By Amy Moeller | April 6, 2016 | Food & Drink
Whether you live by a plant-based diet or not, DC has a host of vegan dishes worth trying. Here are five to sample this season.
This hearty and richly flavored dish at Bloomingdale’s The Royal features a whole avocado that has been spiced, grilled, and served atop a bowl of red quinoa, along with yellow and green lentils marinated and mixed with scallions, cilantro, mint, and parsley. Packed with a hearty, rich flavor and buttery texture, the dish is completed with a house-made vinaigrette crafted out of ground pumpkin seeds. 501 Florida Ave. NW, 202-332-7777
Newly opened Palette 22 offers a popular seafood alternative dubbed Vegan Ceviche, a light dish made up of vegetables like cauliflower, carrot, avocado, and onion, plus lime, Cholula sauce, and spices. 4053 Campbell Ave., Arlington, 703-746-9007
For delicious Southeast Asian fare, check out Doi Moi’s house-made tofu and mushroom curry with eggplant, heart of palm, and fiddlehead fern. 1800 14th St. NW, 202-733-5131
Feel free to join your carnivorous friends for dinner at Joe’s, which offers a roasted cauliflower steak with fennel, apple, and cilantro. 750 15th St. NW, 202-489-0140
At Chaia, all of the tacos can be made vegan-friendly (with the exception of the creamy potato and kale). Right now, the current favorite of owner Bettina Stern is the vegan version of the butternut squash taco with caramelized onions. “It’s just as good vegan as it is soused up with chipotle yogurt sauce and cheese,” says Stern. “The flavors in the filling are so outstanding that they set this taco apart.” 3207 Grace St. NW, 202-333-5222
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY doi moi; FLICKER USER MORGAN H. (Chaia)