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Feb 24, 2012 09:35 AM

Food allergies/Intolerances! Have any brunch recommendations?

I can't eat wheat or eggs. I miss brunch. Anyone have any recs for brunch options in the DC metro area (or Baltimore-I'd travel for a decent brunch)? I do go to Sticky Fingers for pancakes (and cupcakes) every now & again, but I can and do eat meat and dairy, so I'm seeking other options.

Basically, I'd like to be able to get breakfast meats and some sort of brunchy/breakfasty carb. Anything from oatmeal (I am not celiac, it's specifically wheat that's an issue for me) to GF/egg free waffles/pancakes, etc. Thanks!

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  1. Rustik in Bloomingdale has a great lunch, along with $10 bottomless mimosas. You'd have to ask them to be flexible for you, but they're so nice, I'd be shocked if they didn't. Basically I thought of the maple glazed pork belly. It's quite a serving of bacon! I'm sure they'd swap out the egg and biscuit for some of their delicious pizza oven-roasted potatoes. I also love their chorizo and potato hash, which you can definitely enjoy without the egg on top. I usually do!

    1. Thanks for the tip. I'll see if they can work around the other (unmentioned ) food issues-no onions, either, which tend to be in most breakfast potato things, sadly. That being said: PORK BELLY FTW.

      Sadly the mimosas aren't a draw for me-I can't drink champagne, either (or any wine/beer for that matter!)

      1. Firefly has a gluton free menu (it's even listed on their website) so maybe you can check that out and see if there is anything on their menu that you can eat. It's a cute spot for brunch.

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        1. re: Elyssa

          I haven't had luck there in the past, to be honest, but thanks for the tip. I'm fairly familiar with the GF menus in the area-it's the egg issue that's proving to be the challenge (almost all GF menus are heavy on the eggs, I've noticed.)

          1. re: queendweeb

            Are you ok if it's not very brunchy? I just don't see how you are going to get brunch/breakfast type items that do not contain wheat or eggs. But if you are open to other types of items maybe check out Brasserie Beck's brunch menu. Of course that is banking on the fact that you are not allergic to seafood.

            1. re: Elyssa

              That's the challenge, Elyssa. I can find dinner and lunch food with no issues. Figured I'd throw out a challenge to the boards here. :)

              Trust me, it can be done. It's just hard to find, is all.

              And yep, shellfish is my other allergy, hahaha.

              1. re: queendweeb

                Maybe give us specific items you like to eat for brunch and we can point you in the right direction.

        2. Dino has a far-reaching brunch menu that includes both breakfast-y things and not, and much of the menu can be made gluten-free.

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          1. re: DanielK

            thanks, again, I'm pretty familiar with GF menus, was more looking to see about the egg issue (since everyone assumes GF=eggs aplenty!)

            Dino's menu, while it can be modified, is very heavy on the other things I can't eat, so it's a no-go for me.

          2. I assume you could eat something like shrimp and grits? I think Blacksalt has that. Should be egg free, wheat free. What about a hash without eggs on top? Hank's Oyster Bar could do that, their hash doesn't have eggs in it they normally put them on top.

            I don't know of anywhere that makes the sort of waffles/pancakes you are looking for. I make them at home (GF bisquick is awesome).

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            1. re: ktmoomau

              Grits, yes, and I had forgotten all about that as a breakfast option! Shrimp, no, I'm allergic to shellfish :)

              I'm hoping that someday I'll find bread-like substances available for brunch, hahaha. until then, it's a plate of bacon.

              1. re: queendweeb

                Maybe check out the brunch menu at Blue Duck Tavern. You might even be able to put together a delicious meal with some of their sides----including grits (just make sure they don't put cheese etc in them)!