13 Vegetarian and Vegan Takeout Options to Kickstart 2021
The plant-based dining choices just keep getting better and better.
Bakeshop offers a daily lineup of vegan sweets, including cookies, cupcakes and ice cream cookiewiches (check the store freezer for rotating flavors) at its Clarendon and Falls Church City storefronts. The bakers also make vegan cakes, pies and cupcakes to order, with taro cupcakes and “Oreos in a Blanket” counting among its most popular goodies. Vegan donuts are available only on weekends and sell out quickly. Watch the bakery’s social media feed for special vegan days when additional options, including cake slices, flood the menu. Both locations are open for takeout. Order ahead by calling the shop, or request delivery on DoorDash. // 1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington (Clarendon); 100 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church
This Eden Center stall has attracted long lines of customers since 2003 for fresh tofu and tofu pudding made from non-GMO soybeans, as well as fried tofu with flavors like lemongrass-chili-pepper and onion-mushroom, which you can order by the pound. Responding to the need for social distancing during the pandemic, the shop launched an online ordering option for customers who wish to skip the constant line. Add a Vietnamese sticky rice dish (most are vegetarian), sweet chè (a dessert made with made with beans, tapioca, jelly, fruit and coconut cream) or a fruit smoothie to your order for a complete meal. Eden Center offers plenty of outside eating space in its large parking lot, though parking can be a challenge on weekends. // 6793 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church (Eden Center)
The Falls Church newcomer opened in Falls Plaza in February 2020, serving a completely vegetarian Vietnamese menu that includes several pho and broken rice dishes, as well as a pair of Thai-inspired hot pots that are perfect for cold weather days. Rania’s is connected to several delivery platforms, and offers takeout. // 1106 W. Broad Street, Falls Church
PLNT Burger is adding Beyond Breakfast sandwiches to its menu, and is offering its meatless cheeseburger at half-price ($3.95) for the rest of January. The plant-based burger chain owned by chef Spike Mendelsohn has several locations inside Whole Foods Markets in the mid-Atlantic, and plans to launch standalone eateries this year. Don’t forget the crispy herb fries, made popular at Mendelsohn’s other burger location, Good Stuff Eatery. // 1635 Boro Place, McLean (inside Whole Foods at The Boro)