DC Noodles

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    ( 3 reviews )

Serves meat, vegan options available. Thai noodle restaurant where you choose the type of noodles and the protein you'd like for your order, including the options of crispy or regular tofu. Specify no egg. The vegan appetizers are: taro spring rolls, pumpkin empanada, edamame, garden rolls, and green Thai salad. Tea is served in tall glass accompanied by a dispenser of sweetener syrup so you could sweeten to your taste. Delivers in the evening. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11:00pm, Sun 11:30am-10:30pm.

Categories: Ovo, Thai, Delivery, Take-out, Asian, Fusion, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by MerryRose

Deceptive Labeling - Edit

Vegans/Vegetarians beware - this is another in the frustrating trend of restaurants marking items "vegan/vegetarian" in order to bring in business, either not knowing, or not caring, what it actually means for food to be vegan/vegetarian.

We came to DC Noodles after seeing the good reviews from vegans on HappyCow and Yelp. We saw that the pad see ew was marked vegan, and the menu said "vegan items will exclude egg," so I asked the waitress just to confirm that the dish had no fish or oyster sauce. She responded immediately that it did have oyster sauce, but that they could tailor dishes to diners' allergies. Hearing this, my partner stepped in and asked if we could order the pad see ew without egg or oyster sauce. The waitress responded no, that oyster sauce was part of the preparation of the dish and that they were not, in fact, able to change that dish. This means that at least one dish - clearly marked vegan on DC Noodles' menu - is not, and cannot be made, vegan or even vegetarian.

Not wanting to go through this deceptive runaround with the entire menu, we just played it safe and ordered edamame and garden rolls. These were fine, but nothing we couldn't have made at home much cheaper. Overall, it was a really disappointing experience; diners with dietary restrictions (at least ones that want to have some semblance of a social life outside of their own kitchen) have to put their trust into restaurants, and it's frustrating to find establishments, like this one, that abuse that trust.

Cons: Deceptive veg*n labeling

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Very good, many options - Edit

After a previous reviewer said there were a lot of vegan options, I looked at their menu online. Don't be alarmed--their online menus don't appear to indicate much vegan fare, but their menu in the restaurant is very clearly vegan marked and there are in fact a variety of options in every category. I had the noodle soup with spicy broth, tofu, and rice vermicelli noodles, which was delicious. Waitress was able to answer right away about which items were vegan that I was unsure about. Nice option for us very close to home.

Pros: Plenty of options, not expensive for area

Cons: Many meat options

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Delicious food, lovely presentation - Edit

I went here with my parents before seeing a show in DC and I must say it was wonderful. I was shocked at how many vegan options there were (all marked with a vegan symbol) not only in the main dishes, but appetizers as well. My mom and I split the veggie roll appetizer which was 2 large spring roll type rolls with rice paper, greens, carrots, rice noodles, and some kind of spiralized beet that came with a really good Thai peanut sauce for dipping. For main dishes I got the noodle salad with wide rice noodles and tofu (also came with bean sprouts, onion, peanuts, and some kind of a sauce) and my mother got the vegan pad see ew with tofu. Our waitress was very sweet and we didn't have to wait long for our food. We got there fairly early in the evening so it wasn't very crowded, but as we were leaving more and more people were arriving which is a good sign. The atmosphere is very modern and eclectic with art installations right in the restaurant. I will definitely make this one of my go-to spots for Thai food!

Pros: fast service, delicious food, clearly labeled vegan options

Cons: not the cheapest

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