When it comes to getting kids to eat their veggies, sometimes it’s best to outsource it. Even if your fam doesn’t follow a plant-based diet, these vegan restaurants are built to please, serving up go-to kid faves like pizza, burgers and tacos. Read on for the best family-friendly spots to be meatless in Seattle.

Plum Bistro

When it comes to vegan fare, it doesn’t get any better than this popular spot on Capitol Hill. Whether you sit down for dinner or do brunch on the weekend, families will always find delish dishes with everyone in mind. Plum Bistro is the go-to spot for people with special dietary needs for a reason (they’ve got lots of gluten- soy- and nut-free menu items too). Our kid pick? It’s gotta be the famous Mac & Yease.

1429 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA
Online: plumbistro.com

Frelard Tamales

Need a vegan twist for your family’s Taco Tuesday? Try tamales instead. Families can pick up fresh-made vegan and vegetarian tamales any day of the week at their walk-up window in Green Lake. Get them steamed and ready to eat or frozen for a simple reheat, at-home dinner option. Our kid pick here has got to be the sweet potato harvest tamal.

Good to know: They also offer free delivery around the city and beyond when you order a dozen tamales (or more!).

6412 Latona Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA
Online: frelardtamales.com

photo: Next Level Burger

Next Level Burger

Eating to save the planet is more than a hashtag at this family-owned restaurant. It’s a mission. And you can join in just by ordering some of the best vegan food in town. Whether your fam is team NLB (Next Level Burger) or NLC (Next Level Clucker), everything on the menu tastes great and is completely plant-based. Hello creamy shakes! When it comes to kid eats, try the Kids Chik’n Tenders

Good to know: Order a limited Plant-A-Tree Shake in April and NLB will plant a tree for you.

1026B N.E. 64th St.
Seattle, WA
Online: nextlevelburger.com

photo: Flora Bakehouse

Cafe Flora

Another go-to spot for vegan eats, you can’t go wrong at Café Flora. We’re fans of their outdoor patio and the newly opened Flora Bakehouse (1511 S. Lucille St.) where you definitely have to try one of the vegan cinnamon rolls. Expect vegetarian and vegan sandwich, salad and entrée options at the restaurant. Give the Kid’s Black Bean Burger with yam fries a try when you go.

2901 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA
Online: cafeflora.com

Wayward Vegan Cafe

This Roosevelt restaurant has a long history in the city—dating back to 2003. It’s seen a few different locations and has expanded its menu, but since the beginning breakfast has been the specialty here. Families will find lots of plant-based scrambles, breakfast burritos, pancakes and biscuits that’ll fill you up before you start the day. If a vegan breakfast is what your kiddo is craving, try the pancakes or French toast for kids.

801 N.E. 65th St., Suite C
Seattle, WA
Online: waywardvegancafe.com

Flying Apron

Because everyone should enjoy baked goods, Flying Apron has been serving up gluten-free and plant-based sweet and savory options for nearly 20 years. Whether you’re looking for pastries, pies, cakes or donuts for a special occasion or a “just-because” treat, or need a savory soup, salad or scramble for lunch, you’ll find it freshly made here. Try a slice of the pizza with the kids.

Good to know: Every Thursday you’ll find fresh made beignets at Flying Apron. Now to decide if you want cinnamon & sugar or powdered sugar… or both.

4709 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA
Online: flyingapron.com

Cycle Dogs

When you’re craving a loaded dog, there’s no better spot for plant-based eaters than Cycle Dogs. With creative twists on the basic hot dog (or brat), each bite is as exciting as it is meat-free. We can’t wait to see what new items will be on the menu when they finally expand into their new brick-and-mortar spot. Order up a Simple Dog for your kids when you go to set them on the right path.

Good to know: Cycle Dogs is moving from the food truck to their new Ballard space between April 5 & 13. They won’t be taking orders during that time.

5410 17th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA
Online: cycledogs.biz

Veggie Grill

Substitute burgers, nachos, wraps or tacos from Veggie Grill for your fast food staples and you’ll be eating healthier in no time. Their expansive menu means everyone in the fam can find something to eat in one spot, and with takeout and delivery options, you can have the family fed in no time flat. The Kids’ Crispy Fish is the way to go here.

Good to know: The Family Meal Deal ($39.95) is a great fast-food alternative for busy weeknights.

Downtown Seattle
1427 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

South Lake Union
446 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

University Village
2681 N.E. University Village St.
Seattle, WA 98105

Online: veggiegrill.com

Pi Vegan Pizzeria

Because pizza is always a hit with kids, take them to Pi Vegan Pizzeria in the Roosevelt neighborhood to get their fix. In addition to the specialty pies (think: Magic Mac, Margherita and Pepperoni Plus), families can build their own. Load on the cheese (they use Teese Mozzarella as a base, but also offer cashew ricotta, tofu feta and a few Follow Your Heart options too), choose a sauce and pile on the toppings your kids love for the perfect pie.

5301 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA
Online: pizzapivegan.com

—Allison Sutcliffe

feature photo: iStock


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