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A Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Out With Carnivores

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The Five Days of Meat has reached its halfway point, which is as good a time as any to throw a bone to vegetarian readers. Since if you don't eat meat you probably have dining companions that do, Eater contributor (and non-meat eater) Jake Uitti rounds up restaurants showcasing some of Seattle's best meat- and vegetarian-friendly menus.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Sajor

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323 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-1117
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For lunch there’s fermented and pickled vegetables and smoked whole milk yogurt and sprouted rye crisps – and for meat eaters there’s roasted chicken and beef tongue. For dinner try Puget Sound smelt or quail, as well as fire-roasted Hakurei turnips.
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2. Biang

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22315 Highway 99
Edmonds, WA 98026
(425) 776-7847
This Edmonds spot is as unassuming as it gets. While most of their dishes include meat – from pork sandwiches to spicy beef noodles – their (vegan) hot oil noodles will have you wondering if you should order seconds. Our advice: start off with the cold noodles, move on to the hot oil noodles, then rub your belly in pure satisfaction.
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3. Cascina Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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Okay, we’ve written about this one before, but with good reason: Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike can rally around their Tajarin pasta with butter and sage (or ragu, for meat eaters.) It almost puts the phrase mouth watering to shame, the dish is that good. If you sit at the counter you can see the pasta cut by hand in the kitchen, too. And yes, there are plenty of meat dishes on the menu.
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4. Da Pino On Ravenna

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2207 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115
Known for his cured meats, owner Pino Rogano makes traditional Italian fare – often vegetarian – with daily specials paired with fantastic red wine. This quirky Ravenna restaurant closes early, so beware, sometimes as early as 7:30 p.m. But if Pino is there, offer a kind smile and he may let you in after-hours.
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5. Delancey

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1415 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 838-1960
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Thin crust pizza at its best, this is another spot that, if you are seated at the counter, you get the theater of watching the pizza being stretched, tossed, and thrown into the wood-fire oven. Along with the veggie or meat pizzas, the Ballard restaurant has great house and special salads.
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6. Grub

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7 Boston St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 216-3628
The most notable dish at Grub is their Mix-Up fried rice, which they serve Saturday and Sunday every third weekend (it comes with sausage but you can substitute mushroom.) If you can’t make it over then, try breakfast potatoes or bright kale salad with tahini dressing, which is light but filling all at once.
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7. Morsel

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4754 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 268-0154
With an array of biscuit sandwiches and two styles of biscuits and gravy (sausage and mushroom,) this University Way breakfast and brunch destination is a great place to celebrate The Five Days of Meat. If you’re angling for the Fast Break sandwich, which comes with tomato jam and bacon, sub out the pork for pickled jalapenos (if you’re a veggie) and grin.
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8. Obasan

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11 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-2333
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This tucked away Queen Anne gem might have the best Agedashi tofu in the city. It also has some of the most hearty – and vegetarian – Yakisoba and Yakiudon. Mix that in with plenty of fresh sushi rolls (oh, and of course, Japanese beer) and you have a spot a group can enjoy together.
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9. Ravish

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2956 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 913-2497
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This is your official quinoa alert, vegans: Ravish offers harissa quinoa with sautéed greens and seasonal vegetables. The Eastlake eatery also serves braised short ribs, pancetta three-cheese mac and cheese, and pan-seared sweet potato latkes with bacon and blue cheese.
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10. The Sexton

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5327 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 829-8645
Two words and a symbol: mac & cheese. Often there is a vegetarian option, or you can just ask them to take the bacon out of the house version. Along with shrimp grits, buttermilk fried chicken and chicken pot pie, there’s yam fries, hush puppies and deep-fried Brussels sprouts. It’s a down-home restaurant for vegetarians and carnivores to enjoy.

1. Bar Sajor

323 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
For lunch there’s fermented and pickled vegetables and smoked whole milk yogurt and sprouted rye crisps – and for meat eaters there’s roasted chicken and beef tongue. For dinner try Puget Sound smelt or quail, as well as fire-roasted Hakurei turnips.
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323 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

2. Biang

22315 Highway 99, Edmonds, WA 98026
This Edmonds spot is as unassuming as it gets. While most of their dishes include meat – from pork sandwiches to spicy beef noodles – their (vegan) hot oil noodles will have you wondering if you should order seconds. Our advice: start off with the cold noodles, move on to the hot oil noodles, then rub your belly in pure satisfaction.
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22315 Highway 99
Edmonds, WA 98026

3. Cascina Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Okay, we’ve written about this one before, but with good reason: Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike can rally around their Tajarin pasta with butter and sage (or ragu, for meat eaters.) It almost puts the phrase mouth watering to shame, the dish is that good. If you sit at the counter you can see the pasta cut by hand in the kitchen, too. And yes, there are plenty of meat dishes on the menu.
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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

4. Da Pino On Ravenna

2207 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115
Known for his cured meats, owner Pino Rogano makes traditional Italian fare – often vegetarian – with daily specials paired with fantastic red wine. This quirky Ravenna restaurant closes early, so beware, sometimes as early as 7:30 p.m. But if Pino is there, offer a kind smile and he may let you in after-hours.
[Photo Credit]
2207 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115

5. Delancey

1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Thin crust pizza at its best, this is another spot that, if you are seated at the counter, you get the theater of watching the pizza being stretched, tossed, and thrown into the wood-fire oven. Along with the veggie or meat pizzas, the Ballard restaurant has great house and special salads.
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1415 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117

6. Grub

7 Boston St, Seattle, WA 98109
The most notable dish at Grub is their Mix-Up fried rice, which they serve Saturday and Sunday every third weekend (it comes with sausage but you can substitute mushroom.) If you can’t make it over then, try breakfast potatoes or bright kale salad with tahini dressing, which is light but filling all at once.
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7 Boston St
Seattle, WA 98109

7. Morsel

4754 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
With an array of biscuit sandwiches and two styles of biscuits and gravy (sausage and mushroom,) this University Way breakfast and brunch destination is a great place to celebrate The Five Days of Meat. If you’re angling for the Fast Break sandwich, which comes with tomato jam and bacon, sub out the pork for pickled jalapenos (if you’re a veggie) and grin.
[Photo Credit]
4754 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

8. Obasan

11 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
This tucked away Queen Anne gem might have the best Agedashi tofu in the city. It also has some of the most hearty – and vegetarian – Yakisoba and Yakiudon. Mix that in with plenty of fresh sushi rolls (oh, and of course, Japanese beer) and you have a spot a group can enjoy together.
[Photo Credit]
11 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109

9. Ravish

2956 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
This is your official quinoa alert, vegans: Ravish offers harissa quinoa with sautéed greens and seasonal vegetables. The Eastlake eatery also serves braised short ribs, pancetta three-cheese mac and cheese, and pan-seared sweet potato latkes with bacon and blue cheese.
[Photo Credit]
2956 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

10. The Sexton

5327 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Two words and a symbol: mac & cheese. Often there is a vegetarian option, or you can just ask them to take the bacon out of the house version. Along with shrimp grits, buttermilk fried chicken and chicken pot pie, there’s yam fries, hush puppies and deep-fried Brussels sprouts. It’s a down-home restaurant for vegetarians and carnivores to enjoy.
5327 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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