Washington D.C. is not only home to the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, but did you know that the nation’s capitol has plenty of vegan dining options, too? Washington D.C. has dozens of plant-based restaurants for tourists and locals to explore! Check out this list of 10 popular vegan restaurants to try the next time you visit the District of Columbia.
1. Nu Vegan Cafe
Nu Vegan Cafe is a soul food restaurant with a laid-back cafeteria style layout. They have an extensive menu, with so many delicious options to choose from! The items on the hot bar change daily, but you can expect options like; macaroni and cheese, drum sticks, raw garlic kale salad, and fried chicken sandwiches. They even offer desserts like; cakes, pies, cupcakes, and even cheesecake! One of the most popular items on the menu is the macaroni and cheese, but if you can’t make it to Washington DC, try out this recipe for Extra Creamy Mac and Cheese!
Nu Vegan Cafe is located at 2928 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001.
HipCityVeg is a fast-paced, plant-based eatery located in the heart of D.C. They offer typical American-fare, such as salads, burgers, wraps, and sandwiches. This December they are offering a Merry Mint Chocolate shake on the menu, which is made with peppermint and cocoa — yum! If you feel like staying in, try making this Peppermint Chocolate Chip Holiday Shake.
HipCityVeg is located at 712 7TH Street, Northwest, Washington DC 20001.
3. Evolve Vegan Restaurant
Evolve Vegan Restaurant is serving up delicious, plant-based soul food in a casual, yet sophisticated setting in Washington D.C. The menu offers hearty soul food favorites, such as; macaroni and cheese, and friend chik-un with house-made barbecue sauce. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try the German chocolate cake for dessert, or you can try making this Raw Triple-Layer German Chocolate Cake.
Evolve Vegan Restaurant is located at 341 Cedar St Northwest, Washington, DC 20012.
4. Elizabeth’s Gone Raw
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is a plant-based restaurant, whose menu changes every week, but always contains raw, health-focused entrees. The menu consists of innovative raw meals, like; cauliflower panna cotta, pink banana squash soup, and stuffed black mission figs. If you’d like to make your own raw meals, check out this article on 10 Raw Vegan Dishes Everyone Needs to Try, Whether You’re ‘Raw’ or Not.
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is open only on Friday evenings, and is located at 1341 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005. Reservations are encouraged, and can be made by calling (202) 347-8349.
Shouk, a modern market and eatery, is a plant-based restaurant offering both lunch and dinner that offers a new take on comfort food. The menu consists of fresh pitas (which you could turn into a lentil bowl or rice bowl), salads, burgers, and snacks! To make your own delicious pitas at home, try out this recipe for Arugula Lemon Portabello Pitas.
Shouk is located at 655 K Street, Northwest, Washington DC, 20001.
Fruitive is a 100 percent plant-based eatery, whose menu only has entrees consisting of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices — only whole-foods ingredients are used! Their winter menu contains items such as the Festival of Lights Cold Pressed Juice, Gingerbread Pear Waffle, and the Peppermint Chip Liquid Meal. If you can’t make it to Washington D.C., try one of these 3 Cold-Press Juice Recipes.
Fruitive is located at 11th Street Northwest and Palmer Alley, Washington, DC 20001.
7. Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats
For sugary cravings, try out Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats, which is a plant-based bakery cafe in Washington D.C. They are serving up decadent desserts, such as a bunny huggers carrot walnut cake, peanut butter fudge cake, lemon filled vanilla cake, and many more tasty treats! If you’d like something savory, feel free to try the cheesy mac, or the smokey barbecue burger. If you feel like baking at home, check out these Vegan Cake Recipes.
Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats is located at 1370 Park Road NW, Washington DC.
8. Fare Well
Fare Well is a plant-based diner, bakery, and bar, located in the Washington D.C. area. They offer soups, salads, small plates, large entree dishes, breakfast all day, and desserts. The menu consists of delightful dishes such as; mushroom scampi pasta, pierogis, and a seitan platter. Farewell also has a weekend brunch, which is available Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. If you can’t make it to Farewell, try out this recipe for Homemade Cauliflower Perogies!
Fare Well is located at 406 H Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002.
Vegaritos is a 100 percent vegan eatery, serving up delicious burrito bowls and burrito wraps! You can fill your burrito or burrito bowl with different proteins, like vegan steak, vegan chicken, or portabello mushrooms. The menu has a large variety of fresh vegetables, and even have vegan cheese and sour cream available! You can try adding vegan bacon bits, too, if you are feeling adventurous. They are closed on Sunday, so be sure to plan your burrito extravaganza for a different day of the week. Don’t feel like traveling? Try out this recipe for Smothered Burritos!
Vegaritos is located at 6904 4th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20012.
10. Soupergirl Cafe
Soupergirl Cafe is an all vegan soup and salad eatery in Washington D.C. All soups are made from scratch, and are slowly cooked with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Some soups on the menu include; Caribbean style and sweet potato and greens soup, creamy pumpkin mushroom soup, and maple syrup roasted butternut squash soup. If soup’s not your thing, try the kale roasted sweet potato apple salad, or the caramelized onion and mushroom sandwich. If you can’t make it to D.C., check out this article on 15 Hearty Soups to Keep You Warm and Satisfied All Winter.
Soupergirl Cafe is located at 1829 M Street Northwest Washington, DC 20036.
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