Cheap Eats 2007: Sunflower Vegitarian Restaurant
Comments () | Published July 11, 2007
Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 2531 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna, VA 22181
Phone: 703.319.3888
Neighborhood: Vienna
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Pan-Asian
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Edamame with sesame; mock fried-chicken nuggets; spicy Thai tom yum goong soup; sweet-sour tofu-skin “sushi”; curry fried rice; General Tso’s chicken made with soy protein; Amazing Mushrooms Palate.
Sunflower looks like something out of Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s, an earthy-crunchy vegetarian-only restaurant. You expect it to be run by hippies, but it’s staffed almost entirely by Asian-Americans.

The menu features unfamiliar-sounding items such as Kale & Burdock Deluxe, Wheat Gluten, and Macrobiotic Tofu. Not only are they all good for you, they’re also surprisingly tasty. Golden Nuggets are dead ringers for chicken but are chunks of marinated yuba wrapped in shredded shiitake mushrooms. For a clever tofu-based riff on General Tso’s Chicken, try General Tso’s Surprise, served in a mildly hot kung-pao sauce with organic broccoli and carrots. Some of the dishes on Sunflower’s large menu are so meaty-tasting that even carnivores owe it to themselves to go and have their eyes—and palates—opened. Just avoid the tasteless vegan desserts.

Carryout note: All the food keeps and reheats very well.

Open daily except Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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