23 July 2012

Seattle: Boka

At the school I'm employed at, BOCA means Beginning Of Class Activity in 8th grade social studies classrooms, and is usually accompanied by a thought-provoking question, such as What were 3 of Theodore Roosevelt's accomplishments as president or If you had been in Harry Truman's shoes, would you have dropped either of the atomic bombs?

In Seattle I guess Boka means tofu scramble.  We supplemented my expectations with a lengthy discussion about the historical significance of Andy Griffith over OJ.  Vegans CAN have their social studies and eat it too!

1010 1st Ave
Seattle, WA  98104
(206) 357-9000

First, fresh-squeezed OJ.  Duh.  Goes right to your sunshine gland.  This stuff was good, fresh, pulpy, and apparently free, because it wasn't on the bill.  Oops.

The general fanciness of this restaurant made me surprised that they even offer a Tofu Scramble.  Happily surprised.  For $11, you get tofu with spinach, tomato, pepper, onion, mushrooms, pico, and avocado.  Make sure to ask them to hold the cheese and you're golden.  The spinach and mushrooms were particularly good and earthy, although the tofu was a little bland.  A few shakes of salt fixed that.  The avocado was the best part.  Go for a combo with a little of everything on each fork bite.

For $4, you can get these two little Veggie Sausage patties on the side.  Let me tell you, they are super yummy!  Mom liked them too - she said she's had real sausage that isn't that good.  I detected a fennel flavor under the nice fried/sauteed crispiness, and the aftertaste is worth closing your eyes to savor.

If you're a vegan in Seattle and need breakfast, what should you do?  Boka.*

* Actually, you should eat your homemade granola or buy something to nom at your hotel.  Money doesn't grow on trees, you know.

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