Sunrise Caribbean

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5329 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20011

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers a Caribbean style cuisine menu with a vegetarian/vegan section that includes faux meat and tofu dishes. 2015 relocated from 50 Massachusetts Ave NE. Open Mon-Thu 8:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 8:00am-12:00am, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, American, Indian, Fast food, Take-out, Caribbean, Trinidadian, Non-veg

4 Reviews

First Review by Miru

Best vegan Mac in town! - Edit

Sunrise is amazing!!!! They offer at least 3 different vegan meat options as well as the most amazing vegan Mac in the modern world.
Also, if you haven’t tried their doubles yet - do so immediately. Vegan fried sweet n savory dough pocket filled with curried chickpeas and potato. It is everything.
Sunrise also gives you a ton of food - one plate will feed you 2x!
Beautiful people and beautiful food!

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In Union Station? EAT HERE! - Edit

If you visit DC, you may come through Union Station. If so, you MUST go to the food court in the basement of Union Station, and search until you find Sunrise Caribbean. You will have trouble finding it at first, because it hides in a weird part of the food court. But when you find it, you will thank me for writing this post!

Sunrise Caribbean always has some faux meat dish (such as "vegetarian stir fry," which actually means "delicious sweet and spicy faux chicken mixed with vegetables). It also sometimes serves vegan mac n' cheese! In any case, it will have plentiful delicious Trinidadian-style vegetable side dishes!

Very vegan friendly, huge quantities of food, delicious, smells great, tastes great, fills you up. You will feel like you have really begun your DC trip off to a good start if you eat here on your way through Union Station!

Pros: Faux meat, DELICIOUS, flavorful, spicy, sweet, Hearty, large portions

Cons: Hidden from sight

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Flavorful abundance - Edit

When you order the food, you have a choice of selecting an entree with 2 sides ($8-9) or just a la carte (about $3 each). However, it is advisable not to preview the menu in too great a depth beforehand as you will be limited by what they have prepared for that day. The choices include vegan and non-veg items, but they are in separate portions of the hot display. It's unclear how specific they are in separating the cooking, but at least it looks separated for the presentation.

The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, as well as patient. When you walk up to the counter, someone is there to help you quickly. The menu can be overwhelming, and with choices limited by what they have, it is best to take them up on their offer of assistance and just ask what they have. They serve it up in styrofoam to-go containers, regardless of whether you will actually take it home/ to go or sit down. Unfortunate to have the styrofoam!

The food is hot and plentiful when scooped out for you, and it has a good flavor unlike some other local establishments that serve food in a similar style (pre-made stewed/ cooked/ braised veggies, legumes, rice). This time, they had curried peas and potatoes, peas/ beans and rice, spiced (turmeric?) cabbage, stewed spinach, callaloo (collard greens), mac and cheese, fried plantains, a fried vegetable rice, seitan beef and jerk chicken.

Since I love spicy food and fake chicken, I opted for the jerk chicken - they use one of the best fake chickens, which is similar to the style they have at places like Red Bamboo in NYC. I believe it's the May Wah brand that can be purchased in some markets (Roots; Terry's) around the DC area.

Anyhow, great flavor and worth the price. If you're hungry, it's definitely possible to eat the entire entree and all the sides, but you will likely be totally satiated.

I would definitely go back for the food prices and portions, as well as the spice and flavor, but, the styrofoam and looking at the meat options are not so enticing!

Pros: Fake chicken, Flavors, Portions

Cons: Styrofoam, Goat dishes

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Nice, reasonably priced, tasty lunch selections - Edit

Stopped here the other day while waiting for a train at Union station. Good lunch for a great price. I got a huge container of food - pineapple vegan chicken with 2 sides for about 8 bucks. It was more food than I could eat for lunch so this is a bargain in the normally expensive DC area. Their vegan options rotate - I was hoping for the jerk vegan chicken as I'd heard it was well worth it but they didn't have it that day (be aware they often only have 2-6 vegan entrees so don't expect the full vegan menu off their website every day). My entree was still quite enjoyable. Counter staff knows which items are vegan on the side dishes as well. Go for this one if you're in Union Station for lunch or nearby- good stuff.

Pros: Big portions, Good selection of vegan items, Nice low prices

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