Seattle's 5 Best Vegan Meals
Updated: Jun 30, 2020
It’s no secret that the USA’s west coast is on its A-game when it comes to vegan food. Last month, I spent two weeks in the beautiful city of Seattle, and made sure I took full advantage of its huge number of vegan joints while I was there!
In this post, I’m counting down my top 5 vegan meals in Seattle - i.e. places where I had a proper main course, rather than just a snack or dessert (so Cinnaholic and Molly Moon’s will be mentioned another time!). It was actually pretty hard to narrow down my favourites from everywhere I visited, but these are now my official top five spots!
My apologies in advance for my horrible food photography! I attempted to edit and improve the shots I did take but they look terrible on a different screen! If anyone can enlighten me with some tricks to make food look good in photos PLEASE let me know!
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1009 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122
Sizzle Pie originated in Portland, Oregon, and now has stores as far as Seattle and Reno. Located in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle, Sizzle Pie serves vegan, veggie, and meat pizzas, as well as salads and the most amazing looking garlic knots!
Sizzle Pie is also joined to Dark Bar next door, so if you fancy a cocktail with your pizza (or a pizza after a few cocktails!), you're in the perfect place! They're renowned enough to have their own metalhead-style merchandise, which honestly wasn't the worst or most gimmicky I've ever seen!
On my trip to Sizzle Pie, I had a slice of one of their specials, which isn't on their official menu and I can't remember its name! I know it had some vegan sausage going on though (that was the reason I went for it!). I wish I'd asked for vegan cheese or got a slice which already had cheese, but that's just a personal preference!
I also had one of their "Rabbit" salads, the health benefits of which I completely obliterated when I drowned it vegan ranch! Essentially, I came for the pizza and stayed for the vegan ranch.
Taste rating: 7/10
Overall experience: 7/10
1427 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Veggie Grill is a meat-free fast food chain, with restaurants in six US states including Washington and Oregon, where I travelled last month. I have read that Veggie Grill is entirely vegan, but elsewhere that they serve dishes with egg/milk in them, so that's something to be mindful of when perusing the menu! I visited Veggie Grill three times during my trip, so I became relatively well acquainted with it!
Veggie Grill has a HUGE menu - as a vegan this is pretty overwhelming, being used to only having a few options to choose from! As I visited three on three occasions, I tried to order something different each time.
I tried their BTLA on my first visit (bottom left), as well as creamed corn - apparently this is a big thing in America, and I don't know why we don't have it in the UK because it's DELISH. I would say the BTLA was a slightly above average sandwich - nothing incredible or gourmet, but it got the job done!
On my second trip I tried their mac and cheese (if there's vegan mac and cheese, I've got to give it a go), and more creamed corn (of course). This was definitely one of the better vegan macs I've tried in my time, they nailed the thick cheese sauce and it tasted so good! I thought the portion was kind of small to begin with, but it turned out to be more than enough for me. Would definitely recommend this dish if you're visiting!
For my third and final meal, I tried their Santa Fe Crispy Chick'n sandwich (and, guess what, more creamed corn!). The bread was a bit naff, and added nothing more than a vessel for the good stuff inside. Their chick'n was super convincing as a meat alternative and tasted amazing. It also came with avocado and spicy mayo, so it ticked all the boxes for me!
I would highly recommend Veggie Grill if you're nearby and need a quick fix of genuinely nice vegan food - surely my frequent returns are a testament to how good it is!
Taste rating: 7/10
Overall experience: 6/10
420 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
We visited Wedgwood Thai after hiking to Lake Twenty Two, so we were STARVING. Never have I been so keen for Thai food so early in the day!
I knew I loved Thai food, especially as so much of it is vegan, but I was under the impression that the Thai food I'd had in the UK was actually authentically Thai.....apparently not! Regardless, Wedgwood had a very decent menu with loads to choose from, even as a vegan.
I opted for the veggie tempura (honestly just batter anything and I'll eat it) and the chu chee tofu curry (which was similar to the golden curries I'd had before).
I was really impressed with Wedgwood - their service was amazing, they always made sure we were okay (i.e. asking how food was, topping up water etc), and the speed of service was amazing too! Granted, it was 12pm on a Monday and there were only two tables taken, but I was still impressed!
I didn't try much of what my friends had, but they really liked it, and highly recommended Wedgwood to me - now I can see why.
Taste rating: 8/10
Overall experience: 8/10
1505 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
I was told Lost Lake was a "must see" when I came to Seattle - I can't think of anywhere in the UK where you get an authentic, 24-hour diner experience! Lost Lake was my first diner experience too, and stopped by on our way to a gig we spontaneously decided to go to.
While Lost Lake isn't strictly a vegan joint, it has a number of vegan options on its menu - this is the case with a lot of places in Seattle which is EXCELLENT. I went for their vegan hash, including potatoes, bell pepper, spinach, avo, corn salsa, and sourdough toast, and I added some veggie sausage as well. As I hadn't eaten all day, I didn't need something pretty or complicated, just lots of great tasting stuff thrown together and I absolutely loved it!
I think if I were a Seattleite I would be here a LOT - it has a really nice and friendly atmosphere, and you can't go wrong with good comfort food!
Taste rating: 8/10
Overall experience: 8/10
5410 17th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
No Bones Beach Club was a cafe I had discovered on happycow before I came out to Seattle, and we ended up stopping by on my first full day, after we'd visited the Ballard Farmers' Market. (If you know about the farmers' market, you'll be impressed that I managed to make it all the way through without eating my bodyweight in amazing street food!) As I avoided the street food (with great difficulty), I'd worked up a decent appetite for No Bones, which I'm really glad I did.
No Bones Beach Club is an all-vegan establishment, with restaurants also in Portland and Chicago. It's a tiki-style cafe, with cute looking cocktails and SO many dishes! Once again, this was overwhelming for a vegan with low/realistic expectations!
I decided to go for the Oceanside Brunch Bowl, which sounded decent. I was faced with a huge bowl of tempeh bacon, scrambled tofu, hash browns, peppers, onions, and tomato, all on the biggest bed of spinach I'd ever seen (which was big, but still didn't feel like *too* much spinach), with housemade hollandaise sauce, cilantro crema, and scallions. Honestly, I felt like this was some of the best food I'd ever eaten.
There was no room for dessert, unfortunately, but this dish was absolute perfection, so I can only imagine their other dishes are of the same standard! After such a great experience, I was dying to go back again for the remainder of my trip (basically my entire trip), and treated myself to one final brunch bowl before I headed to the airport on my way home. If I had stayed longer, I would have definitely given some of their other dishes a try, but this was an absolute winner for me!
Taste rating: 10/10
Overall experience: 9/10
Thank you for checking out my top 5 vegan meals in Seattle! I have more vegan- and food-related posts to come following my trip to Seattle - this is definitely one of the best places in the world to live if you're vegan!
If you're interested in more vegan travel content, check out this section of my. blog for all my experiences with travelling as a vegan!
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