About a month ago I got my very first fan mail!!! It was so exciting! and it totally made my day. The person was saying how they had just had their 1 year anniversary of being vegan, and how they stumbled across my blog and noticed how I had not posted anything in a long while (this was of course during my lack of a computer period :-( so very sad) and was hoping that I would start up again soon. They then asked if at some point I could post a blog about my favorite vegan restaurants in the area. So here it is!!! My review of what I feel are the best places to get some fine vegan grub in and around the DC metro area.
1) Sticky Fingers Bakery (they are finally updating their website!!)
Ahhh I remember when they were just a tiny little hole in the wall back on 18th street near Adams Morgan. *sigh*
This place will always hold a special place in my heart, as it was the very first place I discovered when I first became a vegan. It brought me such great joy to find a place that served delicious vegan sweets! And they have totally and completely expanded! They serve sandwiches, brunch on weekends, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies… they even have a cupcake happy hour on the first wednesday of every month!! They have adult flavored cupcakes which rotate (can we say fuzzy navel cupcake?? yummmm or chocolate stout cupcake anyone?? anyone? Bueller? Bueller? anyone?)
2) Cafe Green/Java Green
Java Green was the first place to open and it’s more of a work day place to go for lunch, in terms of their hours (though I haven’t checked their hours recently, they may have extended them) because of their location, in the heart of DC work area.
Cafe Green is by the same people who opened Java Green and they recently opened in 2010. These two places are awesome as they serve a blend of Vegan and Raw foods. They are a bit pricey but oh so delicious.
3) Elizabeth’s Gone Raw
I recently discovered this place when I went to go see Kris Carr speak at her book signing. When you walk in it feels as though you have stepped into Marie Antoinette land!! So very chiq and vintage and cozy. It is not yet opened on a daily basis. So far it is only open for events that they hold on a fairly regular basis and if you would like to host events. It is an all raw restaurant and the food is amazing!! This place would be perfect for graduation parties, wedding receptions, anniversary parties etc…
4) Bus Boys and Poets
This place is perfect for going to with your friends who are not vegan. They serve both vegan and non vegan food. It also is a very hip and cool place to hang out, sip coffee, have cocktails hear live music, poetry readings, watching documentary’s and shopping at a fair trade books store!! It is quite the boho chiq poetry slam dive kinda place to be. And they’re vegan desserts are from my faaaaaaaaaaavorite place ever Vegan Treats I guarantee if you give your non vegan friends a bite of your vegan cheesecake, they won’t be able to tell the difference, in fact they may even think it’s better then the real thing!
They also have several locations in DC and one in VA
5) Great Sage
Another fantastic place to go for parties or celebrations. I went here to celebrate my finally graduating from college. It is a bit far, but oh so very worth it. The ambiance is also quite breathtaking. I’d recommend going when the weather is nice so you can sit out on the gorgeous patio and take in the nice green scenery. The inside decor is very modern and Asian styled. The food not only is incredible but they also plate each dish very stylishly it almost makes you not want to eat it because its so beautiful!! **I’d recommend taking a picture of it so you can continue to salivate over it all the way home**
6) Toscana Green
Another great place to go with friends who may not be vegan. They serve vegan, raw and non vegan food. They also hold monthly events for vegan singles with music and dancing.
7) La Pain Quotidien
This place isn’t vegan per-se, however they do have vegan options. It is a wonderful place to go and grab some coffee with a friend or go for a nice light lunch or dinner. It is an all organic french bakery/restaurant. It is a green run restaurant and their meals are all proportioned correctly! They don’t use any processed stuff and you never leave feeling stuffed or weighed down. I love going there for brunches with friends. And another plus, they have them all over the world! So when traveling you can scout out if there is one near where you are going to be!
8.) Pizza Paradiso
Pizza!!! I got two places on here for this. This place is a bit more upscale the Z-Pizza. It’s more of the “go out with friends for pizza” type of place. They have vegan options for cheese! And there are several locations around the DC metro area.
9) Z Pizza
Consider this your “Dominos” or “Pizza Hut” of ordering out for pizza options. They use all organic ingredients and have vegan cheese and “meat”. They do have tables where you can dine in as well. They also serve salad, sandwiches and pasta. My fav sandwich is the veggie sandwich on whole wheat baguette and of course I tweak it to my liking…. as I tend to do with most things Lol
Punk dive bar!!! woohoo!!! I got two of these on here also!
Located in Adams Morgan, this place is so awesome. They serve vegan brunch (as well as non vegan) on weekends. They also offer vegan bar food. They have live music on occasion, and downstairs they have all kinds of regular bar games like pool, darts etc… It’s your typical grunge bar where you can chill, relax and enjoy non popped collars and boat shoes Lol aka you can be yourself!!
11) Galaxy Hut
A place where you can go and “everybody knows your name…” no seriously… it’s that tiny. I love this place, it’s right in my neighborhood, they have a rather large assortment of beers and ciders, its about as big as a living room and every friday (or just about) they host local small bands (which makes the audience space even smaller, but somehow they make it work). They offer a few vegan options like their “pulled pork” sandwich and a few other options. But more than that, the atmosphere is awesome, total dive bar where you can just relax and enjoy a nice cold beer with friends.
I hope you enjoyed my reviews! and I hope it helps you to spread your vegan wings and check out some sweet ass places to go with friends and eat some kick ass vegan grub!!
Have a great weekend