Everlasting Life Restaurant

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 19 reviews )
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301-324-6900
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9185 Central Ave, Capitol Heights, Maryland, USA, 20743

Organic market, bakery, deli, juice bar, and sit-down dining. Food is vegan soul food, hot and cold dishes. Located in Kingdom Square formerly known as Hampton Mall. Previously named Everlasting Life Soul Vegetarian. Also manages a vegan food truck serving the Washington DC area - see website. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-7:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Buffet, Fast food, Juice bar, Take-out

Reviews (19)

First Review by ahaus829

Best Food Ever - Edit

This place was out of this world good! Not only were the chicken drumsticks so deceptively realistic as to make me question for a moment whether or not they were real, but the cashew macaroni and cheese was the best macaroni and cheese I've ever had. We will definitely be back!

Pros: cake, juice, soul food

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this place is awesome - Edit

I hope it expands across the country

Pros: soul food , vegan

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Customer service needs improvement. Food is limited. - Edit

The first time I came to Everlasting, I had a pleasurable experience. The collards were okay, the cornbread was dry, the string beans were delicious and the mac was the best vegan mac I've had. The brownie was fair and jumbo chocolate chip cookies were delicious! I hadn't bought sweets out in so long, apprehensive of egg and butter. This was all I bought as I do not eat much soy or tofu, which is in many of the entrees here, so I made a meal of sides. Each day offers a new menu, so I decided to return on Sunday for the vegetable lasagna (no soy or tofu). I arrived at about 2 PM to about 5 'fish' patties, some maple curry wings and little to nothing more. I inquired about the lasagne and was told there was none left. I asked when more would be made and the server shrugged and commenced to dancing to a song. I said, you all close at 7, what will your patrons eat when this runs out? Again, she shrugged, this time with an actual response. It depends on "them back there" (I'm assuming she's referencing the cooks). Wow! The lack of professionalism is sad. The woman with a headdress is fine, but if you see a female with blonde hair - I hope your experience is better than mine. I don't know if I'll be returning or sending anymore people this way because I can't guarantee what they will walk into. For me, it was a wasted twenty mile trip.

Pros: Mac, jumbo cookies, cakes

Cons: Food is limited, poor customer service

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Fantastic! (Updated Review) - Edit

Updated Review: I stopped in again since I was in the area (dog groomer is nearby). I got bbq "chicken" drumsticks, collards, cabbage, Rising Sun drink, and a slice of carrot cake ($23). Again, portions are huge so I can't eat it all in one sitting.

The food this time was excellent so maybe I just hit it on an "off" day the last time. The sauce on the jackfruit drumsticks was amazing and the cabbage was insanely tender and tasty. You can't even tell the frosting on the carrot cake is non-dairy.

Old Review: I stopped here because I was in the area. Staff was polite and explained the dishes I couldn't identify. I paid $21 for a ginger root drink, 1 entree + side, small garlic kale salad, and a brownie. That being said, I couldn't even eat it all because it was very filling.

The garlic kale is really good if you like garlic. The collard greens were good but nothing time write home about, and the jackfruit "chicken" drumsticks were tasty and well cooked. The brownie was very good.

All in all, I'll return simply to support a small vegan business, but I prefer food with more seasoning and flavor. Everything was good but nothing was great.

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-04

Pros: Clean, Vegan/Vegetarian Options Aplenty, Conveniently located

Cons: Little pricey

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Unusual Gem - Edit

A soul food restaurant that also hosts a radio station. Mood is relaxed and spacious. I wonder if this is run by a local church. They also sell their own juice mixes. A rolling menu that changes daily makes this a interesting choice.

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All plant based soul food - Edit

Wow, what a find this place was! I stopped here for lunch and tried the
Southern Fried Steak and Macaroni, I was so delicious I ordered the BBQ Drumsticks to take home.

Pros: 100% Plant Based

Cons: the location was a bit off

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great local vegan - Edit

I'm learning what I like and don't like in vegan food and this restaurant gives a good variety for me to explore.

Daily set menu for each day of the week.

Today, I had kale greens, cashew Mac & cheese (I prefer this one. They also have a soy Mac & cheese.), and Jerk Mock Chicken with rice. Huge portions allow for 2 meals.

There is also a cold bar for pre-mixed salads, cooler of juices, freezer for sorbet, and a dessert stand for cakes and cookies. They also offer smoothies and burrito bowls, which I keep forgetting to try.

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Health Food - Edit

Best kept secret to good health ... was diabetic before making Everlasting Life's cuisine my diet. They offer great tasting vegan soul food plus raw vegan items.

Pros: Food cooked fresh dialy, In business longer than others, 100% vegan

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Good Food, Friendly Staff - Edit

This restaurant was not what I expected, but I was happy once I understood what they were. It is pretty much like a buffet bar, but they serve you into takeout trays. You can take your food to the other side and seat yourself and eat. Their food variety changes daily. They have an incerdible veggie bowl which you can choose your add ons, much like Chipotle. The vegan sour cream was great, also they have vegan cheese. The downside is that the food is in the warming tray a long time and can get mushy... I got a mushy eggplant dish one day. The desserts are awesome, but not made in house. The mac n cheeze and their lo mein was good too! I went back the whole time I was in town.

Pros: All Vegan, Awesome Veggie (Chipotle Style) Bowl, Tons Of Vegan Desserts

Cons: Food Sits In Chafing Dish For Hours, Everything Comes As Carryout

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Tasty Food Friendly Staff - Edit

Cafeteria style kitchen with a attached dining area
Lots of tofu items
Vegan giant donuts each big enough for two or three people

Pros: Flavor, Staff, Prices

Cons: Oversized Portions, Tofu, Fat

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Best of 6 We Visited in D C - Edit

As a member of a party of 4 who spent this past weekend visiting D C,we divided our energy between the sights and Vegan food we had searched out in advance. All 4 agreed this was our best meal.They offer several entrees, which change daily, and a great range of side dishes.A large plate heaped with 4 choices of sides was about $10.00.Mac & Cheese and spicy tofu points were top favorites. Fried chicken sandwich was incredible, and called for a 2nd to share.Samples were generously offered.Place was clean and staff was clearly thrilled with serving excellent Vegan food.

Pros: 100% Vegan, Home cooked, Variety

Cons: Too far from where we live!!

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Worth the trip - Edit

Around the DC vbeltway is a non-descript shopping center. Good selection. And the mac and cheeze- wonderful.

Cons: a little out of the way

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too much nutritional yeast - Edit

Yuck. This place was not what I expected. Needs a makeover and some better cooks. The salad bar was all over seasoned with nutritional yeast. The cucumber salad wasn't even good! How can you mess that up??

Cons: bad value, gross food, too much nutritional yeast

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First Visit Very impressed - Edit

My friend and i were doing a 7 day raw food diet to see how we felt and wanted to go out for food. We found this place and loved it. Had a beautiful smoothing delicious and tofu meal. Enjoyed very much and reasonable price

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A hidden Gem - Edit

My dad's restaurant(non-vegan) is about 5-10 minutes away from here.
I recommend-

bbq tofu
mac n cheese
soft serve
pizza(in a plastic container)
lemon cheesecake

i haven't had much, but what I did have was phenomenal.

btw, A lady at my dad's restaurant that ate the typical american diet tried the mac n cheese and loved it!

Pros: vegan soul food, mac and cheese, soft serve

Cons: sometimes the mac n cheese is out!

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Worth a detour. - Edit

Whenever I return from court appearances in Southern Maryland and Washington, D.C., I do my best to eat at Everlasting Life, respectively, in Capitol Heights and Washington, D.C. Without exception, the people have been wonderful, and the food has been fresh and delicious.

It takes wonderful talent consistently to make healthy, tasty and fresh vegan food, and Everlasting Life hits a homerun. I am a vegan, and first ate here in 2001.

Pros: Vegan, Friendly. , Fresh.

Cons: No cons. Only pros.

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EverPleasing - Edit

Everlasting Life is not a place with a few vegan plates, but 99% - 100% vegan, the 1% percent is depending on your veiw of honey. The servers are nice and informative. The complex often has guest speakers, health siminars, cooking classes and also a live jazz band, on select nights. Everlasting Life is also easy to find, being that it can be seen from I95, at MD Route 214 West.

Pros: Great carryout alternative, monthly vegan cooking class, seminars

Cons: Only 2 stores in D.C. Metro area, Complex is 1/3 the size that it once was, no longer has grocery store

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No worries choosing what to eat - Edit

The first time I tried this place, I wasn't aware it was totally vegan so I asked about ingredients in everything. My faves are the Mac and Cheese (it's the best), BBQ tofu, and the incredible variety of cold salads (potato, macaroni, bean curd, mung bean, kale and on and on). Lots of non vegan customers looking for the organic or healthy sources of food go here. They recently changed the format to offer a daily ethnic choice. Chinese, Tex/Mex, etc.

Pros: 100% vegan, friendly staff, vegan softserve

Cons: only one in MD

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One of the Best - Edit

The "Soul Veg" family of stores are simply some of the best vegan establishments out there. It is so nice to go in and know that I can order anything off the menu. The Brunch is the best I've ever been to. The Mac'n'Cheese is the best I've ever had--vegan or otherwise. I wish I could eat here every day!

Pros: Good value, 100% Vegan!

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