Last week, after our conference and board meetings wrapped, my colleagues and I went out to lunch. Normally, when I know I'm going out to eat somewhere where I'm not extremely familiar with the menu, I call ahead to ask about vegan options so that the chef has a heads up and time to prepare. But, since we chose a restaurant on the fly this time, I didn't have that option.
The restaurant we went to was Johnny's Half Shell on Capitol Hill. The restaurant is known for its seafood, so I wasn't sure what my vegan options might be. We arrived as the restaurant was setting up for lunch, so I was able to ask the hostess if there would be a vegan option available. She said that it wouldn't be a problem, but she would confirm with the chef to make sure.
I started with a house salad, which was modified with a dressing that was vegan friendly. For my entree, I was presented the following beautiful vegetable plate:
It had two different varieties of green beans, grilled zucchini and spinach. Also, while I'm not normally a fan of white rice, whatever this rice was seasoned with was delectable.
I thought it was terrific that Johnny's Half Shell was so accommodating to my last minute vegan request, and I'd definitely recommend it as a destination if you're out with mixed eating company of vegans and omnivores.
What restaurants in your area are accommodating to vegans and vegetarians?