HipCityVeg: This Philadelphia import puts a vegan twist on fast-food staples. Its signature Crispy HipCity Ranch is a pretty good riff on a fried chicken sandwich. 712 Seventh St. NW.
NuVegan Cafe: Formerly Woodland's Vegan Bistro (and before that, Everlasting Life Cafe), the menu here features an array of comfort and soul food-inspired options, from fried chick'n and lasagna to mac and cheese and collard greens. 2928 Georgia Ave.; 8150 Baltimore Ave., College Park.
Postmodern Foods: In addition to a line of juices, this organic operation has a repertoire that includes sushi, collard wraps and desserts. 762B Walker Rd., Great Falls.
Shouk: A pita-based shop with Middle Eastern flair that doesn't use the word “vegan.” The veggie burger may be the best in Washington. 655 K St. NW.
Soupergirl: You'll find filling, interesting soups, plus salads and sandwiches, at this pair of shops. Some of the best offerings are in the summer, when there's a variety of refreshing gazpachos. 314 Carroll St. NW; 1829 M St. NW.