Worth the Trip: Inexpensive Veggie Food in NOVA; D.C. Location Opening Soon

Though the Northern Virginia location of this inexpensive and delectable little
vegSunflower Vegetarian Resturantetarian (mostly vegan) eatery might not be accessible for all, it’s certainly worth the trip if you can make it. Sunflower, located on Maple Avenue in Vienna, Va. is a quaint little dine-in or take-out restaurant that won’t be too hard on your wallet, especially for lunch.

The atmosphere is very simple. Everything is peppered with sunflower decor, from the servers’ uniforms to the walls and table accents. Service is friendly and quick, even when it’s busy over lunch hour (as it often is). After your first taste of their lauded “General Tsos, ” with mock meat and a sauce that you’ll crave for days, expect to be hooked. The Post said it best, “Fashioned from white mushrooms and soy protein, morsels of fried “chicken” taste much like fowl — McNuggets with a conscience.” (Washington Post, 2005)

For the quality of the food Sunflower serves up, the price is unbelievable. They use filtered water in all cooking, fresh ingredients, high quality soy protein and fresh veggies, all without preservatives.

At lunch, expect to pay about $6 for a serving of General Tsos (not including any drink other than water). Depending on the time of year, lunch comes with either a soup, salad or both, so it’s always way more than enough food.

An employee at Sunflowers attests that the restaurant will open their D.C. location sometime in February 2007. The exact location is unidentified but hopefully it’ll be close for those who don’t have a car to make it to the Vienna location. The Vienna location is not Metro accesible but if you’re in the area, be sure to check it out.

Some tips:

  • Avoid heading down Maple Ave. during rush hour (7-10 a.m. or 5-7 p.m., in that area)
  • Cash and credit
  • Try the General Tso lunch entree! You won’t be sorry

  • Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant

    2531 Chain Bridge Road
    Vienna, VA 22181
    Phone: (703) 319-3888
    Fax: (703) 242-7331
    Monday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Sunday: 12 a.m. – 10 p.m.Check out the Web site and menu

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