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3 Vegan/Veggie Eats in the Shaw Area of Washington, DC

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Shaw is an area of Northwest DC rich in African American culture and vibrancy. Whether you are a student attending Howard University or a tourist visiting the Howard Theatre or Bens Chili Bowl, Shaw is the place to be. For those who want to do more than just eat click here for a list of attractions in the area. But for those who just want to eat, below are 3 vegan/veggie eats in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC.

NUVEGAN CAFÉ (2928 Georgia Ave. NW)

Our mission is to expose your taste buds to the undeniably refreshing and delicious nature of eating natural. - NuVegan Café
Vegan chick'n drummies, vegan mac and cheese and sweet potatoes/yams Choo and Roo

NuVegan Café is a Black owned vegan restaurant that continue to grow and expand beyond DC. We love the vegan chick’n drummies, vegan Mac & cheese and sweet potatoes/yams (pictured). And…we really like the vegan fried steak, garlic kale and Thai noodles as well. So flavorful! Click here to visit their website to learn more!

OYSTER OYSTER (1440 8th St. NW)

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Oyster Oyster calls itself a “vegetable forward restaurant” in the heart of Shaw. Adapted by Chef Rob Rubba, they are all about sustainability and offer amazing seasonal dishes.

Click here to read an amazing post by Resy with more details on the origin of Oyster Oyster. Also, be sure to visit the website to check out their menu!


The mission of Turning Natural is to bring better choices to communities that are underserved; making healthy foods affordable, cool, and ultimately taste like magic! -Turning Natural
Happy Hemp and Nipsey Blue smoothiesChoo and Roo

Turning Natural is a Black owned juice bar but more importantly they state they are “a health movement.” Annette Turner, the late mother of the current owner Jerri Evans, started Turning Natural after being diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer. Following her passing in 2010, her daughter Jerri now continues to uplift the importance of healthy living through Turning Natural.

Not only do they offer a wide array of amazing juices and smoothies, but they also offer vegan food such as black bean burgers or spinach patties. We ordered the Happy Hemp & Nipsey Blue smoothies and are looking forward to trying their foods! Turning Natural has locations throughout various DC neighborhoods—Capitol Hill, Shaw and Anacostia. Click here to visit their website to learn more!

Have you been to any of these restaurants before? If so, what’s your go to dish or what do you plan to get? Let us know in the comments below!

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