NuVegan

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2928 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, District Of Columbia, USA, 20001

Vegan restaurant in the Howard University/Park View area. Offers vegan soft serve, raw food, soul food like mac n cheese and biscuits, fried chicken and different mock meats. Brunch service on Sunday. In Jul 2013 it launched also a food truck which serves food around town - check its webpage for updates. A brief history: est. in the mid-2000s as Everlasting Life which became Woodlands Vegan Bistro then NuVegan in 2015. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-7:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Organic, Take-out, Caribbean, Catering, Soul food, Southern American

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First Review by Mimi710

brunch - Edit

It is a must to go for brunch. I had pancakes, scrabble tofu and patties. Yum! Pancakes are $8. It is a bit too steep and it is why I gave this 4 stars. Otherwise, it is so delicious!

Pros: pancakes/ brunch, friendly

Cons: too expensive for pancakes , sticky tables, plastic wares

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really good soul food - Edit

Currently visiting D.C. and been to other vegan restaurants already. Came to this place 2x already because its food is just really tasty compared to the other ones that we have been to in downtown area.
Note that you got to go order your food in the back and then pay at the cashier (front).
One thing though... they use a lot of plastics for the packaging. All orders are treated as to-go, no plate options. The plastics aren't biodegradable or compostable either. May be recyclable.

Pros: good food, lots of choices (cooked and raw), soft-serve sometimes

Cons: plastic to-go containers, waiting for orders can be long depending on crowd

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overpowering flavors - Edit

The noodles were a bit too salty and the tofu had way too much barbecue sauce but my friends loved their dishes (Mac and cheese, burgers, fries etc).

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Fantastic! - Edit

Today was my first time at Nuvegan and I loved it. They had what seemed like a vegan food paradise—probably 20-30 great side dishes like potato salad, mac and cheese, kale, gingered greens, etc. and 4 main courses of different vegan meat alternatives—barbecued, fired, gingered, etc.

I got the barbecued roast main with potato salad and gingered collards, and went for a second serving to take home which was mac and cheese and "meat" and broccoli. Everything was excellent.

Two other great things—the portions are massive and the price is cheap for that size!

I also got a fresh juice they made right there from a combination of three ingredients I chose. I got cucumber, lemon, and ginger. They made it very well—it was watery, which I wanted because I was very thirsty, but it was also flavorful.

The staff was so friendly and they chatted with us a little and were very helpful when we asked about this dish or that one.

I didn't get a dessert but they had plenty—different varieties of cheese cakes, pumpkin cake, cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, pies, and more...

They also have big couches where one can sit quite comfortably and regular tables for those who prefer a more traditional experience.

Wow! I wish I could go there every day. I envy people who live nearby.







Updated from previous review on 2017-06-21

Pros: super tasty, large portions (you can have plenty of leftovers), relatively cheap

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Best Vegan Food I've Ever Eaten - Edit

Guys, y'all better try the mac'n'cheese! It's not the best VEGAN m&c, it's the best all around mac'n'cheese, anywhere. We also had the fried steak and the fried chicken sandwich, which were also amazing. All around 5 stars!

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So much to choose from! - Edit

We had a tough time choosing from all the delicious looking food in the case but the friendly guy at the counter made it easier by offering us samples. In the end we got a ginger tofu, mac n cheese, potato salad, curry tofu, fried chick'un tenders, and ginger collard green salad. Everything was so, so good! That fried chick'un was insanely good. The potato and collard salads were fresh and tasty. It was all incredible and I wish we lived closer. The only thing that wasn't up to par was the desserts. We had a red velvet and vanilla cake and it was just ok. Next time I'd skip desserts and order extra sides. But I'm not even taking off a star for the desserts because we were so happy with our meals. There's plenty of seating, the portions are big and the prices were fair. Highly recommended!

Pros: you can try samples before you order, lots to choose from, crispy, juicy fried chick'un

Cons: lackluster cakes

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Good food; frustrating experience - Edit

Pretty neat place with large selection of hot sides, cold sides, and a menu of made-to-order things.

The food we ordered was good, especially the sandwiches.

The frustrating aspect was waiting more than 45 minutes for three sandwiches and a quesadilla!

No warning that there might be a wait. Staff was pretty aloof and only the third person I asked actually went to the back to see what was going. I was then told that the quesadilla takes up a lot of space on the grill and that's why it's taking so long. No apology, just, you ordered that thing and this is what happens. Thanks for the warning! And the quesadilla was not particularly large, tbh. And did they bump our order back because of that? Many people came and went as we were waiting. Is any of this normal for ordering a quesadilla? I hope not!

We ordered the food to go because our kids were extremely restless from a day of driving and it was just a very terrible experience. We would not have stopped if we'd know it would take basically an hour in total just to get our food.

I *really* wish I could give this place a glowing review. I think the concept of the restaurant and the menu are amazing. We went out of our way to stop in and try it out while visiting DC. Unfortunately there was no redeeming aspect to our experience other than the food being good. If it really takes that long to get a few menu items, that's a problem. If this was just a fluke the total customer neglect is still a problem.

Pros: Good food, especially the sandwiches, Great menu/variety

Cons: Inexplicably long wait and customer neglect

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Diverse menu with lots of options - Edit

Amazing. Just amazing. Not very fancy but delicious. Went with coworkers and everyone loved their meal

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Best fried chikn - Edit

This was one of the best stops I've made. The Mac n cheese was delicious and creamy, the deep fried chikn drummies were the best I've ever had and the lasagne was incredible.

Pros: all vegan

Cons: parking

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Fab Discovery - Edit

I had read about the Nu Vegan food truck on Happy Cow and actually stumbled upon it one day during my visit to Washington DC last week. I had the BBQ chicken drums, mac n' cheese, and collard greens. Oh, and a choc chip cookie. The servings were huge and everything looked tempting. I literally had a panic attach at one point when I first starting eating the chicken drumsticks, as I thought they must be real chicken! The cookie was amazing. I would have gone there everyday, but, alas, the truck wasn't there the next few days.

Pros: Brilliant Food, Generous Portions, All Vegan

Cons: Difficult to find

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now this is soul food! - Edit

I had the Chick'n Drummies with Mac & Cheese and Collard Greens. All of it was SO GOOD! I've not had anything remotely like the Chick'n Drummies anywhere else..very impressive.

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MUST-EAT for any soul food fans - Edit

If soul food is your thing, head straight here. All the fried chicken, mac & cheese, and veggies you'd see down south now made vegan! The chicken is supreme, and the options for smoothies are great too. The mac takes some getting used to (made with soy milk) but it's top of its class

Pros: Down home Southern nostalgia, Many options, Chicken!!!

Cons: Building not secure, homeless guy interrupted us

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Love this place - Edit

When ever I am in the area of the University of Maryland I have to stop by. I normally get 2 meals or a meal and a sandwich, which are supposed to be 2 days worth of food but if traffic is bad, I nearly eat it all while driving home.

Updated from previous review on 2016-12-15

Pros: Variety , Staff always in a good mood

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Soul food perfection - Edit

A great place for vegan soul food. They have a huge selection of entrees, replete with mock meats as well as non-meaty fare. They also have many hot and cold sides.

Everything looks so good that it's hard to choose. Which is why it's really nice that they let you sample some of the food before you order (you can sample up to three things).

I had a taste of the chik'n drummie. It was phenomenal. The batter was flaky and fried to crispy perfection. So I opted for a platter with the bbq drummies accompanied by artichoke salad and mac and cheez.

The meal was a bit expensive (about $15 after tax), but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the box. They gave me heaping dollops of both sides, so it turns out they're quite generous with the portions.

Also, everyone working there was really nice, and the restaurant space is quite inviting. It has a relaxed and comfortable cafe vibe.

Overall, I'd highly recommend the place. I'll definitely stop by again next time I'm in DC.

Pros: Great variety, Can sample the dishes, Nice people, inviting space

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Filled my tummy!! - Edit

Delicious place! Took my meat eating parents here. All the comfort and soul food you could image. They let us try a mock chicken drumstick and it tasted JUST like a piece of fried chicken. Parents were amazed. And I lifted my hands in praise. They give you a TON of food. So you get your money's worth plus lots of leftovers.

Pros: EXTREMELY friendly staff, lots of samples

Cons: music was kind of loud

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Vegan comfort food! - Edit

This has to be one of the best vegan places I've ever eaten at (taste- and option-wise). There was so much to pick from, portion sizes were large, and everyone is super friendly. I wouldn't call it a health food type of restaurant - it's vegan comfort food. Quesadillas and curry tofu were aaaamazing.

Pros: large selection , portion sizes , quesadillas

Cons: location not super convenient

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Amazing Food - Edit

Food, Ambiance & Service = Amazing. Only visiting, but if I lived in DC I would eat here everyday.

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A must go in DC! - Edit

My first stop in DC and don't regret it! The place is big and you have a tremendous choice. Everything is vegan and looks good. You'll have generous portions at a reasonable price. My friend had his meal reimbursed because it has been served late. Very professionnal behavior and friendly staff. Food is good and their fruit juices are great! I had a very good burger with tuna pastas. You should stop here if you're in the area!

Pros: very good food, friendly staff, fair prices, 100% vegan, generous portions

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A-mazing food - Edit

The food in this place can't be better.. The quesadillas were the best we've ever had.. The menu is huge and very well-priced / big portions.. I'd go back anytime I had the chance! Friendly staff too!

Pros: Variety, Portion size, Taste

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Yummy food - Edit

We were visiting family and went here. They are so nice. They offered us samples. My omni son liked it so much, he asked to go back the next day.
We both had chick'n. The sides are amazing. We both got smoothies that were so good. Must visit if you are in this area. Vegan soul food rocks!

Pros: Lots of choices, Lots of seating

Cons: Little bit pricey

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Vegan Southern Comfort - Edit

If you want that old time Southern cooking, with all the "health benefits", only vegan, this is the place. I classify it as not to be missed for the vegan tourist to Washington DC. NuVegan has created a theme and done it well. I didnt find the customer service considerations as did other reviewers. I would come again.

Pros: Every Southern dish you can imagine, only vegan!

Cons: I think they use a lot of oil. I don't know that

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Loved it! - Edit

It was a cool experience getting to order vegan food from a hot bar. That was a first for me. The food my family and I ordered was "comfort food" and we were pleased. The breakfast sandwich was the highlight of our trip. Other delights were the breakfast potatoes, mac and cheese, sausage, and waffles. We liked everything.

The atmosphere was pleasant and all of the employees were really nice and helpful. The restaurant was very clean and the staff was quite attentive.

My only complaint is that the ordering/paying process was a little confusing. You have to go all the way to the back to get your food then to the front to pay and dine.

Pros: Tons of options Delicious Healthy options + comfor, Friendly service

Cons: Confusing layout

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Good Food, Not Great Experience - Edit

I really wanted to love this place, and I would give it another shot if in DC, but my experience was not great. The ordering system was confusing to me, and the space in the back where you order was very cramped. We were there for brunch, and both my husband and I picked one of the brunch entrees and two sides. His was pre-prepared and given to him right away (breakfast sandwich), and they said they would bring me mine after I sat down, and it took almost an hour. They were not even all that busy. However, my vegan omelette was very tasty, and the mac and cheese was okay. The desserts looked great although i didn't try any.
I really felt like I should have been warned that my food was going to take such a long time, and that they should clarify their menu and ordering system. I went back to check on my food while waiting and no one apologized or gave me an idea as to when my food would be ready.

Pros: All vegan, Good food, Big menu

Cons: Not good service- extremely long wait, Confusing menu/ordering system

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fangorn35 30 May 2017 - This is very much like our experience.  


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Best Food Yet - Edit

Not to be missed! Just random pick from Happy Cow. WOW, everything was truly amazing! Southern soul food but vegan! I encourage even non vegans to try it.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Price

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So good! - Edit

I had an incredibly delicious meal and cookie when I went here. I got the buffalo chik'n drumsticks with greens and chickpea salad. My friend and I did not leave a crumb on our plates. Even though I don't live close, I plan to make another trip there very soon.

Pros: friendly staff, fresh, delicious food, atmosphere

Cons: smoothies very sweet

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awesome food, lots of selection, great people! - Edit

I went a bit out of the way but it was so worth it! The food was great and they had several desserts. I would highly recommend this place for Vegans and their friends!!

Pros: lots of choices

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comfort food - Edit

I can't believe that I've never left a review for this place. Whenever I'm over by HU, I make certain to stop off here for something to eat. There are plenty of choices and I don't believe I've ever had something that I didn't like. Depending on when you visit, the line can be long (same with the food truck during the work week). I was informed that their loyalty card only works at the restaurant location, not for food truck purchases.

Pros: variety, friendly staff, street parking

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