Black Americans are three times as likely to be vegetarians and vegans than other Americans. According to a Pew Research Center survey, 8% of Black Americans are strict vegans or vegetarians, compared to just 3% of the general population. Veganism has been linked to decreased instances of chronic illness and heart disease in some communities, leading many people to consider vegetarianism and veganism when trying to improve their health and diets. Whether you are a longtime vegan or vegetarian, or someone just looking for an organic and allergy-conscious meal, our list has a recommendation that will curb your cravings while supporting the health of your body. This week, check out these amazing vegan, vegetarian and allergy-friendly Black owned eateries in D.C. to find your next favorite meal. Our list names a variety of flavors, including Jamaican food, soul food, burgers, and tasty desserts.

Sweet Sosumba Jamaican

Sweet Sosumba Jamaican Vegan Cafe is a boutique cafe that specializes in soy-free Caribbean Vegan cuisine. Some of their menu favorites include Spicy Jerk Chick’N, Jamaican Peas and Rice, and Fried Sweet Plantains. Sweet Sosumba Jamaican Vegan Cafe prepares their meals with organic ingredients, and they also offer lactose-free and gluten-free items. Located on Georgia Ave., NW.

Nu Vegan Cafe

Nu Vegan Cafe is a family owned business that serves a variety of delicious vegan foods, including burgers, several soul food favorites, and family meals. In addition to providing quality vegan food, Nu Vegan strives to be a place where local DMV residents can build culture and community. Located on Georgia Ave., NW.

Fare Well

Fare Well has been open in D.C. since 2016. Fare Well is a vegan diner, bakery, and bar that specializes in American food. They serve breakfast, including warm banana pancakes and tofu scramble, all day. Fare Well also hosts brunch, featuring their signature cocktails, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am-4pm. Located on H St., NE.

Open Crumb

Open Crumb is a self-described scratch kitchen that uses raw ingredients when preparing meals. Open Crumb offers several vegan and vegetarian dishes, including Jollof rice and vegan peanut stew. They also have a meal delivery service so customers can enjoy Open Crumb meals at home. Located on Good Hope Rd., SE.

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Ethiopian Food Favorites

D.C. is known for its exquisite Ethiopian food.Mimi’s Ethiopian BBQ in SE, Ethiopic in NE, and Zenebech in NW are all city favorites with sizzling vegan and vegetarian options like curried potatoes, lentils-sambusa and roasted vegetables. 

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