Our Gluten Free Nation’s Capital!

We recently took an overnight family trip to Washington DC.  Between planning tours and sightseeing excursions that would entertain my five and eight year old (and successfully hold my very short nonexistent attention span), I realized I HAD to do some research on where to safely dine gluten free while in DC.  To hit that need home even further, I accidentally glutened myself two days before we left for our trip.  Grrrreat (insert sarcasm here).  I was terrified that I would re-gluten myself and end up puking or pooping my guts out on the 500th floor of the Washington Monument.  I’m happy to report that I successfully maneuvered through Washington DC sans gluten and wanted to share my insider tips with you.  I even noshed on (gluten free) Astronaut Ice Cream at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum!  While in Washington, we dined at Bertucci’s and Jaleo — both restaurants provided me with a large gluten free menu.  Be sure to have a map of the city (or use your iPhone) so you can plan out where the restaurants/bakeries are located.  You can totally thank me by sending a Black Velvet GF Cupcake from Red Velvet (just a humble suggestion!).

Restaurants in Washington DC that offer a gluten free menu or accommodate gluten free dining:

Be sure to save room for a decadent gluten free dessert:

  • Hello Cupcake 1361 Connecticut Avenue NW
  • Red Velvet Cupcakery 675 E Street NW
  • Sticky Fingers Bakery 1370 Park Road NW

8 Replies to “Our Gluten Free Nation’s Capital!”

  1. Thanks for the D.C. info, just in time — I’m leaving for there in a few days. Glad to have this info to make things easy!

  2. I love your blog – it really takes the guesswork out of eating gluten-free! I have a website, http://www.shareWIK.com, and would love to hear from you! ShareWIK (share What I Know) is a website devoted to bringing together women from all different situations and backgrounds (as well as a few men!) to talk about their experiences and learn from each other. We are taking about Celiac Disease this week on ShareWIK, and I would love your intake. Just sign up to get started. Hope to hear from you!
    – Diana Keough
    P.S. And keep up the great work!

  3. I was born just outside of DC. Glad you enjoyed our nation’s capitol and my home town 🙂

  4. So glad you enjoyed D.C. gluten-free! I grew up 15 minutes away and had no idea that there were TWO cupcake places with gluten-free dessert.

    Just in case you visit again any time soon (or anyone else is) Clyde’s on M Street in Georgetown is phenomenal when it comes to being gluten-free. The servers are trained to be sensitive to your needs, and the cooks

  5. So glad you enjoyed D.C. gluten-free! I grew up 15 minutes away and had no idea that there were TWO cupcake places with gluten-free dessert.

    Just in case you visit again any time soon (or anyone else is) Clyde’s on M Street in Georgetown is phenomenal when it comes to being gluten-free. The servers are trained to be sensitive to your needs, and the cooks can modify almost any dish. (They can also give you a separate menu if requested.) The atmosphere is great–it’s one of my favorite spots in all of D.C.!

  6. Hey Maureen,

    It’s been WAY too long since I’ve been over to your blog. Looking good! Glad to hear you had such a great GF trip to DC, including some astronaut ice cream. Thanks for the tips and dining recommendation! How was the black velvet cupcake?

    Cheers, Pete

  7. hi!

    i was just recently in DC as well and also had some freeze dried ice cream (which totally reminded me of childhood) — and if you ever go back – I went to this really great place called FireFly that had a really big & delicious GF menu, check it out:

  8. Bryan and I went to DC for a week this summer and LOVED Austin Grill – they were amazing, great gf options and delicious! I can’t believe that the Red Velvet Cupcakery has GF options!! I went there and was told they didn’t have any 🙁 Oh, well next time. We ended up at Hello! Cupcake and it wasn’t very good at all.

    We didn’t eat out too much because our hotel had a kitchen so to save money, we made many of our meals.

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