Every time I visit Seattle, I obtain permanent heart-eyes over the seemingly endless amounts of vegan food at my disposal. Don’t get me wrong: I have no shortage of options in Los Angeles either, but there’s something about the charming atmospheres of Seattle restaurants that has me feeling right at home. I’ve only visited twice now, but I always make it a point to try a new vegan spot, in hopes I am overwhelmed with the feeling of, “Oh my god, this is the best meal I’ve had!” 

Whether you live in Seattle or are planning an upcoming trip, I’ve rounded up 5 restaurants you need to check out that serve vegetarian/vegan food, as well as my recommendations on what to get. Let’s do this!

  1. Plum Bistro 

The most recent vegan spot that Alex and I have tried, and oh man it is one of the best. PB encompasses an industrial-chic vibe with fresh greenery cascading from the walls. Talk about an instant mood booster! Get there during happy hour for reasonable prices and unique menu items you can easily share. I got the quinoa avocado tacos, and Alex and I shared their so-called “famous” spicy cajun mac and yease. I was hesitant to try this, as vegan “cheese” has failed to impress me 9/10 times. First bite in, my taste buds were screaming holy shit, give me more. Even my Wisconsin-native cheese-head boyfriend was wide-eyed and savoring every last bite. The full menu boasts organic and vegan ingredients from handmade pizzas to burgers and even “fish”. Alex tried the cuban black beauty and claims it is the best vegan meal he has ever had. 

Open For: Brunch, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner

Went For: Dinner

Must Try: Spicy Cajun Mac and Yease (it’s so good, you might want one for yourself!)

Must Know: The space isn’t huge, so expect a small wait if you go on a busy night. I’ve also heard they may not be the best place if you have celiac, but I would call and confirm if this is a deal-breaker for you!

Atmosphere: Industrial-Chic, Trendy

Price: $11-30

2. Frankie & Jo’s 

Recommended by one of you guys (thanks girl!), Alex and I stopped here on a toasty August afternoon. I used to love me some ice cream, but ever since I stopped eating dairy, I haven’t had a ton of plant-based ice cream. I’ve only ever been to ice cream shoppes that offer a few dairy-free flavors, but never a fully plant-based shop…so I was practically drooling upon arrival. First off, the aroma of the place is enough to get ya goin’, but for all you gluten-free folks, you should know it is entirely GF, right down to the maple-vanilla waffle cones. I loved every flavor I tried, but ended up getting a scoop of the California Cabin flavor with “moon goo”: their very own salted caramel drizzle with activated charcoal. The flavors are all so incredibly unique, and you can even take a pint home with you! I dare your dairy-eating friends to even realize their ice cream is dairy-free!

Open: Noon-11pm daily

Must Try: California Cabin with Moon Goo. 

Must Know: It’s entirely plant-based and gluten-free! They also offer sorbets, shakes, and seasonal flavors.

Atmosphere: Quaint, Trendy, Natural Light

Price: $-$$

3. Cafe Flora

Enjoy vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free eats in the heart of Madison Valley. A short drive out of the city, but well worth it! A cozy, earthy spot that accommodates a variety of dietary restrictions. The outdoor area is adorable! We shared the warm beignets to start (although these might be vegetarian) but were absolutely delicious. You can easily find lighter, healthy options, or opt for some downright tasty comfort food. I got the hoppin’ john fritters and it’s one of those meals that had my mind running on how I can recreate it at home! They even have vegan biscuits and gravy and roasted potatoes, or blackberry lemon ricotta pancakes if you’ve got a sweet tooth, so you can’t really go wrong here!

Went For: Brunch

Open For: Weekend Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Must Try: Hoppin’ John Fritters. Black-eyed pea cakes with vegan cheesy grits and cayenne aioli!

Must Know: It’s mainly vegetarian, so ask your server for suggestions if you’re unsure!

Atmosphere: Earthy, spacious interior and natural light

Price: $11-30

4. Harvest Beat

image credit: harvest beat

If you’re looking for the perfect dinner to celebrate, look no further than Harvest Beat. Alex and I spent our 2nd year anniversary here, and it was the most unique dinner experience we’d ever had! Vegan or not, you’ll be in absolute bliss with five courses of locally foraged vegan ingredients. Due to this, the menu changes every week (or even every day) so you’ll never have the same experience, which I personally love! The coolest part? Everyone in the restaurant eats at the same time! Dinner begins promptly at 7 (or 6:30 on Sundays) with the ring of a bell by the chef. He greets everyone, provides background on the food about to be served, and makes you feel right at home. I highly recommend utilizing the wine-pairings by the in-house sommelier, which you get with each course. It’s an extra $32/person, but once again, this is a place to come on occasion for celebration. The meals were unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before, so unique and thoughtful in composition and flavor. You will not be disappointed!

Went For: Dinner

Open For: Dinner Only (7pm Wed-Sat), 6:30pm Sundays

Must Try: Wine-pairings! You get to try a variety of wines that complement each course perfectly.

Must Know: Dinner begins promptly, with everyone eating at the same time, so get there ahead of time. Must make a reservation, but they have a 48-hour cancellation policy, and you will be charged some if you don’t show. Plan accordingly!

Atmosphere: Dimly lit, charming. Feels like you’re at a relative’s home!

Price: $$$ ($56/person + $32 wine-pairing or $18 non-alcoholic pairings)

5. Wayward Vegan Cafe

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The only spot on the list that I haven’t had the pleasure of stopping by…yet. The positive feedback I’ve heard about this place, and how much I’m personally dying to visit it, is why Wayward made the cut. I’ve only been (almost a full) vegan for just about 2 years now, so for most of my life I was a picky eater who loved her American comfort food. Some vegan spots can be too much and a little try-hard, so when I heard about Wayward I was more than intrigued: veganized American diner food served all day. Yes, please! They’ve also got bottomless coffee (Seattle, you know the way to my heart) and large portions to fill your appetite and your soul. They’re serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner food all day long, plus they have an entirely gluten-free menu available. I’m particularly drawn to the stuffed hashbrowns and omelettes, but who am I kidding, I’d try it all!

Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (served all day)

Price: $11-30

There are so many veg spots in Seattle, I’m dying to know your favorite! Let’s chat below! If you have another place I have to try, or have been to any of these above, I want to know! Stay tuned for my must-try drinks in Seattle, coming soon!

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        a café, gift shop, & florist had a child…& his name was Flowerboy.

Welcome to Flowerboy Project: a playful concept shop nestled into Lincoln Blvd. Equal parts quirky and comforting, Flowerboy draws you in with a friendly face and dreamy florals. Like most young adults, I am fueled by coffee—so discovering new neighborhood cafés always graces the top of my to-do lists. After stumbling upon FBP, I knew I had to make a pit stop—even though I’d had my caffeine fix for the day.

What intrigued me the most is that aside from your typical café, Flowerboy is also a florist and a gift shop, with ever-changing goodies that make it hard to limit yourself to buying just one. We’re talking crystals (I mean, they sucked me in right there), quirky bookends, cards, & clothing. Grab some fresh flowers & a gift for that special someone, all while on your well-deserved coffee run.

I went for the non-caffeinated route, and tried the Rose Girl latte on ice. A refreshing, light, rose-infused drink, adorned with its very own dried rose petals. Of course, I opted for almond milk instead of regular, and it was absolutely delicious. The other floral latte they offer is the Lavender Boy, which sounds equally as appealing in my book!

We were headed to lunch on Abbot Kinney, or else Alex and I would have taken advantage of the donuts, unique toast combos, or matcha yogurt. Holy yum.

I adore the essence of Flowerboy Project, and needless to say I’ll be back to take on that Lavender Boy soon.

For full outfit details, check out my post here.

Have you ever been to a concept shop in your town or while traveling? Let me know below!

xx cait

 

make out everyday? don’t mind if I do…

 One of my favorite things about LA is the abundance of aesthetically-pleasing yet downright delicious cafes. I have college to thank for my addiction to coffee, and the shops I’d spend most of my afternoons studying in and working on videos. The hours I spend each week editing content creates an element of solitude, so I crave an inspiring environment to get to work. Hence my love for cafes: the stomping grounds for fellow caffeine enthusiasts to get their fix while getting shit done. A place to mingle, collaborate, and people-watch (obligatory).

 Welcome to Make Out, a cafe that promises everyday plant food, set in the heart of downtown Culver City. When I first strolled past this place, I was drawn in by the plump silhouette of lips that almost seem to be drooling–a great foreshadow for what I’d look like shortly after trying their chai for the first time. 100% vegan and 90% raw, Make Out provides a breezy experience for health connoisseurs looking to get their daily dose of fuel. Any fellow veg heads can back me up when I say not having to scour a menu for the limited veg options is as close to paradise as it gets.

Find a variety of fresh juices, smoothies, and your standard coffee and specialty drinks. I must admit, I keep going back to the almond milk chai tea latte. You can also sub brazil nut or pumpkin seed milk if that’s more your jam. They say when you find a good chai, you don’t let it go…okay maybe I just say that. They hold a special place in my heart okay? It can be difficult finding that perfect chai–not overly sweet, the right amount of spice, not watered down. This baby checked off all the boxes, so if you’re unsure of what to order, try this! Something I am not a big fan of is their matcha latte, but I am very picky when it comes to this drink! I’m into the westernized version of the drink, typically with a milk (as opposed to water) and slightly sweetened. They’re always a hit or miss with me, as they are often way too sweet, or taste like straight up water with a hint of tea. If you enjoy the latter, you would like their version, but for me it lacked that hint of sweetness and creaminess I crave in a matcha.

Don’t get me started on the aesthetics of this place, because I will not stop raving about it. Prepare to walk into an open, clean and modern space. Crisp and white with a pop of nature, like this wall plant. Oh my gosh, I want this in my apartment so badly!

Whether you live in LA or are planning a visit, consider adding Make Out to your list of pit stops, or bring a book or your laptop and stay awhile. I adore the airy yet cozy environment to spend an afternoon or catch up with a friend. It’s nestled in the charming plaza of Culver City, so you can walk around and explore the historic Culver Hotel next door, catch a movie at the Arclight, do some shopping at the nearby Platform, or stroll to the nearest production studio.

Have you been to Make Out? What are your favorite cafes here in LA, or in your town? Do you prefer an airy, calm coffee shop, or a dark, rustic kind of vibe? I wanna know your thoughts!

xx cait

 

photos by: taylor noelle krause

Make Out | 9426 Washington Blvd