Vegan--- in Bethesda and Dupont Circle
At most restaurants, you are out of luck. At Jaleo, a vegan can enjoy the following dishes with no alteration:
Spinach with raisins and apples
grilled asparagus with romescu sauce
patatas bravas - potato in a spicy tomato sauce (but you have to ask them to leave off the aioli topping)
paella (vegetable and mushroom version)
wrinkled baby potatoes
They put cheese in several cold/salad dishes. You can ask them to leave out the cheese, add more of the featured ingredient (like beets or endive, depending on the salad) and it won't change the flavor really, just take way some protein. You could also go for the fried artichokes and instead of the tapenade (has anchovies), ask them to mix in their sublime marinated olives.
The problem will be the expectations of the vegan eater. They can't subsist on salads, and side dishes are not meant to stand on their own, so they eventually need to find restaurants that will give them proteins in a vegan form. But for one dinner, Jaleo is eating vegan without compromise to flavor.
More in Bethesda:
- Across the street from Sweetgreen is Organic to Go, which also has good vegan salad ingredients (tofu, edamame, chickpeas, etc) (I like it better than Sweetgreen because it's not as complicated & usually not as crowded).
- Ali Baba's Falafel truck, outside of the Farm Women's Market on Wisc. Ave.
- At the various Japanese restaurants you can easily put together a vegan sushi/app. assortment - age dofu, inari, cucumber, pickle, edamame, etc.
Rice Paddies Grill in Bethesda has vegan Pho and the traditional stuff for the carnivores. Spring Mill Bread company has vegan soups at lunch time. Rock Creek, Jaleo, and Lebanese Taverna have many vegetarian options, but you'll have to speak with them if everything is vegan.
4917 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD 20824
You might be able to find some vegan options in Dupont at Pizzeria Paradisio (obviously pizza and a great beer selection) or Heritage India (great Indian food. The spinach with corn is my favorite dish).
Of course you might want to call ahead to make sure they can accommodate your dietary needs.
Also in Adams Morgan at Asylum, on the weekends they serve a vegan brunch.
2400 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste A, Washington, DC 20007
Um, I would stay far away from Pizza Paradisio if you are vegan. They don't have any soy cheese options nor an extended menu of vegan options.
All in Dupont unless noted:
You can check out Cafe Green on 17th St. A vegetarian restaurant with many vegan options. Another option would be next door at Agora, a Turkish tapas establishment. They have quite a few veggie options.
SweetGreens in both Dupont and Bethesda have a lot of vegan options for their salads and sandwiches and sides that are atypical at most fast casual places: roasted tofu, spicy kale, quinoa and interesting/local ingredients among the other typical salad/sandwich add ins.
Rice in Logan has some vegan options, a "nice" Thai restaurant.
Au Pain Quitidien has quite a few vegan options, and always one vegan soup, which is usually very good.
Raku, Thai Chef and Thaiphoon have typical vegan options. Lauriol Plaza surprisingly has a lot of vegan options.
1835 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
2011 S St NW, Washington, DC 20009
1712 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009