Sunlight Cafe was founded in 1976 by a group of friends who shared an interest in natural foods and nutrition. We also shared a desire to create a fun and lively place of community that would offer quality food at an affordable price. It would be a place to frequent, to enjoy food and the company of others, an alternate kitchen. There were few restaurants in Seattle at the time that offered natural, vegetarian food, so the need was clear. Those simple values have carried the Sunlight through nearly 35 years and many changes in the heart of the Roosevelt district.
The restaurant is vegetarian, meaning meat free, but we do use dairy products and eggs. We offer vegan dishes and vegan alternatives to many of our non-vegan menu items. We also offer vegan and gluten-free deserts as well as traditional dairy and egg containing selections. All of our desserts are made from whole grains and are sweetened with honey or fruit sweet rather than processed sugar. We do not use processed foods in any of our menu items, though we offer fructose for those who prefer to sweeten their coffee or yogi tea with something other than honey.
The ingredients used at our restaurant are the finest available short of being completely organic. We serve organic coffee and espresso, additive-free beer and wine, fresh fruit smoothies, and a variety of homemade breads, pastries, and desserts. With the exception of a few ingredients, our dishes are prepared almost entirely on the premises. Although we are not exclusively an organic restaurant, many of our main ingredients are organic: flour, rice, beans, tofu, coffee. Sunlight Cafe offers quality homemade food at reasonable prices in a relaxed, casual environment.