Virginia Vacation Part 3
Before we left for Virginia, I checked out the HappyCow listings to see what meatless options we would find in Williamsburg and in Washington, as I always do. Last summer, the Sorrento listings led us to the wonderful Mondo Bio cafe and it just makes things easier than combing through the phone book when we arrive somewhere unfamiliar. Without this listing, we never would have discovered Science Club, which turned out to be only two blocks from our hotel in Washington.
We knew from reading the reviews on Yelp that this was known as an after work drinks hangout with an accompanying pub grub and appetizer oriented menu, which turned into more of a bar as the night went on. The building's facade is beautiful and the name is just weirdly cool and fun to say. The crowd is generally hip urban professionals and not families of tourists with young children. But one look at their menu convinced us we had to try it.
When we showed up at around 5:00 on a Saturday, I think they were surprised to see anyone. We were the only people in the restaurant and they all seemed intent on washing bar glasses and stocking the ice and beer coolers in preparation for a busy night ahead. They were very nice and answered all our questions about the menu, made recommendations, took our picture, etc. We told them we had heard about them on happycow and they seemed surprised to be part of a tourist itinerary, but said they had heard someone mention that website before.
The food did not disappoint. Our party ordered the Portabella Mushroom Cap, the Kashmiri Lentil Soup, Tina's Homemade Veggie Burger and the salad for which they were kind enough to share the dressing ingredients, which has become this week's recipe offering. We all cross-sampled each other's meals and agreed that everything was beyond delicious. Stella proclaimed that her veggie burger platter was the best meal she had ever eaten. The salad dressing was perfectly tart and not too sweet.
If you're ever in DC, we highly recommend a stop at Science Club for dinner (and don't forget Sunrise Caribbean Cuisine for lunch).
Happy Labour/Labor Day to those who are celebrating it today. If your weather allows it and you are out at the barbeque (try grilling some eggplant, corn on the cob, portabella mushrooms and veggie burgers to keep things MM approved) on this last day of summer holidays, I hope you find today's salad a great addition to your meal.