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Vegetarian restaurants in the DC area

I've been to Java Green and Vegetate but I'm looking to expand my horizons and find some new vegetarian or vegetarian friendly places to eat out in the metro area.

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  1. My favorite is Restaurant Eve in Old Town Alexandria. They will do an amazing vegetarian tasting menu. Very special and delicious.

    1. Good Indian Veggie @ Nirvana 1810 K St NW, DC 20006 -

      1. Vegetable Garden in Rockville, near the White Flint metro, is a big favorite with a lot of people.

        1. I like Amma's Vegetarian Kitchen, Indian food, good dosas, in Georgetown. Asylum is fun, not foodie, for vegan brunch. Also Sticky Rice (is that what it's called?) on H St NE is worth checking out.

          Do you know http://www.vegdc.com/ ?

          1. Heritage India has a bunch of vegetarian options. You can also try Bread and Brew---they offer vegetarian and vegan items on their menu. I love their sandwiches and soups for lunch.

            Even though I'm not a vegetarian whenever my bf and I go to Ethiopian restaurants we order the veggie platter. Etete on U Street is my favorite.

            Dino might be good for vegetarians as well. I recently tried out the K St. Busboys and Poets and thought their food was a lot better than the U Street location. They have vegetrian options.

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            1. re: Elyssa

              Heritage India is great for vegetarians. In fact, I'm the only non-vegetarian in my group of friends who eats there, and I'm enjoying learning more about vegetarian Indian food. But I only recommend Heritage India's Glover Park location. The quality of the food and atmosphere at Dupont isn't on the same level.

              1. re: Gigi007

                They also have an amazing weekday lunch special at the Glover Park location that I don't think is available at Dupont. If it were, I would be there all the time! The lunch special is not a buffet, but it's a very large plate of 3 various curries (IIRC), rice, and naan as well, I'm not sure. It is HUGE and a good deal at under $10.

                1. re: hamster

                  Thanks, hamster. That's the best news I've had all day I didn't know about the weekday lunch special. I'm going to tell all my friends about it. The closest Indian places to where I live and work are Indian Ocean and Delhi Dhaba. IO is OK for some things, but expensive for what it is with a stuffy atmosphere. And Delhi Dhaba is just bad.

                  1. re: Gigi007

                    My pleasure! Gotta spread the word. Also if you're in that neighborhood, I really love Shanghai Tea House. There is nothing like it in the District. Note that for vegetarians, it's probably pretty limited though. Unless you're happy with vegetarian dumplings and scallion pancakes. Yum.

                    1. re: hamster

                      You know, I once tried the Shanghai Tea House and didn't have a good experience there. Have you been to Ching Ching Cha, the Chinese tea house in Georgetown? That's my go-to place for Chinese tea and snacks although I do like the Penn Quarter Teaism too. But Ching Ching Cha is my favorite place. I sometimes go with friends or clients, but also like going solo to read or get some work done. Besides the fabulous selection of teas, they also have great options for vegetarians and are very accomodating.

                      1. re: Gigi007

                        No I've never been there. Maybe I will check it out sometime.

                        1. re: hamster

                          I hope you do. I've been going there for years (when it was really a hidden gem). It's truly a beautiful and serene place, and there is a lot of attention to detail as to how the tea is served (various teapots, cups, etc.). One last tip: go on a weekday afternoon or evening if you can. It tends to get a little crowded on weekends.


                2. re: Gigi007

                  I've been to the Glover Park and Dupont location and think they are both really good.

                  There is a creamy spinach and corn dish that I'm addicted to. Has the right about of spice and is so, so good.

              2. There is also Sunflower out by Four Corners, I have never eaten there so I can't say if it is good or not, but it is in the metro area.

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                1. re: ktmoomau

                  Sunflower is hit-or-miss for me, some things are really good but I'm not a fan of the "macrobiotic" items. I think that's just my personal taste preferences though.

                  1. re: JoanArkham

                    I'm not a vegetarian but I LOVE Sunflower's General Tso Chicken. Better than the real thing hands down!

                2. Thanks so much everyone I have a ton of new places to try. Oh and I had the veggie tacos out at asylum once they were great.

                  1. Yuan Fu on Rockville Pike near the intersection with Viers Mill.

                    1. I apologize that I didn't remember the name, but saw another post that's high on the list right now, and remembered what I saw...

                      Which was...

                      A veggie (even Vegan) place to the South/East of K-Mart in Centreville - near the Lowes, across-ish from the Bungalow. It was raining and my kids were in the car, so I only pulled as close as I could from the road (oh, and it was this past rainy Sunday morning where it and everything nearby was closed). Anyway - it seemed to be oriented to Asian, but a smaller sign (mentioning the vegan aspect) made me feel it was not only Asian.

                      Anyway - there you go.

                      1. If you want to go high-end, I can vouch for CityZen's vegetarian tasting menu.

                        CityZen Restaurant
                        1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

                        1. I'm on the Rasika bandwagon. (well if it's a splurge-worthy night)

                          but liked an earlier poster about Ethiopian - my intro was at a strict Coptic place that 9 times out of 10 never had meat that day

                          Rasika Restaurant
                          633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

                          1. I love Amma Vegetarian Kitchen in Georgetown - it also doesn't hurt that it is very easy on the wallet. Great masala dosas!

                            1. Jaleo has a lot of great vegetarian options and Juice Joint on Vermont is a lunch counter with amazing vegetarian wraps and sandwiches along with the traditional fare. I haven't been yet, but the Washington Post gave Masala Art such great reviews for their vegetarian fare that I'm taking my vegetarian friend there the next time she's in town.