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Best Bites: Beet Box

Beet Box redefines the vegan lunch.

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Say the word “vegan” and many will roll their eyes (or shudder) at the thought of the strict dietary rules. Clearly, those folks have not been to Beet Box Bakery & Cafe in Denver’s San Rafael neighborhood, just south of Five Points. In addition to savory and sweet pastries (and the always-popular doughnuts), the year-old spot offers a small selection of inventive sandwiches. There’s a tofu banh mi, a cremini panino with walnut pesto and cashew cream, and my personal favorite: the Chickpea of the Sea. Beet Box’s variation on tuna salad—which tosses garbanzo beans with fresh herbs, a touch of veganaise, and crunchy vegetables—outdoes its precursor in both texture and flavor. Naysayers should give it—or any of the creative sandwiches—a try. 1030 E. 22nd Ave., 303-861-0017

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