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Aug 14, 2011 01:12 PM

Vegetarians visiting Seattle from SF

My wife and I are spending four days in Seattle over Labor Day weekend. Our main agenda is good food and drink. We are both lacto-ovo vegetarians, but are happy to eat at "regular" places that offer something good for us. We're staying in Capital Hill, but we'll have a car.

We live in San Francisco, so we have no need for good ethnic food, nor for noveau-California style fare. What we're looking for is really good regional Pacific Northwest, or one-of-a-kind places - stuff we can't get at home, in terms of food, drink, or ambiance.

Here's what we have planned so far. Please disabuse me if any of these places are lousy, and clue me in to what we're missing! Cost is not a big issue, and we're happy to eat up to five meals a day if necessary.


Georgetown Liquor Company
Hillside Quickie's

Eltana (no Montreal bagels in SF!)
Cafe Flora

Brouwer's Cafe
Stumbling Goat
Barking Dog Alehouse

What should we add? Many thanks in advance!

Cafe Flora
2901 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Barking Dog Alehouse
705 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

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  1. Plum Bistro (a sit down restaurant by the Hillside Quickie family) would be another good option in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

    Plum Bistro
    1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

    1. Poppy for sure!

      I like Carmelita and Stumbling Goat quite a bit--I live nearby and go regularly--they both have nice happy hours, though I tend to think of them more as neighborhood places rather than
      destinations. But if that's what you're going for, they are good bets. Oliver's Twist is inbetween them and also has good cocktails.

      I have heard very mixed reviews of Cafe Flora over the past few years--I'm wondering what others have to say about it.

      Barking Dog is insanely loud and a total zoo with kids before 9 pm. Also, it's just well done pub food--I can't imagine you don't have places like it in SF. I do like the food but I'm not sure it is what you're looking for. Oh wait--it looks like you just want beer there. If that's the case ignore the food info!

      Have you checked the menu at Tilth? That would fit your PNW requirement, and it's very good, though I've only eaten fish there and haven't paid attention to the veg options.

      If you eat at Sutra give us a report. I've heard so little about it, which seems odd.

      Cafe Flora
      2901 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

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      1. re: christy319

        I have eaten at Sutra a few times and recommended it on this board a couple times. A very interesting Seattle experience for both the food and atmosphere. I also like Carmelita but would not recommend Cafe Flora. Tilth can be hit or miss. If you want to splurge go to Rovers for their multi course dinner.

      2. You may also want to consider Sitka & Spruce. It's not a vegetarian restaurant, but they have a lot of non-meat dishes and do good work with them. The focus is on combining local ingredients with preparations from all sides of the Mediterranean (especially North Africa). Although the dinner menu is broader, the restaurant is also open for lunch and brunch.

        The bar next door (Bar Ferd'nand) is a nice place for wine, aperativi, and digestivi.

        1. Thanks to all for your suggestions! Plum Bistro, Sitka & Spruce, and Bar Ferd'nand sound like musts. And we will strike Barking Dog - thanks, Christy. Seems like there are plenty of places to drink great NW beer without a zoo atmosphere!

          Anything else to add, especially in the breakfast or lunch categories?


          Sitka & Spruce
          2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

          Plum Bistro
          1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

          1. There are some good Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurants in town with great veggie options. Dahlak, down Rainier is good. Lalibela has a reputation for good greens, but I can't speak from personal experience.

            I think Pan Africa Market on 1st ave has the best injera of any place in town (important to me, maybe not to you.) Their veggie combo is one of my favorite lunches downtown.

            Pan Africa
            1521 1st Ave Ste B, Seattle, WA 98101