It feels trite and shitty to pretend everything is good and fine right now. Seattle has had a hard few months. First, we were the U.S. epicenter of a pandemic, which in and of itself is pretty devastating. Next, we are still making national news for the mayhem and fallout from police brutality against peaceful protestors. To say that this has all been hard on Seattle, and Capitol Hill specifically, is an understatement.
To honor the Black Lives Matter movement, and Capitol Hill, our Stoner Safe Space this month is the black-owned Capitol Hill restaurant Plum Bistro, and their other iterations.
Plum doesn’t need our measly press! They’re in the freaking New York Times! Chef Makini Howell is a rock star! But, COVID-19 is putting even the best restaurants in a pressure cooker, so the least we can do is tell you that even fancy vegan food can be stoner-approved.
The Plum Family of Restaurants
Plum Bistro is the most famous of the bunch, and it’s located in the heart of Capitol Hill. It serves up creative, artful, and most-importantly DANK vegan food.
Like many entrepreneurs, Plum Bistro has adapted to the pandemic in resourceful and clever ways. They’ve created family-friendly to-go, curbside pick-up meals, folks can come and grab to feed their families after 5 pm each day. Healthy, plant-based meals you can get your kids to eat, and not fuck up your kitchen in the process? It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.
The online menu for family meal pick-up includes items like Marinated Grilled Sausage And Veggie Kebab Dinner, and Mac and Yease. Yummcmniwq oops sorry. My keyboard shorted out BECAUSE I DROOLED ON IT.
As of now, Plum Bistro is to-go only, but starting July 1, they will be serving in-house, with 50% capacity, and with all the other health directives in place.
Plum Chopped is right next door to Plum Bistro in Capitol Hill. It focuses on salads, though not exclusively. It will turn even the most staunch, childish, salad-hater into someone who eats salads.
Their most famous salad is probably their Red-Blooded Vegan which features red leaf lettuce, romaine, avocado, cherry tomatoes, baconish crunch, pepperoncini, red onions, nut cheese, croutons, and ranch dressing. Another favorite is the Black Goddess Salad which features arugula, spinach, chickpeas, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, quinoa, nut cheese, and a Mediterranean vinaigrette dressing. Both for under $10. You won’t find a better deal for a healthy, filling meal in Capitol Hill. Which means… more money for weed.
This is perhaps, the most stoner-approved section of all the Plum family of restaurants. It’s the dessert wing of the restaurant family. And it offers seasonal vegan desserts ranging from delicious vegan ice cream to decadent layer cakes.
Unfortunately, it appears the dessert menu is on hold for now. The to-go menu doesn’t have any dessert options listed, and the shop is down on their site. Their Instagram hasn’t been updated in a while either. Not sure what any of this means, and I could be wrong. But I don’t want you to get all excited for these desserts only to find out you can’t order them. Perhaps if you check back later some dessert options will be listed.
The casual, Seattle Center iteration of Plum, is currently closed. Stay updated on their social media to find out when it will be back in operation.
Eat Good, Feel Good
Times are tough for everyone. Smoking weed and eating is a coping mechanism that is both effective and delightful. But when the food you eat is plant-based, delicious, and made with love by a black femme entrepreneur in Capitol Hill, you can get high on knowing you’re giving your body nutrition and putting your money where your mouth is.
It’s easy to wallow in despair about the state of the world. But if you’re going to have a pity party, at least have it while high as hell and stuffing your face with Plum’s Blazin Bahn Mi and Rosemary Garlic Fries.
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