When planning our recent trip to Denver, one of the absolute musts on the list was revisiting WaterCourse, a vegetarian restaurant in Uptown. We’d visited Watercourse one other time a couple of years ago when we were driving across country. Then WaterCourse had been a welcome respite from long days trapped in a small car. At the height of summer, we enjoyed sitting on their outdoor patio as I noshed on their renowned Portobello reuben (which made my top five reuben list). Then we grabbed a salad, so that we could get back on the road, ensuring we’d have a quality dinner later that night.
This time around there was a pending blizzard (more on that in future posts), and so we ventured inside instead. With low lighting and lots of space between tables, WaterCourse is a good place to gather with friends or linger over drinks with a date. They serve beer and wine, and while it’s a vegetarian restaurant, there are plenty of vegan items on offer.
I glanced over their menu and sided with the Mesquite Tofu. It’s served atop a sweet potato mash and creamed corn with shiitake mushrooms and steamed kale. (I asked that the dish be prepared vegan.) The velvety mash complemented the smokiness in the chunks of tofu. It balanced the line nicely between being filling and comforting while not being overly heavy.
David couldn’t resist going back for what he’d eaten on the patio years ago, the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos. His plate arrived packed with three tacos filled with black beans, peppers, onions, and marinated sweet potatoes. It was topped with a crunchy cilantro lime slaw and served with avocado and homemade salsa. (It usually comes with cheese, but of course, he ordered it without.) Always a fan of the sweet potato and black bean combination, he finished it off in no time.
A friend who had joined us for dinner that evening ordered the Thai Peanut Stir-Fry. The stir-fry can be ordered with tofu or tempeh, either fried or grilled. He opted for fried tempeh stir-fried with onions, cabbage, broccoli, and carrots in a creamy peanut sauce over brown rice. He said that the sauce itself was a particular highlight.
WaterCourse is a classy yet casual restaurant that seemed pretty popular for a Wednesday night. With pleasant service and a varied menu, it’s worth visiting if you’re in the area.
WaterCourse is located at 837 E. 17th Ave in Denver. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday it’s open from 8 am to 10 pm.