Hotel Dining: Vegan Quinoa Cakes in Seattle

I travel a lot for work, organizing and hosting corporate health fairs. Last week I was hosting my last event of the season in Seattle, Washington. My coworker and I just headed to the hotel bar, Jimmy’s on First, for dinner–we were tired, and I can usually find something to modify or change. Plus, I’m usually¬†open to eating french fries and salad, because yum. Any excuse to eat fried food is a good one in my book.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a clearly labeled vegan entree. Naturally I had to order it.


“Mac and Cheese…wish that was vegan. Fish Tacos?! Where’s Gardein when you need ’em?….OH! Quinoa & Chickpea Cakes??! Don’t mind if I do.”

Quinoa & Chickpea Cakes with tomato cumin jam, chimicurri sauce, pine nuts, braised local greens & seasonal vegetables. Duh.


Don’t mind the vertical phone pic; this way you get the see the lovely black bev naps.

The cakes were really filling; I think this might be the veggie burger patty they offer on the menu, because they’re pretty substantial. I could only eat one. The tangy tomato cumin jam was a nice compliment to the straightforward taste of the cakes. The greens were a nice bright addition, and the roasted carrots were sweet and simply seasoned.

I love it when restaurants have a clearly marked vegan option, and I’m happy to report that this was filling, hearty and tasty. If I stay at The Silver Cloud Inn again, I’ll definitely head back down for dinner. The only downside is that it’s right next to Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, so apparently drunk fans regularly come in and pull the fire alarm. This happened while we were dining last week, with the alarm going steadily for 10 minutes until the Fire Department showed up.

No matter, a quick dip in the rooftop hot tub quickly dissipated any lingering irritations.