Washington, DC is known for many things and people visit for many reasons. Whether you are taking in the historic sites and museums, soaking up the great weather during cherry blossom season or here for a political protest or rally, DC has vegan eats that are not to be missed. Here are my eight favorite spots in no particular order.
NuVegan Cafe is the type of joint I would and could eat at every single day of the week. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is casual and comforting. Had a hard day and don’t feel like cooking? Stop in at NuVegan. Want something quick, healthy and vegan while on the run…NuVegan is the spot. From vegan fried steak to vegan lasagna, Nuvegan is comfort food at its best.
Vegan pot roast, homemade mac and cheese and maple kale…need I say more. The offerings here are rich and flavorful. Partner the incredible food with the warm friendly atmosphere and Evolve is a must visit spot. Chef specials, delicious sides, and mouth watering desserts round out Evolve’s eclectic menu. Amazing vegan fare served in a casually sophisticated environment earns Evolve a spot in the top 5.
Everyday is a good day for soup! The menu at Soupergirl is entirely plant based and made up of local ingredients. Lentil apricot and gingered sweet potato headline an incredible selection of soups. Along with amazing soup options, there are also fresh salads, homemade breads and desserts. One bowl of soup makes a meal and with two locations to choose from, Soupergirl is changing the way people view soup one bowl at a time.
You haven’t lived until you have had the brussel sprouts and vegan mac and cheese at Bus Boys and Poets. While not a 100% completely vegan restaurant, they have lots of vegan options that make this a must eat spot. From appetizers to entrees to desserts, vegan options abound to satisfy and delight even non vegans. The vegan chicken stir fry with soy “chicken”, snow peas, baby carrots, shiitake mushrooms, red onions and brown rice tossed in a delectable ginger sesame sauce is by far my favorite!
This popular Philadelphia eatery planted roots in DC in 2016 and have made fans every since. “Embracing healthy bodies and a healthy planet’is their motto while bringing delicious vegan food to people everywhere. The menu can be described as fast food with a vegan make-over and features delicious and delectable chick’n sandwiches, nuggets and fresh salads. Interesting beverages like carrot ginger lemonade and a big green smoothie round out the menu. HipCityVeg is a great choice for fast, healthy, hip vegan fare.
Fare Well bills itself as your neighborhood bakery, diner and bar. With all day breakfast featuring carrot cake pancakes and breakfast tacos, they take pride in creating traditional comfort food with all plant-based ingredients. The veggie-centric comfort food is served in a small diner with a comfy vintage feel. Add a daily happy hour, weekend brunch and Fare Well is the perfect spot to sit down, eat and congregate.
Voted Best Fast Casual restaurant by the Washington Post, Shouk serves healthy, Israeli-inspired pitas and bowls. The menu is is 100% plant-based and Kosher. The black bean and sweet potato pita is excellent. Food comes out quickly and the staff is friendly and helpful. Shouk has two locations and also features craft beer, tap wine and made-to-order sodas.
“Live your health” is the motto of Fruitive and its easy to see why. The menu is overflowing with all kinds of fresh goodness. The organic and fully plant-based menu features everything from sandwiches, salads, wraps, and tacos to cold-pressed juices, activated lattés and superfood berry bowls. The avocado toast on spelt bread is a best seller and not to be missed. With most of the menu made from scratch, Fruitive is always guaranteed to be a great idea.
Two regular guys struggle to make a change in their diet and exercise habits. Years of unhealthy eating have finally caught up with them. Can Chad and Kenny survive going from fast food to fresh juice?