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Can't miss vegetarian food for Boston visitors

  • tazia Mar 12, 2011 09:39 AM
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My husband and I are both vegetarian and are going to be in DC for 3-4 days in April. Since we have such a short trip, and we have to carefully choose our food, I'd love some suggestions for great vegetarian options in the area. We are happy to go places that aren't veggie-only restaurants--we just want to find the best food, wherever that may be.

For anyone who is familiar with Boston, two of our favorite restaurants here are Oleana and Ten Tables. We tend to favor middle eastern and asian cuisines (not very limiting, I know), but are very open to anything.

I've done a bit of research on the boards and have come up with a few preliminary contenders:
-At least 1 ethiopian meal--either Etete or Ethiopic seem to be two of the favorites
-Rasika (veggie tasting menu?)
-Jaleo (we love tapas)

Any other suggestions (especially for good lunch/sandwich places) would be appreciated. We'll probably be spending much of the time near the mall, but we'll be more than willing to hop on the Metro for good food.

Also, any can't miss bakeries or dessert options?

Thanks!

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Etete
1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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  1. Go for the felafel and the mediterranean pizza at Breadline. Open lunch only M-F. Near the White House, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Renwick.

    At Jaleo, I recommend the spinach with raisins, the baby wrinkled potatoes, beet salad with citrus, garlic mushrooms, cucumber stuffed with cheese and tomato, patatas bravas, griled asparagus, cauliflower with dates and paprika, and the eggplant and red peppers. The deep-fried vegetarian items are cooked in the same oil as the deep-fried meat items, so if that is an issue for you, you may want to avoid those. Consult with your server.

    Best dessert options include the toasted marshmallow milkshake at Good Stuff Eatery (Capitol Hill) and right next door the homemade sodas at We the Pizza. I particularly love the sour cherry and the vietnamese coffee sodas. Another great dessert option is the Lounge at Citronelle. Desserts are elaborate here and cost about $12. Menu changes.

    If you are up for an adventure, then Joe's Noodle House in Rockville, MD (heart fo the Chinese community here) specializes in Sichuan xiao chi (small plates). Shredded radish, spicy and sour vegetables, potatoes with hot pepper, rice cakes, steamed taro and date cake, pressed bean curd (in fact, they have an impressive array of tofu dishes here), string beans (vegetarian version here is great). The name of the restaurant, though, is leftover form a previous owner, so the noodles are nothing special. Ask at the counter about more vegetarian options. About a fifteen minute walk from the Twinbrook Metro stop.

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    1. re: Steve

      if you're going to be at Good Stuff, their veggie burger ROCKS. We love it too much!

      Other places we live to visit as veggies are Dino and Spices, both in Cleveland Park. Bibiana also has great veggie pasta choices.

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      Bibiana
      1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

    2. How about Zaytinya for Turkish/Lebanese tappas? Located off the Gallery Place/China Town stop on the red line, they have PLENTY of vegetarian options.

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      Zaytinya
      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      1. Boston probably has a better veggie scene but here are some suggestions:

        Java Green or Cafe Green for lunch
        Teaism
        Cava (if you don't go to Zaytinya) for med/greek tapas
        Elizabeth Gone Raw--She has raw food dinner once in a while. Usually a caterer. Her food is delicious.

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        Teaism
        2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

        Java Green Cafe
        1020 19th Street N W, Washington, DC

        Zaytinya
        701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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        1. re: spinachandchocolate

          I'm actually a fan of the BimBimBop at ricebar, next door to Java Green, rather than Java Green.

          Dino has an excellent 'early bird' dinner special Sunday through Thursday, which for veggie folks really doesn't limit your choices. They can make the rissotto without meat broth.

          I would recommend the Milky Way Malted over Good Stuff's marshmallow flavor. Can't miss desserts are of course Georetown Cupcake - you can pre-order cupcakes by 8pm the night before and skip the line.

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          Java Green Cafe
          1020 19th Street N W, Washington, DC

          1. re: SimonF

            Or, you could just go to Baked and Wired down the street, and not get ripped off. Great place for all manner of baked goods, and good coffee as well. I can't help but think of it every time I see that that line at Georgetown Cupcake!

            I also recommend Dolcezza for exceptionally good Argentinian gelato - there is a location in Dupont and another in Georgetown. This place is incredible.

            For sandwiches near-ish the Mall, pick up a couple at Cowgirl Creamery, a gourmet cheese shop. I had a knock-my-socks-off chevre sandwich there. Yum.

            I would also recommend you consider Estadio rather than Jaleo for tapas. It's a newly opened place and has much higher quality (though more expensive) tapas. It's over on 14th Street nearish Logan Circle.

            1. re: hamster

              rasika is definately a stop- make your reservation ASAP! I just made some today for late May.
              Founding Farmers has a dedicated vegan menu -need to make a rez there asap too
              Woodlands in Hyattsville (cabride) is a pure vegetarian indian place.
              Also in Rockville is a small place called Vegetable Garden (I *think*)- vegetarian only
              There is also another place, further up the road, but prob not worth it based on your limited time here
              I think Teaism also has good veggie choices

              Taylor Gourmet sandwiches also has 4 vegetarian choices.

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              Teaism
              2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

              Founding Farmers
              1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

              Taylor Gourmet
              1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

              Vegetable Garden
              11618 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

              1. re: MoCoMe

                Another veggie votes for Jaleo, Vegetable Garden and Teaism. Veg Garden is a Chinese-type restaurant in a little stripmall (a couple blocks south of a Filene's Basement if you want a taste of home!) but delicious meat analogues, if you're into that (I am if they're good) - must have the General Tsao's "chicken" and they have a great eggplant dish with other interesting ingredients. Teaism is great at any time, but most interesting for breakfast options (try their scrambled tofu with ginger and cilantro - it's memorable) and they have delicious ginger scones and rugelach as well as an enormous selection of teas (keemun is yum but lots of others too).

                For low-cost good food... a delicious salad and tangy yogurt with fresh fruits, check out Sweetgreen (several around but there's one in Dupont Cir which you'll no doubt hit if you're looking for an interesting place to window shop/people watch; there's another Teaism there as well). They are very earth-friendly - renewable energy and plasticware made from corn, I think. Another fun place to walk around is Adams-Morgan, where you'll find a delicious inexpensive hole-in-the-wall felafel bar called Amsterdam Felafel -- all kinds of pickled veggies, etc to top your sandwich - and another memorable place.

                Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown is a fun bar kind of place with cold beers and good veg pizzas with Vegan cheese options. Ella's, same thing but a little more upscale.

                Also check out this link for veg restaurants, including vegan options:
                http://www.vegdc.com/restaurants.php

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                Teaism
                2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

                Pizzeria Paradiso
                3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

                Vegetable Garden
                11618 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

                Sweetgreen
                3333 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

                1. re: MoCoMe

                  If you like Indian (South Indian in particular) Woodlands is worth a ride. THe weekend buffets which start at 11am are a good bargain and a good way to sample some good Indain fare. As noted above, all food is vegetarian so no surprises!
                  Just for the record, I don't know the post office designation but Woodland is in Langley Park (aka the International Corridor) at University Blvd and New Hampshire - Routes 193 and 650.
                  Hyattsvillans don't consider that to be part of Hyattsville :)

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                  Woodlands
                  8045 New Hampshire Ave, Langley Park, MD 20783

                  1. re: MoCoMe

                    I second Founding Farmers! Great vegan menu!

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                    Founding Farmers
                    1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

                  2. re: hamster

                    I 2nd the rec for Baked and Wired. SOOOOO much better than Georgetown Cupcake plus they have a fun vibe.

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                    Georgetown Cupcake
                    1209 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC

                  3. re: SimonF

                    Also at RiceBar you can make your own BimBamBop...I've become a big fan of this place.

                2. Your research is great and came up with some of the best suggestions I could give you. I also like Cava for Mediterranean small plates up on Capitol Hill (also a cool neighborhood to walk around). If you are looking for Italian think about Bibianna or Dino.

                  And I agree with Pizzeria Paradiso being great for gourmet pizza.

                  Also for an affordable lunch try Maoz for falafal and fries...all vegetarian and kosher to boot.

                  For more Asian/Latin inspired small plates try Masa 14. Went with a veggie and she enjoyed it.

                  Btw, I'm originally from Boston and Ten Tables is also a personal favorite of mine.

                  Enjoy your stay!

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                  Pizzeria Paradiso
                  3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

                  Masa 14
                  1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

                  1. Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! I already have our reservation at Rasika, and it looks like we'll definitely be trying Zaytinya as well. I think we'll also end up at a number of the lunch places (Teaism, Java Green, etc). I was also pretty excited to hear that Cowgirl Creamery has an outpost...I've been meaning to try their products, but hadn't been in SF for a while.

                    There is also a cupcake-off in the works. :)

                    I'll report back after our trip!

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

                    Java Green Cafe
                    1020 19th Street N W, Washington, DC

                    Zaytinya
                    701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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                    1. re: tazia

                      Yeah, now Georgetown has THREE fancy cupcake spots: Georgetown Cupcakes, Sprinkles (just opened), and Baked & Wired.

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                      Baked & Wired
                      1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC

                      Georgetown Cupcake
                      1209 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC

                      1. re: hamster

                        Its become over kill at this point

                        1. re: agarnett100

                          Agreed!

                          1. re: hamster

                            double agreed but I want to throw in a mention of Sticky Fingers vegan bakery.

                    2. We just moved down from Boston and we lived right near TT in JP. We loved it. Unfortunately there isn't anything like TT in DC, but of the meals we've had, our favorite so far has been the Latin Dim Sum brunch at Cafe Atlantico. It was tasty and so much fun! I highly, highly recommend it!

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                      Cafe Atlantico
                      405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004