Fans of fine food, especially of the vegan variety, went into a tizzy when word came last month that the chefs behind Philadelphia's acclaimed plant-based Vedge restaurant were opening a concept in Washington. Their street-food-themed V Street won't arrive until late fall, so be patient.
In the meantime, if you're looking to get your fix of satisfying food free of meat, eggs or dairy, you've got plenty of options. Here's a sampling of local spots that are exclusively vegan:
Elizabeth's Gone Raw: Once a week, this downtown venue offers a tasting menu of minimally cooked vegan fare, with such creations as a cauliflower terrine with kelp caviar and yellow pepper-turmeric sorbet. 1341 L St. NW.
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.
Sticky Fingers: A longtime staple on the vegan scene, this bakery offers a large menu of sweets (cakes, cookies, muffins, etc.) and casual savory fare. (There's a sister diner, Fare Well, on H Street NE.) 1370 Park Rd. NW.