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sweth Mar 13, 2010 11:13 AM

A DC Chowhound here posting as a proxy for a friend who is coming to Seattle in a few months. Whenever she travels to a new city, she likes to try to hit at least one upscale vegan restaurant there; any suggestions for where she should go while she's in town?

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    Mary McChugalug Mar 13, 2010 12:43 PM

    I've been out of Seattle since it opened so I haven't been to it yet (can't wait!) but I'm guessing that Plum Bistro is you're friend's best bet, the owner's other restaurant, Hillside Quickies- a vegan sandwich shop, makes the best sandwiches I've ever had and I would bet dollars to vegan donuts that the food at Plum is wonderful.
    Cafe Flore and Carmelita are Seattle's two longstanding upscale vegetarian restaurants (with plenty of vegan items but not a full vegan menu). Neither one is amazing foodwise- I've never had an 'I can't believe that food can be this good!' type of experience at either one, but I've had great meals at both.
    Also, Teapot Vegan House is a more casual but excellent pan-asian vegan restaurant that's definitely worth checking out.

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      AGW510 Mar 14, 2010 04:47 PM

      Yeah, Cafe Flora, Carmelita, and Plum Bistro are the go-to standards. Personally, I think Cafe Flora has the nicest atmosphere of the three and has the most bang for the buck. Plum Bistro is good, but not any better than the other two.

      1. violetseverine Mar 14, 2010 11:44 PM

        I was actually really bummed out by Plum. Hillside Quickie is better. I think Carmelitas is the hands down winner. Inventive food, not just fake meat.

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          fredstorm Mar 15, 2010 09:03 AM

          Having just eaten there, I can highly suggest Sutra (http://www.sutraseattle.com). Fully veggie, and they'll do vegan at any time. Awesome food, awesome experience.

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            violetseverine Mar 15, 2010 11:07 AM

            Sutra's menus looks great. I'll have to try it.

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            Colin2 Mar 15, 2010 02:00 PM

            Carmelita. Upscale, plenty of vegan options, food ranges from good to really really good.

            http://www.carmelita.net/

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              Bethwick Mar 15, 2010 04:06 PM

              Go to Sutra. It's a fixed menu but very interesting creative food and Seattle vibe experience. I would skip Cafe Flora.

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