Inspiration from a Lifelong Vegetarian
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Araya’s Place

For me, a trip to Seattle would not be complete without stopping at Araya’s Place, where silver buffet trays spill over with vegan versions of pad thai, phad woon sen, and numerous other delicious dishes. If you are not a buffet person, don’t fret — you can order from the full menu. My friend and I tried the seriously unique avocado curry and the drunken mushroom, which were both amazing. Many of the yummy desserts are gluten-free or soy-free. The owner Araya is a sweet lady I had the fortune of meeting years ago and always visit when in the Northwest. The restaurant will relocate to a different part of the University district soon, and will also keep the second location in Bellevue.

More from Araya’s Place

On Bainbridge Island, Emmy’s Vege House has been serving up great Asian food for years. It’s a small outdoor stand, so they only have a few tables for outside seating — not ideal for a wintery Washington day. We took some of their dishes to go, however, and were very happy campers. They have mock meats, tofu spring rolls, and other treats for usually under $10 per meal.

Unfortunately I did not make it to any new places on this trip, but for those wanting to try veggie dining around Seattle, this website may help.