My husband and I recently took a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. I was super excited to check out this museum (as I have been waiting to do so since February when I first reserved the tickets). I was also excited to dive into the D.C. vegan scene to see what it was all about. Being that I live in Durham, NC, it’s not everyday that I get to stroll into a totally vegan restaurant with tons of options so I knew I had to seize the moment.
Upon arriving, I did some research on Yelp to figure out where I wanted to go. I simply searched for Vegan restaurants and looking over the pictures and reviews. Hip City Veg seemed to be a D.C. favorite, so I knew this needed to be one of the first stops I made. Not to mention, it wasn’t very far from the museum so it worked out geographically as well.
First things first: Hip City Veg is no bigger than a minute. Consider yourself lucky if you’re able to find a seat inside. We walked in and were greeted by one of the friendliest cashiers I’ve ever met. She was very helpful in offering suggestions and seemingly loved her job (she even posed for a picture below!).
I ordered the Crispy Chick’n Sandwich, an order of sweet potato fries, and a strawberry margarita cupcake (total: $21.07). Let’s start with the sandwich. It was good! It was topped with fresh red onions, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and a peppercorn ranch sauce (slightly too much). The only downside was that it was not crispy as advertised. I was expecting an outer texture similar to that of a sandwich from Wendy’s or Chick-fil-a, however the texture of the “meat” was very similar to chicken to my surprise. The sweet potato fries were fresh, delicious and lightly salted.
The cupcake…OMG. It was honestly one of the most perfect cupcakes I’ve ever had. Notice that I said “one of the most perfect cupcakes”, not one of the most perfect vegan cupcakes. Definitely one of those cupcakes that you eat slow because you don’t want to finish it too fast. It was just all around good. Too often I find myself scraping off a nice chunk of the icing because it’s too sweet or the icing to cake ratio doesn’t seem adequate. With this cupcake, it was not a problem. If they weren’t so expensive ($5), I would have purchased another! By the way, I later found out that these cupcakes are sourced from a local vegan bakery called Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats. I wanted to try one of their popular milkshakes that I had heard so much about, but they were sold out for the day 🙁
All in all, I would rate Hip City Veg an 8 out of 10. I’m deducting points for the outer texture of the chick’n, the excessive sauce, pricing ($21.07?!) and minimal seating. Would I return to Hip City Veg? YES! Who do I need to talk to about getting one of these in North Carolina?!