Thursday, February 7, 2013

Final D.C. Restaurant Week recommendations

Catching up?  Check out the week's earlier posts for Restaurant Week recommendations from Capital Katie, Appealing Kate and Red, White and Bourbon 

Since I'm the token vegetarian among the Gamma Girls, you'll probably not be shocked to see that my post on Restaurant Week highlights the best veggie-friendly options among participating venues.

Restaurant Week can be a little frustrating for those who don't eat meat or have dietary restrictions.  Set menus mean limited choices, and because vegetarian dishes tend to be cheaper than the rest, oftentimes you leave feeling dissatisfied with your meal or like you didn't get a great deal.  $35 for a salad, vegetable plate "entrée" and scoop of sorbet?  Cool, why don't I just toss my wallet in the Potomac while I'm at it?

But while some establishments may not cater to vegetarians, a good number of them do.  And I've done some research on which have the best veggie options so you don't have to.

Nage, 1600 Rhode Island Ave NW

The menu at Nage is based in French and East Coast American cooking, but with a palette of global flavors. Among the veggie options on the Restaurant Week menu, you'll find potato leek soup and eggplant and potato moussaka. Your carnivorous friends will be happy too; other entrées feature Chesapeake crabcakes, beef bourguignon, and more.

Poste, 555 8th Street NW

Poste is normally quite pricey (even veggie entrées run close to $30), so it's an ideal spot to try for Restaurant Week.  Like Nage, there are tasty options for both vegetarians and carnivores, but I'm most intrigued by the desserts: choose from the banana moon pie, “Hostess” apple pie, or chocolate pot de crème served with Oreo crumble and Chantilly cream.

2941 Restaurant2941 Fairview Park Drive

The food at 2941 is inventive and fun: the Restaurant Week veggie entrée, for example, is yellow corn ravioli with patty pan squash, popcorn foam, and jalapeño.  I don't eat fish, but if I did, I'd definitely check out the first course "Drunken Watermelon" with vodka, shrimp, calamari, mint, basil, and crushed black pepper (the veggie first course is a more standard option of heirloom tomato salad).

Acacia Bistro, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW 

Acacia is one of the few establishments in the Van Ness neighborhood of D.C. that counts as a real restaurant- sorry, Quiznos and Potbellys- and lucky for nearby residents, it's a good one.  The dimly lit but festive wine bar is serving up arugula salad or white bean soup for its Restaurant Week first course, and handmade fettuccine pasta for its veggie main course.

That's all for us on Restaurant Week.  Happy dining!


  1. I can always count on you, Jules, to point my vegetarian feet in the right direction!

    1. Haha, thanks Paul! Gotta look out for my fellow veggies.

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