If looking to explore a slice, or a plateful of veganism, here are my favorite vegan restaurants in the city.
This is my favorite veg restaurant in Seattle. Bamboo Garden feature traditional Chinese plates served with mock meats. The corn chowder with faux chicken is the best and so is the chicken and broccoli and sweet and sour chicken. Order by the plate or a combo meal as pictured above. Prices are moderate and parking is available. Some faux meats are vegetarian so check with the waitstaff for the vegan menu.
Loving Hut - International District
The Loving Hut is a global chain that features local specialties as well traditional Asian plates. One of the most surprising menu options is the avocado smoothie. It's amazing and back in 2011 when I first tried it (as avocados were not popular back then like today), it ignited an entirely new outlook on vegan cooking.
Araya's Place is a meat-free Thai restaurant, so no need to worry about fish sauce and shrimp paste sneaking onto your plate. There are several locations across the Seattle and Bellevue area, but I recommend the U-District location for the lunch buffet. They do not have mock meats, but serve traditional Thai plates with tofu or vegetables only. The Pad Thai of course is worth it!
Pizza Pi - U-District
Located near Araya's Place is a dairy-free pizza joint. Look for the small blue house with a pizza graffiti and you know you've found the right place. Besides pizza, discover the most beloved pizza-joint foods like salads, breadsticks, subs and calzones. All the salad dressings are made in house and are gluten free.
Chaco's Canyon - Greenwood | West Seattle
If you want to get your granola-munching vibes on, visit Chaco's Canyon. This was one of the first places I ate at in Seattle in the U-District - ahh the memories. That location is long gone, but not the cafe. Grain bowls, coconut lattes, kombucha on tap - this place is everything you've ever imagined about healthy dairy-free and gluten-free food. I'm a big fan of the chocolate-maca smoothie and Hippie bowl.
Serving for more than 30 years, Wayward is a community diner that is the perfect hangover or breakfast pitstop. Breakfast is served all day and the tater tot hash is worth a try! I'm also a fan of the biscuits and gravy and the Biscuit Mountain.
The Veggie is a west coast chain that serves vegan fast food. It's the perfect pitstop for something healthy or something greasy. I love the Sante Fe Chicken Burger served with coleslaw and the Harvest Bowl. Veggie Grill has a regular menu that also features seasonal favorites.
Highline Bar - Capitol Hill
A punk-inspired bar located on the second level of an old retail building, Highline is another notable bar food establishment in the vegan community. Live music and comedy shows occur often so check if there is a cover charge before entering. Don't waste your time on the nachos, go directly for the Pig Destroyer, a Caroline sweet bbq pulled "pork" sandwich. Holy sh*t - it is messy but finger-licking good.
Plum Bistro is probably Seattle's most popular vegan restaurant, and for good reason. It's chic and expensive but well worth the experience. The Mac-'N'-yease is my favorite starter and if you love buffalo sauce, try the Buffalo Portabello sandwich. For something extra-hearty, go for the Fresh Herb Rubbed Seitan.
Plum Sugar - Capitol Hill
The Plum chain features various establishments throughout town. For the sweeter side of life, visit Plum Sugar, a vegan dessert cafe. From ice cream sandwiches to raw bars to milkshakes, nothing is more sweet than this tiny establishment. The avocado orange blossom ice cream is worth a taste for the healthier side of sweets.
Silence-Heart-Nest Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe - Fremont
One of my favorite places in Seattle, this Hard Krishna establishment features both vegan and veg-friendly food. The only thing I've ordered here is the Western Round Up, a dish served with two sweet potato biscuits and soy sausage links topped with cashew gravy, with potatoes. This is one of my favorite meals in Seattle. Open for breakfast and lunch.
Jodee's Desserts - Location Pending
Jodees Desserts was once located in Greenlake and is now in transition to either opening a new store front or selling in stores. Jodees is a vegan, gluten-free dessert shop that sells all sorts of tasty cakes and cheesecakes. Stay posted to their website for relocation details.
What's your favorite place in Seattle? There are so many amazing vegan places in Seattle that these are our classic favorites, but stay posted as we'll post more once we discover these other places.
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