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Dining at Seattle’s Wayward Vegan Cafe

On our trip to Seattle, we had two meals at the Wayward Vegan Cafe – and they were two of the best vegan meals we’ve had, anywhere. The Wayward is located in what I’ve previously described as the Vegan Center of Seattle, on University Way at 52d St, and its been there a few years. On prior trips to Seattle, while eating vegan with our daughter and son-on-law, we ate at many vegan restaurants, but somehow, never Wayward.

Wayward Vegan Cafe Club Sandwich

Wayward Vegan Cafe Club Sandwich

I had been warned that Wayward can be really crowed, so for our first meal there, lunch, we went in the late afternoon, and were able to get in without a wait, and enjoy a leisurely meal. I had their Club Sandwich, a delight combining vegan bacon, turkey and ham, on three slices of French bread, with lettuce, tomato, vegan mayo, and to which I also added mustard, and served with French fries. It was exceptional, and probably the best vegan sandwich I’ve eaten. The fries were great, also. MrsHound thoroughly enjoyed her faux pulled pork sandwich, the “Pull No Pork”, composed of shredded grilled seitan and a great barbecue sauce, on a bun.
Wayward Vegan Cafe Monte Cristo Sandwich

Wayward Vegan Cafe Monte Cristo Sandwich

Our son-in-law had the Monte Cristo, which was very good as well. At a later point on our trip, I was able to sample a piece of leftover Monte Cristo, and wow, it WAS great. It combined grilled faux turkey and ham on French toast, and when, before we left Seattle, we retuned to Wayward early in the morning (we actually got there before they opened and waited patiently outside in the brisk but dry Seattle air) for breakfast, I had to have a full order of the French toast, which I had with a side order of hash browns.

Wayward Vegan Cafe Pull No Pork Sandwich

Wayward Vegan Cafe Pull No Pork Sandwich

MrsHound had pancakes, and she loved them. An order of two was gigantic, and she enjoyed her leftovers for several days, including on the plane on the way home. Our son-in-law had an omelette, full of vegan meats and covered in faux cheese, and our daughter had her regular breakfast, a bowl of oatmeal with hot sauce. No comment there. I think we all had the excellent coffee served at Wayward. The place filled up quickly, and we were glad we had gotten there so early.

We’ve been to quite a few vegan restaurants now, and it seems that even the best are somewhat spotty – some dishes excellent, but other, not so much. Of four people each having two meals there, everything seemed to be equally good, and all were dishes I would not hesitate to order again or to recommend thoroughly. The breads and buns were all fresh and substantial, not fluffed up with the main ingredient of air. The vegan meats were all tasty and chewable, unlike many that defy being able to be bite into, and the vegetation was all fresh and crisp.

The service was efficient and friendly – you order at a counter and they bring the food to your table, but you get your own coffee and water.

All in all, on future trips to Seattle, a meal at Wayward is an absolute must.

An Overview of Our Vegan Trip to Seattle

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.