Compassion Over Killing is excited to announce the winners of's 2008 Three Green Stars award:

Read about us in The Washington Post : "They Got the Vegetarian Vote" (Oct. 29, 2008)

Best Vegetarian Restaurant & Best Vegan Burger: JAVA GREEN

Voted “Best Vegetarian Restaurant” in the D.C-metro area for the second year in the row, this bustling organic, green, café offers mouth-watering sandwiches, salads, and mock meat dishes, as well as smoothies, tea and coffee drinks, not to mention the best vegan burger!

1020 19th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. * 202-775-8899 *


Not surprisingly, Sticky Fingers Bakery can satisfy any sweet tooth with amazingly scrumptious treats that keep people coming back for more. Be sure to also check out the breakfast, lunch, and dinner options!

1370 Park Rd., N.W., Washington, D.C. * 202-299-9700 *


This all-vegan restaurant has been a local favorite for years—for a good reason! The Vegetable Garden features a seemingly endless variety of delicious vegetable and mock meat dishes including the popular General Tso’s Chicken and Pecan Beef with Yams.

11618 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. * 301-468-9301 *


Specializing in Chinese and Japanese cuisine, the virtually all-vegan menu offers many popular items including a fried “chicken” appetizer, at two locations in Virginia.

6304 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va. * 703-237-3888 *
2531 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna, Va. * 703-319-3888

Best Indian: NIRVANA

Craving Indian food? Enjoy a fantastic lunch buffet, with an all vegetarian menu, featuring a different region of India each day.

1810 K St., N.W., Washington, D.C. * 202-223-5043 *

Best Falafel & Best Cheap Vegan Eats: AMSTERDAM FALAFEL SHOP

In the heart of Adam’s Morgan, this all-vegetarian restaurant lets you create your own sandwich with over a dozen sweet and savory toppings—and the price is right!

2425 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. * 202-234-1969 *

Best Vegan Brunch: ASYLUM

If you haven’t already, it’s time to check out vegan versions of your favorites, including French toast, pancakes, and waffle fries swimming in “cheese.” What are you waiting for?

2471 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. * 202-319-9353 *

Best Vegan Cheese Pizza: ELLA’S WOOD FIRED PIZZA

At Ella’s, you can have a fabulous gourmet pizza topped with wild mushrooms, potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and “cheese.”  Mmmmmm!  What more can we say? 

901 F St., N.W., Washington, D.C. * 202-638-3434 *

Best Ethiopian: MESKEREM

D.C. is home to many Ethiopian restaurants but this one, known for its atmosphere and great food, tops the list.

2434 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. * 202-462-4100 *

Best Place to Shop for Vegan Groceries: MY ORGANIC MARKET  

With locations in College Park, Frederick, Jessup, and Rockville, Md. and Alexandria, Va., a great selection of vegetarian and vegan food and competitive prices it’s no surprise that MOM’s is the choice for all your animal-friendly groceries.

Best Vegan Eats & Drinks: BUSBOYS AND POETS

Now with three locations, these bustling cafés, bookstores and meeting spots offers late night dining featuring over a dozen vegan menu items and a full-service bar.

2021 14th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. * 202-387-7638 *
1025 5th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. * 202-789-2227
4251 South Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va. * 703-379-9756

Best Romantic Vegan Meal: VEGETATE

Diners enjoy the chic atmosphere, a full-service bar and an all-vegetarian menu created from fresh, local ingredients.

1414 9th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. * 202-232-4585 *


Thank you again for participating in’s 2008 “Best Vegetarian Food” Contest and congratulations to the following people who won free COK t-shirts!

Alex Kramer
Grant Smith
Jennifer Gallienne
Kathleen Landy
Laurie Maxwell
Lisa Lewis
Marya Torrez
Steve Haase
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