Everlasting Life Cafe

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

“I know of a vegan restaurant on Georgia Avenue across from Howard University,” my friend told us as we were deciding where to fill our bellies after spending time at the National Day of Service.  “Let’s do it,” was our excited response!  This was our first visit to an all-vegan restaurant.  We were excited about not having to dissect the menu to determine what we could consume and direct our full attention to what we wanted to consume.

As I perused their website and reviews en route, I continually came across praise for their Fried Chick’n Sandwich.  Though we’ve adopted what we call a mostlegan (mostly vegan) diet, we had yet to venture into the realm of meat substitutes.  I still wasn’t convinced I was going to embark on the unknown until walking into their welcoming establishment and being overwhelmed by the delectable aromas that more than tickled my olfactory senses.  “I’ll have the Fried Chick’n Sandwich!”  The same must have befallen my husband because he quickly and emphatically ordered the Barbecue Ribs.  Since it was clearly a day of firsts, we also ordered the vegan macaroni and cheese before deciding on some classic sides like savory collard greens and candied yams.

I’m not sure how they managed to get that bean curd fillet so light and crispy, but that fried chick’n sandwich was DE-LI-CIOUS! Within minutes of beginning our meal, to our amazement, hubs had an empty plate in front of him and was up ordering more.  I guess the faux barbecue ribs were scrumptious.  Despite the macaroni and cheese not being visually appealing, it was tasty enough to satisfy a long unfulfilled macaroni and cheese craving.  We think we’ve found our new D.C. spot.

Have you ever enjoyed a meal at a vegetarian or vegan restaurant?  Any vegan restaurant recommendations?



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