Today’s Groupon honors our most historic food source with the vegetarian feasts of Watercourse Foods For $15, you get $35 worth of soul-satisfying dinners (valid for dinners only; drinks not included). Veggie comfort food brings all the coziness of corn snuggled against the cob, the peace of peas nestled in a pod-blanket, and the soothing glow of baby carrots steaming in a hot stew bath.
Watercourse is both a friend of the environment through its recycling efforts and a friend to stomachs with a sumptuous menu. Start with an appetizer like seitan buffalo wings, baked brie, or frings (half onion rings, half french fries). Move on to feastier offerings, including the tempeh veggie burger dressed with caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms and The Champ sandwich of roasted beets, red onions, grilled zucchini, sprouts, Swiss cheese, and lemon caper aioli on a bed of fresh foccacia. Entrees run from $9.95 to $12.95 and fill you up with barbecued tofu, seitan fajitas, blackened tofu under a coconut cream sauce and rice, or the flavorful Puttanesca fettuccini, ripe with veggies, white wine, and sweet marinara sauce.
The earth has provided humanity with an abundant pantry of fresh ingredients that, when combined with the creativity and ingenuity of the human spirit, forge together wonderful recipes that justify the need for taste buds. Like a socially responsible pilot, benefit from nature’s bounty and open your horizons to all new earth-grown delights.
Note: This Groupon is good for suppertime only.
- I've lived in Denver for the past few years and have had the pleasure of eating here many many times! It's DELICIOUS!!! I absolutely recommend it to anyone - vegetarian, vegan or otherwise! – erinkmcintosh, HappyCow
- As a meat eater, I was hesitant to try this all vegetarian restaurant. That was years ago, because now, I eat there at least once a week. – foodie424, Citysearch
- What a treat to be able to order anything on the menu without worrying if it's got any meat in it. It's freeing and spectacular and I can't even express how much I love this place. – alienlovesong, Citysearch
Earth: Man's Friend or Mortal Enemy?
As a meat-free restaurant, the ingredients at Watercourse Foods come straight from the earth. But is Earth a friend to man—or our worst enemy? Consider the evidence:
- Volcanoes: The majority of volcanoes are currently erupting or are planning to erupt at the worst possible time—the Super Bowl. Also, thinking about volcanoes is the leading cause of periodontal disease, which is why most geologists are toothless madmen.
- The Oceans: Look at a map and ask yourself: What happened to the sixth ocean, Newkirk? What did the other oceans do with it? And could the remaining oceans do the same thing to your children? Not to mention, the oceans won't let humans breathe underwater even though fish do it all the time.
- Mountains: Time and again they have proved irresistible to human climbers, and time and again they have been filled with murderous dwarves. Also, many mountains retain close ties to snow, historically the most human-hating form of water.
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Dan and Michelle Landes, owners of WaterCourse Foods, describe their story on their website as "one of perseverance and patience." Flexibility has helped, too—when Dan was about to unlock the front door on opening day and Michelle saw that they’d forgotten to stock the register with money, she bolted home to empty their change jar.
Flexibility marks the kitchen as well, which aims to fill plates with so much homey flavor that even carnivores don’t notice there’s no room left for meat. The chefs accomplish this by way of boldly seasoned veggies such as sweet potatoes, smoky mushrooms, and fire-roasted corn, which star in some dishes and serve as accents to proteins including grilled tempeh and country-fried seitan in others. The sense of reveling in the earth’s bounty spills from the plates onto the dining-room walls, decorated with delicate murals of animals and woodland scenes that resemble the results of a collaboration between John James Audubon and Beatrix Potter.
In its journey from lunch-and-breakfast spot to full-blown restaurant complete with bakery and bar, WaterCourse Foods has won acclaim both locally as a neighborhood favorite and nationally as a must-see for vegetarian travelers passing through town. Fodor’s called the portobello Reuben and seitan-based buffalo wings “amazing,” and Westword named WaterCourse 2012’s Best Vegetarian Restaurant while noting that it still hasn’t reached its peak—the place “just keeps getting better” while it “caters to any palate.”
For WaterCourse Foods, resourcefulness means finding new ways to serve not only diners but also the environment. Old fryer oil is shipped off to be converted into biodiesel, to-go dishes come in biodegradable containers, and diners who roll up on bikes or drift in effortlessly on gusts of wind get a 10% discount. Practicing what they preach beyond the restaurant, the Landes family supports local and international causes through programs such as Nonprofit Mondays, giving up to 15% of their Monday sales to select organizations. When they leave work each evening, they go home to their urban organic permaculture farm, run largely on solar power.