Seattle is home to lots of good restaurants, and King5 finds the Best of Western Washington. In the category of Best Healthy Lunch, a relatively new-to-Seattle restaurant won. Veggie Grill, with locations in South Lake Union and University Village in Seattle, took first place with all vegan fare while competing against restaurants serving conventional food.
This 100% plant-based restaurant has made an impression of patrons from every walk of life.
“We take great pleasure with every win and they are always a surprise, but this is not our first non-veggie contest win, ” says Greg Dollarhyde, Veggie Grill’s CEO.
“Last year we won the Best American Food category in the Los Angeles Times, and that was very exciting for a plant-based restaurant to be recognized for ‘American food’. Overall, Americans are leaning toward food that’s good for them — nutritionally dense, high in protein and fiber, and without the bad fats, antibiotics, and cholesterol of animal products.” adds Dollarhyde.
Although the category for Best Healthy lunch was not limited to vegan restaurants, the second and third place winners, Thrive Cafe and Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, are also vegan restaurants in Seattle.
When asked about the reasons for their success locally, Dollarhyde adds, “Seattleites are a very progressive group and savvy and they know great food when they taste it. There is a lot of competition, both local and chain, but when it comes to nutritious and body-supporting food, you just can’t beat grains and veggies prepared with craveability in mind. We are extremely grateful for their support and the warm welcome into the Seattle market and to King5 for making us part of the contest!”
Photo courtesy of Veggie Grill.