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Gluten-free in DC?

jcanncuk Nov 28, 2007 11:53 AM

Anyone out there with some recs for excellent food in DC (staying in Dupont Circle, but will cab or metro anywhere)? NO chains please - we are NOT interested in Legal Seafoods, Outback, etc. Also not really interested in the classic steak house. We tend to go to smaller, chef-run restos that are sympathetic and careful with food prep so that would be the ideal. Any recs considered though.

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  1. ktmoomau RE: jcanncuk Nov 28, 2007 02:21 PM

    I would call Equinox, they have a chef-run resto that is smaller and very careful to do seasonal and careful food prep, but I don't know about the gluten, I am sure they would.

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      Elyssa RE: ktmoomau Nov 30, 2007 07:29 AM

      I 2nd this recommendation. I have found Equinox to be very accomidating. Many times the higher-ed restaurants will be willing to create a special menu for you if you give them enough time to prepare.

      I have never eaten at CityZen but I have heard they will create special menus for people with special dietary needs especially vegans. So perhaps they will do this for a gluten-free meal.

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      chocolatstiletto RE: jcanncuk Nov 28, 2007 10:01 PM

      Definitely not in the same range as Equinox, etc., but Nirvana is a lovely vegetarian Indian Place over by Farragut West, I think, and every dish is labeled for vegan/gluten tastes. My mother has a wheat allergy, and we've never had any problems- plus the owner would be totally happy to assist you in pulling together something if you were unsure. Fun for lunch or a more informal dinner.

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        tracy_dc RE: jcanncuk Nov 30, 2007 07:11 AM

        Probably not a good recommendation for you while staying in Dupont...
        but if anyone else is looking for gluten free ideas, I've seen gluten free sweets at Buzz Bakery in Alexandria.

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          botnot RE: jcanncuk Nov 30, 2007 07:14 AM

          I recommend checking out Sticky Fingers in Columbia Heights. It's a vegan bakery/coffeehouse that serves an awesome vegan breakfast and they serve a lot of gluten free things.

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            BuckyinDC RE: jcanncuk Nov 30, 2007 10:48 AM

            My sister must eat gluten free meals -- and every time she visits DC she loves to go for Ethiopian. Injera made from millet flour is gluten free. We went to Etete last time.

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              jcanncuk RE: BuckyinDC Nov 30, 2007 03:09 PM

              Agree on that one - have been to Dukem and this time will give Queen Makeda a try. FYI - injera is made from teff flour, not millet, but both are happily gluten-free :-)

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                jcanncuk RE: BuckyinDC Dec 1, 2007 01:03 PM

                BEWARE - since my DH's celiac disease is a new thing, I called Queen Makeda and Dukem and they BOTH use teff AND wheat flour in their injera - hugely disappointing as it can be made gluten-free with just teff......oh well !!! Better to know than for him to get sick afterwards!

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                  kdbarlow RE: jcanncuk Dec 6, 2007 04:43 PM

                  As pointed out above, Jose Andres' restaurants have separate menus listing only gluten free items and the waitstaff is supposed to trained to accomodate customers who have the need for a gluten free menu.

                  I dined at Oyamel this past Saturday with a friend who suffers from celiac disease and she was quite happy with the gluten free offerings.

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                  celestialsoul5 RE: BuckyinDC Mar 24, 2009 12:40 PM

                  Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant in DC also uses wheat flour in their injera. I think with the current economic situation more and more restaurants are moving in that direction because it's much cheaper.

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