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.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! Have returned from Crystal City and passed by Jaleo but it was not open that night so was not able to try it out. I was concerned that the hotel would be right on the highway and that there wouldn't be anything nearby within walking distance but it turned out alright. I did make it out to Del Ray as well - lovely area! As for Steve's question - I was lamenting that I was also on a shellfish restriction at the moment and unable to eat Maryland blue crab, which I would have normally eaten had it appeared on the menu! I appreciate all of the suggestions...thank you.
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.
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 Alexandria...it'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
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.
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.
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812
DC Coast Restaurant
1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005