Being a good-for-nothing-vegetarian means that there can be trouble when attempting to eat out. Sure there is pizza, but that gets old after a while. A lot of places now have veggie burgers, but again, veggie burgers do get old. It isn’t always easy to find menus that go beyond the veggie burger though. In fact many menus try to squeeze meat into just about everything they serve. Chinese, Japanese, and Indian food tends to be very accessible to vegetarians, though even those can’t always be counted out (watch out for those broths and sauces folks).
Two places I have found in Seattle that serve strictly vegetarian menus are the Vegetarian Bistro and the Bamboo Garden.
The Bamboo Garden is in Queen Anne at 364 Roy Street. The atmosphere isn’t anything special and the food was okay. My socks were not knocked off, in fact they weren’t even tugged at. it wasn’t bad though. The prices were on par for Chinese food anywhere else, not too cheap and not too expensive. The menu offered a pretty good selection, but I just couldn’t get into my meal. They have lunch specials but none of them looked like what I wanted so I ended up paying more and getting less than the people I ate with.
The Vegetarian Bistro is in the International District at 668 S. King Street and was the better of the two in my opinion. For one, the atmosphere was very nice, they even have a tea bar in the back. The menu is huge (almost too big) and has photos of some of the meals so that you have an idea of what you are getting yourself into. The prices are reasonable, and they have a lunch special— $7 for a main dish with soup and a spring roll. Of course you also get some delicious tea and a tasty fortune cookie (note: fortune may not be impressive, mine predicted I would read information that was “helpful” — self-fulling fortune cookie?). I got the Mongolian Veggie Chicken, and it was very nice. My socks were still on, but a felt a slight pull a couple times.
Of the two I recommend going to the Vegetarian Bistro, it’s just nicer.
[tags]bamboo garden, chinese food, food, international district, queen anne, restaurants, seattle, vegetarian[/tags]