Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like vegetarian meals are pretty easy to find around D.C. – until you need that meal to be brunch. Brunch is the meal of bacon, ham, and steak. And it’s always accompanied with plenty of eggs. We’re here to help you find the best places with vegetarian options. And of course, stay on the lookout for booze.
As a restaurant with “Beer • BBQ • Bourbon” on a logo that Ron Swanson would approve of, one might not expect Smoke and Barrel to be readily veg-friendly. But! Have no fear. Their Saturday and Sunday brunch, served from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. offers vegetarian and vegan options on their menu. You can substitute almost any meat with tofu, but since tofu is literally the bane of vegetarianism, the veggie chili option looks a hell of a lot more appetizing. Bloody Mary’s are only $7, but the Back in the Saddle (which features honey, vanilla, and whiskey) looks particularly appropriate for November at $11.
Sure, the Wonderland Ballroom doesn’t open until mid-afternoon on the weekdays, but on Saturday and Sunday, it’s the place to be for brunch. Actually, it’s the place to be for any meal if you’re a vegetarian. Almost anything can be substituted with a veg-friendly option. They also serve bloody Mary’s, so there’s that.
Of course, anywhere with a “vegan” modifier in the title is going to be a safe bet for vegetarians and vegans. But their Sunday brunch menu actually looks amazing. Which, pardon me, but is a tad rare for the meatless. Served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., you can get vegan omelettes, pancakes, cinnamon apples, home fries (<3), breakfast sandwiches, or breakfast burritos.
Devoted to sustainable, farm-to-table food, Founding Farmers immediately makes an amazing selection for brunch. What’s especially great about it is that it’s reasonably priced, has meaty options for your carnivorous friends, and the vegetarian options look beyond edible. They look fantastic. Exceptionally appetizing options is any pan scrambles if you eat eggs, or the maple cinnamon syrup stuffed French toast. In other words, you won’t be eating tofu and cardboard. And that is a reason to celebrate.
With breakfast options like the Salvadoran breakfast (eggs, plantains, refried beans, tortilla), eggs ranchero (two eggs, fried beans, tortilla), and pancakes with egg (self-explanatory), there are plenty of options for vegetarians at Tortilla Café. Plus, who doesn’t love a good Mexican or Salvadoran breakfast at a good price? Go with your meat-loving friends.