Who Needs Salad When You've Got Caprese Chicken Balls?
Boasting a tiny back garden and a glass-enclosed atrium, Seattle's most famous meat-free restaurant serves everything from dinner (corn tortillas filled w/ cheesy mashed potatoes, black bean stew, smoky braised greens & fire roasted salsa; harvest lasagna with roasted butternut squash & tomato fennel sauce) to brunch, where you can down blood orange ginger waffles, biscuits and gravy, and the one thing that's definitely better without meat... cocktails.
University Center (& other locations)
This casual/healthy chain has three 206 locations, all of which feature weirdly not-so-bad-for-you favorites that could seriously pass for animal-based eats, including VG's Uptown Nachos, BBQ-kicked Chill Out Wings, and the spicy Bayou Chickin' Sandwich. Air quotes included, presumably.
Seattle's oldest vegetarian spot has been serving animal-/gluten-free food for 40 years, including a range of pastas (pesto w/ basil, lasagna, risotto, etc.), two different kinds of nachos, and daily morning eats like the sesame crunch waffle w/ organic maple syrup.
What started as a pop-up at the late La Bete, quickly morphed into a permanent spot of their own where, yes, you can still get the fresh juice they're known for, but can also score predominantly vegetarian breakfast/lunch options like a lentil daal/spinach yogurt/seasonal veggie sandwich on flatbread/gluten-free foccacia, or any number of rotating specials.
There's one in the Madison valley too (in the halfway-hidden house where Rover's used to be), but the northernmost outpost of this Thai/vegan spot gets the nod mostly on the strength of its incredibly popular daily lunch buffet, during which $11 gets you an all-you-can-eat menu that ranges from pot stickers, to curries, noodles, and fried rice.
Sure, this Pike/Pine eatery serves up some stylish and innovative vegan dishes ranging from flatbread pizzas (the Veggie Monster with... um, lots of veggies), to a handful of burgers like the Buffalo portobello, and a varied array of entries (sweet pea ravioli!), but they've also got Seattle's first vegan food truck, a cookbook, and more.
Fifteen years after closing the Belltown original, the brothers behind this golden-era-of-Grunge destination reinvented it as a salvaged wood-heavy Chinatown slice spot with seats for 20, and myriad touches from the old space, including vintage signs, and -- originally reclaimed from the lobby of the Space Needle -- a low-slung orange couch, where you can sprawl while eating one of WP's meatless 16in pies including the signature spicy Veggy Pepperoni.
Two words: Mac Daddy. We don't care that this former U-District mainstay has relocated a little ways northward, at least not as long as they keep making this vegan homage to the Big Mac made with two no-beef patties, Thousand Island sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame free bun (so beware the objectively less dangerous Veggieburglar), along with the rest of their bistro-style meatless eats.
You could opt for the Vegetarian tasting menu at Iron Chef vet Maria Hines' flagship restaurant, Tilth (in Wallingford), but the easiest way to get animal-free food from the accolade-heavy chef is a la carte style from this casual Mediterranean bistro vegan menu highlighted by a trio of dips with wood-fired flatbread (basically the best hummus plate in the city), a savory chickpea & lemon stew, and more.
You probably wouldn't even know this pub with industrial decor, bizarre art, and retro video game consoles was a vegetarian restaurant if... well, it wasn't on this list. Sorry about that! But who cares when you can score corn dogs, enchiladas, and a slew of sandwiches so good you won't even notice the lack of meat.