At Cafe Flora, everyone can eat (and you won't even miss the meat).
In 1991, three old friends and longtime residents of Madison Valley in Seattle opened a new vegetarian restaurant on the site of a formerly abandoned laundromat at 29th and East Madison. Their motives? "To establish a friendly, community-based vegetarian restaurant close to home; to develop a restaurant that could stand as a model business in attending to the health of the planet; and to introduce superb non-meat dishes from culinary traditions around the globe utilizing local, organic and sustainable produce."
Diners enjoy delicious eats at this eco-conscious restaurant — Photo courtesy of Cafe Flora
Clearly, they're doing something right. Among other recent accolades, Seattle Magazine named the venue Best Vegetarian Restaurant 2013 - Reader’s Choice.
Since its doors opened, Cafe Flora has focused on using local, organic and sustainable produce and herbs, at the same time building strong relationships with Washington farms. The culinary team finds inspiration in international traditions plus the availability of abundant produce in the region that helps them create "imaginative and dynamic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine."
Loyal patrons return for the ambiance and the menu. Morning libations include the Garden Flora (cucumber jalapeno vodka infusion with a house blend of tomato juice, spice and pickled vegetables), while starters include innovative soups and colorful salads like the fresh fig and grape.
Main dishes range from veggie scrambles, stone-fired pizzas and bountiful sandwiches to Oaxaca tacos and the Lobster Mushroom Polenta.
The restaurant's eco-conscious philosophy carries into its design, too; for example, diners find a charming garden retreat just off the main dining room, an atrium that brings year-round al fresco dining with its natural light, exotic greenery, a bubbling central fountain and natural stone accents. The eatery also features reclaimed wood accents that use materials from local farms, and floors refinished with a soy-based stain.
Rich flavors reign in this eatery's good-for-you dishes — Photo courtesy of Cafe Flora