So the meal above may be the best lunch I have ever day- the best VEGAN lunch I have ever had in DC. My friend and I decided we needed a good, hearty meal after quite the leg workout today (8 weeks before showtime so yeah, the weights may have been a little high and maybe I kinda pushed her limits, but its all about a good booty and strong thighs!). So we jumped in my shiny, white BMW and we drove to Woodlands Vegan Bistro in DC for some vegan soul food. To be honest, I just imagined a bunch of greens and "fake meat". I was so mistaken. Kinda like a cafeteria style, you go back to the restaurant and line up and pick your food. There is a hot side, a salad side, and then sandwiches and burgers. You can mix and match however you like, I did 4 salad sides: the red curry tofu, the garlic kale, artichoke marinated in a tangy onion sauce, and ginger collards. I skipped the desserts, although I did stare at the HUGE slices of vegan cheesecake for like a good 2 minutes. There are other options too, besides salads. It was Sunday so there were brunch options like vegan sausages, scrambled tofu, mac and cheese, pancakes, french toast...There is definitely something for everyone to eat. As for drinks, have water or soda or how about something fabulous like a fresh smoothie made with your option of various dairy free milk (soy, hemp, almond, etc) or fresh vegetable juice.
So after picking up our lunches, we headed to the dining area which had this very cool vibe with simple decor and homeboy at the front playing the keys and singing some jazz. I ate everything off my plate and why not; who feels guilty eating a plate of vegetables?
So I'm already planning my next visit and thinking of making it into a cheat meal and going for a vegan burger and a slice of cake. :o) But, honestly, its not like its a big slab of steak high in fat and cholesterol and their bread is vegan too so... YAY! Hope to see you there soon.
PS: So, drive slow or you might miss this gem. Its on Georgia Ave towards Howard University. If you're like me, its not a neighborhood that I typically visit, so don't be turned away by the fact that its not fancy pants like Georgetown or Dupont Circle and that there's not a Zara or Starbucks around the corner, this restaurant is totally worth visiting.
Woodlands Vegan Bistro
2928 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC, 20001