by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
Going green doesn't have to mean granola--there are plenty of chic, delicious restaurants in D.C. that also give a friendly nod to the environment. Whether it's by building from recycled and reclaimed materials, using renewable energy, offering biodegradable takeout containers or serving organic, local and vegan food, D.C. restaurants have ?green? covered. (Pictured: Founding Farmers)
Updated: June 02, 2010
Logan Circle residents can grab organic, local comfort food at this popular neighborhood cafe in good conscience: The restaurant uses 100 percent green power from wind energy and other natural sources, is furnished with recycled materials and uses recyclable or biodegradable materials throughout.
This Columbia Heights bakery has the market cornered when it comes to vegan treats. The bakery and cafe champions an animal-free diet to reduce animal suffering and promote environmental sustainability. Everything served is 100 percent vegan, and much of it is also free of lactose, cholesterol and saturated fat.
Everything about this U Street wine bar is earth-friendly, from the entirely organic menu of cheeses, flat breads and bahn mi sandwiches to the wood used throughout its three levels (reclaimed). Even the wine selections are all biodynamic. So really, the more you drink, the more you help the planet.
Nearly every single ingredient used at this 19th Street cafe is organic, from the sugar to the flour and soy sauce. Part of the Clean Energy Partnership, it also uses wind power and reusable china plates whenever possible. When takeout is a must, the restaurant offers biodegradable containers made of corn and potato starch.
Salads and sandwiches served at this chain are made to order with organic, sustainable and local ingredients, and even the takeout boxes are made of 100 percent compostable corn. The restaurant also offers spa-like ice water infused with lemon or cucumber for free in pitchers near the register.
D.C.'s first LEED certified restaurant (and also a Certified Green Restaurant), this Foggy Bottom eatery takes going green to heart. Most of what it serves, from pasta to dressings, is made in-house--no trucking from far-flung lands--and meat and dairy come from certified sustainable farms.
With 95 perfect of its food produced by organic farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, this upscale north Dupont eatery became the first certified organic restaurant in America in 1999. The seasonal food is a favorite among eco-conscious politicians, especially Diane Feinstein, one of the restaurant's regulars.