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The international chain offers vegetarian burgers and pitas that, if you order them without mayonnaise, contain no meat or dairy products. A nice fast-casual option for groups with just a few vegetarians, and convenient to tourist destinations such as the National Portrait Gallery.

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This Columbia Heights bar is known for beer, but on the food menu, surprisingly, lurks great options for vegans: a home-style lentil burger, vegan chili, ginger-glazed tofu, and brunch options including vegan French toast and a tofu scramble. But it makes sense when you realize this is the sister bar to Adam's Morgan's Asylum, home of a weekly vegan brunch.

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This popular bar is also a vegetarian restaurant, offering a slew of options for vegans, too, including tofu skewers, a quinoa-stuffed mushroom, even a vegan brownie on the dessert menu. But the star is the crunchy, house-made, panko-coated veggie burger, which is packed with vegetables, and served with an addictive side salad.

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The shop has quietly been preparing the sweet treats entirely vegan (pies with apple are the only exception); also on the menu is one addictive tofu-curry savory pie, a popular weekend offering.

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Even vegans can experience the local burger boom at the Counter, where the veggie burger patty is vegan (though sadly, the buns are not). Build on it with dozens of toppings -- the online nutritional information clearly notes which items and sauces are vegan -- and don't forget the sweet potato fries or fried pickles.

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You'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between Yuan Fu's meatless Chinese staples and the real deal. Tea-smoked "goose," five-spice "duck" and General Tso's "chicken" all can be found here.

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This chainlet -- with two Washington locations and one in the Shirlington neighborhood -- is a go-to spot for poetry readings, political activists, and folks who eschew meat, thanks to a memorable, smoky tempeh panini, vegan pizza and other veggie fare.

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Fans of the late, great vegetarian restaurant Udupi will lament the South Indian-themed restaurant's closure in 2010. But its Langley Park neighbor, Tiffin, soldiers on, serving authentic takes on popular vegetarian dishes from Northern and Southern India alongside meat and seafood offerings.

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Washington's first vegan bakery offers cakes, cookies, brownies, danishes and a slew of sandwiches, including the popular "TLT." But the Columbia Heights cafe has transformed since 2010 into a full-fledged vegan restaurant, with hearty quesadillas, gooey grilled "cheese" sandwiches, soups and nachos now on the menu. They even do weddings.

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This Falls Church Thai restaurant is proof that strip malls can yield hidden gems. Duangrat's menu is packed with meat-free versions of popular Thai dishes, including a lime-scented, briny tofu larb, and vegetarian takes on pad thai and fried rice.

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