If I could write songs, I'd write my own Ode to Joy to the wonderful Open Kitchen Bistro in Falls Church. What makes Open Kitchen so amazing:
- Wonderful/friendly service who doesn't look utterly confused when you state that you are a vegan and really don't want another salad
- A menu with items that are vegan and/or easily veganized
- Gorgeous decor and patio-perfect for the crisp Spring night
- Pot of tea for $3.50
- Vegan (and non vegan) cooking classes
On a beautiful Spring night here in the lovely DC metro area, my friends and I decided we needed a good meal ASAP preferably in VA so we could all drive with outdoor seating and a restaurant where vegan food would not be a salad without the cheese and meat. And Open Kitchen Bistro seemed the perfect restaurant. I started with a chamomile citrus tea that arrived in this:
(my own teapot...adorable)
And for my meal I had this:
Vegan Zucchini and Basil Soup
Quinoa Vegetable Medley
I absolutely loved the soup! The accent of basil with the pureed zucchini left me wanting another bowl or two. I gobbled the soup up in 3 seconds and then started analyzing the quinoa vegetable medley which upon first sight disappointed me. I thought that a vegetable medley would include more vegetables than a couple pieces of carrots and onions (which I love but do not agree with my poor tummy). Then when I took my first bite, my suspicions were confirmed. The quinoa and veggies had no flavor. I'm a spice girl (lol...I'd be Garlic Spice) and the quinoa just tasted boring and bland to my overly seasoned tastebuds. So instead of eating dull quinoa I decided to snap pictures of my friends' meals (which I didn't sample as nothing about them were in the neighborhood of vegan).
Herb crusted Tuna Burger with side salad and homemade chips
Both dishes smelled wonderful and both of my friends were in love with their dishes. Since I didn't enjoy the quinoa, I didn't eat it (why waste my calories) so my friend V. took them home for her lunch the next day. However I'm planning on returning soon to sample some of the other vegan options including a cauliflower steak...yummm :) And Open Kitchen also offers vegan cooking classes. I'm going to attend a Vegan Indian cooking class later this month. Though the quinoa disappointed me, I LOVED Open Kitchen because of the great service, numerous options, and decor (sorry no pics this time). I will definitely be back soon!
Has anyone ever had difficulty ordering food at restaurants? I hate when my family wants to go to steakhouses for dinner. I've even hidden a PB&J sandwich in my purse to supplement the iceberg lettuce I always get served.