• one of my favorite vegan restaurants: wayward cafe

    August 29th, 2010quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), seattle

    breakfast at wayward cafe in seattle: it doesn’t get any better than this!

    wayward has been one of my favorite restaurants since 2005, when i was a relatively new vegan. we are talking about long before i had this blog, before i was married, before i could even legally drink.

    as i’ve said before, wayward is nothing short of incredible. it’s got an all vegan menu, it’s family/locally owned (i believe now, by the same people who own pizza pi), and the food is RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. it keeps early hours (9am -4pm), and the breakfast is unmatched as far as i’m concerned. the establishment recently moved from a residential area in greenlake to the vegan center of seattle, university way. we hit up their newish location last month and left super full and happy, for the most part.

    very veggie omlet: stuffed with sauteed broccoli, carrots, spinach, red onion, cheddar cheeze and topped with diced tomatoes. served with home fries. $9

    okay, so when you have good and bad news, you are supposed to start off with the bad news first, right? well, the bad news is…our “omlet” was full of nasty follow your heart cheese that rendered it almost inedible. the menu description sounded amazing, tons of vegetables stuffed into a vegan omelette with a side of home fries. both the “omelette” itself, and the filling were delicious….the only issue we had was with the unmelted soy cheddar covering it. seriously, everything about this dish rocked…but just look at that gross orange gunk. party foul. we were able to pick most of it off, but next time i will order this meal sans vegan cheese.

    tempeh bacon side. $2

    moving on to the good news. next up, we got a side of tempeh bacon which was phenomenal. salty, crispy, and perfectly moist in the middle….this is the best vegan bacon i’ve ever had. the picture doesn’t do it justice, but these were little nuggets of pure bliss.

    country bumpkin: a warm herb biscuit open-faced and topped with scrambled tofu and ladled with country-style sausage gravy. served with garlic steamed greens. $8

    we also ordered the country bumpkin, which was way too good for words. even better than standard biscuits and gravy, this meal consisted of a warm open faced biscuit, topped with tofu scramble, and smothered in country “sausage” gravy. add to that a side of garlic steamed greens, and i’m in heaven. SERIOUSLY, so good. the chunky gravy was incredibly rich, the biscuit was moist, and the tofu was perfectly scrambled. i would eat this every day if i could.

    when in seattle, breakfast at wayward cafe is a must. although i hated the follow your heart cheese, everything else i’ve tried from the restaurant has been flawless. plus, the staff is nice and they play good music.

    wayward cafe
    5253 university way NE
    seattle WA 98105
    open 9am – 4pm every day

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10 responses to “one of my favorite vegan restaurants: wayward cafe” RSS icon

  • I was here last May when I visited the west coast from boring, vegan UNfriendly Delaware. I still remember everything that I ordered. One of the best meals I’ve had out in years.

  • That vegan biscuit and tofu scramble thing looks pretty tasty!!

  • And oh! that tempeh bacon! I love tempeh!

  • This place looks fabulous! Thank you for posting. I travel often and it is good to have an idea of where to eat when I am in new places!

  • Omg omg omg omg omg. WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF?

  • I don’t know–that “cheese” looks kind of good to me.

  • I agree, Wayward Cafe rocks. We ate here like three times on our recent four day trip to Seattle, and over-indulged each time. I mean, where else are you gonna get a [vegan] cheese blintz to eat with your biscuits and gravy (I liked mine with sausage)?


  • Thank you so much for this post! We’re sorry you didn’t care for the FYH – we definitely understand it’s not everyone’s favorite. We’ll happily leave it off or substitute it next time you come.

    Great pictures, by the way!

  • Wayward is awesome. 2 weeks ago for the weekend special they did their version of the KFC “Double Down” . Oh. My. God. And, I think they use Diaya cheese now.

  • I was just there the other weekend while in Seattle and this place IS LIFE! Excellent excellent vegan dinner food and very pleasant staff–I will always stop here when in Seattle from now on!

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