Love this place; it’s such a treasured part of our neighhborhood and truly represents the best aspects of community. Thank you for being here.
We came seeking a mere breakfast and found so much more! The serene atmosphere, kind hosts/staff, and table quotations complimented our delicious meal. We left feeling fulfilled in our mind, body, and soul. We’ll be back–thanks so much!–Sean
Your waffle was the best tasting waffle I’ve ever eaten. The service was friendly, polite and prompt. Overall, fantastic experience.–Chelsea
Voted “BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT” 2014 by Seattle Weekly readers’ pick.
After nearly 20 years in the U District, tiny Silence-Heart-Nest relocated to the heart of Fremont. Today the former Longshoreman’s Daughter restaurant has been refreshed in robin’s-egg-blue and lives life as a veritable New Age Diner — complete with an open grill and counter seats. Breakfast is served all day. Loved that eggs Benedict with soy bacon! Lunch includes everything from a BLT; to a rib-sticking plateful of “Neatloaf” ($8.95), the house specialty composed of cereal grains, ricotta cheese, tofu and rice. When layered over mashed potatoes and treated to a rich mushroom sauce, that loaf gets a big thumbs-up for its light texture and infusion of herbs. It’s also available with sandwich fixin’s. Everything sampled here was hearty, wholesome, inexpensive — and delicious.
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Silence-Heart-Nest, long a vegetarian staple on Seattle’s University Avenue (“The Ave”), has moved to a prime location in funky Fremont. Based on the religious and spiritual principles of the Indian guru Sri Chinmoy, Silence-Heart-Nest offers a peaceful respite from our harried world. It is one of the longest-running vegetarian restaurants in Seattle.
The restaurant is run by the Seattle Sri Chinmoy Centre. The Sri Chinmoy Centre tries to foster inner growth and a more peaceful world. The Centre, one of a worldwide network, offers a variety of activities, including athletics, meditation and music.
But you’ll find no trace of a preaching attitude at this restaurant. Silence-Heart-Nest, which opened in 1986, is a friendly, unpretentious place. The experience is an interesting fusion of Indian and American spiritual and food trends: waitresses wear saris, the traditional garb for Indian women, and you’re likely to hear soothing New Age or Indian music playing on the stereo. The new spot, in the heat of Fremont, is decorated in soothing shades of blue. And while Indian food doesn’t play the same large role that it did at the University Avenue location, you’ll still often find delicious Indian curries on the specials board.
Start your meal with the soup of the day or a small house salad. If you’d like to make a meal out of your salad, try the marinated tofu salad with veggies on a bed of mixed greens, or the salad bowl, which features a choice of grilled tofu or black beans.
Entrees range from butternut squash ravioli and “neat loaf” (a vegetarian loaf dressed with a tangy barbecue sauce, served with mashed potatoes and gravy), to Thai coconut stir fry and macaroni and cheese. Or go for a sandwich such as the Tuscan, with grilled marinated eggplant, roasted red peppers and caramelized onions, or the bliss burger – a low-fat soyburger with all the fixings.
Breakfast brings a variety of egg options (some accompanied with soy bacon), egg scrambles, eggs benedict, vanilla waffles or vegan sesame waffles, tofu scramble and roasted potatoes.
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Eastern religions and cultures believe that food is best when it’s served and prepared with good intent. Nifty concept, huh? I think of that and cringe whenever I hear cooks growling at each other and tossing plates around. And I think of it whenever I’m at Silence-Heart-Nest, which is as often as possible. Operated by the Sri Chinmoy Center, devotees of a Bangladeshi guru, Silence Heart Nest does have a New Age vibe, but I love it. The menu is vegetarian, with vegan options as well, and includes plenty of vegetarian “meats.” The eggs Benedict are perfect even though the bacon is fake, and the macaroni and cheese is
especially incredible if you opt in for the phony sausage. The “meatloaf” sandwich makes me want to move to Fremont. Seriously.
Silence Heart Nest also serves some interesting stir-fry curries, and peanut sauce crops up from time to time, but what it feels most like is an American diner with heart–yes, in a quiet, peaceful nest.
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Longshoreman’s Daughter (3510 Fremont Place N.), a Fremont favorite especially beloved for its hearty breakfasts, has permanently set sail. Taking over the spot is Silence-Heart-Nest, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant formerly situated in the U District. According to Silence-Heart-Nest proprietor Nandita Polissar, Longshoreman’s Daughter owner Lori Mason put her business up for sale “a couple of months ago.” Mason moved to Los Angeles, has “a new baby daughter and a new life,” she reported, but notes Mason retains close ties to the Fremont community. “Lori still owns ETG, the coffee shop, two doors up,” Polissar said. “She comes up monthly.” As proof of the amicable transition, Silence-Heart-Nest, despite its “homemade organic healthful” orientation, will continue to offer some of Longshoreman’s Daughter’s most popular items. Look for the menu to include Texas Eggs and Macaroni & Cheese, along with more expected vegetarian-vegan fare such as tofu scrambles, non-meat “neat loaf,” and something called a “Western round-up” — sweet potato biscuits, cashew gravy and vegetarian sausage. Eggs, pancakes and waffles also will be available at breakfast. Curries and other Indian cuisine items Silence-Heart-Nest offered when it was on “The Ave” may eventually return as daily specials.
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Since moving to downtown Fremont, this vegetarian haven (formerly located on the sketchy north end of University Way) is thriving. A veggie take on eggs Benedict with meat-free bacon and buttery hollandaise is a winner; the former adds the right salty note to the eggs, sauce, and English muffin. The Southern Swing Scramble, a cheesy mess o’ eggs dotted with spicy veggie sausage, is satisfying and endearingly unsophisticated. (There’s plenty here for vegans, too,
including a tofu scramble and dairy-free pancakes.)
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