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TGI(G)F: We (heart) vegans, too!

March 20th, 2008 by Brandi

For all of the vegan gluties out there who were saddened by the recent Hard Times Chili post, this one’s for you.

Golden Triangle’s very own Java Green (1020 19th Street NW) not only respects the meat, dairy, egg free lifestyle of area vegans, it’s perfect for gluties too. And if enviro-friendly is your bag, this hot lunch spot fits your profile to a tee. All of the utensils, cups and straws are biodegradable made from corn starch and takeout is served in reusable containers. The shop is stocked with information on sustainable, organic and free trade foods. They haven’t yet signed on for gluten-free baked sweets, like the ones by Sweet Sin Bakery, but their selection of shakes will satisfy your sugar craving.

The menu is adequately labeled with wheat-free, meat-free and other indicators, but if you are unsure, ask. The staff knows the drill. And even better, all of the foods are made with wheat-free soy sauce.

The shop’s signature dish — jobche noodle — is a Japanese, sweet potato noodle that is decadent and made fresh every day at 11 a.m. **you can’t order the jobche before Noon** Served in a rice bowl (red rice, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and your choice of tofu, or to-chicken), you’ll be full until the next day. The strawberry salad is served with more fresh mozzarella (for those of us who love dairy) than you should ever eat in one sitting. Before heading out to order lunch, check out their Web site to get the daily specials. You can save a dollar on one meal from each category on its menu every day.

I’d stay away on a busy day, though. While the staff is efficient, the crowd doesn’t always have the flow down right. Sometimes, it can take up to 20 minutes to get your food and pay. If you have the time, it’s always worth the wait. If you live in the area, I’ve heard the brunch is delightful.

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