Amsterdam Falafel – Adam’s Morgan
Fresh falafel with no pita, plus unlimited amazing toppings (hummus, beet salad, cucumbers) for $5.
Baked and Wired – Georgetown
Best baked goods in DC, hands down. I’ve had a delicious blondie and caramel bar there so far, but they also have cupcakes and cookies (usually at least one gluten free of each). They also have really solid coffee/espresso to wash them down.
Bluejacket at The Arsenal – Navy Yard
Fresh baked gluten free brioche buns for burgers, and they supply crispy chickpeas as an alternative for bread! Only downside is watching your dining companions taste their beers, since your only gluten free option is wine.
Cafe Ole – McLean Gardens
If you had a Lebanese grandmother, this is what she would cook you. Fresh, seasonal dishes (like this ratatouille topped with poached eggs) and lovely service.
Casa Luca – Logan Circle
I’ve declared Casa Luca to have the best gluten free pasta in the District, and I stand by that.
Churchkey - U Street
Six gluten free beers, including Estrella Damm Daura, my fave. They also have great cheese platters, and will bring up chickpea crackers from the restaurant downstairs, Birch and Barley, if you ask for them. Just added flatbreads to their menu.
Crios – Dupont Circle
As the sister restaurant to Scion (below), one can only expect this “modern Mexican” restaurant to deliver a solid brunch. Their yucca fries are reason enough to try this place.
District of Pi - Penn Quarter
Delicious salads, big enough to share, and thin crust pizza.
Ella’s Pizza – Metro Center
Pizza that tastes “just okay”, with gluten free beers and appetizers.
Firefly – Dupont
Gluten free menus for all meals, lots of gf desserts, plus fries and $2 mimosas at brunch!
Indique – Cleveland Park
Naturally gluten free appam rice bread to scoop up your curry!
Nellie’s Sports Bar – U Street
Arepas stuffed with a variety of toppings, menu marked gluten free.
Open City – Woodley Park
They do have gluten free pizza, but no longer carry gluten free beers, and quality has gone down in my opinion. Not worth the long waits on weekends.
Pulpo – Cleveland Park
Gluten free eggs benedict (served on rice) and great brunch.
Red Velvet Cupcakery – Chinatown
Best and most chocolatey cupcake I’ve ever eaten.
Ripple – Cleveland Park
Almost all of the menu is gluten free – including the french fries and soft shell crab. Plus a great offering of $6 glasses of wine.
Scion – Dupont Circle
Scion is my all time favorite brunch spot in DC. Since they have a dedicated fryer, you can order all the fried potatoes your heart desires. They keep the bottomless mimosas coming, and provide a fresh fruit bar to nosh on while you wait for your food. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the relaxed atmosphere is exactly what I want on a weekend morning.
Sticky Fingers Bakery – Columbia Heights
Massive chocolate chip cookies full of brown sugar, wraps, sandwiches, and pancakes on the weekends.
Tryst – Adam’s Morgan
Giant cups of coffee, full bar, gluten free muffins and flourless chocolate cake.
Zengo – Chinatown
$5 mojitos and mini arepas for Happy Hour.