As a lover of all foods, I knew when I drove down K Street and noticed Sugar Plum Vegan Café, that I had to try it! Sugar Plum Vegan is a casual café, nestled in an old Victorian on K Street in between 23rd and 24th Streets. The menu is simple and everything on it is 100% Vegan, and organic whenever possible.
We arrived at Sugar Plum around seven on Friday night. I ordered the Tempeh Reuben, which was marinated Tempeh, Saurkraut, Avocado, Pickles and Thousand Island Dressing on yummy Rye bread. For those that are wondering (I wondered as I was eating it) Tempeh is made from cooked and slightly fermented soybeans that are formed into a patty. Tempeh has a flavor of its own, unlike tofu, and is high in protein and calcium. I have to say, as someone who is a big fan of the Reuben sandwich…subbing the Tempeh for corned beef was no big deal…it was delicious! The sandwich was served with a mixed green salad with a light vinegarette dressing.
Kris ordered the Midtown Club which was Tempeh Bacon, Romaine, Tomato, Avocado Clover Sprouts, and Veganaise on Multi-Grain Bread. The Club was also served with the same mixed green salad. We both enjoyed our meals tremendously, despite not eating Vegan food on a regular basis (read: ever).
We ate inside the café, as it was a bit on the chilly side, but there is also an awesome outdoor seating area to take advantage of the sun on warm days!
Inside the café, is some fun and funky art, done by the chef. The café offers free WIFI so there were a few patrons dining alone with the company of their laptops. While we waited for our food, we noticed the woman next to us was eating a huge plate of what looked to be quite tasty nachos. Definitely will have to come back and give those a try sometime soon!
Now, some dinners can be complete without dessert, but when I saw the case full of treats, I knew I had to try some! We took a to-go box and tried a Whoopie Pie (think big Oreo), a Very Vanilla Cupcake and a Red Velvet Cupcake. Each was tasty and unique and had its own flair. The only piece of advice I’d give when eating a Vegan dessert, is that you can’t expect it to taste exactly like what you are used to. They’re delicious, but different!
Overall, we had a great experience at Sugar Plum Vegan. I look forward to my next trip back to see what else is on the menu and try some new desserts! For more about Sugar Plum Vegan check out their website at www.sugarplumvegan.com