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A Meatarian Adventure in Vegan Land

24 Jul

Check out Seattle’s first vegan bistro, Plum, during happy hour on Sunday 4PM-close

Rating | Cool
Revealed | A meat-eaters refuge in a vegan restaurant
Reminds me of | LL Cool J’s Hey Lover

First Things First

No, I wasn’t forced. Nah, didn’t lose a bet. And nope, it wasn’t a requirement for work. YES, I actually wanted to check out a place that for some crazy reason didn’t serve meat. In case you didn’t pickup on it, I’d rather rip out my finger nails with pliers than eliminate things like bacon cheeseburgers from my diet.  That said, eating healthy and being aware of what I’m putting in my body (meat included) is definitely important to me. I’ve even recently been whining passionately discussing the need for an organic drive-thru in Seattle. Sidebar — I’m always on the go and grocery-shopping-when-hungry gets the best of my bank account, sometimes I just want to drive up and order something without getting distracted and WITHOUT getting out of my car.  Anyways, I digress. Some “health food” taste like cardboard or even better, the dirt it was grown in, so I’ve actually avoided vegeterian (especially vegan) joints. Until now.

Well, look who finally decided to grace us with their presence

Before Sunday, I had heard about Plum Bistro many times. Consistently, I was told emphatically that it’s great “even if you’re not a vegetarian”. Everyone said really positive things, I’m just notorius for being incredibly dramatic trying to avoid neighborhoods with crappy parking. So how did I end up there? Well, the last time Plum came up in conversation, a friend slipped me a solid nugget of wisdom, “If you’re checking it out for the first time, you should go on a Sunday. They have a great happy hour and you’ll get to try a few different things without spending too much.” DING DING DING, tell her what she’s won Bob. I’m not sayin happy hour is the magic phrase or anything, but since I’m a commitmentphobe it sure brings down the barrier to entry. There are fewer things worse than ordering food I don’t like and suffering through it — I damn sure won’t waste it, I won’t be rude and return it, but I’ll be mad as hell while I finish it (internally of course). So not cute. Anyways, I was driving around Sunday running errands and the light bulb went off! It’s Sunday. I’m hungry. Go to Plum.

The meat-eater dilemma, what to order?

Onion rings made fresh while you wait, yum!

The happy hour menu has quite the selection, from hummus and sliders to tacos and pizza, I had plenty to choose from. Even moreso, I was wise enough to sit directly across from the open kitchen. It was great to see how the food was prepped, and even better, to see how good it looked just before carried off to its rightful owner. I’m not a food critic, so I won’t get into the annoying details of “savory this” and “ingredients that” but I will say, my food was pretty damn tasty. Tasty enough, that I’d try anything else on the menu (despite the fact that I secretly hate the idea of tofu). I should also mention, the house red was a nice Temperanillo (Tempranillo’s are so under-rated IHMO) and it went well with my Carribean Jerk slider.  Watching the dude in the kitchen slice giant onions inspired me to order what turned out to be some of the best onion rings I’ve ever had – yes, they even beat the ones you get from the greasy hole in the wall,  drive-up burger joint. Also near the top of my list EVERYTHING WAS MADE FROM ORGANIC INGREDIENTS, it was a very pleasant surprise to see that on the menu. If all that isn’t enough to get you in there…your loss…more for me 🙂

What you should know

  • The staff is FANTASTIC, I sat at the bar and had a lovely chat with the bartender Alex. She was great, and didn’t roll her eyes at my annoying “what’s in this?” questions. And believe me, if I was her, I’da rolled my eyes – at least secretly.
  • If you’re an onion ring enthusiast, you’d be a fool not to order them
  • There are 10-15 tables total in this place so if you’ve got a big party, call ahead.
  • Parking on Sunday evenings isn’t terrible, think I only had to go around the block once (huge win in my book)
  • The 90’s R&B music playing in the background is freakin awesome, but clearly, I love 90’s music

Bon Appetit!

If you check it out, we’d love to know what you think.

The Food Files – Week of 6/11

11 Jun

New Restaurants

  • Collections Cafe has opened at Chihuly Garden and Glass. From the pics I’ve seen, the decor was inspired by Chihuly but with a twist. Think musical instruments hanging from the ceiling and vintage radios lining the walls. Looks awesome! The food should be just as tasty.
  • Seattle Center keeps the updates coming with Skillet Counter which should open later this month. Skillet already operates a food truck and a diner but is looking to create a new experience with this latest location. Can’t wait to check it out.

Upcoming Events

  • The Washington’s Brewers Festival is goin’ down this weekend at Marymoor Park (15th-17th). Ticket prices range from $15-$40.
  • Tasting Flight at Woodland Park Zoo will be held on Thursday, June 28th. Tickets are $25-$30.

The Food Files – Memorial Day Edition

28 May

New Restaurants

  1. Heaven Sent, the latest fried chicken spot(s) by Ezell Stephens, recently opened a new location in Seattle. Located at 3427 Rainier Ave. S., the restaurant will also share a space with Willie’s Taste of Soul which is best known for their smoked bbq.
  2. The Blue Grouse opened a couple of weeks ago in Georgetown. According to Allison Scheff of Seattle Magazine, owner Diane Lane turned converted her house into the bar where she serves “snacky foods” (think pizza) and will even feature live music once a month.

Food News

According to Eater, there’s a food cart “pod” springing up in Belltown. A real estate deal went south last year leaving a plot of land on 2nd between Vine and Wall empty. So now, rumor on the street is that food carts from around the city might have a new spot to park it and sling their goods.

Upcoming Events

Farmers Market season is upon us! Because I live in South King County-ish, here are a few of my picks in the area:

Renton: Open June – September. 2 locations (Valley Medical Center and Downtown Renton). Tuesday and Sunday, 3pm-7pm.

West Seattle: Open on Sundays year round from 10am – 2pm. Located at The Junction.

Columbia City: Open May – October. Located at South Edmonds St. between 37th Ave s. and the alley at 36th. Wednesdays 3pm-7pm.

For information about other farmers markets in Seattle, see

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