It's no secret: the greater Seattle area is a vegan paradise!
A quick Google search for "Most vegan cities in the US", and you'll see Seattle in the top 5 on a variety of sites. Most vegan blogs will list off the heavy hitters, usually with lines out the door on weekends: Wayward vegan cafe, Plum Bistro, and of course, the all vegan grocery store, Vegan Haven.
These are all amazing, showstopping restaurants that are worth a visit during your Pacific Northwest tenure. The purpose of this blog, however, is to showcase some of our favorite places that don't always get the spotlight on other vegan blogs. If you're new to the area, or just looking to try some new places out, here are some great places!
Blossom Vegetarian (Renton)
Zen Buddhist Nun Hue Phan mastered recipes mimicking meat & classic vietnamese dishes she had missed eating before going vegetarian, and opened this gorgeous restaurant right in the heart of downtown Renton.
When you enter Blossom, you're greeted with atmosphering music, stunning water features, and a gold plated buddhist shrine with tibeten singing bowls on the side. Typically, you can also find pamphlets and flyers for other vegan or buddhist activities in the area! I love to come in a large group of 6-8, so we can sit at their larger tables that feature glass lazy susans in the center, making a meal feel that much more extravagant.
Jana & I have been frequenting this restaurant for years, even before we went plant based! Our favorites are the Ginger Fried Fish, Mongolian Beef, and Vermicelli Noodle Combo. Don't forget to try something on their tea menu, every one we've tried has been absolute heaven.
Pictured - Vermicelli noodle combo: Yes! It's vegan!
Important to note: a few recipes contain egg, but are clearly marked on the menu as not vegan.
Quickie Too (Tacoma)
Run by the same family of legendary vegan chef Makini Howell at Plum Bistro, Niombi & Afi Howell run this cozy, loveable shop in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma. The "Quickie" building was previously a convenience store that the Howell family bought to open their new vegan restaurant, honorably named "Quickie Too". I love to sit near their wood stove and admire all of the posters of Jamacian musicians and read the numerous newspaper reviews, interviews and op-eds framed around the dining room.
As Niombi explains in this video, going vegan in the 70s, let alone opening a vegan restaurant in Hilltop, of all places, seemed impossible! She set out to bring healthier options to their neighborhood, and to ensure her recipes were delicious and most of all unique: "this doesn't taste like chicken, this doesn't taste like shrimp.. this tastes like something you've never tried! Our goal is to change the way you taste."
When you have an afternoon in Tacoma to venture, stop on by and try the classics: their infamous "Mac 'n' Yease", the Crazy Jamaican Burger, or their delectable milkshakes (My personal favorite is the Mexican chocolate). Their Sunday brunch is a must, as well, featuring a limited menu with complimentary fresh baked muffins with every meal. You can also order their seasoned tofu, seitan and tempeh in bulk!
Highline Bar (Seattle/Capitol Hill)
More of a music venue than a restaurant, the Highline is a must for any vegan metalheads craving comfort food and looking to get to know the local music scene. Anytime I'm out with friends in Capitol Hill, the Highline is a MUST! When you walk in, you feel like you're in quintessential Seattle, the perfect dive with perfect food for young adults bar hopping on a Saturday night. The balcony gives you a view of all of Broadway and you can feel the hustle and bustle of the city life beneath your feet. City dwellers, this spot is for you.
Iconic cocktail names like "Pussy Riot" and "Reign in Blood", and a rotating beer menu handwritten on a chalkboard above the bar, are the cherry on top for the atmosphere.
Our favorites: Pickle Spears, Seitan Fingers, and Fish & Chips as starters (especially if you're a few drinks in). Sandwiches like "The Pig Destroyer" (BBQ pulled 'pork'), "The Bell Toll" (philly cheezesteak with Au Jus), and "The Citizen Fish" (soy fish filet & tartar sauce), make for suitable main courses. Of course, don't forget about trying their "Drop Dead" - deep fried oreos with coconut ice cream.
My stomach is grumbling just thinking about it!
At times it feels like there are countless spots in the city for vegans, but other times it can be challenging to find something new and fresh that you haven't heard of. If you're looking for recommendations for any other hidden vegan gems near you, reach out to our team, we're happy to help!
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