"I always wanted a really nice, upscale vegan restaurant to go to because I was raised vegan and there was never anywhere we could go that wasn't typical vegan, or what people would always associate with being vegan," says Makini Howell, who admits she has never even tried meat.
"(My family) drank all types of vegetable juices, we fasted, we ate all types of grains and nuts and berries; we were THAT vegan," she laughs.
Makin, who also owns Hillside Quickie's Cafe, says her goal with Plum is to add to her customers' dining repertoire - not take anything away.
"Sometimes I get a little flack for making things that are like, 'Oh, I can't believe that's not meat.' But we also do really great salads that have nothing to do with whether or not you're vegan at all. It's just a really good salad."
In fact, she says, most of her customers are not vegan or vegetarian at all.
"If they just like really good tasting food, if they're not looking for the taste of meat or the texture of meat, most of the time they enjoy it."
She says Plum has changed the perception of many vegan-phobes.
"They realize that vegan food can have flavor. I think a lot of times people picture (vegan food) in their mind as like a big pile of vegetables or a bunch of sprouts or wheat grass, and it's not that. I mean, it is that, but it's also so much more."
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1429 12th Ave.
Seattle , WA 98122
Hours: Sun. - Wed.: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thurs. - Sat.: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.