Cooking an all-vegetarian meal can be challenging enough, but finding a restaurant where kids (who love greens…or need more of them in their life) can eat everything on the menu can be near impossible. We chomped our way through some of the DMV’s crunchiest restaurants and found these six vegetarian and vegan options that are kid-friendly to the max.
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If you have a kiddo with a food sensitivity or allergy, rest assured that they’ll be well-taken care of by this restaurant. Your kids won’t even notice that the Macaroni and “Cheese” is made of brown rice macaroni and gluten-free house-made “cheesy” sauce, the delicious Kids Hummus Platter includes grilled vegetable hummus with veggies and grilled gluten-free flatbread, the green juice is filled with all those foods you can’t get them to eat normally, and the milkshake contains soy whipped “cream.”
5809 Clarksville Square Dr. (Clarksville, MD)
Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant
A staple in Vienna, Sunflower is well-known in the DMV for taking their namesake seriously. In order to make vegetarianism as appealing as possible to diners, Sunflower serves Chinese, Japanese, and Continental style dishes, which means if you have a picky eater, he or she can always order a Vegi Burger Sandwich or Chicken Patty while the rest of the family enjoys dishes like Mizuni Sansai Noodles or Bolognese Sun-Dried Tomato-Mushrooms Herbover Penne.
2531 Chain Bridge Rd. (Vienna, Va)
Photo: Bruce Andrew Peters
One fun aspect of this NoVa eatery is the children’s dining area, which is decorated with images by photographer Bruce Andrew Peters that capture the wildlife of the planet. But the restaurant isn’t just an educational site; it also serves up some of the tastiest vegan kiddie plates like “hot dogs” and “golden nuggets”.
2842 Rogers Drive (Falls Church, VA)
If you’re looking for a cheap, delicious, yet genuine restaurant (and your kids like Pho or noodles), take them to Thanh Van. The place is hard to find, since it’s inside the left side entrance of the Eden Center, but the delicious Vietnamese food is worth it. Good to know: this spot is cash only.
6795 Wilson Blvd. #37 (Falls Church, VA)
If you’re like most vegetarians, you lament the loss of most of your favorite bistros because they never have vegetarian options. NuVegan, however, serves all of the good stuff you miss—Vegan Barbecue Roast, Vegan Curry Chicken, and many other delicious entrees—along with a host of salads, sandwiches, and sides. Plus, they have D.C.’s favorite meal: brunch! When was the last time you had a vegan breakfast burrito?
2928 Georgia Ave., NW (Columbia Heights)
Like Thanh Van, Harmony Café is hidden in the basement of the M street location and is often missed by passersby, but you won’t regret searching for this peaceful, vegetarian, Chinese restaurant. The prices are cheap (especially for Georgetown—$4.95 for a lunch-sized portion of Crispy Eggplant with Black Bean Sauce, and it comes with rice?!?), and unlike most of the restaurants in the area you might be tempted to rest your tired feet after a long morning of shopping, your little vegetarians can eat everything on the menu. This place does serve both meat and vegetarian versions of everything, so make sure to specify.
3287 M St., NW (Georgetown)
Where does your little veggie lover go to get their grub on? Tell us in the Comments section below.
–Kelly Ann Jacobson and Ayren Jackson-Cannady