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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/06/2012

D.C. Meat-Free Week; Valentine’s Day plans: Restaurant Recap

The award -winning cupcakes at Sticky Fingers Bakery, a vegan eatery. (Jahi Chikwendiu - The Washington Post)
The D.C. foodie scene gives a special nod to all things veggie this week — it’s D.C. Meat-Free Week, a good reason to check out the district’s notable vegan and vegetarian fare.

I’m not a card-carrying vegetarian, but I often get my vegan fix at Cafe Green and its sister restaurant Java Green (I’m a fan of the jobche noodles). In honor of the vegetarian-themed week, I may finally make that trip to Sticky Fingers to try their award-winning cupcakes (pictured above).

If you’re eager to hit the meat-free circuit this week, check out Going Out Guide’s recommendations for best vegan/vegetarian food in the D.C. area. Looking for something to really sink your teeth into? Try one of the veggie burgers on this list. I love the one at Science Club).

And let us not forget that something called Valentine’s Day happens next week, and it’s time to make plans if you haven’t already. This roundup is a good place to start, whether you’re a Valentine’s Day traditionalist or plan to don an all-black ensemble and celebrate in an “ironic” way.

Per Restaurant Recap tradition, let me know in the comments if you’ve had any notable restaurant visits lately. On Friday, I went to Jack Rose Dining Saloon. The drinks were delicious — I had a Moscow mule (one of my favorite cocktails) and a fruity take on a Pimm’s Cup. Post food critic Tom Sietsema warned that the drinks were the real draw here and that was definitely consistent with my experience. Next time, I’ll stick to the bar.

Recently reviewed:

Go Fish food truck's crabby melt. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
Go Fish | Various (it’s a food truck) | 855-529-3474

Pork Barrel BBQ | 2312 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301 | 703-822-5699

Seasonal apple cobbler at the recently renovated Evening Star Cafe. (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)
Evening Star Cafe | 2000 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22303 | 703-549-5051

Italian Store | 3123 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA 22201 | 703-528-6266

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