Eating to Live on the Outside: The Vegetable Garden

Happy Friday! Let’s go on a journey, a digital journey. Fire up the internet, we’re heading to The Vegetable Garden in Rockville, Maryland. And this place is loaded with veggie fare.

It took me awhile and several run-throughs to decide what I’d eat. So, after much deliberation, here’s of list of things I might order. Have a look:

Whole Wheat Steamed Dumplings

  • Wheat flour, green chard, carrots, firm tofu and rice vermicelli; the vermicelli is a little iffy, but the chard is cool.

Spinach Roll

  • Spinach, sesame and sesame dressing; rock on spinach!

Asparagus Seaweed Roll

  • Fresh asparagus, carrots, lettuce, sea salt and sesame dressing; skipping the salt, but everything else is fine.

Vegetable Garden Salad

  • Romaine lettuces, carrot, red cabbage, cucumber, grape tomato, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, roasted pine nuts, mandarin orange, dried cranberries and rice vinegar dressing; I’d get the dressing on the side.

Mugwort Soba Noodle Salad

  • Wheat flour, buckwheat flour, sea salt, mugwort leaves, organic radicchio, organic cabbage, organic Romaine lettuce, organic carrots, organic maple syrup, organic marukan rice vinegar, black-pepper, roasted sesame seed, roasted sliced almond and virgin olive oil; I’ll ditch the salt and ask for the oil on the side.
Asparagus with Oyster Mushroom
  • Yuba, oyster mushroom, asparagus and brown sauce; I’d ask about the brown sauce, the asparagus is awesome.

Eight Treasure Eggplant

  • Dried eggplant, shitake mushrooms, yellow squash, zucchini, red bell pepper, lily bulb, pine nuts, dried cranberries, cashew nuts, firm tofu and spicy sauce; just ask about the sauce, otherwise a ton of veggies!

Bamboo Raft

  • Marinated yuba, celery, carrots, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, jicama, steamed green cabbage leaves, curry and coconut milk sauce; go easy on the sauce.

Lo Hen Cantaloupe

  • Yuba, cucumber celery, butternut squash, jicama, cantaloupe, black mushrooms, pecans, cashews, dried cranberries, curry and coconut sauce; same deal, watch the sauce.

Pearl Squash

  • Butternut squash, fresh lily bulb, ginger, red bell peppers, beets and light black bean sauce; watch that sauce again.

Jian Pao Vegi-Gourmet

  • Asparagus, firm tofu, lily bulb, sugar snap peas, oyster mushroom, yellow squash, red bell pepper and spicy sauce; yup, again with the sauce.

Bean Nest

  • Red kidney beans, chic peas, baby lima, lentil, adzuki beans, pinto beans, black soy beans and brown sauce; all those beans, I wonder what will happen.

Alright, that is a lot of food to choose from. I mean come on! Now, as for my exact order, I’d either get the Vegetable Garden Salad, Bean Nest or any number of the veggie rolls.

I give The Vegetable Garden the seal of approval, but what about you? Check out their menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside.

Image credit: The Vegetable Garden

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Ginny - September 18, 2009 10:11 AM

Been there. VERY good. You can even take your meat eating friends there. They would be fooled. A huge selection, even macrobiotics. Delicious. One of my favorite places.

Claudia - September 18, 2009 12:49 PM

Hi Gerry,
I recently ate at the Vegetable Garden twice when I was in town for a wedding. The first time I ordered the 'Pearl Squash', and the 2nd time I got the 'Bean Nest'. Bean Nest was a huge mistake because the brown sauce that the beans are cooked in is extremely salty. It is marked on the menu as a 'heart healthy' choice, approved by the Suburban Hospital, so I was thinking it might be a safe item to choose. Apparently, the hospital and the restaurant haven't figured out yet that added sodium isn't heart healthy. I guess its all relative though, and maybe it is healthy compared to other food choices which are full of saturated fat and even less heart healthy. What really should have tipped me off about the salt is that bean nest is listed in the Macrobiotic section of the menu, and I think that anything labeled 'Macrobiotic' generally is notorious for being very, very, salty

Anyway.... I very much enjoyed the Pearl Squash, which I ordered with the sauce on the side. What is not clear on the menu is that the lily bulb, ginger, and red bell pepper are all floating around in the sauce. What I recall recieving on my plate was some plain steamed butternut squash that was cooked exceptionally well, and which I thought tasted better than any butternut squash I have ever had. Apparently they have steaming down to a fine art, as it was absolutely perfect. When I mentioned that I thought it was the best meal I'd had in a long time, the waiter seemed really puzzled that I could actually enjoy eating something so plain without sauce all over it, which is how everyone else normally eats it.

Vicki - September 19, 2009 8:34 PM

Although they took it off the menu, if you ask for it you can still get the "You Name It," which is 4 vegetables of your choice, steamed. I always get kale, broccoli, red chard and yam, and use it as a base for one of the other dishes. Yum!

Michelle - September 22, 2009 2:29 PM

I live near this restaurant and plan to try it based on the review and comments. Thanks!

Cathy - September 24, 2009 11:49 AM

I used to live in Rockville and LOVED going to the Vegetable Garden. It was by far one of my favorite restaurants!

Rita - September 29, 2009 1:50 PM

I LUV The Vegetable Garden. Meet some friends there every couple of months. I've had to change what I usually get since becoming a nutritarion. However, I do enjoy the steamed mixed veggies, sauce on the side, and ask for no salt. (Not always obeyed!) Hmmmmm, I just realized I'll be going there October 24th.

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