While at one time vegans were considered the minority, and it was hard to find restaurants that would accommodate their lifestyle, now every city is beginning to catch up by providing vegan options or providing a menu entirely vegan.
Here are four vegan restaurants in the Washington D.C. that you should visit to cure those hunger pangs.
1. Java Green Eco Café
Located: 1020 19th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Java Green Eco Café is a “go-green,” vegan restaurant, open Monday-Tuesday from 9AM-8:30PM, Wednesday-Friday from 9AM-9PM and Saturday from 10AM-6PM.
The restaurant won the “Best Vegetarian Food of 2008” award from VegDC.com, and prides itself on being almost completely organic, using organic fruits, vegetables, breads, rice, noodles, soy sauce, beans, sugar, cheese, flour, dairy, soy milk and more.
Java Green Eco Café has plenty of organic sandwiches, such as the grilled tofu for $8.50, vegan burger for $8 or garden burger for $8, with organic whole wheat bread, burger buns, ciabatta bread and gluten-free bread options. Try the Java California sandwich, with spinach, avocado, organic cheddar, Swiss and provolone cheese, for $8.50, or the Tuna and Fruit Wrap, with soy tuna, lettuce, spinach, strawberries, grapes, almonds and cranberry, for $8.
They have live (raw) salads for $8.50, such as the flax salad, kale salad or seaweed salad, along with $9 soups like mandoo soup, spicy noodle soup or green soup. They also serve cold, raw soups, organic salads, organic rice rolls, organic vegan brunch and more.
Java Green Eco Café also offer call-ahead pickup, delivery and a catering menu, which includes party food, finger food and sweets.
2. Sticky Fingers Bakery
Located: 1370 Park Rd. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20010
Sticky Fingers Bakery is a vegan dessert shop in Washington, DC, open Monday-Thursday from 7AM-8PM, Friday from 7AM-9PM, Saturday from 8AM-9PM and Sunday from 9AM-7PM.
The restaurant was voted “Best Bakery” and “Best Vegan Restaurant” in the Washington City Paper’s Best of DC in 2009 Awards.
According to its website, Sticky Fingers Bakery products are all “100% vegan, dairy/lactose free, egg-free, cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat, made with heart-healthy soy, sweetened primarily with evaporated cane juice and made with non-hydrogenated oils.” They also make nut and gluten free products upon request.
Try some of their “Cake Creations,” such as $3 cupcakes, which come in unique flavors like pina colada, fuzzy navel and white Russian. They also offer cakes in different sizes, such as 9-inch for about $50, 6-inch for about $30, half-sheet for about $90, whole sheet for about $125 and one dozen cupcakes for about $28.
Some unique treats include chocolate chimp bread, which is banana bread baked with chocolate chips, cowvin cookies, which are oatmeal sandwich cookies with creamy filling, brownies, muffins, cinnamon buns, cheesecake and more.
3. Bossa Bistro and Lounge
Located: 2463 18th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
Bossa Bistro and Lounge is an all-organic restaurant, with both vegan and vegetarian options.
They have salad, antipasti, pasta and entrée menu options. Try the delicious and healthy marinated tofu salad for $7, a Mediterranean salad for $8 and Caesar salad for $10, or the arancini for $7, caprese for $7 and roasted pepper and garlic hummus for $7. Entrees include eggplant parm for $11, tortellini rose for $13, linguine tutto mare for $14 or the fish special of the day, for market price. They also serve fried calamari, bean salad, garlic shrimp and bruschetta.
Overall, Bossa Bistro and Lounge is the perfect restaurant for those who want vegan options for a reasonable price. All meals on their menu are under $13.
Located: 2471 18th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
Asylum is a pub with an all-vegan menu and weekend brunch options. They have an upstairs and downstairs section, which are both open Monday-Friday from 5PM-2AM; Saturday and Sundays the upstairs is open 11AM-3AM, and the downstairs is open 5PM-3AM.
Their vegan brunch menu is versatile, affordable and tasty. Their “Lite Fare” options includes hummus and pita for $5.95, vegan cheese fries for $6.95, vegan wings for $7.95, vegan nachos for $9.95 or vegan chili cheese fries for $7.95.
Asylum’s brunch entrees include vegan pancakes for $6.95, vegan French toast for $6,95, grilled vegan salad with choice of tofu or portabella for $8.95, vegan breakfast wrap (filled with tofu scramble, black beans, home fries, vegan cheese and salsa) for $8.95 or tofu scramble, served with home fries and toast.
Sandwiches include the vegan BLT (using tempeh bacon and vegannaise) for $6.95, Boca burger with lettuce, tomato and onion for $6.95, vegan grilled cheese (on Texas toast, with optional bacon and tomato) for $6.95 or the vegan breakfast sandwich (filled with tofu scramble and vegan cheese) for $4.95.