Seattle has no shortage of vegan food spots, with plenty of restaurants, bakeries, and bars to choose from. If you’re following a plant-based diet, here are some of the best eateries and dessert spots you need to try.
Plum Bistro is a stylish vegan restaurant located in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood. Chef Makini Howell was named a Top Chef Changing Food in America in the New York Times for good reason, and their food is well-renowned! Not only does their menu have a huge variety of comfort food, but the portions are huge & satisfying. Their plant-based “Mac & Yease” is their most popular dish, but my personal favorite is their Classic Reuben with Tofu strami.
Donut lovers, rejoice! Dough Joy is Seattle’s first and only 100% fully plant based donut shop & cafe. They have so many unique flavors on their menu, with seasonal flavors rotating every month. You can either choose more fruity flavors like Mango con Chile, or sweeter flavors like French Toast (my favorite) . Given that their donuts are yeast-raised, you really can’t even tell these donuts are vegan. They’re still fluffy, soft, and delicious!
*TIP* – Because they tend to sell out at the end of the day, make sure to get there early.
If you’re looking for the best vegan fried food in town, then you need to check out Cycle Dogs! They have everything from fried “chicken” sandwiches, hot dogs topped with Mexican street corn, and giant breakfast burritos. I first visited them when they were a small food truck, and it’s amazing to see them open a new space in Ballard.
Araya’s Place Vegan Thai
multiple locations (Bellevue, Seattle) | website
This vegan Thai spot was one of the first restaurants I ever tried when I moved to Seattle, and it still holds a place in my heart! Their pineapple curry is packed with flavor, and the crispy spring rolls are my favorite appetizer (I could eat 10 of them in one sitting). Plus, they offer an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for only $14/person. It’s a fantastic deal that includes unlimited pad Thai, curry, rice, and fresh fruit.
Life on Mars
Life on Mars is a cocktail bar that offers an entirely plant-based menu. You can find late-night tacos, cauliflower wings, a vegan crab cake po’boy, and plenty of drinks to go around! Not to mention they even have a record shop inside where you can pick a record to play during their vinyl happy hour. It’s the perfect place to grab a drink with friends on the weekend
If you’re looking for an aesthetic plant-based brunch spot, Cafe Flora wins with their delicious food and sun-lit atrium. The cinnamon roll here is a MUST, it’s probably my favorite cinnamon roll in Seattle (vegan or not!). Also you can’t go wrong with their savory options, like the rosemary biscuits and mushroom gravy.
Frankie & Jo’s
Plant-based ice cream that is creamy, delicious, and doesn’t just taste like coconut? Frankie & Jo’s has you covered! Not only is their ice cream 100% vegan, every flavor is also organic and gluten-free. They even offer ice cream that is only sweetened with dates, with no added sugar.
Kati Vegan Thai
For a more modern twist on Thai food, Kati Vegan Thai offers some unique plant-based dishes and cocktails. Since their philosophy is to use traditional techniques and fresh, local ingredients, the quality here is truly unmatched. You really can’t go wrong with their cauliflower bombs, oyster mushroom wings, or the Khao Soi!
For sweet-tooth lovers, Cinnaholic is the perfect place to grab a cinnamon roll. In contrast to the cinnamon roll at Cafe Flora, Cinnaholic offers more gourmet options and decadent toppings like fresh strawberries, Oreos, and chocolate chips. They also offer 20 frosting flavors to choose from, and have been featured on Shark Tank!