Evolve is one of the few vegan restaurants in DC. That's right -- we really don't have many. Sad, but true. Evolve is a very casual place and is often too busy and understaffed. But the food is good, so I like it here.
It's located in DC, but almost in Maryland -- very close to the border and convenient to the Takoma Park metro stop. You will find the entrance to the restaurant on the street with just a simple green awning and red brick facade. On this particular Saturday night, it was packed! We took a seat at the bar to avoid the wait.
The cuisine here is vegan soul food so most of the menu is some sort of meat or cheese substitution. On this particular night, I wasn't in the mood for that. So, I ordered the Eggplant Parmesan and was happy I did! This fried eggplant was layered with tomato sauce and topped with a creamy cheese sauce, then baked to perfection. It really was very good. I got the sides of the mac n cheese and the garlic kale. Both were as good as they always are.
My friend went with the Southern Fried Chick-Un, an imitation chicken that is breaded and fried and served with homemade barbeque sauce. He absolutely loved it and I have to admit that it was good. He also tried the beet salad and was a fan of that too.
The service was slow as they were understaffed, but the drinks and food were very good. And for $11 for an entree with two sides, the meals are a steal here. There aren't too many options for entrees, but I'm always happy with what I order. I'll be back and I think you should go too.
May 22, 2015
341 Cedar Street NW
Washington, DC 20012