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Restaurant Talk Column: Ideas?
  • newty25 June 7, 2013 - 10:29 am #75935 Reply

    Nah… I mean the rants are timed at night when the forum is quiet. They seem alcohol fueled.

    I guess it’s better than calling/texting the ex.

    For some reason, I got the impression that AKB is a woman.

    Sunshine June 7, 2013 - 1:08 pm #75976 Reply

    I don’t know. I’m veg most of the time and I don’t seem to have any trouble finding things to eat when I go out; which is admittedly not very often. I check the menu ahead of time or I call them so they can give the kitchen a heads up if it’s not really a veg friendly kind of place (someone else picked the place). I have had some terrific things made for me that had my table mates wishing they had the same thing. Oh and why did I say veg most of the time? Everything goes out the window when I’m near a real deal chicken cheesesteak or hoagie a few times a year. Or a bratwurst in Germany maybe.  I don’t think you can go to say, a steak place and expect them to have vegan options. Just like you can go to a place like Sunflower and expect to get a steak.

    newty25 June 7, 2013 - 1:15 pm #75978 Reply

    Not around here, but the Wynn/Encore hotel in Vegas has a vegan menu at almost all of their restaurants, including SW Steakhouse.

    I don’t eat vegan/vegetarian when I’m out much, simply because of the lack of options. I will usually steer the crowd to a place with options if I have the opportunity.

    Smoke and Barrel in DC is a must try for vegan/veg-heads. I can’t wait to get back. The jalapeno-cheddar grits are unreal and the tufo BBQ sammies are great.

    Sunshine June 7, 2013 - 1:37 pm #75986 Reply

    You are right about the Wynn. Terrific food! Portland Oregon and Seattle have lots of options for veggies. I was in veg heaven in Portland. I suspect this area will evolve over time. More people are eating this way for their health. My doctor advised me to go this route about ten years ago and I do think it has helped me. I’ll have to try Smoke and Barrel thanks for the tip!

    AKB June 7, 2013 - 7:48 pm #76030 Reply

    Theakston: You miss my point, dear ARL poster. If we only cater to one segment of our society, then are doing the best/right/business-wise? The idea that a place says: we do not serve vegetarians, then what is next? We don’t serve ____. You pick the rest. Get it? This is wrong.

    Ever walk on Georgetown pavements. It is hard. People, so big that you cannot get through. Our-country is in dire straits. This book, http://www.amazon.com/Salt-Sugar-Fat-Giants-Hooked/dp/1400069807, should be a required reading for consumers.

    Me thinks that we will not get out of the health crisis without acknowledging that vegan/vegetarian is our first line of defense. I think we should protest on the Mall for restaurants that refuse to cater to us. I say that we will not be ignored any more. All of us are tired. We need to take our energy to the polls and not visit establishments that discriminate against us.

    AKB June 7, 2013 - 8:08 pm #76034 Reply

    Newty25: Thanx, Must go to LasVegas then with the family. Never been to Nevada. Vegan menu is featured, http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Restaurants/VegetarianDining. Plus, we are going to Smoke and Barrel near Adams Morgan this weekend, http://www.smokeandbarreldc.com/menu. So, glad, to know.



    JamesE June 8, 2013 - 9:57 am #76038 Reply

    You can get fit eating meats just fine, you are going full on Asperger’s mode when it comes to vegan/vegetarian diets.  Go protest on the mall though that should be hilarious.  Start by doing a 30 day sit in at a McDonalds.

    Sunshine June 8, 2013 - 4:29 pm #76049 Reply

    AKB- Go to the Compassion Over Killing website. They have a getting involved area with a specific area for restaurant outreach. This is exactly what you are looking for. It gives you a very specific guide for approaching restaurants with your request. You will also find events for like-minded people.

    NoVapologist June 10, 2013 - 12:16 pm #76108 Reply

    Here’s a list of several hundred restaurants in the DC area (including 50+ in Arlington) that have vegetarian options.


    Sorry if that contradicts anyone’s belief that vegetarians are suffering from rampant discrimination.

    Orrin Konheim June 10, 2013 - 2:03 pm #76125 Reply

    Hey, I’m the one who wrote that piece on the Ballston Mall vendor that ballstoncmyk is referring to.  I’d like to suggest a food piece along that vein.

    I write human interest and not in the food section  for ArlNow.

    Nick, please email me at okonh0wp@gmail.com so I can present my pitch to you.

    Also, anyone else is free to email me with pitches for human interest stories.


    Orrin Konheim


    Theakston June 11, 2013 - 9:35 am #76198 Reply

    dear ARL poster. If we only cater to one segment of our society, then are doing the best/right/business-wise? The idea that a place says: we do not serve vegetarians, then what is next? We don't serve ____. You pick the rest. Get it? This is wrong.

    AKB are you f’ing kidding me? you think that your dietary choices make you a protected group…like some ethnic group that should not be discriminated against?  How self indungent of you!

    So if say I’m Indian and my preferences are for curry..or I’m English and I like me fish’n’chips…every restaurant must cater to my tastes or next thing we know they’ll be saying they “don’t serve___you pick the rest” jhow laughably intolerant of you.

    And with Little Serow….you really should have realized that there are no substitutions of any kind period… it says so right on their website. That’s what they do – present a set couse of incredibly innovative cooking.  It isn’t for everyone

    Sorry they can’t cater to your every dietary whim without you accusing them of violating your civil rights. Sorry I must go now – I’m off to Sunflower restaurant to demand that they make me a bacon sandwich.

    Sunshine June 11, 2013 - 10:16 am #76201 Reply

    If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies it really is your job to scope out the restaurant beforehand to see if the menu is going to be okay or not. Little Serow is very upfront about the fact that they have a set menu with no substitutions-for any reason. Restaurant Eve has a vegetarian tasting menu and will create a vegan menu with advanced notice. I would not expect to go to say Ruth’s Chris and get tofu. Just like I would not go to Amma Vegetarian Kitchen and expect to get prime rib. There are lots of restaurants in the area that are very accommodating and offer a wide range of options for all types of eaters. It’s not like we live in the middle of nowhere with a choice of only Sizzler or McD’s.

    AKB June 13, 2013 - 9:36 pm #76706 Reply


    >AKB are you f'ing kidding me? you think that your dietary choices make you a protected group...like some ethnic group that should not be discriminated >against?  How self indungent of you!


    You know, Your Excellency Theakston, you have no right – no right – to tell me what I can or cannot do. I will protest this discrimination against my practices. Totally unacceptable that I cannot eat with my fellow diners when I go out. If you are a restaurant, you will see me with friends. Now I will bring a lawyer. When the waiter says, no vegetarian/vegan options. I will ask my friend to sue. Pure and simple. I am tired and will no longer take this sort of treatment. Every person/group is given consideration. BUT, NOT ME. Why? This is America: Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. How dare you infringe on my rights. You sir/madam, are out of order. You have seen nothing yet. You cannot handle my legal connections.

    Captain_Obvious June 13, 2013 - 10:10 pm #76708 Reply

    wow dude, you’re throwing out some bold terms here…discrimination, lawyer, sue, rights…slow down and get off your high horse, oops, I mean your lettuce patch.

    A restaurant can serve whatever food it wants.  As a patron, you can either go there or not.  In many cases, you can see the menu before you go in to see if there is anything you like.  How do you think you can sue a restaurant for the type of food it serves?

    You’re right, this is America and restaurants have the right to serve whatever type of food they want.  You also have the right to eat something else before you go out if the restaurant doesn’t meet your needs.  If I go to a steak joint and want a piece of fish and they don’t have fish, should I cry about it and threaten to sue?

    You sound like a smug, petulant, a-hole.  Maybe you should open you’re own lettuce restaurant.

    Quoth the Raven June 14, 2013 - 8:04 am #76711 Reply

    I think AKB was kidding with that last post.  At least, I hope so!

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