New app helps find vegan restaurants and other healthy options in Denver

Traditional vegan rye bread at Make, Believe Bakery, a vegan bakery in Denver attached to City O’ City, offers gluten free vegan foods. Denver. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)

You can now have vegan-friendly, locally-sourced and gluten-free restaurants right at your finger tips in Denver.

Vanilla bean is a Germany-based vegan restaurant app that just launched in the metro area. It’ll give you a pretty thorough list of strictly vegan restaurants and cafes and will also tell you where you can find vegan options at non-vegan restaurants. (To be listed in vanilla bean, restaurants must serve at least one year-round vegan dish. So yes, there are a lot, and users can suggest more vegan-friendly venues to grow the database even more.)

Omnivores can get something out of the app too, as it also sorts by gluten-free, raw food, fair-trade ingredients and other health- and hippie-minded filters.

“Denver, and especially Boulder, are also particularly progressive cities in the U.S.A. with a strong alternative scene,” said vanilla bean co-founder Fabian Kreipl. “We see a real chance for an eco-conscious and vegan app to find its audience here.”

Kreipl said that vanilla bean’s vegan-friendly restaurant database is the largest in the U.S., which probably also makes it the country’s largest seitan pastrami database, which is nothing to sneeze at.

Vanilla bean app (free):

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