D.C. restaurants adopt the gluten-free trend
The Happy TartEntirely devoted to GF treats, this Virginia bakery has locations in Alexandria, Falls Church, and Del Ray (currently under renovation). Cakes, crepes, cookies, cupcakes, macarons, and fresh bread mean there’s no shortage of irresistible sweets for any palette.
SweetgreenFor those that need a quick, accessible, and tasty bite, Sweetgreen has you covered. With locations all over the DMV (and USA, for that matter), a fresh and filling salad or protein bowl is never out of reach. Diners can enjoy premium GF ingredients and dressing options that pack a healthy kick.
FireflyThis Dupont Circle staple has always been a favorite brunch spot for many due to its ability to recreate classics like hamburgers, reubens, and shrimp and grits, and make them accessible to GF patrons. For restaurateurs who haven’t taken a step into the world of GF gastronomy just yet, the possibilities are endless, but the clock is ticking. With so many eateries in the area following the national trend toward sustainable, healthy, and inclusive ingredients, the time to make a mark in the District’s GF landscape is now while the trend is still developing. Because we’ve moved past just offering salads and soups to those who are gluten-intolerant, restaurants now have to think creatively to remake classic dishes using GF ingredients, such as millet and teff, while preserving every bit of the flavor that makes diners crave these dishes to begin with. Additionally, chefs have to keep pushing the boundary and think up fascinating, new recipes that will surprise customers while incorporating GF ingredients into the mix. Take for example, the Little Beet’s Sweet Potato Mac N Cheese and Beet Falafel–healthy food never sounded so tasty! Finally, by incorporating local and seasonal ingredients into their dishes, restaurateurs can create a revolving menu selection that can cater to almost every palette out there. Author credit: Roshan Thomas Photo credit: Jo Sonn