West Seattle restaurants: Opening day for Chaco Canyon Café

The doors are open, the kitchen is in action, and the display case is stocked at Chaco Canyon Organic Café, which opened at 7 am this morning on the south side of the brand-new Link (WSB sponsor) building at 38th/Alaska. Here’s another view:

The wall in that photo is where the future retail items will be set up; as owner Chris Maykut had noted recently, that would follow Opening Day by a few weeks; the Kid Zone also has some elements yet to be added, and the beer/wine license is still in the works. But they’re open and serving vegetarian/vegan food, till 9 tonight; hours, menu, and other info can be found on the Chaco Canyon website.

37 Replies to "West Seattle restaurants: Opening day for Chaco Canyon Café "

  • chr494 April 1, 2011 (9:43 am)

    Been vegan for 9 years and in Seattle for 6, best vegan cookie so far this morning at Chaco. Everyone, especially vegans, should embrace an all vegan establishment in West Seatte..Yes!

  • Jasperblu April 1, 2011 (10:05 am)

    So great! Welcome to West Seattle!

  • DF April 1, 2011 (10:17 am)

    I will continue to support already established west seattle cafe’s thank you!

  • Neighbor April 1, 2011 (10:20 am)

    Good god DF.
    Who peed in your Fruit Loops this morning?

  • danic April 1, 2011 (10:35 am)

    The menu looks fantastic. Think I will stop by today for a smoothie. Yum!

  • Bill April 1, 2011 (10:51 am)

    DF, Please tell me where you work, so I can decide not to support the business that your income is coming from.

  • catlady April 1, 2011 (10:59 am)

    I’m not vegan, but the menu looks pretty good, especially the potato hash and various juices. I’ll give it a try. Heck, it might even be good for me. Congrats and good luck!

  • old timer April 1, 2011 (11:02 am)

    Poor DF –
    I am reminded of a coffee shop’s ad from my childhood:
    “As you ramble on through life brother,
    whatever be your goal –
    keep your eye upon the doughnut
    and not upon the hole”

  • coffee April 1, 2011 (11:26 am)

    DF, how would a place become established if we didn’t visit it? Really, that is not very friendly, and as a business owner, down right rude. We are all trying to make ends meet right now.

  • Bonnie April 1, 2011 (11:46 am)

    What is your problem DF? Must have gotten pranked somehow. I’m happy they are here! Can’t wait to visit.

  • MJ April 1, 2011 (11:48 am)

    Just got back from Chaco. The smoothies are great, the service was friendly, and the seating area was nice, bright, and warm on this gloomy day. Can’t wait to go back and try some other things there. Don’t shy away if you are not vegan. You’ll find things you like there.

  • ben April 1, 2011 (11:57 am)

    i’m far from vegan but this place looks fantastic – looking forward to trying it and glad to welcome them to the area!

  • Vanessa April 1, 2011 (11:59 am)

    Yeah, more choices and diversity. Welcome to the hood. Capt. Penny taught us to remember, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

  • Jooolie April 1, 2011 (12:20 pm)

    I have been incorporating more raw food into my diet and I’m grateful that you have decided to open shop in West Seattle. I’m ready to be both inspired and supported in moving towards 90-100% raw :) Yipeee for meeeeeee!

  • Jasmin April 1, 2011 (12:47 pm)

    This place sounds amazing! I have wanted to visit the raw/vegan restaurants in the U District but never seem to make it out there. I’m happy to have one in our neck of the woods! There are a lot of raw dishes I’ve been curious about and cannot wait to try. Thanks for coming to West Seattle! I’m sure there is plenty of business for you here… =)

  • Belvidere April 1, 2011 (12:52 pm)

    I’m excited to try this place. I have been saying for YEARS west Seattle needs a veggie restaurant!

  • SeattleRawFood April 1, 2011 (12:54 pm)

    So glad we don’t have to drive all the way to the U dist for some raw and vegan foods.

  • Junebug April 1, 2011 (3:44 pm)

    Our family is glad to have a new healthy restaurant choice so close to our home. Welcome to West Seattle and congratulations!

  • Beth April 1, 2011 (4:40 pm)

    The menu looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out.

  • danic April 1, 2011 (4:40 pm)

    stopped by for a smoothie and cookie. Fantastic! Can’t wait to try other items on the menu

  • kc April 1, 2011 (5:15 pm)

    Oooooohh myyyyyyy gaaawwwwdddd! The Cowboy Cookie was possibly the best thing I have ever eaten!!!

  • NotMe April 1, 2011 (5:21 pm)

    DF proves it doesn’t matter WHAT the subject is, or how good something can be: there is ALWAYS at least one that will poo on a parade.

  • DF April 1, 2011 (5:42 pm)

    Anything that supports these large scale projects to house the masses and give further traffic problems to the already congested WS bridge WS in general I do not support.
    I hope to see less of theses projects here in beautiful West Seattle. Its my home town born and raised and I take pride in it! Have a wonderful day and go pick up some trash in the neighborhood on your next walk in this wonderful gem. :)

  • hatcher April 1, 2011 (5:58 pm)

    Going for brunch tomorrow…can’t wait! : ) I am gluten and dairy free and I am so happy to have a great place to eat.

  • dd April 1, 2011 (6:04 pm)

    Welcome and thanks for putting your menu online. BTW, it’s turmeric, not tumeric.

  • pigeonmom April 1, 2011 (6:40 pm)

    I may be biting troll bait, but here goes..
    How did the already established cafes get their start??
    Did they just appear out of thin air and come complete with clientele?
    And, which of the already established cafes offers the same type of menu as Chaco here in West Seattle?


  • Pibal April 1, 2011 (7:00 pm)

    By the time of DF’s comments, Chaco was established for 3 hours and 17 minutes. By the way he was there for breakfast.

    Happy April Fools Day! Good one DF…

  • Junebug April 1, 2011 (7:51 pm)

    @kc…I agree about the Cowboy Cookie. Amazingly good. The hot drinks were great too. Also had a cucumber salad that was interesting and good. Plus a “small hippie bowl” :) The food was good. And vegan. I love it. They are still figuring out the service a little. I bet it will be very popular for morning treats and coffee on the way to the bus stops. Especially once all of those apartments are filled. Have you ever noticed how huge that place is?

  • angelescrest April 1, 2011 (8:18 pm)

    It was perfect! We had a thai grain bowl (warm peanut sauce) and a small hippie bowl (quinoa + tahini +…) Since moving here five years ago, I have dreamed of a vegan restaurant in this neighborhood.

    Also had a flu buster to drink–kind of wonderful; I could feel any ills ebbing.

    Staff was kind, happy, helpful. Great. Did say there would be wifi too. SUPER kids play area.

  • grr April 2, 2011 (1:34 am)

    I am a bit surprised, looking at the menu, that there’s no Coconut milk offered. It’s health benefits are superior to just about anything else, and with all the issues being exposed about Soy products in the USA..seems like something that would be on the menu..


    looking forward to trying a few of the gluten free goodies out, for sure.

  • Sonoma April 2, 2011 (5:34 am)

    Thrive on 65th Street offers incredible coconut-milk smoothies. Let’s hope Chaco Canyon starts serving them, too. I look forward to trying this new addition to the West Seattle dining scene.

  • vegangirl April 2, 2011 (3:10 pm)


  • grr April 2, 2011 (3:49 pm)

    just don’t watch Food Inc. you’ll never eat anything grown here again :)

  • MLJ April 2, 2011 (4:27 pm)

    The food is good but the $6 kids veggie dog with no sides or anything was kind of a slap in the face. I’m sure they’ll figure it out.

  • Donna April 3, 2011 (8:24 am)

    Had dinner w/my husband and 2 kids on opening night and it was great. The kids menu isn’t available at U District so this is a great new offering at West Seattle location and is open and inviting. For people who aren’t quite sure about vegan – the Pesto melt is a good thing to try. I really like the Raw Enchilada.

    My kids took two desserts to go and gobbled them up the next day – a raw brownie and a chocolate cake with raspberry icing.

    We are so happy Chaco Canyon has opened it’s doors in West Seattle.

  • S April 3, 2011 (9:57 am)

    Wow — lots of lively blog comments here! I’m really looking forward to a pleasurable exploration of Chaco’s interesting menu. We’re on a tight budget right now, but we can test out a few small items on the menu, a little at a time…

  • anna April 4, 2011 (7:47 pm)

    Wow! Truly a 24kt experience! I brought my out of town guests and we were all thrilled. The meals were excellent and the service supreme. Loved the raw pesto pizza (even ordered an extra to go). I will be back again and again! Bravo.

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