See the full review and pics at Marty's Flying Vegan Review
Sometimes we fly people somewhere, wait a bit, (or a lot), and fly back. I had about 90 minutes from driving out of the parking lot in a borrowed crew car at IAD, (Dulles Airport), to starting the airplane again. Dulles used to have a place called Hard Times Cafe in, if I remember, Reston, which wasn't too terrible a drive and served a vegetarian chili on top of spaghetti but it's since closed. Now I still don't have a place to eat a vegan meal and satisfy my carnivore coworkers but I was on my own today!!
Happy Cow. Usually it's a complicated analysis, what do I want to eat, what else is there on the menu, yadda yadda, but today it was exclusively a proximity search. 15 minutes away was Lotus Vegetarian. Never been there. Uncharted territory. Never know what you'll find.
As I turned into the street leading to the entrances to several shopping plazas my head was on a swivel looking for this place, annoying the following drivers behind me. Hey, I'm from NY. Do you think that bothers me? I shouldn't have worried. There were several white signs with prominent green letters, the kind you put in your lawn that say, "Vote for Moe!" and it was an easy find.
It was a bright, modern place with booths along the walls and tables in the middle. They have a counter in the rear in front of the open kitchen. I wasn't sure whether it was a cafeteria style order and then sit but they did have table service.
Congratulate me. I didn't order a fried appetizer. I got the steamed dumplings, (which were house made), the General's Tso's Surprise, (the most popular dish), and the Lotus Organic Tofu.
Whole Wheat Steamed or Pan-Fried Dumplings (6)
Filled with minced soy protein, cabbage, zucchini, organic carrots, string beans, shiitake mushrooms and ben thread noodles.
Lotus Organic Tofu
Organic tofu simmered with lotus roots, king oyster mushrooms, sugar peas, red bell peppers, Thai basil and ginger in brown sauce.
General Tso's Surprise
Chunks of soy protein fried till crispy tossed with hot chili sauce. Garnished with steamed broccoli.
I walked over to the kitchen and found out that the proteins all come from California. I wasn't surprised in Provo when I learned that was the source but outside of DC I would have though May Wah on Hester St would have had that market wrapped up. Anyway, I asked to see the diff...
great food, clean, friendly