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My mom and I are traveling to Seattle and Portland next week. We're both vegetarian, so places like Crush and Park Kitchen won't really work for us. We both love Thai, Mexican, Italian, and brunch (which I hear Portland is famous for). Actually, we like pretty much anything that doesn't have meat in it! We don't need strictly vegetarian restaurants, just ones that will provide us with a number of options and are, of course, delicious. We're going to be in Seattle for 4 days and Portland for 3, so the more recommendations the better! Thanks!!!

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  1. I really like Carmelita's in Seattle...especially in the summer time, when you can sit out back in the courtyard.

    1. This is also for Seattle. I like Cafe Flora and Silence Heart Nest (vanilla waffles), both are pure vegetarian places. I also really like Coastal Kitchen, Portage Bay Cafe, and Crave for brunch. I think each have vegetarian options, but would probably contain dairy/egg (not sure about vegan options). Most Thai places have a tofu option so you should be fine there. I like Kwanjai, Thaiku, Jamjuree and Thaiger room. For Italian, I like Barolo and La vita bella. I have also heard good things about la Medusa and la Rustica and want to give them a try. As for Mexican, I don't have many suggestions, but I like Rositas (hand made tortillas), la carta de Oaxaca, and Cactus. Have fun!

      1. run - do not walk - to the moonlight cafe at 19th/jackson, an odd neighborhood but a superb, multipage vietnamese vegan menu (oddly, they also have a equally large omnivorous menu) of which 90% is a joy - the sesame 'beef' and three mushroom hot pot are particular standouts. also a great fave is vegetarian bistro (king street btw. 5th and 6th), a completely vegan place with dim sum (turnip cake is the best anywhere) . i like carmelita but it is awfully pricey; better cafe flora (madison/mlk) especially the patio. you will discover that seattle is nirvana for vegetarians; even those restaurants not strictly vegie will not treat you with disdain and generally can accomodate your needs easily.

        1. The Sunlight Cafe in Ravenna has a good all vegetarian menu. Close by is Hillside Quickies whose vegan sandwiches are fabulous.

          1. Thanks for all the suggestions!

            I'm planning on going to Cafe Flora, Wild Ginger (I went there 5 years ago and loved it - how is it now?), Assimba Ethiopian, and Thaiger Room.

            I've read great things about Moonlight Cafe, but it's kind of out of the way. We won't have a car so we need things to be in walking distance of Downtown/Capitol Hill area. Also, we're definitely not vegan - we love eggs for brunch! :)

            As for Portland, I'm planning on checking out Pix Patisserie, The Farm Cafe, The Chaat stand in Downtown, The Noble Rot, and The Bridgeport Brewing Co.

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            1. re: scarlet starlet

              Try the burrata at Barolo (seattle) if you get a chance. If you find yourself at Wild Ginger for lunch, try the nonya noodles (you can ask them to hold the shrimp, and substitute string beans or other veggies for the tofu, which is not as tasty). I would also recommend the mussels in coconut curry at Wild Ginger (be sure to ask for rice to put in it and sop up the broth) but that might lie outside your vegetarian boundaries...

              1. re: scarlet starlet

                If you're going to Pix, go to Pok Pok for Thai dinner first. It's a few blocks away just down Division street. If you eat at the outdoor seating you can get vegetarian kao soi, a curry noodle soup. It's delicious, authentic, and one of the few places you can get it vegetarian and authentic. They have a sit-down restaurant too, but eat outside cause you can't get kao soi inside. "Why?" I asked them. They responded, "Because if we served it in the restaurant, that's all anyone would ever order." I'm still scratching my head over that.

                Pix is excellent and you'll find wonderful desserts there.

                1. re: seattledebs

                  great tip! Wild Ginger has a version of khao soi (listed as "7 elements soup") but it's bland and not very authentic

                2. re: scarlet starlet

                  moonlight is no more out of the way than cafe flora. for the money, i think carmelita is a much, MUCH better vegetarian restaurant.

                  1. re: ccqueen

                    certainly, carmelita is a wonderful place but well they should be when the entrees are in the $22 range; cafe flora places at about $13 and moonlight takes the cheapness prize by having most of its dishes in the $9 neighborhood - none of which would mean diddley were not the food wonderful at all of the above.

                  2. re: scarlet starlet

                    I highly recommend Cafe Flora for brunch, especially if you eat eggs. It's walkable from Capitol Hill and will give you some exercise on the uphill trek on the way back to wherever you're staying downtown. :)

                    I would also recommend you try Osteria La Spiga on 12th in the Pike/Pine Corridor area of Capitol Hill. They have some excellent pasta and appetizer options for you and have a spectacular diningroom to boot.

                  3. While this may be low-end, I must say that the Veggie Burgers (particularly the Verge Veggie Burger) at Red Mill Burgers (located in Phinney Ridge, near Green Lake, and Interbay, north of Downtown) are amazing. Get a Verde Veggie (with a whole roasted Anaheim pepper and smoky sauce), some onion rings (the best in the city, I think), and a shake, and it's a filling, fattening veggie delight.

                    1. Bamboo Garden is a must try for their creative "meat named" all veggie dishes. Lower Queen Anne on Roy.

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                      1. re: blackjsus

                        if one can deal with the powerful essence of litterbox that permeates the air - friends tell me that the front room is the worst and the second dining room is less affected with the miasma but i have no desire to check it out