We’d be remiss if this list left out Ethiopian restaurants, most of which offer a host of options for vegans and vegetarians alike. An integral part of DC’s dining scene for more than 50 years, Chercher’s vegetarian options include split peas, lentils, and a vegetarian deluxe option with 10 veggie dishes to scoop up with injera at the Shaw or Bethesda location.
The restaurant earned a Bib Gourmand nod in the Michelin guide, but was popular with those in the know way before that. Set in an unassuming row house in Shaw, the restaurant’s short ribs and kitfo are terrific. The deluxe vegetarian combo is the way to go here. Nearly a dozen vegetarian items are served on an injera platter, which is more than enough food for four people, and the flavors and spices are totally spot on.