Hi everyone, happy Sunday! I am currently in Seattle for the summer, which means more travel posts and more vegan restaurants to discover! Seattle is every vegans dream, I have never felt so spoiled for choice in my life! From donuts, to dim sum, ice cream and pizza, my heart is so happy (my non existent beach bod, not so much)! Ugh, and don’t even get me started on the food trucks outside of my office at work, that’s another blog post for another time. Today I wanted to show you a couple of my favourite vegan spots I’ve eaten at since I’ve been here. So whether you’re living in or visiting the Seattle area (or you just want to see some amazing food pictures), keep on reading!
Like any sane human being, I love ice cream, and I am always on the search for the best. After visiting Frankie and Jo’s, I think my search might have come to an end. As much as I love my dairy free Ben and Jerry’s, I love trying unique ice cream flavours that are changing the ice cream game. Frankie and Jo’s is an all vegan ice cream shop serving the wild flavours like Coriander Carrot Shrub and Salty Caramel Ash, this menu is blowing my mind! I tried the Gingered Golden Milk, which is a gorgeous (yes we are using words like “gorgeous” to describe this ice cream) bright turmeric yellow ice cream with chunks of candied ginger running through it. I kept it simple and got mine in a gluten free waffle cone, but there are also some cool toppings to choose from. It was spicy and had a warmth to it from the turmeric, black pepper, and ginger. Frankie and Jo’s changes their featured ice cream every month, so I had to go back to see what the June selection had in store. I got the Kale Lime ice cream, which was so refreshing and didn’t have the bitter taste of kale in it. The flavour reminded me of lemongrass which is a taste I really enjoy. No ice cream has ever had so much depth of flavour. This is truly the best ice cream I have ever had in my entire life (so far), and I can’t wait to go back and try all of the flavours before I have to leave.
I’ve been on a bit of a donut kick the past month, I suppose my Canadian Tim Horton’s roots are screaming inside. Mighty-O Donuts is famous in Seattle, for their amazing vegan donuts and mouthwatering flavours. I took a couple of friends to their Ballard location here in the city, which meant that I didn’t have to feel bad about ordering multiple flavours! First one we tried was the Cookies & Cream donut, a vanilla based donut covered in crushed Oreos. All of the donuts we tried were cake donuts so they didn’t have that yeasty flavour and were a bit more dense. However, this donut tasted decadent and sweet which is what you’d want when eating a donut covered in cookies. My personal favourite was the Grasshopper, a chocolate and mint flavoured donut that reminded me of the popular girl scout cookies. We also got the Nutty Vanilla and the French Toast donuts. The French Toast is their famous flavour since it was featured on Food Network. It reminded me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, one of my favourite cereals as a kid. I definitely want to come back and try their yeast donuts so stay tuned for an update!
I didn’t know whether I should feel stupid or ashamed at the fact that I had never heard of Din Tai Fung before coming to Seattle. Every intern had been raving about it before I arrived, so I did some digging. Din Tai Fung is a critically acclaimed Taiwanese dim sum chain known for their soup dumplings (xiao long bao). Before visiting I discovered that they had a decent amount of vegan options, so I grabbed my 2 omnivore friends and whisked them away to Din Tai Fung. Be prepared to wait in a long line, especially during busy hours. I was lucky enough to get my friend queuing in line well before dinner (bless his soul), so by the time I arrived we were ready to go. The waiters are extremely helpful here so don’t be afraid to ask them what the vegan options are. For me, I had done my research so I had everything figured out. I ordered myself the vegetable steam buns, vegetable dumplings, and the garlic green beans (which are a popular item). The green beans were a surprise for all of us. Sure it looked like a normal plate of fried green beans and garlic, but the flavour was incredible! The beans are flash fried so they are still crunchy and every single piece is covered in minced garlic. They were probably my favourite part of the meal! Next, the steam buns and dumplings came. Both dishes had the same filling, a mushroom veggie mix. The steam buns were nice and fluffy, and the dumplings were made with a thin and silky dough. Was it the best dim sum I ever had? No, but this is a great place to tick off your bucket list and it won’t blow your wallet for a place that is so raved about!
Alright kids, this is a 100% must try if you come to Seattle. Cafe Flora is an all vegetarian restaurant serving up the most amazing breakfast/brunch food in the history of comfort food. I have never tried biscuits and gravy before this meal, but I can see why it’s such a beloved dish in America. The moment my eyes hit the menu, I knew I had to try it. I ordered myself the Southern Platter, which came with 2 rosemary biscuits smothered in thick rich gravy, tofu scramble, and smokey collard greens. I loved the punch of the rosemary the biscuits had, they were flakey and the gravy was so creamy and savoury. The biscuits might have been the star of the plate but the tofu scramble deserves a shoutout. I want the recipe for this scramble because the spices they used completely concealed the tofu taste that not everyone is a fan of. The greens were smokey and still had a bite to them. I also want to mention the drink I had with my meal, a rosemary lemon ice tea (yeah, double the rosemary, double the pleasure). I was so surprised with how strong the rosemary was, but it didn’t leave that soapy flavour behind which some herbs tend to do if overused. The drink was cold and refreshing and perfect for a hot day. The menu doesn’t make it easy since there are so many things to choose from, but if you want the best comforting breakfast of your life, Cafe Flora is where it’s at!
For anyone that knows me, pho is up there for me when it comes to comfort food. It’s hard to find vegan pho since most traditional Vietnamese restaurants use beef to make the broth, until I found Moonlight Cafe. Thanks to my friend Vince (he wanted a shoutout, so here it is) he found this small family run Vietnamese restaurant serving bangin’ vegetarian food. Seeing as though both my friends, Alex and Vince (Alex also wanted a shout out), aren’t vegan, Moonlight Cafe was a great place to go since they offer both a vegetarian and a normal menu that includes meat dishes. We all chose to get pho for our entrees and split the “beef” and cashew vegetables as an appetizer. From the outside, Moonlight Cafe doesn’t seem like anything special, but those make for the best restaurants. Their quirky, homey, and at the end of the day all I care about is the food not the fact that they are also a karaoke dance bar at night. I’m normally not a big fan of mock meat since it has a tendency to taste a bit off, but I was really pleased with our “beef” and mixed veggies dish. The mock beef wasn’t the kind that I usually eat, instead they managed to get a crispy exterior on it. It reminded me of pork belly more than beef, which I have no complaints about. The veggies were still crisp and the sauce was thick and full of flavour. The pho was really the star of the show though. They offer only one vegetarian pho on the menu, but after eating it, it’s the only pho you’re going to ever need. It had all the usual flavours like star anise, the herbs, onion, and it still had that meaty flavour you expect from beef. I squeezed plenty of lime, and threw in a large handful of bean sprouts. I like that they didn’t hold back with the mock meat, there was all sorts of goodies hidden in the broth. I will 100% be coming back to Moonlight Cafe.
I knew that Seattle was going to be super vegan friendly, but honestly this city is blowing my mind every day. I don’t know whether I am stressed with work or choosing which place to go next to eat. I’ve got about 2 months left here Emerald City, which means there is more food to be eaten. If you are a local or have visited Seattle before, let me know where I have to go next! Be sure to follow me on social media for daily updates on my foodie adventures, and be sure to check out my new video on my YouTube channel!