Lately, as I’ve been eating gluten-free and dairy-free, I get really jazzed when I find nutritious but inspirational, delicious options outside of my kitchen.
Enter, Whole Sol.
Opened in July in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood by power-couple, Phil Dumontet and Alexa Squillaro, their small, superfoods restaurant serves up inventive smoothie bowls, packed with flavor and nutrition.
Their backgrounds are the perfect recipe for bringing forward active nutrition to Colorado. They’re avid marathoners, Alexa has her Masters in Nutrition from Columbia and spent time in New York bringing nutrition to children through the school system, and Phil just sold Dashed, a delivery business, to GrubHub last year (he was also named Forbes’ 30 under 30, a list of the most influential young entrepreneurs). They recently came to Colorado from the East Coast and we’re so happy to have them here!
The menu is entirely gluten-free and dairy-free. They never add any sugar or fruit juice to their ingredients, and everything is made right in front of you making for a transparent experience. The menu ranges from smoothie bols – served in reusable coconut shells – cold-pressed juice, hot bols that are great for breakfast on-the-go, snacks, and toasts, which is perhaps one of the best avocado toasts I’ve had in Denver.
If you’re going the bol route, try the ‘I Like You Matcha’ which has a green base of kale, spinach, banana, pineapple, almond butter, and matcha topped with coconut, banana, blueberries and granola or the ‘The OG’ one of their simplest and most popular, 100% pure, wild-harvested acai base, topped with banana, strawberry, granola, and honey.
The OG Bol
Unlike other cold-pressed juice places, I find their juices to be inventive. I suggest trying the ‘New OJ’ which is savory, but unlike anything you’ve ever tasted (as Alexa shares when I first tried it). It has bell pepper, sweet potato, orange, black pepper, apple, lemon, and turmeric in it. For something a little different, try their ‘Glacier Water’ a blue concoction made with coconut water, aloe water, spring water, blue spirulina, lemon, and a touch of stevia.
The snacks Alexa came up with are perfect on the go, and the kind of thing you should buy in bulk to pop after a workout or maybe mid-afternoon. I love the ‘Matcha Protein Bites’ made with dates, macadamia nuts, matcha, coconut, and plant protein. They also have a chia-seed pudding I recommend, which is made with almond milk.
I know it’s everywhere, but I don’t care: I love avocado toast. The best part, I’ve not had a gluten-free avocado toast this good. Anywhere.
You must order the ‘White Truffle Avocado’ toast (pictured above). It comes on Kim & Jakes gluten-free peasant loaf, topped with avocado, EVOO, red pepper, microgreens, cherry tomatoes, and the special ingredient of white truffle olive oil. I also found their ‘Bruschetta Pesto’ to be really interesting made out of hemp pesto, treenut cheese, tomato, and balsamic glaze. The cheese-like taste is impressive given it’s dairy-free.
Bruschetta Pesto Toast
Another impressive component is that all of their utensils, napkins, bowls, and cups are plant based which means they’re all compostable (as is any leftover food you might have on your plate, which I doubt). That means nothing from inside Whole Sol goes to the landfill. Restaurants can do better, and Whole Sol is.
What’s next? They plan to open a second Whole Sol location in Boulder, on Pearl Street mall at 1420 Pearl Street.
Their Denver location is at 1735 Chestnut Place, and they’re open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.