Seattle continues to offer vegan eats in all places. And by all places, I mean all kinds of places!
As the film industry kicks off the Oscar season with movies that are at least 90 percent rotten tomatoes rated, and as we Seattleites start partaking in more indoor activities to keep us warm during the winter season, may I suggest you plan a movie and meal at Sundance Cinema – a recently renovated movie theater that serves entrees and beverages in addition to popcorn, drinks and candy, including (clearly noted!) vegan eats.
In the spot formerly known as the Metro Cinemas, this new joint is perfectly located off 45th Street in the University “U” District (aka V-District, properly nick-named for its bountiful vegan restaurants, cafes, diners and bakeries, including Araya’s Thai, Chaco Canyon Café, Wayward, Pizza Pi, and Violet Sweet Shoppe). This cinema has been redesigned with a full bar, new plush and comfy chairs, and new sound system.
My husband and I uncovered the vegan eats at Sundance Cinema as we reminisced about the expansive vegan menu at Alamo Draft House (we are Austin transplants), after a quick Web search for vegan cinemas led us to recent Yelp reviews that shared the excitement we soon would realize on our first date night there. I enjoyed the vegan Mediterranean wrap, unwrapped (wrap is whole wheat and I have a gluten allergy), as it offered the perfect balance of crunch and salty-flavor expected in a Mediterranean dish – attributable to the hummus, olives, romaine lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes, with a side of fresh celery and carrot sticks. The spouse had the vegan burger that he described as having the perfect burger grub taste, served on whole wheat bread (note: their gluten-free burger buns are not vegan). Nothing fancy, but convenient and filling. And, of course, we shared a small popcorn and enjoyed its rich buttery taste made possible with a drizzle of warmed sunflower oil.
This place is perfect if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to grab food before going to a flick, but sorry younger folk, Sundance Cinema is a 21 plus establishment. For movie show times, visit the Sundance website or their Facebook page. Planning a movie outing and would welcome company of fellow Seattle vegans, tweet or share your plans to Vegan Score on Twitter or Instagram @veganscore.