Where's the Beef? It's Not at the Sunflower Cafe!

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Sunflower Vegetarian Cafe Vienna VAIf you are looking for a charbroiled steak and potatoes then you will drive right past the Sunflower Vegetarian Café in Vienna VA. If you do you will miss a great treat.

Our family first started dining at Sunflower Vegetarian Café about 5 years ago when it we discovered it had the best variety of vegetarian dishes in the Northern Virginia area. We are a mixed family of carnivores, vegetarians and vegans so finding a place where everyone could be happy was a challenge. Fortunately Sunflower Café fit the bill.

You can't help but smile when you walk in the door and realize that the sunflower theme is everywhere. From the real sunflowers out front (in the summer), to sunflowers on the table cloths and sunflower pictures on the walls you could feel as if you've hit upon the mother lode of yellow and brown. The staff is friendly, you will be seated quickly and your water glass will always be full.

Sunflower from Sunflower Vegetarian CafeOnce you start looking over the menu though you forget the sunflower theme and you start trying to decide what you want to eat. Do you want your dumplings steamed or fried? Do you want your soup with Udon noodles or Jinenjo Sob? We never pass up the seaweed salad despite the fact that we always end up with the little seeds stuck in our teeth.

Then it is on to the main courses. With names like "Peace and Harmony, Popeye's Favorite and As You Wish Garden" you can't help but feel the Zen. The one dish that always satisfies the carnivores in the group is the General Tso's Surprise. Usually made with chicken in more traditional Asian restaurants, here it is made with nicely seasoned chunks of soy protein that you would swear is chicken and garnished with broccoli and carrots. My daughter never passes up the Almond and Blueberry Pie for dessert and you would never know that it has no dairy, no eggs or no honey in it.

If your family would like a little chance of pace then, head over to Vienna (Nutley and Maple) and be prepared for a nice treat. You won't find anyone asking "where's the beef" but you will see lots of satisfied diners with big plates of food.

Sunflower Vegetarian Cafe
2531 Chain Bridge Road
Vienna, VA

Sunflower Vegetarian Cafe

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Patricia Kennedy
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Cindy, I should know better than to read restaurant reviews on Active Rain when I'm hungry!  Sounds like a fun place!

Sep 17, 2008 04:13 PM #1
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Mara Hawks
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This would be my favorite restaurant!! I lived in Colorado (Boulder) a few years ago. They had a great vegetarian restaurant there also---named The Sunflower...It was my favorite there, too. this was a really nice write-up of your local cafe. Thanks for bringing this to the attention of hungry people who like to eat healthy and delicious cuisine!

Sep 17, 2008 04:28 PM #2
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Pat Fenn
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When I lived in the Tysons Corner area we used to head to Sunflower to eat too.  Great food and reasonable prices.  Nice post.

Sep 17, 2008 05:10 PM #3
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Cindy, does this Sunflower have the same owners as the one in Seven Corners?  I've eaten there a couple of times and found the food to be very good and very similar to what you've described here.

Sep 17, 2008 05:35 PM #4
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Patricia-I shouldn't write them when I am either!

Sep 17, 2008 06:36 PM #5
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Paul Chavez
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Go vegetarian food!  Better for our health and planet!

Nov 11, 2008 09:35 AM #6
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Paul-no more methane from cows:-)   Sunflower satisfies even the meat lovers with their great food.

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Carol Lynne Bull
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Cindy, This is one of my husband and mys favorites. We live in Alexandria VA. and never mind the drive in for the food and people who both prepare and share the mood of the place. Even my family can come and have a meal the satisfies them.

Carol

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Carol-glad to know it is a fave of your families too!

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