We've had lots of help from this site over the years and wanted to share our recent experiences in DC. There are lots of great tips already on the boards, but we were only looking for vegan for the adults and pescatarian or halal for the kids. The adults like spicy food and have managed to make our kids somewhat adventurous eaters. We were staying near the White House for a first-time trip to DC, filled with museum visits and sightseeing.
First stop was Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, 1308 G St NW. It was around noon and there was only a short line. We picked up a few of the amazing-looking doughnuts for a snack later: creme brulee, peach melba and dark chocolate boston cream with passion fruit filling. We love Doughnut Plant in New York and these were right up there with inventive flavors and interesting combinations. Around $10 for 3 doughnuts made with the care of fine pastry.
We had been heading to Daikaya, http://www.daikaya.com/ where we split 3 bowls of the vegetable ramen amongst our 4 people, one with extra noodles. Spice Bomb was super spicy and brought a whole new level to the already delicious broth.
For dinner that evening, we went to Zaytinya, http://www.zaytinya.com/
We got an outdoor table reservation for 6 people at 8pm on a Thursday night by calling the restaurant directly around 3pm. The server recommended 2-3 small plates per person, but we went with 1.25 per person and still had food left over at the end. Tons of veg choices, most were delicious, although standouts were Piyaz, a giant white bean dish, and Cauliflower Tiganites.
We started Friday at Founding Farmers, which was already crowded at 9:45am. Not many vegan choices but the server accommodated my converted tomato florentine benedict: swap eggs for avocado, no hollandaise. It was ok, no more than a sum of its parts: toasted english muffin, raw tomato, a few leaves of barely cooked spinach, avocado. No upcharge for avocado, though, which was nice. The kids loved their fancy pancakes: carrot cake and red velvet, and the beignets were lovely.
Lunch was a quick cab ride from the Mall to HipCityVeg, http://hipcityveg.com/
Everything was delicious, plant-based and fast. I had the Jerk Caesar, which wasn't spicy at all, but the caesar dressing was good. Kids had the Ziggy Burger and my husband tried the Buffalo Chik'n sandwich. We all left happy and full.
After a lovely visit to the Museum of American Art just down the road, we did a coffee comparison between Compass Coffee across the street from the Verizon Center and Bakers and Bakers and Baristas a block away. Compass won hands down for coffee, friendliness, and atmosphere. B&B's salty oat cookie had me looking for the recipe on my phone while there.
Dinner was District of Pi, which was ok. They kept loads of people waiting for 20-30 min at the front while half the restaurant sat empty in the back. Servers seemed rushed, and they brought our appetizer, Blazed Veggies (no yogurt dressing for us & server couldn't think of another option available) with the pizzas. Kids liked their basic cheese & red sauce fine. Deep-dish cornmeal crust is vegan but in butter-prepped pans, so we got thin-crust which we prefer. Vegan cheese was a bit too copious & not awesome, but the eggplant topping was spot on.
Saturday lunch was grabbed from a food truck outside the Museum of the American Indian. We had gone inside the museum to eat at Mitsitam, but the only vegetarian option there had cheese on it. So, a couple of samosas from the Punjabi Dhaba food truck filled us up instead.
After the Hirshhorn Museum, we indulged in push-up gelato & sorbet from the Dolcezza cafe in an old shipping container in the courtyard. We tried blueberry lavender gelato, milk chocolate gelato and blueberry lemonade sorbet, which come in little plastic push-up pops I remember from my childhood. They have a few baked goods & Sightglass coffee too.
Dinner was at Busboys and Poets, which is loaded with vegan options. The salads were really good, especially the spinach & wheatberry. My cauliflower sandwich was ok, lacked oomph but was fine. Service was slow and spotty here too.
Our final meal was both surprising and delicious. We found Buredo, https://eatburedo.com/ by looking for something that was open on Sunday afternoon first, and that had a veg option. Their burrito-sized sushi rolls with really inventive fillings were a knockout. We loved both the Budd (plantain in a sushi roll!!) and Pretty Riki, which had a nice spicy kick. Kids enjoyed the Sofie but weren't as keen on the Beatrix. Basil lemonade was more tart and herby than sweet. Everything was fresh, clean and well-presented.
All in all, we found it easy to be vegan in DC & look forward to visiting again.