Whether you’re vegan or not, I’m about to blow your mind because these 8 spots are high key delicious. We have it good here in DC. The food scene’s insane, and there’s so much to choose from.
Looking for amazing plant-based “chicken” sandwiches? Done. Vegan baked goods that will satisfy any and every sweet tooth? Done. Michelin-star quality vegan food? Yep, done. So, let’s get right to it. And no, for the millionth time, this is NOT ranked.
1. Fancy Radish
Words can’t even begin to express how much I love Fancy Radish. I honestly crave their dan dan noodles on the regular, and their rutabaga fondue is insaaaaane.
Everything they do is magic though so get whatever sounds yummiest to you because it’ll undoubtedly be delicious. Expect Michelin-star quality food, great ambiance, and wonderful service – highly recommend for date night, and they also offer happy hour from 5-7PM Wednesday through Friday!
2. Pow Pow
This H-street gem will always have a special place in my heart. Not just because I love the chef-owners to pieces, but because their food is bomb AF.
This fast casual spot’s known for their colorful bowls, but my go-to dishes are their firecracker fingers (if you like spicy), their Taiwanese fried buffalo mozzeralla, and their trolley fries (some of the best loaded fries in the city). And it’s all affordable, too! Almost everything’s under $9, with the exception of their larger bowls which are priced at $12 a pop. Go and getcha fix today!
I’m putting Pow Pow and Bubbie’s back to back since they’re owned by the same peeps. I hear plant-based chicken is going to be HUGE this year, so if you want to give it a try (…or even if you don’t), you gotta get here ASAP. I love spicy so their Nashville hot fried chick’n sammie’s my personal favorite, but their buffalo fried chick’n’s a close second for sure.
They have all kinds of amazing options though. From beet burgers to house made pastrami seitan, loaded fries to fried “drumsticks,” you’ll leave completely and utterly satisfied. PS. They have a slew of gluten-free options available as well so that’s a plus for those of you with dietary restrictions. And they just added a crazy new dessert that looks dope – can’t wait to try their sugar sticks soon!
4. Fare Well
Fare Well’s yet another H Street gem that’s worth a visit. It’s a diner for all intents and purposes, but an extra cute one, with a laid back vibe and delicious options like blueberry pancakes, polenta fries, chickpea “steak” and more. On their website, the header says “Fare Well aka Sticky Fingers Diner” because…
Fare Well’s owned by the same badass that owns Sticky Fingers Bakery. Their sweets are crazy delicious, and they’re actually why I ended up going to said diner to start. Everything’s 100% vegan, and they offer a ton of bake-it-yourself options in addition to ready-to-eat cookies, brownies, cupcakes and more.
They started shipping nationwide not too long ago so that’s an option as well! Must tries include their sticky bun (duh), any of their cupcakes (you honestly wouldn’t be able to tell that they’re vegan), and their jam filled donuts.
Shouk’s easily one of my favorite fast casual spots in DC proper – their dedication to the environment’s inspiring, and their food’s straight fire! Their mushroom shawarma has a special place in my heart, and it’s a dish I enjoy at least once every two weeks.
I usually get the rice and lentils bowl with harissa, and it comes with pickled green cabbage, cucumber & onion salad, arugula and tahina. They also offer a slew of salads, hummus, handhelds and more.
If you haven’t been to Oyster Oyster yet, drop everything you’re doing and go. It’s crazy what chef Rob does with veggies, like it high key blows my mind. There’s a reason why they were ranked #1 on Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide + named one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants. It’s all so well-deserved though – give ’em all the accolades!
Their tasting menu’s $85 per person, and it can be prepared vegetarian, oystertarian, or vegan upon request! They’re super busy, and they only offer two seatings each night so make sure you book your res ASAP. I know $85 seems hefty but it’s reasonable for everything you get, and I promise that it’s absolutely worth the splurge. Just trust me and go. You can thank me after!
8. NuVegan Cafe
Vegan soul food? Um, yes please. I had my first vegan crab cake here, and it was actually pretty damn good! There’s so much to choose from at this fast casual spot though – they have all kinds of goodies, with everything from vegan fried “fish” to tuna mac salad.
They’ve been around since 2013 and now have 4 locations so clearly they’ve experienced a lot of success in the DMV area. Must tries include their mac and cheese, fried “chicken,” crab cake sandwich and garlic kale. Checkout’s “cafeteria” style so it moves quickly so don’t be put off by long lines!
So, thoughts on these DC vegan spots? Have you guys been to any of them? If yes, let me know by leaving a comment below, and stay tuned for more content coming your way. For more on district eats and drinks, click here!