NuVegan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 60 reviews )
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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

Reviews (60)

First Review by Mimi710

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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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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Good if you're close by - Edit

We went out of our way to find this all vegan restaurant and were a bit disappointed with a few things... We couldn't see the menu till we got to the front of the line and then had to hurry up as others needed to be served. The atmosphere doesn't exactly feel welcoming and the food was slightly overpriced for the kind of neighbourhood where they're located. Bottom line - this is a good place if you're hungry and you're in the neighbourhood. Otherwise I would give this one a miss.

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Soulfully good - Edit

Best restaurant soul food in the district area. This is cozy, tasty comfort food veganized. Think creamy Mac & cheese, eggplant Parmesan, warm moist cornbread, sauté greens; now go beyond the visualizations since it's all vegan! Good desserts, too. Dine in, take out, and they have a food truck usually found on the east end of the mall, near the capital building.

Pros: Vegan comfort food, Amble affordable portions, Restaurant & food truck

Cons: Parking, Distance from my home

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Def a fav - Edit

I've been eating vegan food on Georgia Ave for over 10 years and love that there is still a place I can go to for good, comfort food, made by people who care. BBQ tofu, Mac and cheese, greens and yams are always top on my list when I want some good soul food. Love the cold bar with all the different salads as well. Kale and seaweed salads are bomb.

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u MUST try... - Edit

Garvey burgers are the bomb

Pros: Fairly inexpensive, Nice assortment of raw and cooked foods, Friendly staff

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Amazing delicious creative food! - Edit

Nice ambiance, friendly and professional staff. You can take your time and ask for suggestions at the self service counter. VERY big portions, even the half portions for me European were very generous. Thanks! Food was fresh, tasty, and not at all heavy even if some dishes were with loot of different ingredients but so well combined and blended. Definitely I would recommend it and I am looking forward to try it out again next time I am in DC. Thank you!

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Good Ole Comfort Food - Edit

Call it comfort or soul food, but either or your appetite will be fulfilled once you leave this café on Ga Ave not to far from Howard University. Comprised of a hot bar, juice bar, raw bar and fast foods (fried), Woodlands offers a little for everyone. I used to go all the time when I first converted in 2012, but today it’s a rarity because I’m looking for more whole foods consisting of the majority of fruits, cruciferous green veggies, salads and whole grains. Also, I avoid oils at all costs but Woodlands seems to lather everything heavily with it. And the amount of sodium they use is extreme. The hot bar is changed daily with things like vegan lasagna, mac n cheese and fake meat meals such as Meat Loafs. I try to go with their raw menu like the chickpeas and seaweed salad. Fried chicken or fish fillets can be had for anyone missing the taste of just that, fast food.

Pros: Lots of variety, juice bar a plus, raw bar is ideal

Cons: heavy usage of cooked oils, fried foods, sodium heavy

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Amazing food! - Edit

This is definitely one of the best vegan restaurants I've been to! I loved my meal of vegan mac & cheese, fried chick'n, and collard greens. The mac was the best I've ever eaten (non-vegan included) and I still think about almost a year later :) If only I lived in D.C... I would eat here all the time!

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff

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