More Vegan Cuisine in Montgomery County, Maryland

Terri Carr

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Since readers seemed to like my last article about Outrageously Good Plant-Based Takeout in Montgomery County, MD, I thought I might as well share my thoughts on a few other local eateries with outstanding vegan menus.

Vegans and omnivores alike will come away satisfied.

St. Veg

Fallsgrove Village Center, 14929 Shady Grove Rd, Unit M, Rockville, MD

This tiny locally-owned cafe gets top billing not only for freshly made organic food but for their 100% vegan menu. A rare find in most places, including the DMV.

With limited staff, a place like this might be tempted to lean on pre-packaged fake meat products to fill out their menu. But St. Veg doesn’t use any pre-made foods at all. Their entire menu is made from scratch in small batches.

Several of their dishes use as a base their ‘shredded medley’, a mixture of tofu, jicama, yam and bean noodles.

This medley works well in their hearty Summer Rolls and the Shredded Medley Banh Mi sandwich. Next trip, I plan to try the Cauliflower Bites and maybe the Mumbai Bowl made with potato-chickpea koftas covered in a spicy, creamy coconut cashew sauce.

I haven’t tried their Pho yet, but it’s also on my list since the menu boasts that their broth is made with “fresh vegetables, herbs and exotic spices simmered in filtered water for 4 - 5 hours!

In addition to being entirely plant-based, their menu caters to gluten-free and nut-free diets. It looks pretty kid-friendly too with Tater Tots, Veg Puffs as well as the Cauliflower Bites.

Takeout containers are made from compostable containers.

Busboys & Poets, 235 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC

As you’ll notice from the address above, this restaurant is actually in Washington, DC, not in Maryland. However, since it is literally a 1 minute walk from the restaurant’s front door to the Maryland line, I’m including it on this list.

The other reason I’m including it is because the food is so damn good! My favorite thing on the menu is the Vegan Egg Wrap. Made with ground tofu, onion, tomato, spinach, vegan sausage and vegan cheese swaddled in a spinach wrap, it’s a filling meal that satisfies on all levels.

Unlike a lot of restaurants that feature vegan entrees amidst primarily meat-centered dishes, B&P has about a dozen regular vegan dishes to choose from.

Their other plant-based dishes include Quinoa Salad, Falafel Salad, Tempeh Panini, Portobello Panini and Grilled ‘Cheese’ Sandwich.

In addition to fantastic food, Busboys & Poets features fantastic ambiance for book lovers and gift givers. Through a partnership with Washington DC’s famed Politics and Prose Bookstore, this restaurant is part bookstore, featuring a curated selection of books, magazines and gifts you can peruse before or after you eat.

There’s also an onsite event space where they offer author talks and readings in non-Corona times, so keep an eye on that for future reference. I’ve attended a couple of their events including one for Vegan author, Dustin Harder, creator of the cookbook Simply Vegan.

Sweetgreen

Pike & Rose, Rockville and Bethesda Row, Bethesda

With several locations throughout the DMV, Sweetgreen is one of the healthiest fast casual chains. They use locally sourced foods to make robust salads and grain bowls.

This is a popular lunch spot for the office crowd. You’ll have your choice of whole grains, leafy greens, potatoes and salad vegetables combined with homemade dressings like Lime Cilantro Jalapeno Vinaigrette and Miso Sesame Ginger dressing.

Round it out with your choice of baked falafel, roasted sesame tofu, edamame or a non-vegan protein such as eggs, chicken or steelhead fish. For more variety, their dishes also include cheese, nuts and small amounts of fruit.

Naked Lunch, vegan lunch counter inside Mom’s Organic Market

Rockville and Gaithersburg

Mostly veggie & grain bowls topped with flavorful homemade dressings. They also have a homemade black bean burger and a fabulous mediterranean potato bowl. But my favorite is the Cauliflower Tacos, roasted cauliflower and chickpeas, sprinkled with shredded kale and topped with your choice of cashier crema, salsa or Buffalo sauce.

So as you can see, you have quite a few plant-based takeout options just in Montgomery County. I still haven’t covered them all, though.

So stay tuned for installment 3 sometime soon!

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