I regularly lament the lack of original fast casual spots in Washington, D.C. Due to the fact that I am always in a hurry, usually hungry, and struggle to feed myself. We’ve gotten a lot better though—with Taylor Gourmet, Sweetgreen, &pizza and Cava continuing to expand, José Andrés giving us Beefsteak, Pow Pow joining us on H Street, and several more. I did almost cry with grief however, when I heard ShopHouse was likely going to close. (Bad move, Chipotle!)
I had to travel all the way to Manhattan to hear of The Little Beet, a fast casual chain loved by our City Bitches that has a nicer, sit-down restaurant called The Little Beet Table. I was lunching with the PR person who represents Cafe Clover, one of my favorite spots in the city for its beautiful vibes and healthy fare, and she told me about Little Beet in DuPont Circle, here in Washington. They invited me over to try the spot, so I grabbed a friend and went for lunch on a Friday.
Appropriately, I began with the side of beets, a cold dish chosen from a wide selection of hot and cold sides. The beets were topped with flavorful tumeric yogurt, sliced toasted almonds, and thin chives. Other appealing sides included chili sesame broccoli, roasted broccolini, and the more inventive collard greens with kimchi, crispy onion, and garlic.
As it was one of those bitterly cold winter days, I couldn’t resist ordering the butternut squash soup, which tasted incredible but was not terribly photogenic in a paper to-go cup. The soup was thick, dense, and packed with flavor—it was perhaps the best butternut squash soup I’ve sampled, and I’ve sampled many, being a basic Bitch.
The space is adorable—with an appropriately purple color tone and a living wall as you enter.
The menu offers a selection of bowls, rolls, and salads, as well as the aforementioned cool sides and warm sides. I immediately seized upon the salmon poké bowl, with raw salmon, avocado, happy slaw, watermelon radish, and pickled ginger, all served over brown sushi rice. It was healthy, beautiful, and packed with flavor. The salmon, topped with sesame seeds and chives, was oh so fresh. I also loved the spicy, creamy chipotle aioli that came along side. I mean, who doesn’t love a chipotle aioli? So creamy, so delicious.
My lunch date enjoyed the chipotle chicken roll, a sushi burrito with scallions, avocado, cilantro, happy slaw, and brown sushi rice wrapped inside the classic black seaweed.
All in all, I’m thrilled to have another healthy and delicious carry out location, conveniently located right in Dupont.
The Little Beet
1212 18th Street N.W.