Even non-vegan neighborhood restaurants cater to vegetarians and vegans by offering more than a token meat-free dish. Sticky Rice has more than 30 options, including the addictive Garden Balls with shiitake mushrooms, red pepper, cilantro, and spicy rice in a tempura-fried inari pocket drizzled with sweet soy sauce.

Most of the menu at Farmbird can be made vegetarian, and the dinner menu at Mediterranean restaurant Sospeso boasts about 15 vegan or vegetarian dishes, like vegan kofte made with lentil and bulgur instead of lamb.

Anwar Saleem founded H Street Main Street in 2002, and he’s watched the neighborhood evolve when it comes to healthy options. The organization puts on the H Street Festival and provides commercial property improvement services and government relations assistance to area businesses.

(WCP)