Seattle Nabs a Spot on PETA’s Top 10 Most Vegan-Friendly Cities List

Queen City Serves Up Delicious, Healthy, Cruelty-Free Fare Fit for a King

For Immediate Release:
June 7, 2013

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Seattle – Seattle might be known for its abundance of rainfall, but the city is also enjoying the emergence of a more uplifting reputation, namely, being a capital of fine vegan dining. That’s why Seattle has grabbed the number-six spot on PETA’s Top 10 Most Vegan-Friendly Cities list, kicked off by Paul McCartney, who presented winner Austin, Texas, with the Most Vegan-Friendly City Award in person.

“No amount of rain can dampen the compassionate spirit sweeping over Seattle, which is rapidly evolving into a vegan haven,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “From Thai and Italian to ‘eggs’ and beer, Seattle makes it a snap to eat healthy food and be respectful of animals at the same time.”

Seattle’s University District has been called one of the most vegan-friendly neighborhoods in North America, thanks to standouts such as Araya’s Place, a vegan Thai restaurant with a bakery that features delicious Thai tea bars and banana cakes that are also gluten-free. Chaco Canyon Organic Café, which serves breakfast all day, offers raw entrées in addition to warm grain bowls, such as the house-made garlic tahini drizzled over baked tofu, quinoa, carrots, sprouts, and sesame seeds. Wayward Vegan Café has all the staples—including vegan country-fried streak, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and French toast. Also located in the district is the Pizza Pi, featuring the loaded no-meatball sub, the build-your-own calzone menu, and a menu full of pizza, including the superb Tropic Thunder with white garlic sauce, mock Canadian bacon, spinach, pineapple, red onion, and coconut.

With its motto, “Strong enough for a carnivore, made for an herbivore,” Georgetown Liquor Company works magic with vegan eggs in a myriad of styles. And be sure to check out happy hour at The Highline for home-brewed beer and a full vegan menu, including the unequalled pulled barbecue grinders.

Rounding out PETA’s Top 10 Most Vegan-Friendly Cities list are Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; New York; Chicago; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Boulder, Colo., and Richmond, Va.

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