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Modern Market, “a place where paleo, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free friends can all enjoy a great meal”, Opening January 31st

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2017 at 10:10 am 13 Comments

1010 Vermont Ave, NW (just north of K Street)

A reader reports:

Modern Market on Vermont will be open at the end of the month.”

Check out their Bethesda menus here.


Modern Market’s website says:

“Hello and welcome to Modern Market. We want to change what people eat.

Did you ever notice that when you eat great food, you feel good? We did.

We also noticed how hard it is to find places that serve great tasting, healthy food made from ingredients you can trust for a reasonable price. Eating out seems to be a lot like voting – choose the least worst option and get on with it. We wanted to change that.

So in 2009, we quit our jobs and opened a restaurant in Boulder, Colo. We built a neighborhood spot where we could eat every day and doing so would make us happier and healthier.

We serve artisan fare without all the pomp – simple counter service with amazing, scratch-made food that nourishes your mind and body. Priced low enough that you can afford (around $10), but high enough that true high quality sources can be used and our team members can be fairly compensated.

We cook our food using simple, whole ingredients purchased from farmers, ranchers and suppliers we know and trust; who love and respect the planet as much as we do.

Every ingredient matters to us – where it comes from, what’s in it, and what the practices are of the company selling it. We searched for two years to find pickles that don’t contain sodium benzoate (thanks McClure’s). Little details matter to us. A lot.

We have a holistic view on health. We think added sugar is the devil and (good) fats are our friends. We live by the Michael Pollan philosophy, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

We share every bit of information we have on what we are serving you. We’re a place where paleo, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free friends can all enjoy a great meal, together.

We love cooking with good fats – real butter, extra virgin olive oil, whole milk cheeses and raw nuts. The food tastes good and fills you up. Many people who work for us lose weight just because they eat a lot of our food (it’s free for team members!).

We believe healthy, delicious food is a huge component of a happy life. We want our kids to grow up in a world where clean food is as ubiquitous as clean water. We bet you do too and just by reading this far, you are helping us make that goal a reality.

Eat well, be happy | Anthony + Rob”

  • Neighbor

    That press release is to cloying it made me puke a little inside my mouth.

    • Irving Streete

      i’m with you.

  • ANON

    Damn, i thought that was a wafflehouse at first…

    • John

      If only.

  • DCbyDay

    That “now hiring” text was similar to Melt Shop’s text and I got a little too excited…..

  • n3

    There does not appear to be much vegan food on the menu, despite the advertising. Still, it actually looks pretty good compared to the other fast casual chains in the area.

    Plus, Hip City Veg is next door and is pretty good.

    • Nathan

      I noticed the minimal (1 item?) amount of vegan food, too… Hip City Veg is actually several blocks from this place – 712 7TH STREET NW – this new place is on K and Vermont near 15th Street.

      • n3

        My B. I confused this place with the place HoneyGrow, which is next to Hip City and has a similar color scheme. In that case – just go to Juice Joint. It’s the best.

        • lizcolleena

          Juice Joint is no more, sadly. They abruptly closed a few months ago.

  • MadMax

    Pretty cool that they allow staff members to eat for free, I always hate hearing from my friends in the service industry that they go all shift without eating and don’t even get a break on the prices at some of the restaurants they work in. Paleo and vegan seem completely at odds though, must be interesting prep stations.

    • llsndvs

      You can be paleo & vegan – apparently it’s called “pegan” – but it does seem pretty tough

  • MarkQ

    Been to the Bethesda outpost, enticed yes by the lofty marketing language… it was o-kay. About on par with Panera/Corner Bakery/Cosi/Pret A Manger. Fine for the work lunch crowd or for a quick bite on the way home. Nothing to go out of your way for.

    • Emmanuel

      I think EAT. should pull a Pret and start expanding Stateside.


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