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Gluten-free in DC?

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. 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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    1. re: ktmoomau

      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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: BuckyinDC

              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 :-)

              1. re: BuckyinDC

                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!

                1. re: jcanncuk

                  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.

                2. re: BuckyinDC

                  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.