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THE BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN EATS IN SEATTLE

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UPDATED OCT 3, 2019

Some cities are known for their vegan and vegetarian food scene. And Seattle is right up there with them, offering killer veg-friendly options. Fill up on some flavorful vegetarian and vegan eats at these local spots.

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MARISSA PEDERSEN

FITT SEATTLE CONTRIBUTOR

Sometimes you’re in need of a grab-and-go snack… but other times, you just want to slow down and savor each bite of a comforting meal. If you’re in the sit-and-savor mood, Cafe Flora in Madison Valley is a great option. Take a stroll around the block, window shop, pick up a plant at City People’s Garden, and then relax in this cafe’s gorgeous indoor atrium with a plate of the Farmers Market Ravioli.

Almost every Asian dish imaginable is available meat-free at Seattle’s beloved Loving Hut. You can finally eat pho, crispy rolls, pad Thai, and everything in between without fear of fish sauce sneaking it’s way into your dish. The International District’s Loving Hut is not only here to bring you phenomenal animal product-free meals, but they’re also on a mission to make transitioning to a plant-based diet easy for everyone.

This place is your tried-and-true vegan cafe, offering up all of the classics, from elixir shots and organic juices to warm grain bowls and healthy salads. Heartbeet is on a mission to get everyone hooked on superfoods — and so far, Seattle is on board. Head to this Ravenna spot, and check out their menu for yourself!

If you’ve been to Madison Valley’s Cafe Flora, you'll be excited to hear that they have the perfect mini-Flora set up at the SeaTac airport. Floret has everything you need to fuel up pre-flight. They offer oat milk lattes, salads to-go, and snacks for your journey. Forget that last minute convenience shop snack run, and head here instead.

Calling all tiki bar-lovers: head over to Ballard’s No Bones Beach Club to be transported to island life, vegan-style. They have jackfruit carnitas Northwest Nachos that actually taste like carnitas with oozing melted cheese and Buffalo cauliflower wings that will change your life. Killer food, amazing tiki drinks, kitschy tiki decor — there’s a reason this place almost always has a line of people waiting for tables.

You can easily miss this unassuming Thai place as you walk through through U District or Madison Valley. But this isn't a spot to pass up, especially if you’ve been craving a vegan version of Phad See-Iew or Basil Fried Rice. From spicy tofu curries to fried tofu, we promise you won’t even miss the meat.

If you and your plant-based buddies can’t agree on a place to eat, hit up Veggie Grill at their downtown, South Lake Union, or University District location. From the Rustic Farm Bowl to the Koreatown Tacos and Backyard Spicy Fried Chickin’, they’ve got something for everyone. With a commitment to fresh, seasonal food and a goal of bringing people together around delicious and healthy food, this place will quickly become one of your go-to's.

Chaco Canyon in West Seattle and Greenwood was the city’s first go at raw and vegan eats. You can thank this spot for introducing the whole movement of raw power bars, immune-boosting elixirs, and grain bowls in Seattle. Now, 15+ years later, the cafe is still a go-to when you want a nourishing, filling, and super-flavorful meal. Fitt favorite: the Thai Peanut Bowl paired with a glass of house-made kombucha.

When the next date night rolls around, head out to Plum Bistro in Capitol Hill for some vegan fine dining. You’ll want to change out of your sweatpants before you visit, but it’s well worth it; try their Spicy Cajun Mac ‘n’ Yease, and you’ll see what we mean. If you’re really hungry, try the Buffalo Portobello, a sandwich stuffed with a panko-coated portobello mushroom and topped with buffalo hot sauce, ranch, and veggies. Fitt Tip: if you’re in a hurry, head a couple doors down to Chopped, Plum’s grab-and-go vegan breakfast and salad joint.

El Chupacabra has one of the most customizable Mexican menus around, so you're sure to find something you want to eat. Each table boasts a bevy of salsas to make every meal even better—we recommend the quesadilla with mock steak and vegan cheese. El Chupacabra not only has a different take on food, but the atmosphere is unique as well. The name of the place means "little devil" in Spanish, so you'll dine with strange little Mexican statues of devils and jam to loud rock music.

For those who thought giving up dairy meant saying goodbye to pizza, think again; Pizza Pi’s got your vegan pizza fix. Combine any toppings imaginable for guilt-free pizzas, or choose one of their pre-made pies, like the Phoni-Pepperoni or the Ex-Meat Lovers. Round out your meal by adding the cheesy garlic bread or buffalo wings. Next time you're in the U District, stop by to scarf down some mean meat-free eats before you head out on The Ave for a night of bar hopping.

Loud music and vegan food — two things that don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but absolutely should. At this Capitol Hill hideaway, you’ll see why they’re a perfect fit as you watch tattooed rockers nosh on seitan buffalo wings while head-banging to live music. The entire menu is so good that this place is always packed with vegans and meat-eaters alike.

If you’ve been missing out on brunch with your friends because the options are limited to, well, toast, Wayward Vegan Cafe is calling your name. Everything you can possibly think of is on the menu, from scrambled eggs (curried tofu) to pancakes with a side of vegan ham and sausage. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so it doesn’t matter what time you stumble out of bed.

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