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Mark's Kitchen

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7006 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA, 20912

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has vegan choices, also standard American fare, kid-friendly, popular for Saturday and Sunday brunch.

Category: Vegan-friendly, American, International, Take-out, Korean, Non-veg

Reviews (8)

First Review by rileysoprano

beware - Edit

I really like this place-- but beware. They label dishes as vegan, but it's not necessarily the case. I ordered spaghetti with marinara. It comes with garlic bread on the side. I asked about the garlic bread, on two separate occasions, and was told it was not vegan. They use butter. The dish should not be labeled as vegan on the menu if it's clearly not all vegan.

Pros: lots of vegan items

Cons: labeling not clear


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Excellent choice for vegans and non-vegans alike - Edit

My husband and I recently discovered this place and we love it! I had vegan options both times and my husband had the Korean steak. They have a nice selection of craft beers and all kinds of soda / soft drinks that you would have been able to find at a general store in the 1950s (Moxie, cream soda, etc). I would recommend the tofu skewer appetizer with maple chipotle sauce (which you can buy there). I had the sesame noodles, which I found delightful. I saw the earlier review, but maybe it was a bad night? Mine were very tasty.
My husband is a huge fan of carrot cake. He ordered the carrot cake, which I tried. It was moist and the icing had a nice complementary flavor. The one thing I plan on telling them then next time I am in there is that I am not sure what is up with some of the other desserts. My friend got the mud pie (I think it was called). He said it tasted like it had been sitting out all day! I got a Boston cream pie slice to go. First of all, it had the layer of chocolate on top that looked like cake fondant, the kind of thing you can peel right off (and it did). It was inedible, hard, and also had the texture like it had been sitting out all day. The server had said something about how they were "getting a lot of Boston cream pies in lately" which I take to mean that they are not made in-house. Personally I think this is a huge mistake, but I can say that the other food is fresh and tasty. It's like home-cooking if you're a vegan, or it's like eating at a vegan / Korean diner. Lastly, another reviewer said that it was pricey. Entrees run about $10, which seems reasonable to me, and there are specials every day of the week. That being said, visit as soon as you get the chance.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday April 29, 2014

Pros: Many tasty vegan options, Like home cooking, Reasonable

Cons: Some (not all) of the desserts


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Mediocre - Edit

This place is a nice little place for the center of Takoma Park - it has that little town feeling, despite being in a suburb of Washington, DC. When you walk in, there are people, tables, food and just a general sense of minor chaos and disorganization. You can purchase food items that are pre-made and processed, as well as order from their menu.

The menu choices are plentiful for vegans and the food is fresh, but I know that I can go elsewhere to get a better deal. I like going here to support a small, local business, but the cost is something that could prevent some from wanting to return. If you look at the menu, the costs seem reasonable. However, when you then get the order, it's a normal portion, but, these days, a normal portion is small at a restaurant. To fill up, I would probably next time order not only a salad and an entree, but maybe add on a side (almost ALL of the sides are vegan!!) or starter.

The menu is great for the pasta & MK, the salads, starters and main courses sections. The menu is Asian/ American, and very vegan friendly. So, that's a plus - you can satiate a variety of food interests in one location. I love that there are lots of options for seaweed and fresh veggies! More places should have seaweed - and not just the electric green seaweed salad at Japanese restaurants. I prefer their Asian-Korean style entrees to the other stuff, but it is all decent.

Overall, I like the place, but if I'm hungry and budget-concerned, I will leave hungry or spend more than I had hoped to spend.

Pros: Many vegan options, Menu marked well, Fresh food

Cons: Portions smaller than I would like, Small space


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  Contributions +109

over-rated - Edit

I recently went there for breakfast, and they only offer one vegan breakfast, and if you want to substitute any item, they're charging extra.

At later times of day, there are more vegan options, but still not that many.

The food is okay, but nothing memorable. For the same money, you can find better vegan dining.

The two times I've been there, it's been crowded, but I managed to find a free table anyway.

Pros: vegan options marked clearly on menu

Cons: so-so food, tends to be crowded


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Vegan desserts and Gingerbread heaven - Edit

Mark's offers numerous vegetarian options on it's menu, mostly Asian-influenced. It also offers vegan desserts, and customers ordering them seemed happy. I opted for the non-vegan Gingerbread with ginger ice cream and candied ginger on top. It was fabulous. Another delicious non-vegan dessert: Mystery cube with layers of white, milk and dark chocolate in a cube. The mung bean pancakes and my big salad were very good. Seasonal specialties like their stuffed acorn squash are really delicious. The place has a bustling atmosphere, as the place is locally popular, and kids are present. if you want peace and quiet, go on off hours. Wait staff was friendly and helpful.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday April 04, 2012

Pros: Vegan desserts, Many veggie options, Fabulous Gingerbread dessert

Cons: noisy kids


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worst food in years - Edit

disclaimer- I don't eat at chain or fast food restaurants.
I had the sesame noodles, which tasted like soy sauce and nothing else. My mom had curry and hated it. The only reason we didn't send it all back is that we waited 45 minutes to sit and 25 minutes for the food. Can you say, "Starving!?!" We were told it would be a 15 minute wait to be seated.

Pros: neighborhood

Cons: food, wait, very dirty near bathrooms


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Great restaurant! - Edit

We went to Mark's kitchen recently when my family was in town and it was the best posible choice for us. I am vegan, my husband although omni is very veg-friendly and my parents are both meat and potato people who would never even consider eating anything remotely "ethnic". Finding a restaurant to suit all of us is nearly impossible... This restaurant had something for all of us!

It didn't hurt that the staff was very friendly and helpful. The menu was a mix of ethnic and all American burgers and stuff. There was also an entire section of vegan deserts. It is a very casual little place with limited seating so I imagine it can get a little crowded at times. We will definitely be going back though!

Pros: wide range of choices, friendly staff, vegan desserts

Cons: a little small


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good solid food - Edit

lots of fun veggie options. very limited seating. this place gets packed! food is good, a iltte pricey for ansdwiches

Pros: good food

Cons: crowded


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