Though it's usually the star of Thanksgiving dinner, these vegetarian-friendly restaurants replace the turkey with the likes of pumpkin risotto cakes and vegetable ragout. (There's also plenty to eat for vegan and gluten-free citizens.)
Gather ‘round the dark wood tables at Capitol Hill's plant-based bistro for a vegan-style Thanksgiving. Choose from three prix fixe menus with names like “The Traditional”, “The Unique Individual”, and “The New American G/F”. It’s kind of like the ‘choose your own adventure’ of dinners. Perhaps start with the broccoli almondine with cranberries and the dependable Plum Bistro favorite, mac and yease. Vegan mains include cauliflower and lentil Wellington, and smoked seitan roast with Gravy and Cornbread Stuffing. And dessert is not an afterthought here: bourbon chocolate pecan pie, caramel cardamom crème brulee with poached pears, or the pumpkin cheesecake. 2-7pm. Reservations at [email protected] or 206-838-5333. $38-45 per person.
For a vegetarian Thanksgiving inspired by its regular Chinese menu, Bamboo Garden is serving up a satisfying and very affordable special dinner menu. Corn chowder soup to start, baked yam with pineapple and orange sauce as a savory-sweet intermediary, then a smoked vegetarian ‘turkey’ with cranberry and apricot sauce. For dessert, the menu goes the all-American route with apple pie. 11am-10pm. 206-282-6616. $16.95 per person.
Who says carnivores have more fun? This award-winning Madison Park staple is dishing out a four-course vegetarian Thanksgiving spread to please (and everything can be made vegan or gluten-free, as well). This includes a feuilles de brick (think thin layers of flaky dough) with roasted squash, shaved parmesan, and sage hazelnut pistou for starters, and a creamy wild mushroom and root vegetable ragu as a main course option. For something to hit the sweet spot, try the pumpkin and Theo dark chocolate bread pudding or crisp apple tart. Cafe Flora offers an entirely vegan and gluten free kid’s menu as well. 1-7:30pm, reservation only at 206-325-9100 ext. 3. $65 per person, $25 per child.
Vegetarians and carnivores can feast side by side with Agrodolce’s diverse Thanksgiving menu alla Siciliana. Though not vegetarian in its entirety, the three-course family-style spread is extremely vegetarian friendly and great for those who want to have a taste of everything at the table. For starters think housemade focaccia and crispy potato cakes with crème fraiche followed by the sweet potato cavatelli with cranberry, brown butter, and savory herbs. For the meat enthusiasts, mangia the turkey breast involtini stuffed with speck, provolone picante, and focaccia stuffing. But if you want to be 100 percent meat-free, vegetarian (and fish) options are available with advanced notice. Don’t forget to save room for the pumpkin sheep’s milk ricotta cheesecake fashioned with housemade graham cracker, bruleed pear, and candied pistachio. 3-8pm, 206-547-9707. $65 per person (additional $35 for optional wine pairing).
Three words: wood-fired turkey. If you want your turkey cooked over hot flames (and you know that you do) for a very rustic Thanksgiving, your best bet is Golden Beetle. You could start this four-course Mediterranean inspired journey with roasted kabocha squash soup with macerated cranberry, almond, and sage or a baby spinach salad with grilled scallion vinaigrette, kasseri cheese, and pistachio. Fear not vegetarian friends I haven’t forgotten this post is about you; the third course options include said wood-fired turkey, but also a St. Jude albacore tuna, or a roasted root vegetable ragout which all come with the classics: cornbread dressing, orange-cranberry sauce, mashed potato, and gravy. Choose between the apple brandy sorbet with peppercorn, hazelnut shortbread cookie and ginger; or the pecan pie with molasses, bourbon, and nutmeg for dessert. 3-8pm, 206-706-2977. $55 per person (additional $30 for optional wine pairing).