A new eatery which opened last week at the miXt Food Hall in Brentwood uses mushrooms as an alternative to meat to serve up vegan meals.
MushDC, which calls itself a plant-based sandwich and salad shop, serves up vegan versions of a chicken sandwich, a Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich, a jerk barbecue sandwich and a steak-and-cheese sandwich.
The menu also features Peruvian- and Caribbean-influenced bowls and a side dish of braised collard greens marinated in coconut milk, herbs and spices.
Chef Tarik Frazier and business partner Alex Hamilton said they started the restaurant to show that there are alternatives to meat that aren’t made in a lab, like newer vegan products such as Beyond Meat.
“Mushrooms have so many health benefits and mimic the texture and flavors of meat when they’re prepared correctly,” said Hamilton.
Frazier, who has run a private chef service and worked at Kith/Kin and American Son, started the eatery as a pop-up at the Roy Boys restaurant in the Shaw neighborhood before a space opened at miXt, which is located at 3809 Rhode Island Ave.
MushDC serves lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
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