Restaurant Reviews

Washington, DC 


By neighborhood
  • Adams Morgan 
    • Amsterdam Falafelshop -- falafel and fries with toppings bar incl. lots of vegan toppings; open late
    • Casa Oaxaca -- authentic Mexican with vegan options
    • Mellow Mushroom -- pizzeria offering vegan cheese, tofu, and tempeh
    • Meskerem -- good authentic Ethiopian food; try the veggie sampler
    • Smoke & Barrel #1, #2, #3-- casual cafe with vegan sandwiches and wings; try the sweet potato and oat burger
  • Brookland NE
    • Brookland Cafe -- offers an array of mock meat sandwiches and entrees
  • Capitol Hill 
    •  Acqua Al 2 -- Italian with vegan options
    • The Sweet Lobby -- bakery with vegan options
    • TASH  -- Iranian, American, Middle Eastern with a few vegan options
  • Chinatown
    • Daikaya Izakaya -- Japanese small plates with great drinks 
    • Daikaya Ramen -- ramen noodle house with one vegan bowl
    • District of Pi -- vegan deep dish and regular thin crust with Match Meat; must order deep dish 6 hours ahead of time 
    • Graffiato -- Italian restaurant with just a few vegan options
  • Cleveland Park
    •  Indique  -- Indian with vegan options; try the vegetable jahlfrezi
  • Dupont Circle
    • Bread & Brew -- cafe and bar with vegan options
    • Julia's Empanadas -- always has a vegan empanada; cheap; several locations; open late 
    • Shophouse -- Chipotle-owned quick Asian kitchen; fresh, fast food 
    • Soupergirl -- all vegan soup and salad take-out shop
  • Food Trucks
  • Foggy Bottom
  • Georgetown/Glover Park
    • Heritage India -- Indian food with vegan options; try Aloo Tikki and Vegetable Vindaloo
  • Logan Circle/U Street Corridor
    • &Pizza -- quick pizzas with vegan options
    • Blackbyrd -- CLOSED
    • Busboys & Poets #1, #2, #3, #4-- lots of great vegan options including pizza, calzones, and a tempeh sandwich
    • Chipotle -- vegan sofritas burritos and bowls
    • doiMoi --Thai & Vietnamese tapas with many vegan options
    • Dukem -- Ethiopian food with lots of vegan options
    • Eatonville #1, #2, #3 -- Southern-inspired cuisine with good vegan options
    • El Centro, D.F. #1, #2-- trendy Mexican with a few vegan options
    • Estadio -- Spanish tapas with vegan options; try the blistered padron peppers and wild mushrooms 
    • G Sandwich Shop -- cauliflower sandwich is only vegan without the bread
    • Ghana Cafe -- Ghanaian food with lots of vegan options
    • Ghibellina -- Italian bistro with vegan options like the marinara pizza
    • Hanoi House -- Vietnamese noodle house with vegan options
    • Izakaya Seki -- Japanese izakaya with some vegan options
    • Kapnos #1, #2 , #3-- Greek trendy tapas restaurant with vegan options
    • Masa 14 #1, #2, #3 -- best happy hour with vegan options in the city 
    • Nellie's Sports Bar #1, #2-- bar with vegetable burritos and fried plantains
    • Rice -- some vegan options, but beware
    • Sala Thai #1, #2 -- low-priced Thai cafe with vegan options
    • Sweetgreen -- fresh salads; vegan options 
    • Taylor Gourmet -- offers one vegan sandwich and other options
    • Teak Wood -- Thai restaurant with vegan options
    • Thai Tanic -- Thai restaurant with vegan options
  • Mt. Pleasant
    • Tonic -- bar with vegan options
  • Noma-Gallaudet NE 
    • TaKorean -- stand in Union Market serving tofu tacos 
  • Penn Quarter 
    • Cedar --  offers a seasonal vegan tasting menu
    • Jaleo -- Spanish tapas with vegan options (a Jose Andres restaurant)
    • Meatballs -- CLOSED
    • Oyamel #1, #2-- Mexican tapas with vegan options; ask for the vegan Taco de hongo; great cocktails (a Jose Andres restaurant)
    • Proof -- upscale restaurant with one vegan entree; great wine selection
    • Rasika #1, #2 -- upscale Indian with vegan options; rated one of the best restaurants in DC
    • Rosa Mexicano -- overpriced Mexican with a few vegan options; not recommended
    • Teaism -- Asian cafe with lots of vegan options including a seitan stir-fry
    • Zaytinya #1, #2 -- Turkish and Lebanese tapas with lots of vegan options; one of my fave restaurants in DC (a Jose Andres restaurant)
    • zpizza -- great vegan pizza with Daiya and veggie burger crumbles from a nationwide pizza chain 
  • Southwest
    • CityZen #1, #2-- vegan 6-course vegan meal by request; one of my most amazing meals ever; very expensive
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    States

    Arizona

    • Other
      • Woodlands -- 100% vegetarian Indian in Chandler
    • Phoenix
      • Blue Burrito Grille -- vegan options; convenient in airport
      • Green -- 100% vegan American restaurant with alcohol and ice cream
    California

    • East Bay (not including SF)
    • Fountain Valley
      • Au Lac -- 100% vegan; raw and cooked options 
    • Los Angeles/Santa Monica
    • Paso Robles
      • Basil Thai -- downtown Thai restaurant with vegan options
      • Farmstand 46 -- cafe with a vegan sandwich and wine tasting in the wine country
    • Santa Cruz
      • Cafe Gratitude -- 100% vegan, raw and cooked options; try the "I am Elated" or "I am Extraordinary"
    • San Francisco
      • Greens -- vegetarian; not enough vegan option; not recommended
      • Millennium#1, #2 -- upscale 100% vegan; one of the best restaurants in the country
      • Source --  hippy cafe; not recommended
    Colorado

    • Boulder
      • Black Cat -- upscale restaurant with 6-course vegan meal available upon request; excellent cuisine
      • VG Burgers -- CLOSED
      • Leaf -- vegetarian restaurant; try the Jamaican jerk tempeh
      • Zudaka -- CLOSED
    Florida

    Idaho







     

    Illinois


    • Chicago
      • Alinea -- 3-star Michelin restaurant, molecular gastronomy, 14-course vegan meal, very expensive, my most amazing experience yet
      • Amitabul -- 100% vegan Korean cafe
      • Aria Restaurant in Fairmont Hotel -- Asian with lots of vegan options
      • Chicago Diner -- vegetarian comfort food in a cafe; try the Titanic BLT for a food coma
      • Everest -- French with vegan tasting menu upon request; very good and expensive
      • Grace -- upscale tasting menu upon request; very expensive
      • Graham Elliot -- upscale 15-course tasting upon request; very good and very expensive
      • Green Zebra -- upscale vegetarian restaurant
      • Handlebar -- bar with vegan options
      • Karyn's Cooked -- almost vegan cafe - serves honey
      • Karyn's On Green -- upscale 100% vegan; so good
      • Karyn's Raw -- almost vegan raw restaurant - serves honey
      • Native Foods -- top vegan cafe in the US (IMHO)
      • Urban Vegan -- casual all-vegan Thai restaurant
    • Ottawa
      • Thai Cafe -- thai restaurant with a few vegan options; not recommended
    Maryland

    Massachusetts

    •  Cambridge
      • Life Alive -- super fresh and healthy bowls, salads, and fresh juices
    New York 

    • New York City
      • Angelica Kitchen -- 100% vegan; mostly vegetable-based cuisine; cafe in Chelsea
      • Blossom Du Jour -- 100% vegan; fast food in Chelsea
      • Candle 79 -- one of the top upscale vegan restaurants in the world; menu changes seasonably 
      • Candle Cafe -- 100% vegan cafe with locations on upper west and upper east side
      • Dirt Candy -- upscale vegetarian; very few seats; reservations req'd
      • Dumpling Man -- offers vegan soup dumplings; cheap and good
      • Food Swings -- 100% vegan comfort food in Brooklyn
      • Gobo -- 100% vegan; Asian in West Village and other locations
      • Pure Food & Wine -- raw upscale; expensive; extremely good; almost vegan - serves honey
      • V-Note -- 100% vegan; quickly becoming one of the best vegan restaurants in NYC
    • Other cities
      • True Food -- vegetarian, fresh, healthy food in Nyack
    Oregon

    • Willamette Valley
      • The Joel Palmer House -- specializes in foraged mushrooms and truffles; multi-course vegan meal available upon request
      • Ruby Cakes -- gluten-free and vegan bakery featuring donuts and whoopie pies
    Pennsylvania

    • Philadelphia 
      • Blackbird Pizzeria -- 100% vegan pizzeria; seitan and Daiya cheese on pizza and subs
      • HipCityVeg -- 100% vegan fast food that will blow you away  
      • Vedge -- 100% vegan upscale; one of the best vegan restaurants in the country
    Texas
     
    • Austin
      • Arlos -- 100% vegan food truck with lots of sandwiches and guacamole
      • Bouldin Creek Cafe -- vegetarian diner with extensive menu including vegan eggs benedict
      • Capital City Bakery -- delicious 100% vegan bakery in a food truck next to Conscious Cravings 
      • Casa De Luz -- yoga and community center with cafe serving fresh 100% vegan, vegetable-based cuisine
      • Conscious Cravings -- vegetarian food truck; incredibly fresh, great food
      • Counter Culture -- 100% vegan salads, sandwiches, and entrees
      • Me So Hungry -- food truck next to Arlo's with vegan cucumber sashimi
      • Mother's Cafe -- vegetarian vegetable-based dishes; try the Bueno Burger
      • Sweet Ritual -- 100% vegan sundaes with caramel, marshmallows, and so much more.
      • Whole Foods -- has a 100% vegan foods counter with raw and cooked delights.
    Virginia

    • Le Pain Quotidien #1, #2-- cafe with many vegan options in Alexandria
    • Loving Hut -- 100% vegan chain; located in Falls Church
    • Pasara Thai -- Thai with vegan options in Alexandria
    • Restaurant Eve -- upscale; very expensive in Alexandria
    • Seasons 52 -- nationwide chain restaurant with a veggie plate; located in Tysons Corner Center
    • Sweetgreen -- trendy salad shop with cold-pressed juice
    • Teasim -- cafe with many vegan options in Alexandria
    • The Majestic -- offers a vegetable plate in Alexandria; not worth it
    Washington

    • Seattle

    17 comments:

    1. Jim the Vegas VeganFebruary 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      They are opening a "fast food" vegan restaurant here in Las Vegas on Flamingo and Decatur. I will let you know how it is when they open. butlerjim79@yahoo.com

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    2. Awesome! Let me know once they open!

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    3. You're almost making me miss the DC area. I used to live in Baltimore, and worked in Bethesda for a while. There certainly are a lot of places to eat! But we moved to Greenville, SC a couple years back, and I went vegan a year ago. I do miss the dining choices...

      But if you're ever down this way, you should check out Swad, an Indian place here in town. It's a hole-in-the-wall without much atmosphere, but everything they serve is at least vegetarian, with lots of vegan choices on the menu - and they'll make anything vegan by request. Cheap, too! I love it.

      Also, not too far away in Asheville, NC, is a place called Plant. Simply amazing. 100% vegan. Four stars. As nice as your better DC area restaurants in every respect, including the beer and wine selections. I actually felt like I was in back in Bethesda, what with the hipsters running the place, the cool decor, the open air kitchen visible from the dining room and the amazing dishes. Highly recommended!

      Keep up the blog. It's great!

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    4. Thank you so much for the recommendations. SC and NC aren't too far away and I keep toying with the idea of visiting. I've heard GREAT things about Asheville as well! Thanks!!

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    5. The next time you are on Orlando, FL try Dandelion Communitea http://dandelioncommunitea.com/. It is awesume!

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    6. Will do! I don't get to Orlando much, but I'll put this on my list in case I end up there again!

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    7. Hi Angela - Here's another Vegan restaurant in Chicago called "Urban Vegan."

      http://www.urbanveganchicago.com/

      God Bless,

      Steve

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    8. Thanks! Urban Vegan has been on my list to visit since last year! I will make it there!

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    9. In San Francisco be sure to check out Cha Ya, Herbivore, and Gracias Madre. These are three all vegan extraordinary restaurants, with locations also in Berkeley.

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    10. I've been to Herbivore and Gracias Madre and have heard great things about Cha Ya. Thanks!

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    11. Charlotte, NC has two excellent vegan restaurants. The first is Luna's living kitchen and is raw vegan. The 2nd is Fern which is veggie/vegan.

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    12. Thank you! I will check them out next time I'm in Charlotte!

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    13. Vegan coffeeshop in Phila.
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/grindcore-house-philadelphia?start=40

      Vedge in Phila.
      http://vedgerestaurant.com/

      Khyber Pass - vegan po boy, bbq sandwich, onion rings
      http://www.khyberpasspub.com/menus/food/menu_kpp.pdf

      Cantina - vegan seitan and tofu fajitas and great classic margaritas
      http://www.cantinaloscaballitos.com/main.html

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    14. Thanks for the tips on Philly! I have been to Vedge as indicated above, but will try to check out the others on my next visit!

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    15. I haven't visited nearly as many vegan restaurants as you have...but I must concur with your review of Native Foods.

      You visited the Chicago location (there's 3 in Chicago), but there are several locations to choose from:

      Los Angeles

      Aliso Viejo (Orange County)

      Costa Mesa (Orange County)...Flagship Native Food Restaurant (I remember fondly, the old days when Chef Tanya would personally greet the customers and offer cool samples of freshly made new creations)

      Tustin (Orange County)

      Newport Beach (Orange County)

      Palm Springs

      Encinitas (San Diego County)

      Santa Monica (L.A.)

      Culver City (L.A.)

      Portland, OR

      Boulder, CO


      IOHO (In our humble opinions) Native Food rocks!

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    16. Thanks, Mechell. I've been to several in CA as well!

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    17. We want to thank you for your honest and detailed review of Sublime in Fort Lauderdale. Unfortunately, we were far from surprised to notice a thick ring of oil around the food on your plate in those pics. We've been living in Southern Florida for 2 years and find better or similar food at any of the mom n' pops versus the supposed "gourmet" restaurants we've tried here, which seem to think pounds of low quality oils and a flashy presentation are a believable way to dress up overpriced flavorless meals. MSG rules the roost around here too, but there are some great farmer's markets and dear friends who could cook restaurants like Sublime right out of business if they wanted to. But judging by your reactions in your review, most any restaurant you find here that has an online presence will probably be a disappointment. Just hope our long string of failed dining adventures might save you from more frustration during future visits to the sunshine state.

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