I stopped in for a quick lunch yesterday at Muntean's, a small cafe on J Street across the street from the Sheraton. Muntean's is known primarily for its soups, including several that are vegetable-based.
It was relatively late by the time I arrived, so there were only three vegetarian soups left, and only one of those was vegan. I was able to try a sample of the Tomato Amza soup, which was a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, and very tasty.
But what I decided to order instead was one of the day's Romanian specials, the Vegetarian Ghiveci. This is a very hearty dish consisting of barley and a variety of vegetables -- I identified tomatoes, carrots, onions, and bell peppers. It was a great dish for this fall weather.
Muntean's offers vegetarian salads and sandwiches as well, some of which appear to be vegan or capable of being made vegan.
Muntean's is located at 1225 J Street. Their phone number is 916-498-9340, and their website address is http://www.munteansoups.com/. They are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.