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September 12, 2008 7:30 AM

Vegan Vittles at Tilth

Posted by Karen Gaudette

I'm strangely enamored with the word "vittles." Writing about food for a living prompts one to find as many synonyms as possible for what we eat. I'm also enamored with anyplace that offers vegan options. Not for me, but for those in my life of the anti-meatatarian persuasion (to borrow from those crazy Wendy's ads).

Tilth has now joined the wealth of Seattle-area vegan-friendly spots with a monthly tasting menu for those who shun all forms of meat, dairy and other animal products (or just want to try something new).


Maria Hines.

Here's what Chef Maria Hines is whipping up in her kitchen this month: Smoked Date Tatin ($3/$7) with crostini, sherry gastrique and chive, Oxbow Farm lettuces ($7/$13) with mustard vinaigrette, French breakfast radish and hazelnut, King's Garden French Melon ($7/$12) with anise hyssop, black pepper and olive oil, Spelt Berry Risotto ($12/$23) with corn milk, romano bean and heirloom tomato, Bluebird Grains Farm Farro ($12/$23) with sorrel, sweet pepper and baby artichoke and for dessert, Billy Allstot Farm Peaches ($6) with fresh fig, peach coulis and mint.

Read more about what prompted Hines to add vegan options to Tilth's critically acclaimed menu on her blog.

I already can sense my sister-in-law squealing with delight as I type. Each time she visits home is an excuse for me to build a new lineup of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants I know she'll love. In the past couple of years we've hit Teapot Vegetarian House, Flying Apron Bakery, Araya's Vegetarian Place, Portage Bay Cafe, Julia's, The Broadway Grill and of course, Cafe Flora. We have many more stops ahead.

Those of you with or whose loved ones or friends have dietary restrictions, tell us please. What restaurants have you discovered over the years that make a point to create food all of you can celebrate?

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