From all the reviews and articles, I expected this restaurant to be a bit more welcoming. However, it has its appeal for the veg folks. Located just a wee bit south of Dupont Circle, it's a local choice that could have you breathing a sigh of relief from the busy body feel north or a bit further south of this eatery. There is a good number of outdoor tables, and there's a bar downstairs in the basement for happy hour specials and evening convocations.
The menu allows you to pick whatever suits the time of day, like pizza, quiche, soup, salad, pastries, lattes and alcoholic drinks, of course. The "DC" in the name is a tribute to what seems like a local focus on sourcing ingredients and keeping it a DC-based business. That's great for locavores!
Vegetarians will be happier here than vegans, but, for vegans, there is always the vegan pizza (Jodi) with homemade crust (white flour), hummus and roasted veggie sandwich (ask for vegan bread - not all the breads are vegan), vegan chili, and if you're lucky, a vegan entree, soup or daily special. The focus on local ingredients demands this place to change it's menu regularly, so you can go back and always try something new. This place is also more of the traditional vegetable focus vegetarian approach rather than laying on the fake meat all over (except for the every day available pepperoni on the vegan pizza).
None of the staple salads are vegan off the menu, but you can ask to hold this or that (i.e. cheese, dressing) to veganize it.
They also have vegan yogurt parfaits for brekkie or a quick to go bite. The yogurt may vary, but hopefully it stays So Delicious Coconut Milk - soooo good! Oh, and of course, for the morning or anytime you need a pick me up, the lattes and espresso drinks can easily be made with soy milk or almond milk - mmm… almond milk latte. It's not listed, so ask. Also, ask if they have any vegan baked goods. Again, with a high degree of rotation, the new items of what's vegan and fresh for the day/ week are hidden unless you ask!
Cons: Menu salads not automatically vegan, Could have a few more vegan items