It's cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C. – a great time to take in the sweet sights and smells of all the beautiful flowers as you stroll along the Tidal Basin. The cherry blossoms are peaking a little early despite all the tons of snow in the area earlier this year. And they are spectacular!
We love D.C. because of all the great museums, monuments, and the Library of Congress (our personal favorite) and also because it is a great place to be gluten-free. So when you're done taking in the cherry blossoms, check out all the gluten-free restaurants down in our nation's capital!
There are a bunch of chain restaurants including Bertucci's (Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom), Legal Seafoods (Chinatown), Morton's (Downtown and Georgetown), Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Downtown and Dupont Circle), and Uno Chicago Grill (Union Station). And then there are a series of really great gourmet, Zagat-rated restaurants unique to the D.C. area there that have a complete gluten-free menu including:
The Capital Grille (202) 737-6200 cuisine: American
601 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. http://thecapitalgrille.com
Jaleo (202) 628-7949 cuisine: Spanish
480 7th St., N.W. www.jaleo.com
Zengo (202) 393-2929 cuisine: Asian-Latin fusion
781 7th St. N.W. www.modernmexican.com
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (202) 628-1005 cuisine: Mexican
401 7th St. N.W. www.oyamel.com
Zaytinya (202) 638-0800 cuisine: Middle Eastern
701 9th St. N.W. www.zaytinya.com
Lebanese Taverna (202) 265-8681 cuisine: Lebanese
2641 Connecticut Ave. N.W. www.lebanesetaverna.com
And don't forget about the CUPCAKE scene in DC:
Sticky Fingers Bakery (202) 299-9700
1370 Park Rd. N.W. www.stickyfingersbakery.com
Hello Cupcake (202) 861-2253
1351 Connecticut Ave. N.W. www.hellocupcakeonline.com
One flavor of gluten-free cupcake is offered every day. Otherwise you can pre-order any GF cupcakes in any flavor you want.
Red Velvet Cupcakery (202) 822-2066
2029 P St. N.W. www.redvelvetcupcakery.com
They have a wide variety of cupcakes; one cupcake type (chocolate) is offered gluten-free everyday.
Red Velvet Cupcakery (202) 347-7895
675 E St. N.W. www.redvelvetcupcakery.com
As at the other store (just listed above, they have chocolate gluten-free cupcakes every day.
BUY THE BOOK
We are so excited about the gluten-free scene in Washington, D.C. that we decided to write a book about it! The Gluten-Free Guide to Washington, D.C.: An Essential Guide to GF Dining, Shopping, and Living in the Nation's Capital and its Suburbs is designed to let everyone know about all the great restaurants that cater to gluten-free clientele AND to raise money for celiac disease research. The book tells people where to dine, where to shop, where to find support groups, and where to find medical care in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area (DC, Southern suburban Maryland, and northern Virginia). It lists over 600 gluten-free friendly restaurants in the metro area (with 144 of these restaurants in D.C. alone). It's also got a bunch of interviews and commentary from restaurant and bakery owners/managers, celiac activists and Dr. Alessio Fasano.
100% of the proceeds from sale of this book will go to the University of Maryland Celiac Disease Research Center where Dr. Fasano and his team are doing some pretty cool research involving finding a cure for celiac disease and many other autoimmune diseases. You can read an interview with Dr. Fasano in the book and for more information about the University of Maryland Celiac Center you can go to www.celiaccenter.org. If your D.C. travel brings you to Washington a little later than cherry blossom season, think about participating in the Center's annual International Celiac Walk the first weekend of May — it is a lot of fun and for such a good cause!
Meantime, checkout these useful blogs/meetups/support groups for GF dining in the D.C. area:
If you've never seen the cherry blossoms in Washington, go see them — this is your year to do it! And make sure to explore the great gluten-free scene in our nation's capital.
Brought to you by Maria Roglieri and Sara Friedman, authors of
The Gluten-Free Guide to Washington, D.C.
The Gluten-Free Guide to Italy
The Gluten-Free Guide to New York