I used to be a vegetarian after I read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (not Fast Food Nation, I don’t know why either…maybe I didn’t think it was as disturbing).  Then one day, I wanted a burger and I haven’t looked back since. 

But, I appreciate vegetarian food and was intrigued when I found out there was a great vegan restaurant in the Golden Triangle area called Java Green.  Vraiment?  I had to find out more.

  • Food:Well, after looking at their very tasty looking menu, I ordered the “Chicken” Ramen in veggie broth with bean sprouts, carrots, scallions, broccoli, and soy chicken (left photo).  Dear God I fell in love after the first slurp.  The faux chicken had a smoky flavor and there was a lot of it!  While I ordered the soup to go, when I opened the container, the broccoli still had a nice crunch.  The flavors were perfect — you didn’t need to add anything else.   However, I added a little hot sauce to give it a little kick.  The soup smelled fantastic too and was a perfect, filling meal on a cold day in DC.  Day 2 I ordered their special which was the Spicy Chicken Rice Bowl (middle photo).  I have to be honest — the rice was bland and dry.  The chicken was spicy (definitely a kick) and the noodles were good. 

Java Green Spicy Chicken Java Green Soy Chicken Ramen 

Update: I went back again and ordered their spicy noodle soup with ramen noodles.  The soup has kimchi, bean sprouts, scallions, seaweed, and choice of noodles — ramen, udon, or soba.  There’s also wheat and gluten free options kelp, yam, and rice noodle.  It has a tiny kick (meaning not spicy), but it was delicious. 

Java Green Spicy Noodle Soup  Java Green Spicy Noodle Soup

 

  • Service: Polite and extremely efficient.  You order on the left side of the bar, get a number and a little receipt, and the pay at the other side of the bar.  Think Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi counter, make it a little longer, and  you get the picture.  Though they do not act anything like the Soup Nazi. 
  • Atmosphere:Not only the restaurant vegan, but it’s also eco-friendly. 
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: If I could, I’d eat here all the time.  Their soup was fantastic (I’d order the Spicy chicken but 86 the rice) and I can’t wait to go back.  They have a great list of smoothies and other healthy drinks too.  If there were more restaurants like this, I think I’d be vegan…well, maybe not…still not convinced?  Since I started this blog, I’ve tried to eat at a new place and don’t want to go back to the same place if possible.  I’ve been here twice.  Yeah, that good. 

Details:

  • Address: 1020 19th Street NW; Washington, DC 20009 
  • Hours: Mon-Wed 8:30 AM-8:30 PM; Thurs-Fri 8:30 AM-9:00 PM; Sat 11:00 AM-6:00 PM; Sun closed
  • Ph: 202-775-8899
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