Woodlands Vegan Bistro hits the road with mobile soul food

Fans of Georgia Avenue's vegan soul food joint Everlasting Life Cafe no longer have to make the hike past Howard for a crispy fried (faux) chicken sandwich or Marcus Garvey burger. The restaurant's new food truck, Woodlands Vegan Bistro, has hit the streets serving a menu that reads like a hit list of the restaurant's rich, beloved dishes. (Find the truck by following @WoodlandsVB on Twitter.)

Vernon and Mickiyah Woodland launched the Woodlands Vegan Bistro food truck in August 2013. (Photo by Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)
Mickiyah and Vernon Woodland, the owners launched the Woodlands Vegan Bistro food truck quietly on Friday. They say the goal is to be out on the street five days a week.  (Photos by Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

Owners Vernon and Mickiyah Woodland, the owners of Everlasting Life Cafe, say the menu will change regularly, but this week, when I caught it parked outside Verizon

Center, it featured the restaurant's popular vegan fried "chick'n" sandwich ($7), macaroni and cheese and kale salad ($4 each, or can be added to a combo) as well as cupcakes ($2) and made-to-order fresh juices and smoothies ($5).

The Post's Tim Carman reported in June that the ChefDriven food truck would be closing up shop and handing the keys to the Woodlands to launch their vegan food truck. The Woodlands took the opportunity to re-brand their business, which, they say, is no longer connected to a Prince George's County location of Everlasting Life Cafe. The food truck bears the Woodlands Vegan Bistro name, and Vernon Woodland says the restaurant isn't far behind. He says he's not worried about confusion with the vegetarian Indian restaurant Woodlands in Langley Park because the menus are so different.

One thing that hasn't changed? The portions, which still could rival a Thanksgiving dinner. Check out a platter and a typical menu and pricing below.


Vegan fried chicken and homemade barbecue sauce, mac and cheese and the vinaigrette kale salad. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

Woodlands Vegan Bistro menu. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)
Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.
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