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Five meat-free D.C. dishes you’ll like more than a stem cell burger

As news of the $330,000 lab-created frankenburger makes the rounds today, our appetites turned to D.C. dishes made entirely without the use of test tubes. If stem-cell sausage has you feeling like shunning meat -- faux or otherwise -- for a while, we've rounded up five meat-free D.C. dishes to eat right now.

The Cairo at Sundevich.  (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

The Cairo at Sundevich
The Blagden Alley sandwich shop's lone vegan sandwich isn't anything like your average ho-hum hummus sammie, thanks to crunchy walnuts, fresh parsley and the snap of pickled cauliflower, carrots and other veggies.

Taqueria Nacional's squash blossom tacos
The marigold-colored blossoms are in season. While they last, the T Street NW taqueria just off the 14th Street corridor is stuffing them with cheese, frying them to order and serving them crisp on soft tortillas with your choice of toppings. Go with the pickled veggies, cilantro and onion.

Ghibellina's Bianca pizza
The rustic Italian restaurant's wood-fired Bianca is covered in verdant rapini, sizzling Calabrian chilis and, thankfully, absolutely no stem cells.

The Bianca at Ghibellina. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)
The Bianca at Ghibellina. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washignton Post)

Casa Luca's Ravioli San Leo
This deceptively heavy-sounding dish at Fabio Trabocchi's latest restaurant looks as light as a spring garden and tastes like one, too. Stuffed inside delicate pockets of house-made pasta is a mix of ricotta and greens, but it's the combination of lemon zest, delicate almonds and a lovely thatch of the anise-scented Italian wild herb nepitella that makes this vegetarian dish to-die-for.

Mockingbird Hill's bread with tomato
Curing hams are decorative accents at Shaw's new sherry bar, so if you're not a fan of meat, perhaps Mockingbird Hill isn't an ideal choice. But if you'll go anywhere for a good dish, the bread with tomato and garlic is addictive -- even better if you pair it with a plate of manchego cheese dusted with coffee and served with honey.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.



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