Not since the days of the Georgetown Cupcake craze have I seen lines like the ones I see out of Burdeo each day. So what the heck is this place? Located on 14th Street in the business district is a tiny shop selling burrito-size sushi rolls. But, why does one need to wait an hour to get in? Are they that good? We set out to find out.
Buredo is a local DC cafe owned by two DC natives who were seeking a unique, fresh lunch option. So, we set out at 11:45 a.m. hoping to beat the crazy lines. And we did! We only waited 20 minutes in line. There are only two buredos that are vegetarian, but be sure to ask which sauce to use because some of the sauces paired with the vegetarian buredos are not vegan.
The Riki is made with spicy beets, pea shoots, avocado, jicama, pickled cucumber, and red onion. Hold the yogurt sauce and add the spicy baja sauce made with soy milk. I thought it was really good. And I added organic tofu for $2. It really was a huge sushi roll. The bad thing is that, similar to sushi, you eat the whole thing and then the rice expands in your stomach and 30 minutes later you realize you shouldn't have eaten that whole thing! Oh well. The ingredients were super fresh and delicious.
Would I wait an hour for these? No. But, 20 minutes was fine. I suggest going before noon or after 1 p.m. to avoid lines. Also, they are pretty pricey at $9-$10 per buredo.
The other vegetarian roll is the Elle that is made with tofu, arugula, roasted red pepper, jicama, green onion, black sesame seeds, and garlic crunch. Just ask about which sauce is suitable for vegans. Other options include wasabi peas and vegan cookies!
I like this place a lot. Can't wait to go back and try the Elle!
825 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005