While on an all-too-brief trip to Seattle, MrsHound and I spent some time with our daughter and son-in-law, both orthodox vegans, and sampled some great vegan cooking, got a couple of vegan cooking lessons, and ate at a couple of Seattle’s great vegan restaurants. We evan brought home a few items from a vegan grocery, all fodder for several upcoming posts.
For now, we want to briefly discuss the vegan center of Seattle, the area around University Avenue and NE 55th Street.
For several years, the area around this intersection has been the home to several great vegan outposts. On our first trips to Seattle after the young’ins moved there, we were introduced to Pizza Pi, a vegan pizza parlor. Pizza Pi has gone through several changes in ownership, and while the quality of the product has stayed pretty high, the atmosphere has had its ups and downs, reaching a zenith when it was owned by some of the same people who own other area vegan businesses. We did not eat there on this trip, but previously, in our carnivore days, did enjoy meatless, cheeseless pizzas and calzones there, thanks in part to their great selection of sauces and dips, in particular, their “creamy” garlic sauce.
The area also features Sidecar, a great vegan store, that sells all sorts of vegan products, including pet supplies and food, clothing, and supplements, but features a great array of vegan groceries, many of which can not be found easily elsewhere. I highly recommend their great Cream Filled Dillos, the vegan twinkie, but, made to be eaten NOW, not to “stay fresh” on the grocery shelf for a hundred years. I came home with a bag of assorted vegan mixes, sauces, and snacks, and a couple of Dillos.
Across the street from Sidecar is what we have found to be the best vegan restaurant we have been to, anywhere, Wayward Vegan Cafe. We will be writing more about Wayward, and our two meals there, soon.
And now we have learned that anchoring that brand new building being built south of Sidecar, will be the new location of Seattle’s great vegan Thai restaurant, Araya. We were not able to go there for a meal on this trip, as we have in the past, but did get take-out, and we’ll write more about Araya later on, too.
We had a great trip to Seattle, and the vegan dining was excellent. It would be terrific to see an area in LA County, hopefully near us, explode with a vegan community of restaurants and shops, as has happened in Seattle. There is an area in Claremont, CA with a handful of natural and organic establishments, and we hope to check it out soon, and see what they offer vegans.
Much more on our trip to Seattle, though, to come.