Calling all Seattle foodies out there! If you’re looking for delicious, vegan-friendly restaurant recommendations, we have the perfect place for you — there’s just one catch. It’s a steakhouse.
If you didn’t know, Seattle is pretty much a bonafide haven for vegan foodies these days; with so many different restaurant options, it seems like a steakhouse would be the last place you’d want to visit for a satisfying plant-based menu with more options than fries — which is why it’s so remarkable that the world-class steakhouse Daniel’s Broiler has decided to introduce a 100 percent plant-based menu that’s suitable for a vegan diet.
“We felt there was a market we could capture onto that a vegetarian or a vegan consumer knows they have a place to go where their friends or family may want a steak,” Corporate Executive Chef Peter Coulter told King 5.
The new plant-based menu features items typically found on animal-leaden menus, such as stuffed mushrooms, penne bolognese (which is made with soy protein), cheese ravioli stuffed with almond-based ricotta, and lettuce wraps. Every item is 100 percent free from meat, dairy, eggs, and animal products.
When it comes to how the dishes all taste, Coulter is most proud of how indistinguishable his plant-based alternatives are to the dairy and meat-counterparts. With one out of every ten Millennials identifying as either vegan or vegetarian, and six percent of Americans identifying as vegan, we can expect more and more restaurants to begin following Daniel’s Broiler’s lead; in fact, big name investors are already ditching meat in favor of plant-based meats and cheeses.
“You know consumer eating habits are really changing when you start seeing steakhouses moving vegetables from the side to the center of the plate,” One Green Planet co-founder, Preeta Sinha, says.
“I expect this trend to continue kicking into overdrive and am looking forward to seeing vegetables take center stage,” She adds.
Eating plant-based is more sustainable and there are plenty of hacks and tips to help make eating an affordable plant-based diet easy for anyone. Coulter was careful to ensure that the new plant-based menu used affordable ingredients in place of the former meat and dairy products, and was so pleased with the results he even permanently swapped some of his old recipes out with the new vegetarian and vegan-friendly ones.
“If I didn’t tell you, you wouldn’t know it (the bolognese) was vegan,” Coulter told King 5. “I think that’s my goal because I’m a meat eater.”
“At Daniel’s we take our steak seriously, but we take our guests’ dietary choices and restrictions seriously, too — that’s why we’re proud to introduce a vegan menu at all of our restaurants, featuring steakhouse-quality dishes…!” the restaurant wrote on its Facebook page.
If you’re not in Seattle and still want to enjoy some of the new items on the vegetarian steakhouse menu, we’ve got you covered. This vegan Raw Almond Parmesan is the perfect topping for any plant-based pasta dish, while this vegan Bolognese Sauce is unctuous and meaty, only without the cruelty. These Ultimate Stuffed Mushrooms are also a crowd-pleasing appetizer sure to wow your dinner guests, and what’s more, they’re also ridiculously easy to make.
If you’re looking for more recipes like these, we also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it’s available for both Android and iPhone and has free and paid versions. The app is loaded with thousands (no, really; 8,000+) of allergy-friendly and vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more! The app shows you how having diet/health/food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions! Go ahead and give it a try.
Lead image source: Teriyaki Glazed Tofu Steaks