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Where to Find 7 of Seattle's Best Vegan Dishes

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For this map, Eater has employed the help of longtime vegan eater, vegan baker and vegan blogger, Tallulah Anderson, who also happens to be the daughter of Seattle bar and nightlife magnate, Linda Derschang, who is not vegan. Is your favorite vegan dish not on this list? Let us know in the comments.

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Dearest Vegans,

This list is for you, because despite what all of our friends believe, we can't live on salad and Portobello mushrooms (it's really nice of you guys to have us over, but come on!). Whether you are vegan for health or moral reasons, we have found the most awesome, crave-able, totally vegan dishes in Seattle. Just because you have chosen to avoid meat and meat-associated foods does not mean you have to give up your humanity in the process.

To feed the monster inside (you know, the one that screams "screw the pigs, that bacon smells incredible!") here are seven of Seattle's best vegan dishes, in random order. And yes, cookies count as a dish — at least for this list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Violet Sweet Shoppe

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Maybe they have magic elves back in that kitchen, but whatever they’re doing works. Violet Sweet Shoppe’s chocolate chip cookies are like crack for vegans, and anyone else who tastes them — even that friend who says all vegan baked goods taste like dirt. This bakery is a victory for vegans citywide; everything they make is moist, beautiful, incredibly delicious, and 100% vegan-friendly. Violet Sweet Shoppe, you are the epitome of winning.

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Cafe Pettirosso

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Hey Pettirosso, good luck keeping this “secret family recipe” on the DL because the first bite of this mac-n-cheese generally corresponds with a strong desire to torture the chef for his secrets. How is this vegan? Who knows, but it’s freaking incredible. Shawn’s Vegan Mac has that perfect crunchy on top, creamy inside vibe. It’s a little smoky, a little spicy, and a whole lot of delicious. Shawn, you’ve got some seriously magic Mac.

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In the Bowl Vegetarian Noodle Bistro

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Asian food is an easy go-to for vegans because it traditionally uses very little dairy, includes lots of tofu options, and there is a plethora of it in our city. But here’s the thing: sometimes tofu just can't compete with meat (replacement). Luckily, In the Bowl, while technically not a vegan restaurant, has ample tofu, faux-meat, and veggie-focused dishes, so it’s easy to make everyone happy. Their spicy roasted “duck” salad is delicious, and Daffy gets to live another day.

[Photo: Benjamin H./Yelp]

Bamboo Garden

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Speaking of fake meat (which, Bamboo Garden’s menu explains, actually has its roots in China’s early imperial dynasties), here’s a fun trick to play on your carnivorous pals: Take them to Bamboo Garden and don’t tell them the food’s not made with actual meat. They won’t be able to tell, and when you do finally tell them, be prepared to prove it because they won’t believe you. BG has the best fake meat, and some of the best veggie-or-not Americanized Chinese food in town. The crispy beef is a personal favorite, but it’s all real good, in the most American way possible.

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Wayward Vegan Cafe

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Many things at the Wayward Café are terrific; they have incredible vegan biscuits and gravy, superb pancakes (try banana and chocolate chip), and a whipped cream that tastes just like the real thing. But the dish that inspires dreams of the Wayward Café is the Mac Daddy. Imagine two no-beef patties, house made Reuben sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and even the crucial middle bun layer. It’s like a Big Mac but not so scary. Realistically, it has about as much meat as an actual Big Mac so you aren’t missing much, plus it’s approximately one billion times better (if you can get it in your mouth). Also, don’t miss the $6 mimosas on tap, they are delightful.

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Cafe Flora

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Veggie stalwart Café Flora has a great brunch full of comfort dishes that are naturally vegan (the cornmeal waffle with strawberries and basil) or easily vegan-ized (sub tofu for eggs in their famous scrambles). And then there is the must-have (vegan) cinnamon roll, which is serious business — sticky, crunchy, nutty, and served fresh from the oven. Share it with a friend over a mimosa or bloody mary and a bowl of fruit. It’s the perfect brunch for those who lean sweet.

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Sutra Vegetarian Cuisine

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So, you’ve decided to take a vegan on a date. And no, you can’t just get pho — this is, like, a real date. Here’s a tip from your vegan fairy godmother: go to Sutra! Plan ahead, because they only have one seating a night (two on Friday and Saturday) for their 5-course prix-fixe dinner. When you make the reservation, let them know that you are both vegan (even if only one of you is, it’s the polite thing to do). The menu changes every two weeks, but might include a dish like their tamari and maple roasted Maitake-pecan cream tamale with grilled broccoli raab, cardamom mole roja, and black lemon tequila gastrique (see? real date).

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Violet Sweet Shoppe

Maybe they have magic elves back in that kitchen, but whatever they’re doing works. Violet Sweet Shoppe’s chocolate chip cookies are like crack for vegans, and anyone else who tastes them — even that friend who says all vegan baked goods taste like dirt. This bakery is a victory for vegans citywide; everything they make is moist, beautiful, incredibly delicious, and 100% vegan-friendly. Violet Sweet Shoppe, you are the epitome of winning.

[Photo Credit]

Cafe Pettirosso

Hey Pettirosso, good luck keeping this “secret family recipe” on the DL because the first bite of this mac-n-cheese generally corresponds with a strong desire to torture the chef for his secrets. How is this vegan? Who knows, but it’s freaking incredible. Shawn’s Vegan Mac has that perfect crunchy on top, creamy inside vibe. It’s a little smoky, a little spicy, and a whole lot of delicious. Shawn, you’ve got some seriously magic Mac.

[Photo Credit]

In the Bowl Vegetarian Noodle Bistro

Asian food is an easy go-to for vegans because it traditionally uses very little dairy, includes lots of tofu options, and there is a plethora of it in our city. But here’s the thing: sometimes tofu just can't compete with meat (replacement). Luckily, In the Bowl, while technically not a vegan restaurant, has ample tofu, faux-meat, and veggie-focused dishes, so it’s easy to make everyone happy. Their spicy roasted “duck” salad is delicious, and Daffy gets to live another day.

[Photo: Benjamin H./Yelp]

Bamboo Garden

Speaking of fake meat (which, Bamboo Garden’s menu explains, actually has its roots in China’s early imperial dynasties), here’s a fun trick to play on your carnivorous pals: Take them to Bamboo Garden and don’t tell them the food’s not made with actual meat. They won’t be able to tell, and when you do finally tell them, be prepared to prove it because they won’t believe you. BG has the best fake meat, and some of the best veggie-or-not Americanized Chinese food in town. The crispy beef is a personal favorite, but it’s all real good, in the most American way possible.

[Photo Credit]

Wayward Vegan Cafe

Many things at the Wayward Café are terrific; they have incredible vegan biscuits and gravy, superb pancakes (try banana and chocolate chip), and a whipped cream that tastes just like the real thing. But the dish that inspires dreams of the Wayward Café is the Mac Daddy. Imagine two no-beef patties, house made Reuben sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and even the crucial middle bun layer. It’s like a Big Mac but not so scary. Realistically, it has about as much meat as an actual Big Mac so you aren’t missing much, plus it’s approximately one billion times better (if you can get it in your mouth). Also, don’t miss the $6 mimosas on tap, they are delightful.

[Photo Credit]

Cafe Flora

Veggie stalwart Café Flora has a great brunch full of comfort dishes that are naturally vegan (the cornmeal waffle with strawberries and basil) or easily vegan-ized (sub tofu for eggs in their famous scrambles). And then there is the must-have (vegan) cinnamon roll, which is serious business — sticky, crunchy, nutty, and served fresh from the oven. Share it with a friend over a mimosa or bloody mary and a bowl of fruit. It’s the perfect brunch for those who lean sweet.

[Photo Credit]

Sutra Vegetarian Cuisine

So, you’ve decided to take a vegan on a date. And no, you can’t just get pho — this is, like, a real date. Here’s a tip from your vegan fairy godmother: go to Sutra! Plan ahead, because they only have one seating a night (two on Friday and Saturday) for their 5-course prix-fixe dinner. When you make the reservation, let them know that you are both vegan (even if only one of you is, it’s the polite thing to do). The menu changes every two weeks, but might include a dish like their tamari and maple roasted Maitake-pecan cream tamale with grilled broccoli raab, cardamom mole roja, and black lemon tequila gastrique (see? real date).

[Photo Credit]

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