Many people these days have found that they have a gluten sensitivity, while others prefer to eat gluten free for personal reasons. As a result, numerous restaurants in D.C. have developed gluten-free dishes to serve individuals who avoid gluten. Here are some restaurants that have gone above and beyond to create menus that are either entirely gluten free or feature dozens of gluten-free items that are noted on their main menu.
1825 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
This Asian-Latin fusion restaurant has a trendy atmosphere, charming décor and an extensive gluten-free menu. Enjoy dishes such as fried tofu, served with a chili sauce, beet salad crispy Brussels sprouts, fried rice, yucca fries, salads, sushi and more. The dishes are all served tapas-style, which is great for sharing. The restaurant also has a gluten-free brunch menu that features everything from salads to black bean puree with fried eggs to omelets to creamy grits. Even better is the $39 unlimited brunch deal, where you can have as many small plates as you want and bottomless brunch cocktails.
2121 P St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
Urbana has long-since been one of D.C.’s most popular venues, and now it is even more so with its gluten-free menu. This Italian venue has gluten-free pasta and gluten-free pizza crust so that even those who can’t eat gluten can still have pasta and pizza. There are also other great dishes such as gnocchi with broccoli rabe, eggplant caponata and a decadent cheese plate. Urbana is perfect for a dinner with friends. Be sure to see take advantage of its wine list and cocktail menu.
1914 9th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Dino’s gluten-free menu is within its larger menu, as each gluten-free dish is clearly marked. Dishes include decadent mushroom, garlic and asparagus risotto, burrata with a tangy olive sauce, hearty deviled eggs, polenta with roasted mushroom and even pasta that is made of corn so it is gluten-free. The brunch menu is similarly marked, and has treats such as strawberry rhubarb yogurt and a veggie frittata. You are bound to leave happy after dining at this Italian restaurant.
3251 Prospect St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
This charming Georgetown café has a delicious menu, where all of the gluten-free items are noted with a star. Indulge in vegetarian chili, a tomato and mozzarella salad, jambalaya, a sweet and tangy goat cheese and apple salad, and much more. Its lunch and brunch menus are similarly marked. Take advantage of the gorgeous outdoor patio if the weather permits, and complement your meal with one of the cafe’s fresh-squeezed juices or smoothies. This is a great place to enjoy with friends or family.
1324 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
For an authentic Belgian restaurant with gluten-free dishes, this is your spot. The menu has an array of salads, seafood items and side dishes that are all gluten free. For brunch you can even enjoy a gluten-free Brussels waffle. Choose from different toppings such as a sprinkling of sugar, mixed fruits or mixed fruit with mint. Just remember to order a mimosa or Bloody Mary to go with your delicious waffle.
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.