Gluten Free in Washington DC

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Gluten free in Washington DC

In recent travels to our nation’s capital I was pleasantly surprised by how gluten free friendly the area was. On the first day from some research through Google, I found a gluten free friendly restaurant, Open City, right across the street from our hotel. It wasn’t just “gluten free friendly”, but they actually had g-free options. The staff was even knowledgeable. When I asked how their kitchen made their gluten-free items I was thrilled to hear that they use clean surfaces and that the owners wife is gluten intolerant and everything has to be up to her standards. This made me happy to hear as many restaurants could have gluten free offerings, but lack a clean gluten free environment in the kitchen. This place seemed to do it’s best to provide that.

Not often do you find a restaurant that serves gluten free pastries, but for breakfast I got to enjoy an egg white omelet, coffee, and a delicious almond cranberry muffin (picture above) that I could eat and enjoy!!

I was pretty excited about this discovery right across the street from our Hotel, check out this video:

Later that week we found ourselves back at Open City for dinner so I could try their gluten free pizza. It wasn’t my favorite g-free pizza, It was a little too heavy on the cheese and the crust lacked in taste compared to some gluten free crusts, but it was nice to have an option. I can always go for pizza when I see it on a gluten free menu, it's such a treat!

Another treat on the trip was stopping by Georgetown Cupcakes, known for it’s show on TLC called "DC Cupcakes".  They had one gluten free cupcake as an option and I just HAD to try it. It was amazing. I do get nervous trying gluten free baked goods that are made in a cross contaminated baking space, but these were worth the chance of getting sick, which by the way, I didn’t get sick.

Georgetown Cupcakes is so popular that there is always a line to get your cupcakes. Luckily, we got there about 15 minutes before they opened and our line was much shorter (picture above) than what we could have been stuck in. Isn't a good cupcake worth a line? ;)

Pretty much every restaurant I visited in DC the staff and chefs were great about making adjustments to my orders as needed to make my meals something I could eat making this trip a lot easier than it can be when traveling gluten free. It's definitely worth Googling like crazy and using social media as a tool to find gluten free options in the area that you're traveling in. Also, don't be afraid to speak up to your servers and educate them on your needs, it beats getting sick after a meal!

Please comment and share your favorite Gluten Free Spots in Washington DC!

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  • Leanne VanDeveer

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    Tenley, thanks for all the advice on healthy living and eating gluten-free. I might have to try some of the foods you mentioned next time I am in the D.C. area. You rock! Leanne

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Hi Leanne! I hope that the next time you are in DC you will be able to enjoy one of the stops! Please let me know about any other fabulous spots you find in DC!

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  • Cassi

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    Thanks for posting this! I like trying new places in D.C. I live about 30 minutes outside of DC in VA. Pizzeria Paradiso (vegan friendly too) also has great GF pizza if you are ever in DC again. (Also one in Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown). Another great GF (and vegan friendly) restaurant in D.C. is Busboys and Poets – Very high ratings! I went there and they were fantastic. I can go on and on about other great places around the area. 🙂 You’re so right though, takes research! Hope you had a wonderful trip.

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Cassi, I had heard about Pizzeria Paradiso while I was in DC and we just didn’t make it there. 🙁 Sounds like I missed out!! Thank you for the other great suggestions too, I hope to go back, I love the area and love how many gluten free options there are!

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  • mallory loudenback

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    Tenley where did you get the black lace dress you’re wearing in the first picture? I’ve been looking all over for one like that but haven’t had much luck! I love your site and all the gluten free advice/info, especially the recipes! I love your style too!

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Thanks Mallory!! I got that dress from Blaque Label a few years ago. I’ll see if I can get in touch with them and see if they still have it in their collection! I’m glad you like my website! So much to come! 🙂

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  • Madeline

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    Hi Tenley!
    I love your website and have been inspired by your healthy lifestyle enough that I joined Tone It Up!! I was just curious as to how you found out you had a Gluten Intolerance? I’ve been having stomach issues for the past few years and was considering trying a Gluten Free diet. I Love the recipes 🙂

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Hi Madeline! I’m so glad that you found TIU! I was sick my whole life until I was 24 and finally found out what had been making me miserable all my life– so I’ve been Gluten free for 4 years. More of my story coming soon!

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