Being a vegan can be hard, thankless work—extended family members rarely understand, many restaurants don't accommodate you, and cows still try to devour you every chance they get. Today's Groupon proves that vegan eating can be stylish, sexy, and delicious: for $23, you get a vegan meal for two at Plum Bistro (up to a $46 total value). The meal includes:
- Two vegan burgers (a $14 value each)
- Two vegan beers (up to a $9 value each)
Owner and chef Makini Howell concocts meat-free American dishes at Plum Bistro, luring locals and visitors into the Capitol Hill eatery with creative plant-based entrees. Dining duos can enjoy burgers sans bittersweet reflections on childhood pet cows by indulging in one of the menu's five tofu, quinoa, or tempeh burger creations. The Crazy Jamaican burger, a jerk-infused tofu burger, packs a pile of plantains, grilled sweet onions, potato salad, and tomatoes between a fresh-baked bun slathered with house vegan mayo, and the baked-tempeh-and-arugula burger stays simple with a flavor punch of dill aioli. Sips of the Fish Tale pale ale or The Pike Brewing Company's Tandem—a sweet and fruity double ale—between burger bites keeps throats too happily lubricated to let unpleasant grumbles escape into the room.
For many vegans, eliminating animal products is a decision made in young adulthood, a break from the traditions they were raised with. Not so for Plum Bistro head chef Makini Howell—she was brought up eating vegan from infancy, but it hasn't changed her welcoming, flavor-first approach to her food. As she explained to Eco Stiletto (who caught her catering a dinner party thrown by Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix), “We want to make sure you don’t miss the meat.”
Becoming Stevie Wonder's personal touring chef has helped Howell push her menu even further, following a philosophy of accessibility with a huge array of organic produce on the menu, such as root vegetables, kale, trumpet mushrooms, and seasonal fruit, taking forms that will be familiar to foodies of all stripes. There are gourmet burgers that pack their punch via a pulled barbecue seitan burger; pumpkin and porcini tempeh with a pecan pate; and handmade pastas with sauces as rich and creamy as any made with dairy. A local favorite is the Spicy Cajun Mac ‘n’ Yease, a piquant take on a classic nutritional yeast–based cheesy sauce.
Accompanied by beer, wine, and cocktails made from gin and even kombucha, dishes are served in a dining room fronted by floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the sidewalk in the summer. Its rustic hardwood floors and tables fit right in with the gorgeously repurposed Piston & Ring Building, an automotive manufacturing building constructed in 1926. Once they leave, diners can replicate the dishes with help from Makini’s cookbook, with pages of innovative vegan dishes that provide an alternative to casseroles made from all the lunches left behind in the office fridge.
1429 12th Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98122Get Directions