Hottest Vegetarian Dish in DC?

You may not be a vegetarian, but I am. One thing I’ve noticed is that there aren’t a lot of really spicy veggie dishes in the DC area. For some reason people associate vegetarian with bland, and it doesn’t have to be that way (especially because, if you think about it, hot peppers are a vegetable). Since one of my recent entries was the “Hottest Dish in DC”, I thought I’d do a little research and find the “Hottest Vegetarian Dish in DC.”

I’m finally ready to make a recommendation. I’ve come to the conclusion that the “Spicy Roasted Tofu with Basil” dish at Bangkok 54 (2919 Columbia pike, Arlington, VA 22204 (right near the Arlington Cinema and Draft House) is the hottest vegetarian dish in the DC area. I’m pretty sure it’s actually wheat gluten and not tofu, but it’ll make you sweat. So if you are looking for a meal that is only cruel to your tastebuds, give it a try!

5 Comments so far

  1. Chris L (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 8:08 am

    I’m not vegetarian, but I’m dating an Indian girl who is. From the dishes she’s made me, and her liberal use of Saracha sauce, I can’t agree with your “vegaterian = bland” sentiment. Quite the opposite. In the year since we’ve been dating, I’ve eaten the hottest food I ever have in my life. Try some indian restaurants if you’re looking for hot :)


  2. jps (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 9:39 am

    I second Chris’ comment, with a qualifier: His girlfriend is Indian. Most indian and thai places in town tell you what is hot and what isn’t, but do not give you the choice of spiciness to go with ever dish.

    This is less important in Indian cuisine than it is in Thai, as most (good) Thai resturaunts I’ve been to will give you the option of how spicy to make every meal.

    That said: most of the time I’m dissapointed with how spicy my food is. Its either not spicy enough (but oftentimes rich in other ways) or else a boiling inferno that lacks other flavors.

    Siracha is kind of cheating. There are better ways to make things spicy.

    I haven’t been to Bangkok 54 yet. I’ll have to give it a try.


  3. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

    Go to Teddy’s Roti at Geranium and Georgia Ave, and get a roti with “plenty” pepper sauce. Burn!


  4. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

    The spiciest vegetarian dish in DC definitely comes from my kitchen and I think I am going to prepare it for lunch this afternoon. Stir fried noodles, Thai style.

    In restaurants, you always have a good bet going with Thai and Indian restaurants. Tell them you want it Thai style. I tell Thai wiatstaff that I am a farang (honkey) but that my mouth is Thai. The same works with Indian places. They are happy to take up the challenge of burning you silly.


  5. Sarah (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    Great blog about spicy veg food in DC! Thought you might be interested in seeing this — it’s a contest on VegDC.com to vote for your favorite vegetarian restaurants in the DC area! Pretty cool, huh? You can win prizes for voting, too.

    Though I’d share…



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