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?