Toto, I Don’t Think We Will Find Tofu Here Anymore!

My husband and I were on autopilot the evening that we drove to our favorite local vegan restaurant, The Vegetable Garden. Granted, we hadn’t been there in a few weeks, but we weren’t expecting what we had found. The restaurant was dark, there was a stench of sewage and the anchor, Next Day Blinds, had been replaced with a sex shop.  As I stared dumbfounded at the mannequin in crotchless underwear in the window, I felt a kinship to Dorothy when she landed in Oz.

With The Vegetable Garden gone we would now have to travel to Sunflower restaurant in Vienna Virginia. That would need to be a trip for another day. Traveling to Sunflower would take more time than my hunger would allow.

Please humor me as I take this valuable blog space, that usually goes to a recipe or nutritional posting, to vent my frustration about the lack of local vegan options. It is important to frequent restaurants and stores that supply healthy foods. The McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kremes are doing just fine.

In an effort to support these small independents, let us know your favorite neighborhood restaurant that has a healthy menu. Who knows, maybe I won’t have to travel to Vienna the next time I am craving Crispy Seitan?

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Comments: 7

  1. Christine Reider September 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm Reply

    There’s a Sunflower in Arlington at 7 Corners, Falls Church, maybe closer for you than Vienna. Haven’t eaten there. Good luck. You’ll find something!

    • thenewyummy September 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm Reply

      Thanks Christine! I have been wanting to check out the other Sunflower location. Now is a perfect time. 🙂

  2. Jonathan Berlin September 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm Reply

    I’ll never forget The Vegetable Garden’s rolls (was it sesame and carrot?) and desserts. And how can we forget their yellow bird with yuba? Good memories!

    • thenewyummy September 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm Reply

      I have a feeling that you might have been their best customer! Do you have better options on the west coast?

      • Jonathan Berlin September 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm Reply

        Robin, I haven’t found a better option than The Vegetable Garden in my part of the West Coast. The upside is that I cook a lot!

  3. Wendy Groomes September 4, 2012 at 10:48 am Reply

    What happened to the Vegetable Garden anyway? It’s so strange, they had such good patronage.

    • thenewyummy September 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm Reply

      I know. They had a big following. I haven’t heard a definitive reason as to why they closed. We found some prepared foods from them at Mom’s in Rockville last weekend and heard they are still operating out of a kitchen. Maybe there is hope?

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