A long, long time ago I went to this little place called "Everlasting Life" which was a natural grocery store with a little counter in the back at which they sold mostly raw food. Today, it has been transformed into a humble, little cafe on Georgia Avenue in NW that is 100% vegan.
The area that used to be a store is now a dining room with simple tables and chairs. There is no table service at this cafe, rather it is more like a take-out place with a full dining area. We walked straight into the back to where you place your order and was immediately greeted by the friendly chef behind the counter. There is a set menu of hot food for each day of the week, but the raw salads and cooked sandwiches are available all of the time. The best part is that you can try any of the hot items on the bar or raw salads before you buy them! We sampled a bunch of salads before making our selections.
We ended up ordering a couple combination platters of two and three items and a few small salads. We walked up to the front to pay and noticed they had a bunch of fresh juices available as well as soft serve vegan ice cream! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! They let us sample the chocolate ice cream with the coconut milk base and it was delicious! I also grabbed an apple ginger juice. All together, we paid $36 including the drinks, which were $4 each. Not too bad considering that they filled our containers to the brim with food! You certainly won't go hungry here.
The veggie pepper steak, which was made of wheat gluten, had a nice texture and a tasty sauce. It was tossed with red and green peppers and onions. We also got a side of broccoli and a side of the macaroni and cheese. The mac and cheese will leave you wondering if it is really vegan! It is really good, but could be a bit creamier. Additionally, we got a garlicky kale salad, which was super garlicky and tasted great. We also got a chickpea salad and a potato salad. All of them were pretty good.
In sum, the food is good, plentiful, and 100% vegan. This is a great place to stop by for a quick bite for lunch. Just be prepared to take half of your food home with you because the portions are very generous!
Everlasting Life Cafe
2928 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001