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Febuary is the month of the Vegetarian Experiment

We did this a couple years ago and had great success...

For Febuary we will be eating only vegetarian. Our rule is no meats no seafood and thats about it.

Anyone have suggestions for great dishes or different things to try in the NOVA/D.C. area? We are game for anything. For example our big take away last time was Sunflower's General Tso tofu. Tasted better than the real thing!

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  1. DC's wonderful Ethiopian restaurants will have a lot to offer you during your experiment.

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    1. re: kukubura

      I agree. I always get the veggie platter at Etete. It's delicious and well-seasoned.

    2. Most Middle Eastern restaurants or take-out shops are treasure troves of vegetarian dishes.

      At Kazan (McLean) I love Iman Bayildi, a cold eggplant dish.

      At Lebanese Taverna (various locations including the Market in Arlington) I love hindbeh, tabbouleh, and shakshouky. I adore their lentil and swiss chard soup, but you'll have to double check to see if the broth is vegetarian.

      At Gourmet Basket (McLean) I love the couscous salad and the pumpkin kibbe. The yellow lentil soup and seven grain soups are both delicious, but, again, you'll have to check to see that the stock is vegetarian. If you like garlic, the sliced eggplant salad is extraordinary and wonderful.

      Cheese and spinach pastries are good at both Lebanese Taverna and Gourmet Basket.

      Indian cuisine is another treasure trove of good vegetarian eating, but the Middle Eastern list ought to get you started.

      1. For a substantive snack the veggie enchilada thing at La Union in N. Arlington.

        Thai will provide a few good dishes, so you have the two excellent choices in Thai Square and B-54.

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        1. re: Dennis S

          Dennis S is right. You really should try the veggie enchilada. Like a salad on top of a deep fried tortilla. Served cold. La Union Market and Carryout is approx. Lee Hwy and Taylor in N. Arlington, about three blocks east from pastries by Randolph.

          While you're there, get an empanada do platanos and an ensalada to drink.

        2. I'm a big fan of Java green in the business district

          1. I like the Vegetable Garden in Rockville. Try the bento box at Sunflower. Oh, and Nirvana, a really good Indian place downtown.

            1. Tofu at Thanh Son Tofu in Eden Center (a few different preparations).

              A couple of places in Eden Center have veggie versions of banh mi. I've haven't tried them yet.

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              1. re: Lori D

                In addition to the fried tofu, which is really great if you can get it fresh, Than Son Tofu also makes a vegetable 'cake' that is sometimes to the left of the tofu. it is usually pre-portioned in small aluminum trays. But you may have to ask. They run out of this quickly.

              2. Thanks to everyone for their advice! Any other suggestions?

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                1. re: bumpthekoala

                  For splurges you could do the veg tasting menu at Rasika and the veg Latin dim sum brunch at Cafe Atlantico.

                2. I think Rasika has a vegetarian tasting menu (and lots of veggie-only items). That might be a fun place to check out. Their crispy spinach dish is the best thing on the menu (possibly one of the best items in all of DC).

                  You can also find some yummy Greek mezze items at Cava or pizza at Pizzeria Paradisio.

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                  1. re: Elyssa

                    One place we like is Fusion, on 4815 Georgia Avenue. It's an Indian place--directly next door to Moroni Brothers Pizza--and is a classy joint in a neighborhood where you wouldn't expect to find such. The chef/owner is a great guy--and he makes the crispy spinach appetizer (I believe he may have worked at Rasika). We have liked every single thing on the menu (can't speak for the desserts because we are usually too full from appetizers, bread, and entrees). You have got to try the asparagus and goat cheese uttapam and the crispy spinach appetizer, natch. Their vegetarian entrees are really good too--I'm vegetarian and even my non-veg husband orders veg entrees sometimes--and the agave margarita is terrific. I have to say that as a rule, the service isn't up to the standards of the terrific food, but my husband and I are regulars because we *really* want to see the chef make a go of this place ... and we really like the food. There is simply nothing else like it up our way (the Ga. Ave. wasteland between Petworth and Silver Spring).

                  2. Amma's in gtown and Nirvana on K st for South Indian Vegetarian.

                    1. tofu tots! miso with shitake! grilled portabello! pakora! patatas de espinaca! empanadillas! eggplant parmigiana!

                      clearly I have no issue with dairy, but while a confirmed omnivore, well...

                      all of these are easily available and (mostly) easy to cook from DC supermarkets.

                      make an afternoon out of rolling puff pastry. you can substitute vegetable shortening for the butter if you want to go hardcore.

                      and invest in a big can of good olive oil ($30-40 for 3 liters but will last 3 months - and I use it a lot) TJ's, Kalomiri's and even the Teeter all have pretty darn good stuff. and cheaper than by the bottle if you're careful.

                      This Good Food by Victor-Antoine D'Avila-Latourrette and How to Cook All Things Vegetarian by Mark Bittman are 2 go-to sources every Lent (we don't start until the 17th this year in this house)

                      I'm not hardcore, but am always suspicious about 'vegetarian' dishes in area restaurants.