17 March 2011

Review: Soul Vegetarian Exodus, all vegan soul food

This past weekend I attended the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., I knew in advance before I went that I was going to be feasting at one of the many vegan friendly restaurants the city has to offer. My friend and fellow activist, Veronica Limeberry, and I are the types that know holes in the wall are the best. After an extensive search on the internet, that lasted about 10 minutes, we discovered a place called Soul Vegetarian’s Exodus. Vegetarian and vegan soul food is something we just couldn’t pass up.

Once we arrived, we started making our way towards the restaurant as soon as we had the first opportunity. It was a long walk after we got of the metro, but we pushed forward through unknown territories dragging our omnivorous friends behind us. Upon arrival, walking through the front door our nostrils was filled with scents of glory! Of course the first thing I asked was, “What’s vegan?”

“Everything,” she replied with a smile on her face.

Just hearing that one glorious word, a tear of joy rolled down my face. For an entrĂ©e we had a choice between lasagna, pepper steak, and macaroni and cheese. As for the sides there was broccoli, greens, and sweet potatoes. It was so hard for me to pick what I wanted to eat; I ended up picking a plate that came with two entrees and one side. I went with the pepper steak, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli. It’s hard to mess up broccoli, so the broccoli was of course delicious. Perfectly steamed with the glorious flavor that only broccoli can provide. I didn’t know what to taste next, the pepper steak or the macaroni and cheese.

I went with the steak. The taste of it was indescribable; I don’t even know how to put it into words. This time instead of a single tear of joy, I was crying like a baby with a mouth full of food. The flavor, the smell, the texture, I was so happy. There was nothing that could make me happier.

Well that is what I thought until I tried the macaroni and cheese. This item at the restaurant is spot on. Soul Vegetarian Exodus, HOW DID YOU DO IT?! This could fool any dairy eater, in fact there were three dairy eaters with us and they all loved. Some of them even exclaimed it was the best they have had. I had shed tears before but the macaroni and cheese was so good that I literally ran outside with a burst of adrenaline and screamed, “I LOVE D.C.!!!”

I also got to taste some of Veronica’s greens and sweet potatoes, and both were fantastic! With delicious food like you can’t get in most towns, moderately low prices, and a friendly staff and environment; Soul Vegetarian Exodus is a must stop if you are in D.C. Ignore the mixed reviews you see around the internet, I would not lie to you!

Steven Garnett | Facebook | @stevengarnett
Steven is currently pursuing a B.A. in history and women's studies at East Tennessee State University. He is the founder of Vegans and Vegetarians of the Tri-Cities and a student animal rights organization at ETSU. Steven is a vegan, active feminist, and environmentalist. He enjoys film, art, and delicious vegan cuisine and wishes to educate others about oppression, regardless if it's animal oppression or human oppression. Steven's blog/Tumblr.

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