Great Sage, Clarksville, MD – This Vegan-Only Restaurant Wows Plant-Based Diners!!
To say that this summer was busy would be an understatement. Planning a crazy beautiful do-it-yourself wedding for my sister, graduating from nutrition school, starting a culinary nutrition program, and working two jobs was maybe a little too much to take on at one time. With the wedding over and school settling into a comfortable rhythm, I finally have the time to write about my recent trip to the truly great Great Sage restaurant.
WHO, WHAT, & WHERE?
If you live in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area and are even the slightest bit of the plant-based persuasion, you’ve probably already heard of Great Sage, an all-vegan restaurant with lots of heart, located in Clarksville, MD. And if you haven’t, let me assure you – it’s worth the trip. Allow me to set the scene. A modern, yet comfortable dining room welcomes you in. Knowledgeable, attentive servers and managers appreciate your coming in and are more than happy to answer any questions and make individualized suggestions. And the food – oh, the food! Let’s get to that.
FOOD & DRINK
Every single thing on the menu is vegan. Every. Single. Thing. And there are about 25-30 items on each of their three different menus – one for lunch ($6-$13), dinner ($8-$19), and even a brunch ($6-$13) menu. And there are always seven to ten desserts ($3-$8) available – and a variety of delicious cookies and cupcakes up front on the bar. Speaking of the bar, Great Sage offers a full bar with organic wine, beer, and spirits.
Their produce is locally sourced, from Sharp and Lancaster Farms, as well as Tuscarora, an organic growers cooperative serving the Washington, D.C. metro region and other Mid-Atlantic markets. Incredibly, a whopping 95% of Great Sage ingredients are both organic and free of genetically modified organisms (GMO)! They even use all organic cooking oils, both rice bran and extra virgin olive oil. Great Sage offers menu they describe as “vegan with flair”. Their recipes are chef-created, inspired by cultures of the world and based on all organic ingredients. It is truly a treat to be in the company of like-minded folks, eating delicious food, and enjoying the unique experience that is Great Sage. From start to finish, we had not a complaint. And here, my friends, is the evidence.
MORE THAN FOOD
Great Sage is more than an awesome vegan restaurant. It’s got heart! And this shines through not just in the diner’s experience, but also through the establishment’s various special events. While they are officially closed on Mondays, they do open their doors for special pre-fixe dinners and socials, as well as benefit nights for animal welfare non-profits or health organizations. Dr. Neal Barnard, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), for example, has spoken there – as well as Matt Frazier, the “No Meat Athlete”.
There’s a real community feel at Great Sage, one both plant-based and omnivores alike can appreciate. Check their events calendar for upcoming unique events, like the upcoming Fall Social and Singles Mingle, a night of music, games, food, and drinks. (I joined their Facebook page to stay in the loop.) Other regular special evenings include Gluten-Free Wednesdays, with GF lunches and dinners alike and 10% off for all teachers. On Thursdays, you can catch enjoy live music from 8-10pm – as well as half price bottles of wine all night.
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