2:30am, Sun 9:00am-12:00am.

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7 Reviews

First Review by sferd


Points +142

10 Jun 2023

Great in a pinch

Illegal Pete’s is similar to Chipotle in style and offerings. I usually get a bowl with tons of black beans, veggies, and avocado. They have a lovely rooftop patio and delicious margaritas. It’s not the restaurant I seek when I want an interesting, unique experience, but it’s great in a pinch!



Points +49

16 Sep 2022

Not much different than Chipotle

Great location across from the square with live atmosphere. Food was so-so. I had the vegan bowl which was similar to a Chipotle experience.

Pros: Vegan aware, Energetic atmosphere , Friendly staff

Cons: Loose with presentation , No plant-based protein options


Points +149

09 Mar 2022

Consistently Delicious!

Pete’s always hits the spot! Chips are the perfect mix of salty and oily but oh so so light and crispy at the same time. I got a vegan burrito a while ago with both types of beans, both types of rice, potatoes, corn salsa, guac and veggie green chile plus a heap of tomato salsa and fresh veg, and it’s been my go-to ever since. Dreamy. Margs are always strong and tasty, too. If the food line is long, stop by the bar first for a drink to keep you company while you wait.

Updated from previous review on 2022-03-09


Points +34

25 Oct 2019

Delicious and creative tacos

The staff was friendly and explain all the options. I created three huge tacos complete with a delicious vegan roasted poblano pesto. Don’t pass this place up, and grab a fresh margarita while you’re at it.


Points +36

08 May 2019

So good!

Love it! had a salad with all the vegan fixens.....the salsas are bomb.....mmmmmmm so good!!


Points +18

17 Jan 2018

Great Food & Vibes

First time there today, so happy. Asked what they recommended, told them I was vegan and ended up with a bowl. The vegetables were very well seasoned and the portions awesome even for a big guy like me. Sat in the window with sun shining and zoning out into the bliss! Will be going again.

Pros: inexpensive, quick

Cons: nothing at the moment


Points +169

23 Feb 2016

Tasty vegan options in Old Town--great happy hour!

How do I love Illegal Pete's? Let me count the ways:

-Free guacamole in vegan burritos, bowls & tacos
-Free chips & salsa with bar purchase during happy hour (M-Sun 3-8pm)
-Inexpensive food & margaritas
-Burrito contents are mixed together before rolling
-Large rooftop patio

It seems the hubby and I head to Illegal Pete's at least once a week. As money is tight, we LOVE their generous happy hours and tasty margaritas ($4 during HH). If we are not hungry for a 'meal,' we have a couple of drinks with the HH free chips & salsa and a side of black beans. Tip: if you're like me and don't like sweet margaritas, order yours "half sour/half soda."

Staff is very friendly. Large variety of tortillas available (all vegan). Two types of veggies--Primavera (contain small amount of honey) and Fajita (vegan). Two types of beans (black & pinto--both vegan); two types of rice (brown & Cilantro Lime--both vegan); lots of fixings. We generally stick to tasty vegan burritos ($7), but bowls available as GF option.

There are two bars--we prefer the cozy atmosphere at the upstairs bar which is more adult-friendly. But, during sunny weather, it can be difficult to find a table upstairs. When it's warm out, the large rooftop patio is a good choice if you don't mind the sun.

In addition to the food, I really enjoy the atmosphere. We sometimes go for a long bike ride before visiting. Luckily, we have no qualms stopping at IP's for a drink despite being sweaty!

Because you can customize your food, it is very allergen-friendly. We have a friend with several allergies (soy, gluten, nuts, etc.) and IP's is a safe place for him to eat.

Basically, eating & drinking at Illegal Pete's is easy. No stress about what to order.

Pros: Free guacamole in vegan burritos, Generous Happy Hour, Friendly staff

Cons: Lots of TVs, Upstairs crowded in sunny weather, Long lines for food when busy

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