Lately life has been… weird, to say the least. Between schools closing, businesses shutting down and the (bizarre) toilet paper shortage, it’s difficult to find a sense of normalcy within the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus.
Perhaps one of the most disappointing parts of being told to stay home is being unable to visit your favorite lunch spot to grab a bite with a friend. While you can’t enjoy dining out at the moment, many local restaurants are still delivering and are in dire need of your support for their business.
So in an effort to single-handedly boost the local economy, I’ve found three vegan restaurants in Seattle that will deliver right to your door. And don’t worry, these spots don’t feel like rabbit food. As a carnivore who’s vegan-curious, I’ve vetted all of these restaurants and can guarantee that vegans and meat-eaters alike will find something to enjoy as you order in from any of these local spots.
Next Level Burger
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashioned hamburger for lunch? Delicious, filling and beefy, the totally plant-based burgers at Next Level Burger leave nothing to be desired. With a variety of burger patties to choose from, including the ever-popular Beyond Burger, crispy Chik’n and organic mushroom and quinoa, vegans and carnivores alike will enjoy the familiar comfort of their tasty burgers and fries.
While Next Level Burger has locations all around the country, you can feel good supporting them as their mission is to stop climate change by promoting a plant-based diet. And truly, they take plant-based cuisine to a new level. Aside from burgers, the restaurant also offers incredible cheese fries (again, totally vegan!) and dairy-free milkshakes to wash everything down. So instead of ordering McDonald’s for the millionth time since you started working from home, level-up your lunch with Next Level Burger.
Wayward Vegan Cafe
Looking for something with a little more variety? Why not try Seattle’s favorite family-owned vegan diner, Wayward Vegan Cafe? This little hippie spot in the Roosevelt neighborhood is open for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner, and their vegan meals do not disappoint. If you’re ordering breakfast, Wayward’s vegan crunchwraps are hard to beat — and it’s a far cry from the usual bowl of oatmeal and fruit that many vegans have to settle for.
At lunch time, Wayward serves up their own burgers and sandwiches, complete with vegan dipping sauces like vegan ranch and mayo. Many of their offerings are complemented by touches like tempeh bacon and mac n’ cheese — all delicious and satisfying whether you’re typically vegan or not. With their wide-ranging menu, you’re sure to find something to please you no matter what you’re craving.
Last but not least, we have Cycle Dogs. This little food truck is actually permanently parked outside of Peddler Brewing Co. in Ballard (in case you want to see it in person when we’re all allowed outside again) and it’s a masterclass in finding your niche and owning it.
As the name would suggest, Cycle Dogs specializes in vegan hot dogs. While the phrase “vegan hot dogs” does not typically inspire confidence, you need to set your preconceptions aside for this spectacular little spot. With offerings including the classic Seattle Dog (served with vegan cream cheese), fries and some sandwiches, Cycle Dogs elevates vegan cuisine to a whole new level. By smothering their vegan dogs in delicious toppings and condiments (and starting with a high-quality vegan substitute in the first place), Cycle Dogs creates a hot dog experience that can rival any backyard barbecue. In fact, some people don’t even realize it’s a vegan spot until after they’ve had their meal and come back to read their signs a little more closely.
All this to say, you should really give their vegan dogs a try if you’d like to broaden your horizons with a whole new food niche to enjoy.
Instead of moping around at home and eyeballing your leftovers from three nights ago, treat yourself to a little something better for lunch today. By ordering through Uber Eats or Postmates, you can support local restaurants and boost the economy as we wait out the uncertainty. While working from home can definitely suck, your lunch doesn’t have to.