Food.Fun.Stuff: Vegetarian Take Over

[ 0 ] June 24, 2009 |

Tis’ the season to be…vegetarian. The District has taken a sprint in the Vegetarian menu options and many restaurants are realizing not everybody wants a big hunk of meat to be the base of a great meal. There are options out the wazoo for patrons to enjoy a seasonal, flavorful meal without having to simply resort to tofu and eggplant dishes. While dining with a vegetarian (*of 20+ years) recently, we were sad to find that the vegetarian menu option is usually only one dish (*That is on a menu that will contain fifty other non-vegetarian menu options…) and says something like “Vegetarian Platter”, which is pretty vague and usually contains some dried up vegetables accompanied by over/under cooked starches. Glad to see the areas top chefs saw a need to fix this problem.

The Source Executive Chef, Scott Drewno, has twisted his Spicy Tuna Tartare dish into seasame-miso cones with house-made vegetable tartare, avocado (*We have a thing for avocado after visiting Rosa Mexicano on the National Harbor…very weird for us…) and asparagus. Proof has created some cool meatless dishes that include Spring onion/ramp soup and Warm Hen of Woods mushroom quiche (*Watch it with quiche if you’re on a diet, it Will win the weight gain war…). The Evening Star Cafe Executive Chef Will Artley (*We love this chef, his personal style matches his cooking style: funky fresh cool) has created a delicious housemade wild mushroom ravioli served with market fresh vegetables and a brown rice and tofu burger served with a fresh herb aioli and marinated tomatoes (*If this wasn’t a creation of Chef Artley, we might question the taste of this eccentric dish…). And for vegetarian pizza options that are not just the normal Margerita style pizza’s, Rustico has a Roasted Mushroom Pizza with Swiss chard and goat cheese. What better time to be a vegetarian than now?? There are a myriad of different restaurants flooding the area with fresh, delectable vegetarian food options. Wonder if we should convert…

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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