HipCityVeg

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712 7th St NW (at Washington DC), Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20001

Fast-casual vegan cafe from Philly featuring vegan versions classic American comfort food, from burgers and fries to Philly cheesesteak sandwiches to milkshakes. Uses compostable packaging. Est. 2016. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out

114 Reviews

First Review by Brookeguarry

HipCityVeg is always a good decision! - Edit

I’m a huge fan from working often in Philly so when I came to DC on business and saw that there was a HipCityVeg here I had to go! Sweet potato fries with siracha aioli and curry tofu wrap for the dinner win!! Excellent food, excellent experience.

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PefectedFastFood - Edit

HipCityVeg takes all the egregious hallmarks of cheap nasty takeaway dining and veganises them, flipping them into a simple healthy delicious package of options. The dining floor area is small and it quickly gets overwhelming when demand surges but it's worth the swim. They fixed us a choc-chip banana milkshake as a variation on their menu which was DELISH. The tempeh burger was great.
Some vegangelism books available for leafing-through/sale.

Pros: simple easy menu containing excellent sophisticate, great service, great location

Cons: small dining area, slightly more expensive than u think a vegan place

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Yummy food - Edit

A bit overpriced though

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always good! - Edit

as w/ their philly locations, this is a reliable joint.

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Really Crowded, Tasty Food - Edit

This place had a line out the door and only about 4 tables. The rushed us through ordering because they were so busy.

However, the food was all pretty good. I would definitely stop back but they need a bigger location.

Pros: Options to trick your nonvegan friends :), Fast service

Cons: Not nearly enough seating, Rushed service

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get the philly!! - Edit

it’s a shame this place is so expensive because the food is really good. i guess the area it’s in explains why it’s overpriced though. we got the philly which was one of the best sandwiches i’ve ever had & the curry tofu wrap which was the first vegan sandwich that i was full mid-way through. the sweet potato fries are just excellent & the vanilla milkshake is good, but there’s an aftertaste that’s not bad, but makes you realize it’s fake. i’ve had shakes before (like harlem’s seasoned vegan) that are so good you question if you’d been had. if you don’t mind spending over 10$ on a vegan sandwich, then please go! the food is great!!

Pros: lots of options

Cons: pricey!!!

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Great Spot - Popular, Limited Seating - Edit

Do you ever have this conundrum when you are at a vegan eatery and it is so crowded and you are a bit hangry and don’t want to wait but also happy because loads of people are there eating vegan food? I also have this conflicted feeling when there is no more Field Roast left at the store - sad for me, happy for the world. This is how I felt at HipCity Veg.

This place was crazy crowded but worth the wait. I ordered the Bistro Bella burger with tapenade and Dijon mustard - amazing. My husband tried out their Curried Tofu wrap and said it was good (and it kept him full for a while as we trekked around DC) and my kid loved their chik’n nuggets. We also got an Orange Milkshake and despite it being freezing out, we carried that around in our frozen fingers and drank it over the course of the day. (Perks of frozen drinks in cold weather, they last longer!) This shake was off the charts, crazy good- a dreamsicle concoction that tasted like real orange. I highly recommend stopping by here. The seating is extremely limited so be prepared to stand or take it to go and have a picnic on the steps of the Portrait Gallery like we did!

Pros: Great Sandwiches, Close to Capital One Arena

Cons: Limited Seating

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Quick meal choice. - Edit

The entire meal was absolutely amazing and the taste was very delectable. I would go back again and try everything on the menu.

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Unpleasant Customer Service Experience - Edit

My one star review doesn’t pertain to the food at all. The menu looked great and we were so excited to eat here. Unfortunately, the gal at the counter was so rude that we left almost as soon as we got there. She didn’t greet us, didn’t smile once, and seemed annoyed at our questions. We asked about the specials and instead of explaining the ingredients, she pointed at the menu. When we asked what the “chicken” was made out of she just said “soy protein”- not very descriptive and very blunt in delivery. It’s really unfortunate that her very poor customer service is the reason we chose not to eat here. We came to Fare Well instead and loved it :)

Pros: Menu looked great!

Cons: customer Service was very poor!

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Vegan fast food - Edit

Hip City Veg is one of a few well-known Philly restaurants that have made their way to DC. HCV serves burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and shakes that are all vegan, with the occasional rotating special (such as the yummy Wizard BBQ "Chicken" or special flavors of shakes). The food is pretty good; I've enjoyed most of my meals there. The staff is usually very friendly, greeting people as they come in and enthusiastically telling newbies that everything is plant based. However, it doesn't have much seating and can get crowded; it's probably best for you to eat and go. I'm not a fan of the tendency to not have sides with sandwiches and then sell large portions of sides. Why not include a small amount of fries or have a small side option available? And the drinks, while tasty, are a bit expensive, especially when you get a bit too much ice in your kale lemonade (which is pretty good). That said, if you're going to an event at Capital One Arena, skip the terrible concessions and get a bite at Hip City Veg instead.

Pros: all vegan, tasty food, friendly staff

Cons: not a lot of seating, a bit expensive

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Wonderful Experience! - Edit

As a part of our quick trip to DC, we made a point to stop at HipCityVeg! It did not disappoint. The Crispy Chickn sandwich and sweet potato fries were delicious! Make sure to get the matcha mint milkshake. Service was fast and hospitable!

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Great Food! Subpar service... - Edit

Cute and clean place to find phenomenal vegan quick bites, saw the menu online and was super excited to try it. The girl behind the counter seemed to be having a bad day, never greeted us or asked to take our order, I stood there with my workmate, while no one else was in line. The girl looked at us and moved away from the register and started cleaning a machine. We waited patiently, then a man walked in and walked up to where we were and told the girl his order, she took his order and then returned to the machine. After a few minutes, she asked if we were ready to order.... It's a pet peeve of mine to not be greeted in a business environment, that's why we waited for her. Once we placed our order, we waiting anxiously for our food. It was well worth the wait... Everything was was deliciously ah-mazing!!! 😍 Thinking of going back tonight with the work crew tonight, hope it's that girls day off... 😒

Pros: To die for vegan cupcakes! , Very clean! , Very varied menu!

Cons: Staff attitude, small seating area.

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Never Disappoints - Edit

This is probably my favorite vegan restaurant so far! All of their food is delicious and the staff is always friendly.

I would recommend the Ziggy burger, curried tofu wrap, lil golden nugs (their house recipe chick'n nuggets) with sweet potato fries.

For dessert a black and white milkshake.

Definitely check this place out if you're in DC!

Pros: great service

Cons: limited seating

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Love this Please - Edit

Crispy Chikn is the bomb

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Yum! - Edit

Philly Streak was amazing! I also enjoyed the Quinoa Chili. Since this was a 20 minute walk from my hotel I’m debating on getting something to go.

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Good casual vegan spot - Edit

HipCityVeg offers delicious vegan casual take-out that appeals to vegans and omnivores alike. I enjoyed the Disco Chickn sandwich and fries with spicy mayo.

There are options marked gluten-free but these are all just toppings on salad. These were fine but less remarkable for my GF colleagues.

Pros: Compostable packaging, Hearty food

Cons: Limited seating

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great food - Edit

I had a orange creamsicle milkshake that was heavenly! The food was really good too. It's always great when restaurants are fully vegan and you don't have to worry about cross contamination.

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Shakes! - Edit

A friend of a friend recommended this place and it was amazing! The service was quick and friendly. The food was devoured just as quickly and the have vegan shakes!

Pros: Vegan Milkshakes , Quick service , Friendly service

Cons: none

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FOOD IS SO GOOD - but maybe plan to order to-go - Edit

Food was so, so good. I got the fried "chikn" sandwich and I wish I could have ordered 100 to go. However, the place is small with VERY limited seating and is very popular (because the food is so good) so we ended up standing up to eat at a counter.

Updated from previous review on 2018-01-15

Cons: Limited seating

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simple delicious 😋!!! - Edit

Fresh food , nice options in sweet staff!!!!
Go vegan !🌱 ❤️

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Vegan Haven in Washington D.C. - Edit

HipCityVeg is a Vegan Haven in the heart of Washington D.C. It is located conveniently downtown within walking distance of the National Mall and many of the hotels. We absolutely loved the food and we were super excited to find out that they were sustainable, with all their packaging compostable and that they use as much recyclable material as possible. The only downside is their seating is very limited. HipCityVeg is a little on the pricier side, expect to pay $9 for a burger, but it is well worth it!

Pros: 100% vegan, compostable materials, delicious food

Cons: limited seating, pricey

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Great! - Edit

Loved the place, the food, the atention; everything was lovely and delicious!

Pros: fast, all vegan

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delicious greasy American food - Edit

We love this place. I love their Disco Chik'n (which has Gardein chicken AND tempeh), as a wrap and buffalo style. They charge extra for everything here, which sucks. And I've found the dishes to not be very consistent. Sometimes the Disco Chik'n is crazy spicy, sometimes there's only 1 pickle, sometimes it's breaded and sometimes it isn't. Service is generally friendly. Space is pretty small and tight. We always go at an "off" time so we'll be able to find a place to sit. Tend to avoid if it's peak hours, because if you don't get a seat it's hard to find a place to sit outside in Chinatown. But HipCityVeg will still always be one of my favorite vegan places in DC! A great place to bring guests and non-vegans.

Pros: tasty, meat substitutes

Cons: small space, expensive

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best vegans ever - Edit

Sickest sweet potato fries we've ever had and the food was like dabomb

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unbelievably amazing - Edit

Wow. What can I say.
This is the place for you if you wanna eat diner vegan food.
Their chick’n wrap is yummyyyy, so as their burger (add avocado on top!!!).
And the sweet potato fries. Oh my.
Gets crowded before concerts (near Verizon Center), but worth every minute of waiting.
The stuff is also extremely nice, you can see they just love their job.

Pros: sweet potato fries , vegan mayo

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AWESOME - Edit

My adventure into the city on a Snowy Saturday afternoon brought me across the doorstep of this tantalizing restaurant. The mint chocolate vegan shake completely took my mind off of the 20 minutes it took to find parking. The sweet potato fries in one word....... Yummy!!!! The chili.....OMG!! The Asian salad... tasty! Then, I bit into my stake and cheese!!!!! (Please wait while I wipe the drool from my mouth.) the texture, seasoning, EVERYTHING about this sandwich was satisfying. I don’t miss the carry out steak and cheese one bit!!!! My taste buds send kudos to the chef!!

Pros: quality food, vegan treats, all vegan menu

Cons: parking, small dining area

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Vegan Fast Food!!! - Edit

I hate that I love this place so much! Or at least, my waist does...my taste buds are always satisfied here. I have not tried the entire menu yet, but the chipotle fajita wrap, the sweet potato fries, and the shakes are so delish!!!

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