The Ten: Superlative Spots for Gluten-Free Noshing

Photo courtesy of Tom Yum District

Photo courtesy of Tom Yum District

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

This week, we’re putting together our favorite places for our gluten-intolerant friends to indulge. Though most eateries have a few appropriate menu items on hand or are willing to modify dishes by request, these ten spots take gluten-free dining to the next level.

One Dish Cuisine
Owner Maureen Burke has Celiac Disease, so she is personally invested in the gluten-free movement. Her Ellicott City café is a safe haven for other sufferers, offering everything from sandwiches and salads to pizzas and desserts.

A majority of the menu here is devoted to gluten-free items. Our recommendation? Start with the rockfish carpaccio dressed with chamomile mint vinaigrette, move on to the three bean risotto and finish with the mock strawberry ice cream sandwich made with flourless chocolate cake.

Kate Bakes
These vegan, gluten-free granola bars are the handiwork of local baker Katelyn Sornik. Four flavors vie for your affection: Chocolate Coffee, Banana Cinnamon Oatmeal, Sunflower Butter Raisin and Cardamom Date.

Tom Yum District
All of the bases – both white and brown jasmine rice, rice noodles and salad – plus three of the sauces and an overwhelming majority of the toppings are gluten-free. No matter what combination you pick, make sure squirt on some of the house-made green sriracha sauce.

Out of the Box Bakery
This Arlington outfit turns out a surprising array of products using coconut and almond flours. Go savory by choosing rye buns and olive rosemary bread or opt for sweet nothings, like pistachio macaroons and triple chocolate brownies.

Pizza is one of the toughest gluten-free items to pull off. Luckily, the culinary team at these sister restaurants have mastered the art of the chickpea crust. Celiac-friendly toppings abound, including garlic confit, prosciutto and smoked Gouda.

Several times a year, this McLean surf ‘n’ turf resto hosts gluten-free dinners. Even if you miss these events, you can enjoy a sprawling selection of gluten-free steaks, salads, seafood, sandwiches, brown rice pastas and pizzas.

Fluffy Thoughts
Getting your cupcake fix when you’re steering clear of gluten can be tough. Luckily, almost all of the palm-sized pastries here are gluten-free, as are the French macarons and coconut macaroons. Plus, there’s not an insane Georgetown Cupcake-sized line.

El Centro D.F.
With a few minor exceptions, almost the entire dinner menu here is gluten-free. Standouts include the Pork Carnitas Sopes, Duck Alambre Tacos and the Duck Mole Enchiladas. One further note: 100% blue agave tequila is absolutely gluten-free. Just saying.

Rasika/Rasika West End
Unless you order the bread basket, almost everything here is gluten-free. Sweet tooths will rejoice in knowing that a majority of the dessert menu is open to them, including the rich kulfi ice cream and the pudding-like, Amaretto-spiked chocolate bonet.


Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.

  • Helen

    Much needed, thank you.