Eater DC released a list of ’15 Top-Tier Vegan Restaurants Around D.C.’ and four restaurants locate din Montgomery County have made the list. According to the article, “There are chic, upscale tasting menus; homey vegan comfort food spots with hefty, filling plates; and massive, consistent fast-casual chains.“, while also noting that quality vegan meals can be found at many restaurants that didn’t make the list. The four Montgomery County restaurants on the list can be seen below:
PLNT Burger (MoCo locations within Whole Foods in North Bethesda and Silver Spring):
Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn is now focusing on Beyond Meat burgers at his expansion-minded stall planted inside Whole Foods all over the DMV (plus outposts in Pennsylvania, Boston, and New York). PLNT Burger forms plant patties to order and griddles them on a flattop. The burgers get paired with crispy sides like Spanish onion “bloomies” and oat milk soft serve. Order online for pickup or delivery.
This ultra-chic, plant-based restaurant in Bethesda serves up a colorful menu that manages to feel both healthful and indulgent. The Bethesda outpost hums with warm Miami vibes while serving a menu of hits like vegan sushi, fresh juice cocktails, pasta blanketed with a rich and spicy rosé vodka sauce, plus a vegan version of Maryland’s iconic crab dip made with fresh hearts of palm flown in from Hawaii three times a week. Asian-influenced sibling Planta Queen is en route to the West End.
Cielo Rojo (Takoma Park):
David Perez and Carolina McCandless, the owners of this cute cocina in Takoma Park, met while working at San Francisco’s revered vegetarian Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre. A substantial chunk of the menu is vegan, including gorditas, quesadillas stuffed with tequila-sauteed mushrooms or grill cactus, and believable (cashew) cheese and cream.
Shouk (MoCo locations Bethesda and Rockville):
Shouk’s aim is no big deal: It’s just a world-saving mission. This super-casual homegrown shop for modern, all plant-based Israeli street food has four locations in the D.C. area serving standout dishes like oyster mushroom shawarma, filling bowls of hummus, and veggie burgers that aren’t grown in a lab.