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Chop'T an excellent choice for vegans, vegetarians in Washington D.C.

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Just about every vegetarian has dined with an omnivore who immediately points out salad on the menu and says, "You can eat here." And while the gesture is thoughtful, there are times when vegans and vegetarians are just plain sick of salad. Chop'T restaurant on the East Coast changes the salad game for this crew.

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Restaurants with buffets usually have a couple of cool toppings to put on salads but not enough for it to be different than any other salad location. However, the Chop'T restaurant location near Washington D.C.'s Metro Red Line Station has excellent customer service, surprisingly speedy lines for a crowded spot and a large selection of side items to make a blended salad.

For those hanging out in D.C. to check out the Lincoln Memorial, MLK Memorial, The White House or any other place that's accessible by Metro train lines, it's worth taking a break at 618 12th Street NW or their neighboring locations to try the Vegetarian Powerhouse salad.

The ingredients include broccoli, edamame, carrots, sunflower seeds, walnuts, craisins, and chopped apples with spinach and romaine lettuce.

The pita bread on the side isn't much to brag about, and bread lovers would be better off grabbing some from Cosi's, which is located across the street closer to the train. Unless you like the taste of mineral water, ditch the gross Sparkling Grapefruit drink and opt for water or iced tea.

The salad is the main attraction, but there are sandwiches, too. Their tofu is made free of genetically modified (GMO) soybeans, the salad dressing is homemade and vegetables (ex. beets) come from a farm instead of a can. Omnivore friends will find plenty to munch on, too. All of the food is fresh and worth eating just one more salad.

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