This formerly lunch-only vegan place has recently expanded its menu to include dinner, offering not just veggie burgers and fries, but entrees like barbequed tofu with portabella, Southern-fried chanterelle seitan steak with thyme mashed potatoes, and sandwiches like Purple Haze, a smoked tempeh and eggplant burger. This tiny deli-like space on Capitol Hill offers cozy seating, a great view of the pedestrian traffic, and a list of less-expected vegetarian options. Check out their similarly creative lunch menu here. (Sorry, their dinner menu is not yet online).
When: Dinner is served Thursday-Saturday evenings only. (Thursday & Friday until 9 p.m., Saturday until 7 p.m.)
What does $13 get you?
A $13 sweet potato burger, tall with caramelized onions, tomato slices, and spilling sauces and spice-marinated tofu, accompanied by a generous portion of wide sweet potato fries, with a fat dollop of their own warmly-spiced mayo. The sauce itself was addicting. But this burger was the only item on the dinner menu not over $13. (As you might expect, the lunch menu is more reasonably priced.)
Official tasting notes:
And the burger, well, I ate only half. Not because it was not great. It was sloppily delicious, with mashed yam getting on my fingers, and sweet onions slipping from the fluffy bun. Caveat: a few bites of the tofu tasted a bit over spiced, with too much allspice competing with the medly of flavors going on. My eating partner ordered the $17.50 barbeque tofu with portabella, and enjoyed a mysterious root vegetable mash. His dish was supposed to come with beans and wild rice, though I quite enjoyed what arrived in its place: a pale orange puree topped with chard (I think it was chard.). I couldn't finish my burger: it was enormous, and quite filling.
Would I eat it again? Yes, I could enjoy more of these burgers on occasion, though the prices on the dinner menu (topping out at $18.50) were a little higher than expected. And my dining companion, playing devil's advocate, would have to mention that just across the street, 22 doors offers an $11 grass-fed hamburger.
Insider Tip: Hillside Quickie's Cafe offers a Thursday night promo until the end of the month (which we've listed in Food Files): dinner and a glass of wine for $15, plus tax and tip. Consider it a bargain invitation to their dinner menu, and a good excuse to venture in for some creatively-crafted vegan fare.