WHERE TO EAT YOUR VEGGIES IN DC: THE BEST VEGETARIAN SPOTS

DC’s food options are far reaching. While there was a time when the capitol might not have been considered a foodie destination, that sentiment no longer holds true. Nowadays, DC’s food scene attracts tourists and locals alike the same way that the cherry blossoms do. Within city limits, you can find tantalizing options to suit each and every taste bud, ranging to include almost every kind of cuisine imaginable. One type of food that DC has mastered over its food evolution is vegetarian fare. Yeah, that’s right. Some sly chefs have tricked us all into eating our veggies after all! Here are some hot spots worth checking out (and eating sorta, kinda healthy at…):

 

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Fare Well

Fare Well is a funky bakery, diner, and bar churning out veggie-centric comfort food that’s sure to hit the spot. This hip, neighborhood find isn’t shy about their mission, spelling it out plain and simple on their website: “…we want to make you eat your veggies!” Not to worry, though, if you eat your veggies here, you can reward yourself with a treat from their decadent dessert case, which is courtesy of bakers Doron and Jenny, two-time champions of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. In terms of what kind of creative fare you can expect to chow down on here, think breakfast all day as well as creative dishes such as:

Polenta Fries: Herbed polenta fries with garlic aioli, tomato jam

Seitan Platter: Southern fried chickpea seitan, crispy roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetable, savory gravy

Cheesy Mac: Organic orecchiette, spicy marinara, roasted garlic, basil, olives, and capers

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Fruitive

Fruitive is an organic restaurant that’s perfect for getting your fill of veggies, casually. Their food is 100% plant-based, certified organic, made from scratch, and dreamt up with hippies in mind (or at least it seems like it). You can get a variety of fresh-squeezed juices or interesting smoothie options here, or treat yourself to a meal that’s almost too good to be true. Think menu options like:

ABC Waffles: Banana, almond butter, whipped coconut cream, cacao nibs, maple syrup

Original Collard Wrap: Collards, wild rice blend, edamame, carrots, apples, raisins, hummus, carrot ginger dressing, microgreens, sea salt, black pepper

Avocado Herb Toast: Flax & spelt bread, avocado, basil pesto mayo, oregano, sea salt, black pepper

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Chaia

If you’ve ever had a veggie taco and been sorely disappointed (soggy beans and cheese don’t inspire much more than bathroom trips), you will appreciate Chaia. Chaia is a farm-to-taco joint serving up seasonal, plant-based tacos, sides, and natural drinks in a cleanly decorated, casual shop in Georgetown. This is a place where veggie lovers will find the tortilla fillings of their dreams. A preview of their menu:

Mushroom: Feta, red sauce, and cilantro

Creamy kale and potato: Pepperjack, poblano crema, green sauce, and pickled onions

Charred green beans: Queso fresco, jalapeño salsa, garlic chives

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Fancy Radish

As the name of this spot suggests…this is for veggies, eaten with your pinky up. It’s a vegetable restaurant by James Beard nominated chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. In addition to dinner, served Tuesday through Sunday starting promptly at 5PM, the menu here features organic wines and creative cocktails. As is the case at lots of upscale places, the menu here changes with the season. Some things you might see include:

Stuffed Avocado: Romesco, pickled cauliflower, “fired rice,” black salt

Summer Squash Fattoush: Whipped tahini, zhoug, torn barbari bread

Peruvian Potatoes: Aji Amarillo, cilantro, dried olives, peanuts

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Ethiopic

For vegetarians, Ethiopian food is a great way to ensure dinner’s going to pack a flavorful punch. DC has plenty of Ethiopian options, but Ethiopic is one of the city’s best –– and as a bonus, they have plenty of grub for meat lovers and veggie slayers alike. Here, the menu features classic, authentic Ethiopian food with (as the resteraunt puts it), some “flair.” A sampling of dishes you might order:

Timatim Salad: Fresh diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeno peper, olive oil, lemon juice, and spice

Dinich Wot: Curried potato simmered with red onions, garlic, jalapeno peppers, olive oil, fresh herbs, and spices

Shimbra Asa Wot: Spicy chickpea dumpling seasons with red onions, garlic, red pepper, olive oil, and spices

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