If a sign reads "gluten-free," it's safe to assume that someone is either selling gluten for zero nickels or celebrating the delayed emancipation of the lone citizen in the land of Glute. Viva la evolution of eating with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of vegetarian Latin fare at Zudaka Restaurant in Boulder.
Within a charming neon-yellow storefront, Zudaka crafts its all-vegetarian menu from scratch using fresh ingredients and protein-packed veggie products. Fix fangs into the crispy crust of high-fiber arepas, which give way to fillings such as white cheese, scrambled eggs, and sweet plantains ($4.50–$5.25). Vegans can nosh on meatless Zudaka dogs topped with fresh salsa, shoestring potatoes, and white cheese ($4), and a duo of piping-hot hallaquitas evokes classic Latin tamales without the aid of traditional masa's potentially problematic stores of gluten and history of transporting diners to crop circles ($8.75). After meatless chow-downs, patrons can enjoy fresh arroz con leche, a rice-pudding dish topped with raisins and cinnamon ($3.50), as they sip on hot or cold sugar-cane juice ($3) and milky, black Zudaka tea peppered with exotic spices ($3.25).