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Vegetarian restaurants in the DC area

districtSW Sep 21, 2009 11:54 AM

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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    Olive123 RE: districtSW Sep 21, 2009 12:14 PM

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

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      WestIndianArchie RE: districtSW Sep 21, 2009 12:15 PM

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

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        Transplanted Texan RE: districtSW Sep 21, 2009 12:17 PM

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

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          mselectra RE: districtSW Sep 21, 2009 03:12 PM

          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/ ?

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            Elyssa RE: districtSW Sep 22, 2009 07:40 AM

            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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              Gigi007 RE: Elyssa Sep 22, 2009 07:46 AM

              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.

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                hamster RE: Gigi007 Sep 22, 2009 09:58 AM

                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.

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                  Gigi007 RE: hamster Sep 22, 2009 10:05 AM

                  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.

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                    hamster RE: Gigi007 Sep 22, 2009 10:39 AM

                    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.

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                      Gigi007 RE: hamster Sep 22, 2009 10:48 AM

                      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.

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                        hamster RE: Gigi007 Sep 22, 2009 11:17 AM

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

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                          Gigi007 RE: hamster Sep 22, 2009 11:23 AM

                          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.


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                  Elyssa RE: Gigi007 Sep 22, 2009 01:23 PM

                  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. ktmoomau RE: districtSW Sep 22, 2009 10:47 AM

                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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                  JoanArkham RE: ktmoomau Nov 4, 2009 10:57 AM

                  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.

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                    bumpthekoala RE: JoanArkham Feb 1, 2010 12:07 PM

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

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                  districtSW RE: districtSW Sep 22, 2009 04:20 PM

                  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.

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                    skipper RE: districtSW Sep 22, 2009 06:13 PM

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

                    1. Dennis S RE: districtSW Nov 3, 2009 04:38 PM

                      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.

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                        weezycom RE: districtSW Nov 5, 2009 12:03 PM

                        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. hill food RE: districtSW Nov 5, 2009 01:43 PM

                          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. woodleyparkhound RE: districtSW Nov 6, 2009 06:51 AM

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

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                              Raids RE: districtSW Feb 1, 2010 12:25 PM

                              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.

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