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Apr 29, 2011 08:07 AM

King Street-Alexandria, Mall-DC, Occoquan with food allergies

Having food allergies (soy, white potato, sesame and tree nuts) means finding restaurants to eat in, is always a little challenging. I will be in the DC area next week and am looking for restaurants with kitchens that use fresh ingredients and would be able to handle this. We are meeting others and would like to know in advance if a restaurant is a good choice.

We are staying on King Street in Alexandria and need places to get breakfast and lunch. Based on what I have read I was thinking of The Majestic on Friday night for dinner; has anyone had experience ordering there with food allergies?

We will be doing museums near the Mall on Saturday, so we will be dressed casually and were hoping to have an early dinner, to allow an evening sightseeing tour. Founding Farmers seemed safe for ordering but may be too busy on a Saturday to get out on time. The reviews on the service have been questionable. Any other suggestions?

My son lives near Occoquan, we will be there Sunday and I am really lost for ideas near there. It will be Mother’s Day and buffet style brunches are tough for me to navigate. Any suggestions for the area?

Any help is greatly appreciated - Thank you!

Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

King Street Cafe
1018 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

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  1. Fontaine on South Royal Street has great, simple brunch or weekend lunch; I've never been for dinner. Brabo Tasting room is my favorite "everyday" stand-by restaurant; the food is delicious but often surprisingly simple. I think this simplicity might help with the allergy-related limitations. Neither of these places take reservations, as far as I know.

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    1. re: AudiBaby

      Both your recommendations look promising, your right simplicity helps and a good chef. Shame about no reservations but I'll look a little more into both of their menus. Thanks!

    2. I have some food sensitivities. The group that owns the Majestic tend to be pretty good about that sort of thing with advance warning. They also own Vermillion and Restaurant Eve.

      Fontaine is a creperie and is a good suggestion to call. They are very good about gluten issues, but I am not sure about nuts, I don't think the other stuff would be a problem here.

      Near the mall the Jose Andres restaurant group is well trained to handle different allergies that group is: Jaleo, Oyamel, Zaytinya and Cafe Atlantico.

      No idea for Occoquan sorry.

      Cafe Atlantico
      405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

      Restaurant Eve
      110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        That is good to know about The Majestic, my son's girlfriend has really wanted to go there. I had seen Vermillion and Restaurant Eve in my searches and thought they looked great - but they may not be the best fit with this group.

        I will write to Fontaine to see if their crepes contain soy before we go. That may be a nice change of pace.

        Jose Andres was recommended on these boards to someone else with food allergies. I found it after I posted. Jaleo looks like a safe choice near the Mall.

        Thanks for the input, very helpful!

        Restaurant Eve
        110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314