Beefsteak - Dupont

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1528 Connecticut Ave NW (at Dupont D.C.), Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20036

Serves meat, vegan options available. Quick service eatery with multiple DC outlets, this one est. Jun 2016. First choose leafy greens or a grain and then add vegetables, which can be blanched if you want, and then other toppings like sprouts, seeds, nuts, etc. A few sauces are vegan. Meats are chicken and fish. Open Mon-Sun 10:30am-10:00pm.

Category: Lacto, Ovo, American, Fast food, Salad bar, Juice bar, Take-out, Non-veg

Reviews (2)

First Review by cookiem

Focus is on Vegetables, not Vegetarians - Edit

Beefsteak is OK. Everyone seems to think this is a vegan’s dream, but that’s not totally the case. Rather, this is a restaurant focused on vegetables (if that sounds wacky, the celebrity chef behind Beefsteak, Jose Andres, is a pretty wacky guy). My husband, who isn’t vegetarian, actually loves this place more than I do.

You can order a bowl off the menu or create your own. As far as I know, none of the pre-made bowls are vegan as is. So you’re going to make your own. You can select as many veggies as you want and then select a grain, sauce, toppings, etc. It is pretty exciting that there’s no limit to how many types of veggies that you get. The bowls tend to be huge and very, very filling. And I have a big appetite!

They also have the beefsteak tomato burger. They’ve told me this is vegan- I emailed to ask about this, particularly because you can’t tell otherwise if the bun is vegan. The mayo is Just Mayo brand. It’s really good but not so filling. Also, it’s seasonal- in the winter it’s a slice of beat instead of a slice of tomato. I recommend adding avocado, but of course this is extra.

Nothing is marked as vegan on the menu, which is pretty annoying, if only because not labeling vegan items is VERY unusual for a fast casual/create-your-own restaurant in DC. Just on this one block of Connecticut Ave. there are two other fast casual restaurants with well-marked vegan ingredients (Sweetgreen, Shop House).

Pros: Large portions, Unlimited types of vegetables

Cons: Menu doesn't denote vegan items


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Salad and Steam Bowls - Edit

This place is a fast, casual dining choice that helps keep you focused on veggies. I just wish it went all the way and kept it all veg, since, really, the meat choices look pretty sad.

There are a few pre-made mixes of ingredients, or, you can make-your own. Most people choose the latter. For $1 more, you can steam your vegetables... personally, I think the salad is a better idea, especially because it's $1 cheaper. They also have lots of beverages from wine to green juice, they have gazpacho and carrot miso, and they have potato chips.

Lots of fresh veggies galore - but, they say it will depend on the season. Sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, snow peas, green beans, red onions, etc. After you pick the veggies, you can add sauce, some fresh toppings like tomatoes, sprouts or radishes, among other items, but not the kimchi - it has fish sauce.

Add on some crunchies, maybe a liquid cold dressing like soy ginger or sherry vinaigrette. The cost is decent if you pile on the veggies. The other items are limited to how many you can top on your salad or bowl before they charge you.

If in doubt about something's veg*n nature, just ask.

Good concept for a new player in the salad and bowl scene in DC.

Pros: Fresh veggies, Juice freshly pressed

Cons: Label doesn't mark vegan items, Needs more sauces/ dressings


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