Are you an observer of Meatless Monday, a flexitarian, or otherwise reducing your meat consumption? If so, you apparently are not alone! Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk recently analyzed Seattle’s consumer spending habits and the availability of meat-free cuisine by neighborhood, determining that Wallingford ranks first in the city for its love of veggies. Yep. We eat our five daily servings here in the ‘hood, out-munching runners-up Fremont, Ballard, Greenlake and Queen Anne.
A stroll along 45th Street with vegetarian main courses in mind reveals some tasty temptations. From the strictly vegetarian like Sutra and Jhanjay to the many restaurants that simply offer some tasty choices – Golden Olive, Chutney’s, Tilth, and Satay come to mind – there is something for everyone who wants to dine low on the food chain. And of course there is Mighty O nearby, supplying us with vegan donuts. Yum!
Reading that there is such a concentration of veggie-eaters in our neighborhood got me to wondering why my fellow Wallingfordians purchase veggies at higher rates than others across the city. So how about it neighbors? Is it for health reasons? Cost? Environment? Or do you just love the food itself?
And if you have a favorite veggie dish to recommend, please do! Personally, I’d drop everything for one of Sutra’s mung bean crepes with wild foraged mushrooms. I am tempted to literally lick my plate whenever I eat there!