Vegan Mofo – Vegan Night – Brookland Cafe
More and more restaurants in the DC area are offering vegan options as part of their regular menu. Brookland Cafe is now hosting a vegan night every Wednesday from 4pm – 11pm. One of the chefs comes from Soul Veg, another great place to eat. Brookland Cafe is conveniently located a few blocks from the Brookland/CUA station on the red line, so a friend and I decided to meet up and try it out. The cafe is tucked in a residential neighborhood, and is a cute place with colorful stools at high tables.
The vegan menu includes a vegan seafood basket, veggie burger, a fish platter, a few raw items and lots more. I decided to go with the shrimp basket, and Meghan ordered the fish platter, and was given a choice of tofu or vegan salmon, so she decided to go with the salmon since that’s something you don’t see very often. My basket came with vegan shrimp, battered cauliflower, and fries. Meghan ordered grilled veggies and fries with hers, and it came out with potato salad and coleslaw, but they threw in the grilled veggies and fries anyway, and a few minutes later a chef came out with an extra little cup of more veggies!
I don’t eat a lot of fried food, but every once in a while, I indulge, and I’m glad I did. The shrimp and cauliflower were seasoned well, with lots of black pepper, lightly battered, and fried to non-greasy perfection. The fries were also nicely seasoned. Meghan was nice enough to share some grilled veggies with me, and they were fresh and crisp-tender, a nice foil against all the fried food.
I also got an oatmeal raisin cookie to go. It was definitely freshly baked. I didn’t ask if they made the desserts in-house, but the cookie tasted like it came out of the oven that day.
Definitely check out Brookland Cafe. The service was super friendly, and the woman working there told us that the cafe is also considering adding a weekday breakfast menu, with some vegan items. If you’re interested let them know, and definitely stop by on Wednesdays so they keep the night going!!