Mississippi What you're getting: Combo plate Don’t let the lack of animal parts fool you: Homegrown Smoker knows BBQ and does not mess around. The BBQ sauce? A perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and smoky. Their tempeh holds that smoky flavor perfectly and builds with every bite. Don't forget to order hush puppies, and never, ever skip the chili-cheese fries. That’s just a general tip, but one that applies even more here.
82nd What you're getting: House special (roast pork) Do you consider going back to being a carnivore due to nostalgia and hunger pangs for greasy Chinese food? Well, we’ve got that vegetarian category covered too. Located out on 82nd -- which also has a wealth of Vietnamese veggie options -- Van Hanh’s got your kung pao, your five-spice tofu, and your green beans seared with not-beef. Equal opportunity for vegetarians does not get better than this. As if this deal isn’t already good enough on its own, the restaurant (a quaint craftsman-style house) is also run by Buddhist monks.
Downtown What you're getting: Chickpea bowl If you work Downtown, this should certainly be your go-to veggie cart. With a modest and humble façade, Sonny Bowl mixes up crunchy, tangy chickpeas and thick pieces of kale into heaping bowls. The 3rd & Washington carts definitely boasts a lot of cart competition -- including DC Vegetarian -- but if you’re looking for a flavorful and healthful meal, then set Sonny’s is your spot. The line here is consistently a few people deep, but it goes quick, just like that bowl will once you get it in your hands and have a bite. There may not be any seating around, but that’s the cart life, and when you have a hulking bowl to devour, you find a way to eat it with or without the table and chairs.