Evolve Vegan Restaurant




I can’t believe it’s not mac and cheese!

Evolve Restaurant is a vegan soul food restaurant located at 341 Cedar St NW. As a result of the influence of the Seventh Day Adventists (Takoma Park was their headquarters until they moved to Silver Spring in 1989), Takoma and Takoma Park are a mecca for vegan and vegetarian eating in the DC area. Evolve is far from a crunchy, grungy, granola-eating kind of place. It has the ambiance of a casual but sophisticated restaurant, along with a full bar. It is totally date material, if the person you’re going on a date with is vegetarian or vegan. I ordered Evolve’s most popular combo (at least according to my waitress) which consisted of fried fake chicken with collard greens and dairy-free mac and cheese (it’s vegan so it must be 12903984_10154095582388011_1362039509_ohealthy, right??). The “fried chicken” itself was okay; the batter was a bit too thin for my liking and slid off the fake chicken a bit too easily. The “chicken” itself was a fairly average meatless rendition of chicken, which is to say it was decent enough. The collards were perfectly good collards.The mac and cheese, on the other hand, was the star of the show; it was not only a convincing imitation of mac and cheese but it was actually good mac and cheese in its own right. I have no idea what magic Evolve pulled off to make that happen, but my taste buds were pleased. If you order a main course and two sides as I did, it comes to $11, which is a very reasonable price for what is a huge amount of food (I’m a big eater and I couldn’t finish my meal). Next time I go, I want to try the drumsticks which are actually on a “bone” (I have no idea what said bone is made out of, which is kind of scary). In addition, my waitress was very friendly. This is a great place to eat if you’re curious about trying tasty vegan renditions of soul-food classics, if you’re with a vegan or vegetarian friend, or if you yourself are vegetarian or vegan. If you’re just looking for fried chicken, the imitation at Evolve is not going to cut it for you (but I suspect you already knew that).


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