I’m so used to restaurant menus with limited vegan options that it’s a real treat when you look down and realize you can have anything off the menu – it’s almost overwhelming. Seattle is great for vegans and vegetarians as many restaurants have a decent selection of options or are willing to make modifications for you. It’s nice, though, to see more vegan restaurants opening up in the area.
I’ve been meaning to try the No Bones Beach Club for awhile now but don’t make it into that Seattle neighbor too frequently. Since I was running several errands one afternoon, it was the perfect opportunity to drop-in and give this restaurant a try. It’s a fairly small, dimly lit location with a bar and tables tightly packed into its limited space. There’s also outside seating for those warmer Seattle days which would be amazing with a cocktail in hand. The restaurant has a tiki bar theme with surf boards and other tropical island paraphernalia adorning the walls – the wall above the bar had a TV silently playing Elvis’ Blue Hawaii.
A friend and I ordered 2 items off the menu. I had the bahn -DOT-com sandwich and a cup of chowder. The sandwich was comprised of seared tofu, carrots, daikon, cucumber, grilled jalapeño, cilantro, and creamy Sriracha aioli on a hoagie roll. The soup made of oyster mushrooms, Yukon potato, and nori had taste similar to a New England clam chowder. It didn’t come with the sandwich but was an add-on option on the menu.
My friend ordered the beer battered avocado tacos. It included fried avocado, creamy cilantro slaw, tomato, scallions, creamy chipotle aioli, and fire roasted salsa. Visually they were stunning and I’d instantly wished I’d ordered that instead but he was nice enough to let me have a bite. I’ve since dined here a second time and ordered the tacos and can tell you that they’re very filling. They also had an ingredient that had a nice crunch and texture which I now realize was the fried avocado.
I of course couldn’t dine at a vegan tiki bar without getting some type of sweet and fruity drink. Their classic mai tai, a blend of light and dark rum, saliza amaretto, orange juice, pineapple, and lime, came served in a kitschy surfer themed mug with umbrella and fruit garnish. The only way the experience could have been better was if I was sitting on a beach and three sheets to the wind.
Overall, my experience was great at the No Bones Beach Club. I think it’s a must if you’re vegan or vegetarian if not for the sole purpose of supporting meat-free restaurants. While it was busy both times I visited, the wait wasn’t too terrible and if anything it’s a sign that business is good. The staff were friendly and attentive as well. I really only have positive things to say about this restaurant. Has anyone else had a chance to go? I’d love to hear about your experience.