Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Review Denver- Native Foods Cafe

We are back with the restaurant reviews! I had dinner with my mother at Native Foods Cafe in the Denver area and initially didn’t plan on doing a review. However, after eating I was blown away with how good it was and wanted to let everyone know about this place! 

Blog Update: Now that I am in basketball season, I will be uploading new blog posts just on Mondays every week. 


Native Foods Cafe is similar to a Panera bread. It is a chain with locations in California, Colorado, Chicago, and Oregon. Every item is plant based and they have a great variety of food. The restaurant was laid back and not too busy. It would be a great place to go grab lunch or dinner on your own or with a couple of friends.


Similar to Panera Bread, you place an order when you walk in and the food is delivered to your table. There are no waiters or waitresses. The food came out surprisingly quickly. For the variety of food that we ordered, I expected it to take much longer. In total, we probably waited about 15 minutes for all of the food to come out.Overall, I have no complaints about the service or about how fast the food came out.


For an appetizer, we ordered the Native Nachos. The nachos were loaded with black beans and chipotle sauce. cashew cheese, salsa fresca, roasted corn, green onions, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and topped with guacamole. All of the ingredients were fresh and tasted amazing.The cashew cheese was some of the best I have ever had. The nachos were so tasty and we devoured them in no time. 

For entrees, I ordered the Southern-Fried Chicken and Waffles with a side of sweet potato fries. I ordered chicken and waffles in my last Denver restaurant review of City o City. I have to say, Native Foods Cafe beat out City o City (you cant go wrong with either restaurant). The waffles were super fluffy and tasted great even without syrup. I actually wasn’t a big fan of the syrup they served, it tasted a little funky. Luckily the waffles tasted amazing on their own. The ‘chicken’ seemed to be tempeh, they didn’t say what it was on the menu. I loved it none the less. The breading was great and the chicken tasted even better thanks to the kale and corn that topped it. The sweet potato fries were also crispy and a great compliment to the chicken and waffles.

My mom ordered the Portabello Fajita Tacos. The portabello mushrooms were marinated in a spicy barbacoa sauce. The tacos were also stuffed with peppers and onions along with a cashew poblano creama and tofu cotija cheese. I only had a few bites but I thought the mushrooms were awesome. I love vegan tacos because there is always such a wide variety of ingredients and I get to try new things so often. Both my mom and I liked everything about these fajita tacos. 

Final Thoughts

Overall, Native Foods Cafe exceeded my expectations. I used the Happy Cow app to find it and didn’t expect much. But the food was outstanding and I plan on visiting again the next chance I have. There is so much variety on the menu. Native Foods also has sandwiches, bowls, and burgers. Make sure to give it a try next time you are in Denver!


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