In search of a new place to go, I stumbled upon Commissary in Logan Circle across from Whole Foods. This restaurant is not new, but I never really noticed it before. It's unassuming exterior is just a simple awning with the name of the restaurant in a very generic font complete with some outdoor seating.
Inside though, this place has a funky feel with lots of armchairs and cushy seating. Me and my friend were seated at a table in the back.
There aren't too many vegan options on the menu, but there were just enough for us. We started with the Hummus Platter, which had garlic hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, artichokes, olives, and grilled pita. It was very satisfying and we loved having cucumbers and artichoke hearts in addition to the pita bread, but it was very expensive for what it was at $15.50 for the platter.
I also had a cocktail -- the Midnight in Pearis. This was really good -- like a lemonade with a kick. It had Espolon tequila, pear, ginger, lime, and habanero bitters. Yum!
For our meals, my friend ordered the Vegan Lentil Soup, which she enjoyed.
I ordered the Coconut Curry Stir Fry. This curry dish had thick yellow curry wrapped around soft, fried tofu, cabbage, carrots, peppers, and onions. This one was a winner.
Other vegan options include the Big Veggie Salad, Quinoa and Kale Salad, Spinach Salad, Steamed Edamame, Guacamole, and a bunch of sides. I was disappointed when we were offered the special that included dessert, but there was no vegan dessert available, so we had to respectfully decline.
We liked the food, but thought it was pretty expensive for a place that prides itself on being inexpensive. The appetizer was $15 and my main dish was $16. The service was pretty good and the atmosphere was okay. It just didn't have the fun feel of the popular restaurants in DC -- something was definitely lacking. That said, I'd probably drop by for that curry dish as a take-out order if they allow it.
1443 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005