Walnut Cafe

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 9 reviews )

3073 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 80301

Serves meat, vegan options available. Reported having vegan options - ask. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-3:30pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by Munchi-chi

Veg options are not great - Edit

I've had quite a few of their vegan options and none were good. They don't actually cook the tempeh or tofu, they just slice it and stick it into whatever dish. Their soups have no seasoning besides salt.
This is a community institution though, a sanctuary for everyone, and they do a lot of charity work. If they could learn to cook veg options I would like to be able to recommend it.

Pros: Charity work, LGBT friendly

Cons: They don't cook tempeh or tofu , Poor use of seasoning

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A lot of food but a little bland - Edit

A lot of food, and vegans can have it our way. Tofu scramble was bland but did the trick.

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Lots of options but just OK - Edit

The Walnut Cafe (and their other location) are really popular and they do have lots of vegan options like tempeh, tofu scramble, potatoes, soy cheese, Earth Balance and meatless sausage (make sure you get the vegan sausage because they have a vegetarian version that has eggs in it) .. .. but to me, it's just ok.

The tofu "scramble" is just giant cubes of un-seasoned tofu --- you have to smash it up with your fork if you like the scramble texture and even then there's no real flavour since tofu is tasteless. You can add veggies to lots of things though.

The tempeh is better as a potato/scramble hash option but the breakfast potatoes are also big chunks of potato that have the texture of boiled potatoes even though they are nicely spiced.

They use some kind of soy-cheese here that I don't care for. I'll only go here if omni family or friends really really want to go.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-26

Pros: vegan options, vegan butter for toast

Cons: tofu scramble not scrambled , they don't use Daiya

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Good then not so much - Edit

I went for the first time in November 2016 and had the Boulder Scramble with potatoes and avocado as the sides and it was awesome which is not a word I use much in relation to restaurant food. I've made it back twice since then and the scramble has been absolutely bland and I had to add hot sauces to make it have some flavor. The staff is always nice but the food just isn't measuring up anymore.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Food isn't very good now

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Great to have breakfast - Edit

Great place to get vegan breakfast. Well and quiet located. A lot of vegan options and substitutions for cheese and egg in their menu. The staff is well informed about vegan lifestyle. Nice outdoor seating too in sunny days.

Pros: Outdoor seating, A lot of vegan options

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South Side Walnut employee checking in... - Edit

Ask us!

We've got many great vegan options that aren't listed on the menu.

Some of my favorites are:

Fish Tacos sub tempeh for the fish and 86 sour cream. The salsa 13 is to die for! Gotta get a side of guacamole too.

#7 sandwich 86 cream cheese and add Dijon mustard. Be warned though, many breads are not vegan. Try the rosemary olive oil focaccia.

Sautéed veggies are available as a side, and are an awesome mix of spinach, artichoke, roasted red pepper, tomato, mushroom, and red onion.

Substitute tofu or tempeh for egg in any dish and ask for soy cheese.

Potatoes are vegan and can make a great base for a scramble with the sautéed veggies. Add some ranchero salsa and guacamole, and you've got one fantastic vegan, soy-free meal.

Nowhere on the menu is broccoli listed, but we've got it! Ask and you shall receive.

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Great brunch spot - Edit

About what you'd expect from Boulder. Quirky little place with some good vegan/vegetarian options. The staff is always very friendly, but sometimes you might have to wait to get a table.

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Very Enjoyable! - Edit

My husband and I recently visited Boulder in May of 2012 (we went to school there and are moving back). We went to both Walnut locations. The first one we went to was the north side one. We loved it. While they don't have a ton of vegan options they had at least 3-5. My husband and I ordered different items and loved them. We didn't have a problem getting the vegan cheese substituted. The bhakti chai is DELICIOUS too! I can't wait to drink it on a regular basis. A couple of days later we went with friends to the South location. I felt like there was a little less vegan wise but I made up my own dish and half jokingly said they should make it a special named "Kabuki Jukie" our server loved the idea and said she'd try to make it happen. AWESOME! All in all we had a wonderful experience at both locations. Being vegan and currently living in Chicago (very vegan friendly) it would be nice to see Boulder restaurants add more vegan items to their menus and straight up vegan restaurants but I think it will happen in no time and can't wait! I highly recommend checking out The Walnut Cafe!

Pros: service, price, bhakti chai

Cons: # of vegan items, not using daiya , not using upton's seitan

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Tasteless tofu - Edit

The Boulder Tofu Scramble, is not scrambled for one. Second, they don't add ANY flavor to the tofu. It comes with cheese, so you have to ask for no cheese. I've complained, in writing to the manager at the South location and was told they've never heard this complaint before. She must have forgot as I was told by a handful of vegans that they've complained too. IF you are vegan then you want to make sure you get the vegan sausage, not vegetarian. The potatoes are really good & plentiful. The temphe is good, but then again they really don't flavor that either. Temphe just taste better out of the package then tofu.
Since this is one of only a few places you can go in Boulder as a vegan to get breakfast, I'm glad it's there. But I really wish management would listen to suggestions regarding the tofu.

Cons: tofu

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