If you’ve traveled through Sea-Tac Airport lately, then you’ve probably noticed several renovation projects the Port of Seattle is working on to keep up with the airport’s growing population of travelers. But did you know that a big part of these renovations are for 50 new dining and retail establishments, including the airport’s first dedicated vegetarian and vegan restaurant? If you’re a fan of Cafe Flora, Seattle’s premier spot for dynamic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine, then say hello to Floret. It’s the restaurant’s latest spinoff and where you and your crew of veggie lovers can fuel up before you fly off. Read on for the deets!
A Welcoming Space for Families
Located next to the new Delta lounge, between the A and B terminals (and just a stone’s throw away from the Children’s Play Area), is where you will find Floret’s 2,000-square-foot space. Seating for 80 guests, 20-foot-high ceilings and large conservatory-style windows with tarmac views that allow natural light to spill into the dining room, make the space feel relaxing and tranquil, and is a welcome sight to weary travelers. Contemporary interior design elements and soft color accents along with plants and greenery also give the space a warm and inviting atmosphere—something you don’t find at many airport restaurants. Pick a seat by the window and let your kids watch the action on the tarmac. The restaurant also has crayons and coloring menus to keep your little travel buddies busy while they wait for their food.
An Expansive Menu
If you’re a fan of Cafe Flora’s menu, then you’re going to love Floret’s expansive, yet carefully curated menu. Independently owned and operated, Owner Nat Stratton-Clarke has gone to great lengths to replicate the same high level of quality ingredients used at Cafe Flora at his latest spinoff. In fact, he spent months working with his regional farm sources and purveyors to get them airport “badged,” so he could offer seasonal, local, fresh produce on the menu. This means, you won’t find the often-utilized concessionaire model seen at many airport restaurants at Floret. Families can expect flavorful and creative vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes, from chef Bernadette Biela, that utilize local Washington purveyors (think: produce from Whistling Train Farm in Kent, tofu from Island Spring Organics on Vashon Island, dairy from Medosweet Farms and eggs from Stiebrs Farm).
Stop in before your morning flight to enjoy a hearty sit-down breakfast of biscuits with mushroom gravy, scrambles with local seasonal veggies and yummy pancakes for the kids. Have an evening fight to catch? Add some extra time to your Sea-Tac departure and take advantage of Floret’s dinner menu. Signature items include Oaxaca tacos and mushroom French dip with yam fries, as well as a variety of salads, entrees and sandwiches. Wash down your meal with Rachel’s Ginger Beer (on tap!), Tieton Cider Works hard cider or Fremont Brewing Company IPA or sample one of Floret’s housemade sodas and shrubs or Seattle-based Mystic Kombucha on tap.
In addition to a full-service sit-down restaurant, Floret offers daily grab-and-go offerings starting at 5 a.m. Pick up breakfast sandwiches, housemade pastries including Cafe Flora’s signature vegan cinnamon rolls, superfood salads and mixed grain bowls featuring everything from quinoa to falafel. For kids, Floret offers grab-and-go organic snacks and pouches along with a variety of sweet treats to get them through their flight. And if you need a last-minute gift, pick up local treats like chocolate, caramels and all-purpose salt from Jacobsen Salt Co. at Floret’s grab-and-go counter.
Grab-and-Go Hours: Daily, 5 a.m.-9 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and dinner options
Dine-in Hours: Daily, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Have you eaten at Floret? What’s your favorite item on the menu? Dish in the comments below!
—Kristina Moy (all photos courtesy of the writer)