CLOSED: Goshen - Food Booth

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 4 reviews )



1309 5th St NE (at Union Market), Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20001

Farmers market food booth selling raw vegan food, like kale cocktail, carrot cocktail, beet cocktail, kale salad, and a Goshen salad dressing. Seating is shared with other eateries. REPORTED CLOSED, JUNE 2016.

Categories: Vegan, American, Organic, Take-out, All Raw

4 Reviews

First Review by Saramste

Sad to see a raw vegan place with awful service - Edit

We were greeted warmly and offered a sample at Goshen in Union Market. We told the gentleman offering the sample about my son's food allergies - peanuts and all tree nuts except for almonds. He pointed out some things on the menu that he offered a sample of, and I reviewed the ingredients listed to confirm that there were no nuts.

We liked the filling of a sandwich that we sampled - some sort of a slaw, and ordered that, as well as a juice and a roll.

Before we ate what we got, my son started having an allergic reaction to what we had sampled. I gave my son some benadryl, and made sure he was okay. I went back to Goshen, unopened containers of food in hand, and spoke with a gentleman who identified himself as the chef and owner. I told him what happened and asked to see the menu. He said that they didn't have a menu. I told him that I looked at a menu when I ordered. He again repeated that they did not have a menu, and told us that he prepared the food and told us what was in it. His tone had become very nasty at this point.

I went down the counter and found the menu, and he grabbed it from me, saying that was the brochure. He would not let me look at it. He told me not to grab it, when he was the one who grabbed it from me when I picked it up from the counter to read it. He threatened to call security. I said that's fine, and in fact called the Police.

Most human beings, when you tell them that what you ordered resulted in your child having an allergic reaction, would apologize, would want to try to make things right.

Another gentleman who works at Goshen came and checked on my son and apologized for what happened, for the owner's behavior.

We love vegan food, and had the owner handled the situation differently, I would be sitting here writing a review about how great the juice was, how great the food was, how despite what happened, I would look forward to dining at Goshen again. Instead, I have to write this.

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Great food, stellar service, good prices - Edit

I've been raw vegan since 2005 and have eaten at and reviewed raw cafes around the world...Goshen is near the top of the list for me.

They make a few entrees, which vary, each day depending on what is fresh and available -- perfectly reasonable. They are very generous offering samples and very friendly folks ;-) Makes you want to eat their food and be THAT happy!

I thought zucchini pasta with sauce would be boring - I make that at home. But the sauce was one of the best I've ever had! The pizza was also lovely. The desserts were so good, we got one of each and shared them -- and then I got some to bring home!

I found their pricing to be fair market and very reasonable for any raw food cafe. I loved that they were serving HEALTHY raw food -- not just food with tons of fat, as many raw restaurants do.

They are close enough to metro to walk, although as a single lady I'm not sure I'd walk that neighborhood alone. With my friend was perfectly fine.

Pros: great food, fair prices, awesome personalities

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Simple food at high prices - Edit

The vegan raw trend is a good one, as it embraces many positive qualities of life. I appreciate Goshen from that respect. In Union Market, there are booths for fresh farm veggies, coffee, meat, fish, oysters and many non-veg items. Goshen had little competition in that sense, but from other raw vegan establishments, they need to catch up.

The staff is very friendly, but the prices are not wallet friendly. As someone who cooks frequently with organic ingredients to make raw dishes, even I balked at the prices. However, I support what they are doing. If you are little and have a small appetite, or if you are in a diet, you'll be fine with the portions. If you aren't penny pinching and don't worry about prices, you'll be fine. If you don't know how to prepare raw food and love it, you'll be fine.

The variety is slim. The choices are simplistic. If I am stuck here with people, I would chose Goshen to make a statement, but if I am being frugal or starving, no way! I would be better off buying fresh raw veggies and just eating then straight from the stand.

The offerings are just not justifiable of the prices. I liked them, but wasn't impressed. There is cayenne kick to cocoa city. There is a heavy dose of cloves in the pumpkin surprise. Avoid desserts if nut-allergic.

An entree- $13. A dessert in a large plastic dressing/ condiment container (you have seen them everywhere!)- $4.50. Juices- $8. At least they take credit cards. I support their vegan raw goals!!! If you can afford to do so, why not?

Pros: 100% vegan, Raw, Fresh

Cons: Pre-made entrees and items simple, Plastic containers, Price

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Fantastic Raw Vegan Option! - Edit

My husband and I are vegan, but we decided to go raw vegan for approximately 30 days, in hopes of eventually beginning to transition. We tried out a few spots in the local area that either have raw options, or in the case of Goshen, are exclusively raw. Let me caveat this by saying, when we GPSed this spot, we were certain we were NOT going in the right location. As DC continues to evolve, this is definitely a diamond in the rough. It is a counter in a "market" with several other venders nearby. We thought this place was fantastic! They have excellent customer service, and they encourage you to sample all of their items. Very often when a location has items for sample, they almost make you feel guilty for asking . . . As soon as we walked up to the counter, the young lady working asked if we wanted to try their food. She wasn't even sure that we were going to purchase anything, and she allowed us to try all the items they had available for sample. They have a few items on the menu, including a few VERY savory desserts. Honestly, the desserts were likely the best part, and there was nothing about them that would clue you in to the fact you're eating a "raw" dessert. Additionally, they have a few fresh juices that they will allow you to sample as well. So far, the best raw vegan option in the DC Metro area.

Pros: Delicious, Raw Desserts!, Great Customer Service

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