It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve eaten at Silence Heart Nest well over a hundred times. In a neighborhood known for its restaurants but short on breakfast joints, S-H-N has little competition, yet still manages to deliver.
With its sunny blue walls and bright white tables, the atmosphere is always clean and cheery, even on the gloomiest Seattle days. All the food is vegetarian – yes, even the “meatloaf,” bacon and burgers. And it’s consistently tasty with the freshness and flavors of a home kitchen. There’s an excellent selection for those who eat vegan or gluten-free diets, and the staff is considerate about food allergies. My favorites are the pancakes, waffle specials, hot ginger drink, lentil soups, soup and salad combo, gravy, scrambles and pestos.
The restaurant is operated by followers of the late Sri Chinmoy, an Indian spiritual leader. As such, the interior is decorated in homage to him, including his artwork and poetry; there is even a video of him painting that loops so often it becomes meditative. I’m not sure what to make of his religion, but his staff is always kind and down-to-earth. On weekdays there is a $6 breakfast special. The atmosphere is mellow and family friendly, with culturally diverse staff and customers.
Several times a year Silence Heart Nest will be closed for retreats and other spiritual observances, so be sure to check their open hours ahead of time by phone or their website!