Vegan in DC: My Trip to the DMV Area
Every time I travel I think I’m most excited about finding vegan, vegetarian or raw restaurants to visit. Food is definitely at the top of my list whenever I book a trip. My favorite resource to use is http://www.happycow.com. I’ve used this website for years and it has saved my poor hungry stomach hundreds of times. Before I left Boston for this particular trip I happened to meet a couple from the DMV area (synchronicity) who recommended a few restaurants to me. I wish I could remember their names but I don’t, they were super friendly and cool and I totally appreciated their advice.
My first stop was to Evolve Restaurant. Service was great and the waiter was very welcoming and knowledgeable. They were out of a couple things that I wanted to try but I was not disappointed in my other selections. I had a raw kale ginger salad, baked mac and cheese, candied yams and a raw chocolate cheesecake. My small feast was reminiscent of thanksgiving and was delightful. Although everything was enjoyable dessert was my favorite, the raw chocolate cheesecake was light, flavorful and not too rich. Evolve is a restaurant that I would return to and highly recommend. It was also a plus to find out that this restaurant is black-owned.
The restaurant that I frequented the most was Busboys & Poets. This place was not vegetarian or vegan but their menu offered so many amazing veg options. My first visit I was so excited because not only did they have so much for me to eat they also had a bookstore in the restaurant!!! Anyone who knows me knows that my love for bookstores is equivalent to my love for vegan restaurants. Back to the food LOL. I wasn’t extremely hungry so I opted for an appetizer. I had the loaded vegan nachos (not pictured) OMG amazing!!! Loaded is an understatement. There was guacamole, salsa, vegan sour cream, daiya vegan cheese! I was very satisfied with my choice. After that I knew I had to return to see what else they offered. The second visit was for breakfast, I had the tofu scramble that came with toast, vegan sausage and home fries. The scramble was lacking in the seasoning department and my toast was dry and cold. It definitely was not my favorite meal add to it I sat in the coldest section of the restaurant and my waitress had an attitude. But I tried my best to enjoy my food.
Although the last visit wasn’t ideal I went back for a third time, service was bad but the food was awesome. I had the tempeh Panini and a strawberry cheesecake. The Panini was so flavorful, even the small salad that it came with was surprisingly good. The cheesecake was okay, it was a typical tofu based cheesecake and it was way too sweet. Even though service was questionable at this joint I would return…probably for takeout.
Woodlands Vegan Bistro was another vegan jewel I was happy to stumble upon. Upon entering the restaurant it gave off the vibe that it was a full-service sit down restaurant. However you had to go to the back of the restaurant, order your food, pay, and then sit. It was a bit confusing but that was fine. In the back area there was salad bar/hot food bar set up for you to choose from. I ordered the kale salad and the chik’n sandwich (recommended by my co-worker, thanks Derrick). Both were amazing!! The sandwich came on a nice soft bun with an amazing sauce and the dressing on the kale salad was to die for! Overall my vegan restaurant experience in the DMV area was great; I can’t wait to go back!!