The Best Fast-Casual Bowls Around DC

Beefsteak. Photo by Scott Suchman

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The Harvest Bowl—kale, wild rice, apples, sweet potatoes, goat cheese, and toasted almonds with balsamic vinaigrette. We swap out the chicken for a seasonal veggie such as roasted asparagus. Multiple area locations;


The Eden—sugar-snap peas, edamame, green beans, and other veggies drizzled with garlic yogurt and lemon-honey dressing on a bed of quinoa—with an add-on of cured salmon. DC and Bethesda;

Cava Grill

A brown-rice-and-supergreens bowl with lamb meatballs, hummus, feta spread, eggplant-pepper spread, banana peppers, pickled onions, kalamata olives, tomato-cucumber salad, slaw, mint, and yogurt dressing. Multiple area locations;

Choolaah Indian BBQ

The tikka masala bowl with barbecue chicken, white rice, and a side of naan and yellow dal(a lentil stew). Fairfax;

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.