The Science Club is one of DC's few all-vegetarian night spots as it is really more of a bar with food. It has an old-school flavor to it and is a great low-key place to go when hanging out with friends. I decided to go to one of VSDC's meetups at the Science Club to meet new people and see how their vegan fare has evolved.
Well, for not having attended one of these events in a while, I was surprised at how packed it was. We had the whole second floor and the tiny third floor. Given that this was a special event with only one waitress serving the whole floor, I won't review the service. I think she did a great job considering how many people were there. I drank a few glasses of the happy hour Carmenere and thought it was great for the price.
For my entree, I went with the most popular dish there -- Tina's homemade veggie burger. No, it isn't called this on the online menu because apparently the online menu hasn't been updated in years. I also added Daiya cheese. The burger showed up with an unimpressive presentation akin to Native Foods' DC burgers with just a plain white bun, a little bit of cheese, and a slice of tomato. There was no lettuce or onions even though the description specified that there would be. There was also a garlic mayo and ketchup. The burger had a nice flavor, but the lack of condiments and white bun killed it for me. I slathered it with the ketchup and mayo to give it more flavor. The arugula salad was just arugula with some balsamic vinegar -- not very good. For $11.50, I expected more.
Others got the nachos, which I got to try. Very unimpressive. There was way too much cheese and a few black beans, but nothing green. No jalapenos, cilantro, or avocado. These were not worth the price.
I think the Science Club could be a fun place to go with friends for drinks, but I'm not sure what you should order. If the burger is the best thing they've got, then I think their menu needs a revamp.
1136 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036