Vegan cuisine reigns at Veggie Grill in South Lake Union
The vegan menu at Veggie Grill in South Lake Union is heavy on sandwiches but also has a selection of hearty, colorful salads.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Veggie GrillVegan
446 Terry Ave. N., Seattle
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
Etc: Credit cards accepted; wheelchair accessible; beer and wine served; street and garage parking. A University Village location will be opening soon.
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Southern California-based vegan-food-chain Veggie Grill has finally landed in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, bringing a warm, West Coast vibe to a corner of the ever-expanding Amazon campus.
Drenched in giddy tones of red, yellow and lime, with a chipper, attentive staff to match, the restaurant offers a good sit-down alternative to the area's booming daytime food-truck scene.
Heavy on sandwiches but with a selection of hearty, colorful salads and homestyle plates featuring veggie "chickin" and tempeh comfort food, the restaurant aims more for crowd- pleasing flavors than culinary adventurism.
The menu: All of the tempeh, chickin and "steak" dishes at Veggie Grill are prepared with soy-based products in well-spiced marinades. The thing to go for here is one of the burgers or sandwiches, like the Santa Fe fried- chickin sandwich with avocado and spicy-vegan mayo ($8.95), the Indonesia- inspired Bali Bliss ($7.95) and the Chipotle BBQ with shredded-veggie steak ($8.95). I opted for the All-American Stack ($8.95), which comes with a small bowl of red-cabbage slaw or chili.
What to write home about: The tender, sweetly marinated strips of veggie steak on my All-American Stack had the uncanny texture of real beef and came topped with crispy onion rings. Sadly, it makes quite a mess. The deliciously creamy chocolate parfait with walnuts and cookie crumbles on top ($3.50) made up for it.
What to skip: Substitute the underseasoned slaw with chili or upgrade to steamed kale, quinoa, veggie mac-and-cheese or cauliflower mashed potatoes for $1.50-$2.25 extra.
The setting: A riot of color with lots of light.
Summing up: The Stack burger with red-cabbage slaw ($8.95) and parfait ($3.50) and a soft drink ($2.25) came to $14.70, plus tax and tip.
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