Gone are the days when going to a vegan restaurant meant choking back tasteless food served with a whiff of patchouli. These days, the D.C. area is a rich wonderland of plant-based restaurants, and each is as varied in personality as the people who eat at them. There are chic, upscale tasting menus; homey vegan comfort food spots with hefty, filling plates; and massive, consistent fast-casual chains.
Though this list is limited to restaurants with no meat on the menu, it’s worth noting that quality vegan meals can be found all over town.
At Oyster Oyster in Shaw, chef Rob Rubba’s ever-changing menu ($95 per person) celebrates in-season produce from small farms with a vegan menu (and the possibility of adding oysters for non-vegans). There’s also elegant vegan tasting menus from Latin-leaning Mita at La Cosecha and downtown’s long-running Elizabeth’s Gone Raw, which opens its townhouse doors a few nights a week for $105-per-person vegan spreads. At nearby Equinox, Todd Gray puts high-end veggie dishes front and center at this showy, sun-filled restaurant.Read More