It’s Friday night! Congress is on recess, my boss is on vacation, and the work week has officially (almost) ended. Life is good!
As I was brainstorming dinner spots to take a friend who is visiting from out of town this weekend, it occurred to me that restaurant dining (and drinking) is one arena where I’m not as conscious as I should be about my choices. While I’m (pretty) good about things like groceries, cleaning products, cosmetics, and other around-the-house stuff, I rarely check into the places where I eat (and drink) out to see what their track record is like. Deciding I needed to remedy this, I set out on a hunt for a listing of restaurants with locally-sourced food, organic noms, and other green places to enjoy a night out.
Surprisingly, my first sweep through available online information didn’t yield the impressive listings that I was going for. But, after a little bit of digging, I did find two reliable places to get started on my mission to find eco-friendly noms in DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia.
SustainUs.org has published a printable PDF of sustainable businesses in Washington, D.C. Their guide includes restaurants, farmer’s markets, bike shops, and other green businesses, and can be easily downloaded and saved for future reference.
Meanwhile, if you’re a veggie type, vegan, or just looking to go out for something non-meat every now and then, VegDC.com has a listing directory of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the area. Check it out here. Even if you’re not full-time vegetarian, forgoing the meat for a meal or two is a great way to branch out and go green. I know I’ve heard great things about the Soul Vegetarian Cafe on Georgia Ave, and I’m sure there are other treasures in the city with unusual and delicious eats for the eco-conscious.
For those of you who will just be hitting the bars (can’t say I blame you), EatDrinkBetter has a list of the top five sustainable brews – among which are some pretty tasty and common beers such as Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery. Mother Nature Network has their own list, although some of those are a little more obscure.
I’m convinced that there is more out there, so I’m going to continue to do my homework – and keep you all informed on what I find. Until then, happy weekend!