Mediterannean and/or Vegetarian near downtown
I will be visiting Seattle at end of April. Looking for suggestions or favorite Vegetarian or Mediterranean restaurants. Looking for falafel, hummus, tabouli kind of places in small hole in the wall joints as well as nicer kind of places. Not looking for high end Mediterranean with steak/chicken with Mediterranean cooking techniques.
As for Vegetarian, how about your favorites, like Thai Vegetarian, or Chinese Vegetarian, etc.? To clarify, I am not looking for places that have a regular menu plus a few Vegetarian entree's.
I like to walk visual neighborhoods so if they have restaurants with easy public transportation access if needed from the Warwick Hotel area, I am game to explore.
If you were a Vegetarian, with a carnivorous kinda wife, who also likes good Med/Veg, where would you send someone? Thanks in advance!
Take the number 5 bus up to Greenwood. My favorite little place is Mr Gyro. There are at least two other Mediterranean places nearby, but I love Mr Gyro gyros and beef kebab so much I never go anywhere else. The eating area is small and crowded. Serve yourself some arabic tea.
Greenwood Ave and Phinney Ave to the south are great for strolling and there are some really nice cafes.
8411 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
best falafel in town at ZAINA'S; main branch on cherry off 1st and smaller place on pine btw. 1st/2nd
full superb vegetarian vietnamese menu (and seperate omnivorous one) at MOONLIGHT CAFE - 19th/jackson
same situation for taishan chinese at CHIANG'S GOURMET - 15th/lake city way
So my favorite vegetarian Thai food in town is at Jhanjay...but neither location (Wallingford and Ballard) is super close to downtown. If you are feeling adventurous, you should be able to get to either by public transit. They aren't totally far, just kinda out of the way if you're trying to stay downtown. They've got all the usual stuff you see on Thai menus, but also lots of stuff I don't commonly see. I really like the spicy eggplant with black bean sauce and the omelet.
Closer to downtown, I can recommend a couple of places on Capitol Hill: In the Bowl (on Olive Way) is a vegetarian hole-in-the-wall pan-asian joint...love love love this place, especially their curry noodle soups. Plum Bistro (12th & Pike) is a great vegan restaurant with unique food, and the many omnivores I've taken there give it a big thumbs up. The same owners (I think?) have a great vegan sandwich shop called Sage Cafe up on 15th. You can walk up to Capitol Hill from the Warwick, but there are also plenty of buses that go there. It's a cheap cab ride if you don't feel like walking or busing. Have fun!
In the Bowl
1554 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102
Jhanjay Vegeterian Thai Cuisine
1718 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
It's not downtown, but Ballard is easily accessible by bus, and you could try out Maria Hines' new restaurant the Golden Beetle. They have vegetarian and non-vegetarian tasting menus. Also, Ballard is a great neighborhood to walk around in, and they have an awesome Sunday Market that's fun to peruse.
This isn't Med but consider Poppy. It's Indian-inspired PNW food. They have 7 or 10 item Thalis You can choose a thail that is veg, or one that has a fish item or meat item. It's fantastic and easy to get to from Capitol Hill.
I think you're really limiting yourself by not wanting a Thai or Chinese place that also has meat. Most Asian restaurants have extensive vegetarian options, not just a token few. I personally would not recommend any of the strictly veg ones I've been to, but there are great options if you can deal with a place that has something of everything.