Vegetarian Restaurants and Other Resources

This page is dedicated to Dick Gregory, who inspired me to take the first step on a path to a more compassionate life.

Have you ever wondered, could an all vegen grocery store succeed? Well, there's a chain of then in Germany called Veganz. They are opening a new store about every two months, not just in Germany, but all over northern Europe. They are opening a store in Portland, Oregon, as well. Over 80% of the foods are organic. Wikipedia article on Veganz Viva la Vegan claims they are the largest vegan grocery on Earth. They have two locations in California.


Many restaurants offer a discount to Vegetarian Society of the District of Columbia members. This membership can save you a ton of money on all sorts of discounts, including travel, smoothies, yoga classes, skin care products and cooking classes.

When you travel, be sure to look for Loving Hut restaurants. These are a chain of vegan restaurants. By supporting them, you can help create a future with healthy veggie restaurants everywhere. Also, in California, Oregon and Washington state is a chain called Veggie Grill, with about 2 dozen locations.


District of Columbia

Amma Vegetarian Kitchen

3291 M Street, NW, 2nd floor

Amsterdam Falafel Shop    franchise information
2425 18th Street, NW

Cafe Green   (CLOSED)

Chatpat Truck

Evolve Vegan Restaurant
341 Cedar Street, NW 

Toward the end of this video, director James Cameron sums up what people looking at the science and the data are waking up to, that "a profound change in our collective diet, on a global basis, could be the difference between the survival of civilization, and not." Click on the video to watch it.

Indian Delight    (CLOSED)
The same family has started a vegetarian food truck callled Chatpat Truck.

Java Green   (CLOSED)

Khepra's Raw food Juice Bar    yelp reviews
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 


Native Foods Cafe is closing all DC area locations.
1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW 

Native Foods Cafe is closing all DC area locations.
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 

Nirvana  (closed; see Indian Delight)

Nu Vegan Cafe  (NEW!)
2928 Georgia Avenue

Soul Vegetarian's Exodus    yelp reviews
2606 Georgia Avenue, NW

Soupergirl (delivers, even to parts of Virginia; Kosher)  yelp reviews
Dozens of area stores carry their soup, in the refrigerated section.
314 Carroll Street

Soupergirl (NEW; second location)  yelp reviews
Lots of area stores carry their soup, in the refrigerated section.
1829 M Street, NW

v Falafel (website may not work, but menu and over 100 Yelp reviews are available)
2157 P St NW
(between N Twining Ct & N 22nd St)

Woodlands Vegan Bistro food truck (Washington Post article) find where they are



Purée Artisan Juice Bar (mainly a juice bar, but has freshly made salads and raw vegan foods in the cooler section from Ape Man Foods, but food sells out quickly) Juice and cleanses available for deliveryyelp reviews
4903 Elm Street

Capitol Heights

Everlasting Life Restaurant & Lounge
9185 Central Avenue, Suite A

College Park
Berwyn Cafe (closed)

Nu Vegan Cafe  (NEW!)
8150 Baltimore Avenue

Great Sage    yelp reviews

Does not use any genetically modified ingredients!

(closed on Mondays as of Dec. 2005)  
5809 Clarksville Station Drive

Madras Palace   yelp reviews

74 Bureau Drive map

Langley Park
Woodlands   yelp reviews
8046 New Hampshire Avenue map

One Love Music Cafe (just open Friday nights)
5515 Randolph Road (across from MOM's new location)
301 814-0095

The Vegetable Garden (MOVED to Silver Spring)

3830 International Drive
301 598-6868

Yuan Fu Vegetarian    yelp reviews
798 Rockville Pike map

Silver Spring
The Vegetable Garden (MOVED to Silver Spring)

3830 International Drive
301 598-6868

Takoma Park
The Organic Falafel Stand
(apparently closed)



Saran Foods    yelp reviews
5157 Lee Highway

The Randy Radish (NO GMOs!)
21785 Filligree Court

Swagath    yelp reviews
43761 Parkhurst Plaza Suite #132,

  Lotus Vegetarian    yelp reviews
(in Sully Place near Lowes)

13872 Metrotech Drive

Saravana Palace     yelp reviews
11725 Lee Highway, #A15t

Woodlands Pure Vegetarian Indian Restaurant   yelp reviews
4078 Jermantown Road

Falls Church
Loving Hut   6222842 Rogers Drive

Native Foods Cafe is closing all DC area locations.
1216 West Broad Street

Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant    not recommended; very bad experience there


The Randy Radish (NO GMOs!) moved toAshburn

Amma Vegetarian Kitchen    yelp reviews
344 Maple Avenue East

Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant   
not recommneded; very bad experience there

There is also an Engine 2 line of foods. These seem to be exclusively at Whole Foods. In addition to the foods on this page, they have burgers. At least one, the black bean burger, is soy free and gluten free.


Sticky Fingers Bakery
1904 18th Street, NW

Other DC Area Vegetarian Resources:

Mimi Clark's Vegan Cooking Classes

Pangea Vegan Products in Rockville has a great selection of products, especially alternatives to leather clothing. Please note that their retail store is just open on Saturdays, but you can order online anytime.

Potomac Adventist Book and Health Food Store is a good place to shop for food if you prefer to shop in a store where all the food is vegetarian. Adventists celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday, so the store is closed on Saturdays, but open on Sundays.














If you like to buy locally made products, Le Spledour is a line of vegan, organic beauty products. They are available at Loving Hut in Falls Church, as well as online. tips to make a vegan diet easier

No Meat Athlete Northern Virginia

No Meat Athlete Washington DC

All vegan cheese shop opens in Los Angeles

Here's an excerpt of an interview of Russell Blaylock, MD by Mike Adams. Food companies are all to eager to use soy in veggie burgers, hot dogs, deli slices and more. Also, yeast extracts are commonly used to give a "cheesy" taste to fake cheese. If you look around , there are products like Amy's Sonoma Veggie Burger, which don't use soy. My favorite burgers are Hilary's Eat Well soy free burgers. They are tasty and can even be heated in the toaster.

You can download the whole interview here.

Mike Adams: "I find a lot of the
vegetarian foods, or so-called health foods, use yeast extracts.

Dr. Blaylock: The worst of the things they're doing are the soy extracts. Soybeans, naturally, have one of the highest glutamate levels of any of the plant products. When you hydrolyze it, you release the glutamate, such as with the soy protein isolates. The glutamate levels are higher than a lot of what you'll find in other MSG-contaning products, yet the vegetarians are just eating it like it's the healthiest thing in the world. There was a 25-year study done, which looked at people who consumed the most
soy products, and they followed them for 25 years and did serial CT scans of their brain. They found out that the people who consumed the most soybean products had the greatest incidence of dementia and brain atrophy. These people are destroying their nervous system, and I talked to a lot of them who complained of severe
migraine headaches. I said, "Get off the soy," and they do, and that migraine headache goes away. In addition, you have very high manganese
levels, which is toxic to the very same part of the brain that produces Parkinson's. You've got a mixture of toxins with soy products, and the people think they are eating a healthy, nutritious product. It's destroying their nervous system, as well as other organs."

There are so many vegan foods that don't use soy. Say "yes" to vegan, but try to say "no" to soy.

terrific site: The Dodo  (read the article shown above)

highlights from the 2017 Animal Rights conference in alexandria, VA

VeryVegelicious can help you get started on a meat free diet. They offer cooking instruction, grocery store tours and consultation.

How do you feed 7 billion (and growing) people? Not with meat. Bill Gates is excited about meat analogues, and has invested in Beyond Meat. On his blog, Gatesnotes, it states that it takes up to 14.4 times more grain to produce a kilogram of protein from meat as it does from Beyond Meat. Mr. Gates has also invested in Hampton Creek Foods, which will be selling an egg alternative and vegan mayo. The food industry likes the egg alternative because it costs 18% less than eggs, and is cholesterol free.

Goûter logo

In Lancaster, Ohio is an innovative new vegetarian cafe / playspace for kids / coffee shop / juice and smothie bar / art gallery / gathering place, named The Well. facebook page

Dr. Gabriel Cousens recommends carnosine for vegetarians and vegans. In fact, he says even meat eaters are usually deficient in it. The one he likes is Carnosine from Quantum Nutrition Labs. It's a powder, but has almost no taste. so you can mix it with a little water, and it doesn't taste bad.

The vitamin B12 Dr. Cousens likes is Perque Activated B-12 Guard. If you read the reviews, it seems to work quickly and help offset fatigue well.

Recomended by Joel Fuhrman, MD is taurine. Here's the one I like:
Solgar Taurine 500mg 100 Vegetable Capsules

Another great source for vegan nutrition is Jameth Sheridan. He formulates the Health Force Nutritionals products. His Healthforce Vitamineral Earth Powder is a terrific healing food. It incorporates herbs used in traditional formulas like the Essiac formula, but brings it up to the 21st century with what we now know are foods to support optimum health. I love making a hot broth with it as the label suggests. But if you're in a hurry, you can mix it with cold water.

Vitamin D Vegan from Nordic Naturals is made from lichen, not sheeps' wool.

For other vitamins, Deva Vegan Vitamins are a good choice.

Finding gluten free foods that are vegan, and taste good, can be difficult. Nature's Path is a leader in this regard, and provided this list of foods that are both vegan and gluten free:

Nature's Path Crunchy Maple Sunrise
Nature's Path Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise
Nature's Path Whole O's
Nature's Path Mesa Sunrise
Nature's Path Mesa Sunrise with Raisins
Nature's Path Crisy Rice
Nature's Path Envirokidz Gorilla Munch
Nature's Path Envirokidz Leapin' Lemurs
Nature's Path Envirokidz Koala Crisp
Nature's Path Envirokidz Panda Puffs

Nature's Path Qi'a Superfood Original Flavor
Nature's Path Qi'a Superfood Apple Cinnamon Flavor
Nature's Path Qi'a Superfood Cranberry Vanilla Flavor 

Nature's Path Homestyle Waffles
Nature's Path Buckwheat Waffles
Nature's Path Chia Plus Waffles

The Homestyle Waffles are very good, by the way.

Fairfax County residents can watch Healthy Food Happy You On Cox cable channel 10. Episodes are archived on their Youtube channel.

Ever wonder why food trucks and vendor carts serve such unhealthy food? Well, out Leesburg way is a new business that might be a great model for anyone that's ever thought about starting a food truck... The Randy Radish.


Sacha Vida oil
DC VegFest highlights

vegan cosmetics:
Beauty without Cruelty
Ecco Bella
Gabriel Cosmetics
Urban Decay

vegan coupons

Vegetarian Society of the District of Columbia

Get a free 40 page eating at area restaurants guide from VegDC

  About Hexane in Soy Vegetarian Foods; why you must avoid hexane extracted soy. excellent chart from

also: the good and bad (hexane-wise) nutrition bars, from Cornucopia

Good gluten free vegan recipes at

Tons of restaurant reviews of vegan food at the Veracious Vegan   photos

Choosing Raw has DC related posts.

Did you know lots of speakers use tweeters made from silk? Here's some alternatives.

 Food for Life offers you a way to provide food relief in disaster areas that is vegetarian or vegan.











 PCRM's cooking classes

gluten free wrap

Gluten free wrap

Super Curry Sandwich Spread

kale powder plus peanut butter

Add kale powder to nut butter for a healthier spread. It just makes the nut butter taste milder. This is Eclectic Institute Kale POW-der.

coconut breakfast "cereal"

Gluten Free Coconut Uncereal Cereal

vegan pizza

Pizza with Daiya Vegan Cheese

Salad with Curried Tempeh

Soy-Free Vegetarian Chili

Curried cauliflower and potatoes (Aloo Gobi) 

Health supporting brown rice kimchi recipe

Raw avocado zucchini soup recipe

MSG-Free Italian dressing recipe

Yum-Pur Smoothie: frozen wild blueberries, organic coconut milk, walnut pieces

Raw vegan pesto

Raw vegan alfredo sauce

Raw vegan vanilla cashew yogurt

Raw vegan blueberry banana yogurt



Great recipes from Alicia Silverstone's site


John McDougall. MD "Why People Get Sick"




You can print out beautiful images of foods to eat/avoid that accompany Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes


A small selection of meals prepared by The Vegetable Garden are available in the refrigerated section of My Organic Market.





Not a vegetarian but want to to give it a try and don't know what to eat?

These are a few that are most anybody will like:

Yuan Fu:
(Mock) Chicken with cashews

General Tso's Surprise

Vegetable Garden:
Lentil soup is outstanding





















































































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