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Un-Granola

Guide for sophisticated vegetarian dining

Category Archives: Seattle, WA

Tilth has a vegetarian tasting menu, with wine pairings. As someone who was once served three courses of wild rice at a restaurant in Belgium (“we love vegetarians!”), this is a big deal to me. Organic, fresh ingredients — and they accommodate vegans.

Loved the cucumber soup (served with a sweet breadstick — surprising ) and buttery risotto, but I was, weirdly, amazed by the cheese plate: salty, creamy gouda with a plum jam and the flakiest, most delectable cracker I’ve ever had.

Tilth’s Maria Hines beat Iron Chef Morimoto. I bet it was the cracker that the judges swooned over.

Cozy bungalow setting. We had a nice table, but some tables were in awkward corners — may want to specify when you make reservations, which are absolutely required. Interesting wine list, though an early morning flight meant we only had a glass each.

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Poppy in the no-longer-scruffy Capitol Hill neighborhood serves “thalis” — plates with small portions of many different items. The thali theme is South Indian, the food at Poppy is pure modern American. My friend and I each had a 7-item vegetarian thali. They also offer 10-item vegetarian thali — one day soon, when I am very hungry, I’ll wish I’d had that.

Standout items: cauliflower agnolotti with lobster mushrooms, quinoa cakes with goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms, sprouting broccoli, carrots roasted with fennel. Only the corn spoonbread disappointed. Lovely wine list, we split a crisp half bottle of Sancerre.

The interior looks like a particularly upscale Ikea — lots of blond wood. Pleasant enough, with attentive service. 

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Lola is a great Mediterranean restaurant from local celebrity chef Tom Douglas. Much more veg-friendly than nearby Dahlia Lounge, also from the same chef — he seems to own the block. We had the halloumi cheese kebabs, fava skordalia (mashed beans), and kalamata olive/fig spread. The skordalia was delightfully garlicky, though the olive/fig spread was too sweet for my taste. Solid vegetarian options, especially if you like sharing small plates. Downtown location, hip but not hipster vibe.

Bonus points for the waiter telling us the soup was made with vegetable stock — this place gets vegetarians.

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