Facebook Twitter Linkedin

Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe

Raw food fans rejoice: Seattle finally boasts a cafe that specializes in delicious, nutritious live foods! Much all of the food served in this friendly, Southwestern-themed café in the basement of Cedar's Middle Eastern and Indian Restaurant is raw. For those of you who have never had a raw meal, have no fear: the food is scrumptious and will have you salivating at the thought of return visits. Hot vegan sandwiches and soup have been recently added to the menu, so you can bring your less-adventurous friends along! The restaurant says 95 percent of its food is organic.

Start your meal with a 10- or 16-ounce juice to get your digestive system in gear. Chaco Canyon offers several great juices, including the Green Goddess (cucumber, celery, green pepper, fennel and mint), The Boost (apple, carrot, wheatgrass and ginger) and the Swamp Monster (pear, beet, carrot, apple and spinach). Warm juices include apple-ginger cider, millennium health tonic (fresh apple-cranberry juice with Echinacea and goldenseal), and the class flu buster (apple-orange juice with lemon, ginger, garlic and cayenne). The café also features an organic and Fair Trade espresso menu.

The raw food menu changes, but look for such treats as the spicy Thai grinder, a delectable patty of carrots, peanuts and cilantro served on a bed of spinach and surrounded by cabbage drizzled in a spicy miso glaze. Other raw options may include: spinach lasagna, featuring a base of almonds, sunflower seeds, carrots, celery and basil layered with spinach and jicama, topped with a sun-dried tomato and basil sauce; and the Middle Eastern Plate, with hummus, warm falafel, sprouted wheat tabouli, and a tahini-dressed salad. Raw dessert choices, include a raw carrot cake (now available at PCC) made of carrots, almonds, dates, cashews, orange, lemon, vanilla and spices; kiwi-lime tart and carob pie.

On the non-raw side, the café also serves sandwiches and a hot soup of the day. On one of our visits, it was a hearty potato-leek soup served with Manna bread of quinoa crackers. Their sandwiches include a hot pesto melt, a hot vegan Rueben, a vegan tuna melt, and a hummus-cucumber made with their raw hummus.

Chaco Canyon Café is located at 4759 Brooklyn Avenue NE, and is open from 8 to 8 Monday-Friday, 10 to 4 Saturday and Sunday. www.chacocanyoncafe.com. 206-522-6966.