Animal-Free Eats: 5 Kid-Friendly Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants
Newsflash: You don’t have to be a family who is vegetarian or vegan to dine out at these restaurants! And, if your kids are anything like ours, they turn up their cute little noses anytime you even consider putting meat on their plate, so essentially, they’re already rockin’ the vegetarian lifestyle. With these kid-friendly vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Seattle, you can embrace your kiddos’ choice to go veggie and enjoy a meal out without that panic stricken look on their face when you accidentally forget to tell the waiter to hold the (insert your favorite meat product here). Plus, taking them to a restaurant that’s dedicated to going veggie may help expose them to some alternative protein choices that you can start to add to you meals at home.
If your family is committed to living the veggie life, and we’re talking about more than just a Meatless Monday every now and again, we’re guessing that at least a few of these restaurants are already on your favorites list and we’re hoping that you’ll find a new spot to try with your kiddos too!
The bottom line… take your family out of the burger and pizza rut the next time you’re going out for dinner! Your body, and your kids, will thank you for it!
Menu Status: Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.
Order It: The kids’ menu is full of favorites, with a veggie twist. The pizza pita is a big hit, if you’re good with cheese, and it’s available at both lunch and dinner. For the grown-up palate, start with their specials menu which often features yummy seasonal dishes.
Don’t Miss: Their kid-friendly weekend brunch (order the beignets, we insist!) is equally as delicious and no matter when you go, request a seat near the fountain.
Find Them: 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle, Wa 98112 or online at cafeflora.com
Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe
Menu Status: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and daily raw menu options available.
Order It: All day breakfast? Score! Their gluten-free French toast will make you want to throw every loaf of bread outside for the raccoons and when you order if for dinner, it feels like such a guilty pleasure.
Don’t Miss: Be sure to order a smoothie-to-go. It’s a great way to sneak some greens into your kiddos diet after they just scarfed down that French toast.
Find Them: 3770 SW Alaska Street, Seattle, Wa 98126 or online at chacocanyoncafe.com
Menu Status: Vegan
Order It: It may be cheating to put a donut shop on this list, but considering that Mighty-O is 100% vegan, they’ve earned their place! As far as what to order? One of each.
Don’t Miss: You can sign up to take a tour of the kitchen at Mighty-O and make a batch of your own mini-donuts — find all of the details here.
Find Them: 2110 North 55th Street, Seattle, Wa 98103 or online at mightyo.com
Menu Status: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and raw options available.
Order It: The soups at Thrive are worth your kiddo dribbling it down the front of their white shirt for, as is the Bella Burger, which you can customize with yummy add-ons like their chili or extra avocado.
Don’t Miss: The smoothies and juices are practically a meal of their own. Tip the servers a little extra and they’ll sneak in a big old handful of spinach in your kid’s drink! Wink wink!
Find Them: 1026 NE 65th Street, Seattle, Wa 98115 or online at generationthrive.com
Menu Status: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and other options available.
Order It: The kids’ menu gives them a choice of a few classic items, veggie-style, and comes with a side and dessert, so you really can’t go wrong. We’re partial to the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ sandwich… which isn’t chicken, but certainly tastes like it, or, dare we say, better than chicken?
Don’t Miss: The drink bar is awesome — the flavored iced teas and juices are worth a trip to the Veggie Grill alone. Mix ‘em up a bit — they encourage it at Veggie Grill!
Find Them: University Village (below Room & Board), 2681 NE University Village Street, Seattle, Wa 98105 and South Lake Union, 446 Terry Avenue North, Seattle, Wa 98109. Find them online at veggiegrill.com
Hey moms and dads! We know there are dozens of Seattle restaurants that aren’t necessarily all-veggie or vegan, but that still offer a wide selection of choices for those families who are! We chose to focus on places that are exclusively vegetarian or vegan for this article, but would love to hear your other suggestions below! We’d also love to hear from our seasoned vegetarian and vegan families. What do you love to order or enjoy at these spots!
– Katie Kavulla