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Apr 9, 2010 10:38 AM

Good suggestions for dining (with restrictions) near Crystal City Hyatt?

I'll be staying at the Hyatt Crystal City for a few days for work. Dining alone, with no car and unfortunately, a temporarly restricted diet that includes elimination of dairy and wheat(breads) among other things. (I am SO sad that I won't be able to dine on some serious blue crab and other seafood!).

Looking for some suggestions for relatively simple yet tasty meals within walking distance for lunch (preferably) but willing to take the metro for dinner if necessary. Would prefer to find places that offer vegetarian/vegan dishes although good seafood places etc. that offer veggie dishes/options are ok as well.

Will most likely try the hotel roof top restaurant as one option but would prefer it is NOT the only option. Budget is not too much of a concern. Hopefully my requirements aren't too tricky! Thanks in advance.

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  1. The Jose Andrew restaurants are very good with dietary restrictions. They probably have lactose free and glutten free menus you can compare. They also tend to have nice veggie selections. Jaleo is right there in Crystal City.

    Blacksalt has wonderful seafood, but their veggie option is pasta so that won't work. Same with DC Coast. Kinkeads doesn't seem to have a vegetarian option. They do seem to have some soups and salads that might work, but that is a little boring.

    Kinkead's Restaurant
    2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812

    DC Coast Restaurant
    1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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      1. In walking distance- Kebab Palace (Eads and 23 St) would likely have something to conform to our dietary restrictions. This very popular Pakistani restaurant has a weekday lunch buffet and there are vegetarian curries on the menu. Just nix the nan. The whole strip of restaurants on 23 St has a number of different restaurants which are about a 15 minute walk from the Hyatt. Nothing too vegetarian friendly. I will second Jaleo too. Took my super-strict vegetarian relatives there and we had a huge variety of tasty food. The wheat angle is a bit more tricky.

        Have fun.

        1. I would definately try Kora. It is very close walking distance and just opened recently. There are plenty of optins for you. I think you should find some solid options. And, I've found their food quite tasty. They also have a reduced price menu at the bar during happy hour -- though I'm not sure if those options would fit with your restrictions.

          If you are willing to take a short (five bucks or so) cab ride or make a longer walk, I would go to the neighbor hood Del Ray (along Mount Vernon Ave. in's right down the road from your hotel, really). There are many excellent options. I woul suggest RTs for seafood/cajun, the Evening Star and Del Merei Grill. All should have options for you.

          Evening Star Cafe
          2000 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301

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          1. re: bigskymind

            Kora is quite good, but why would you send a person who can't eat meat to an Italian place that specializes in pizza and pasta? Once you remove the pizza, pasta, breaded items, and sandwiches from the menu, there are very very few choices left.

          2. I consider Jaleo in Crystal City to be one of the best places in the area with or without restrictions - not that I understand your restrictions when you leap from bread and dairy to blue crabs(?).


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            1. re: Steve

              Gallery Place is a quick Metro ride from CC with no transfers on the Yellow line, and there is a good variety of restaurants there including DC's Chinatown, so I imagine there would be something there that would meet your requirements. The volume of people varies depending on whether there's an event at Verizon Center.

              Hopefully, the Hyatt has a shuttle to and from the Metro, it's a fair walk from there.