The District of Dining can please any palate, especially those looking for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options at the city’s restaurants.
The Korean fast-casual spot features a menu that is entirely gluten and tree-nut free. The build-your-own layout offers base options including a rice bowl, a Korrito (Korean-style burrito), noodles or a salad bowl. You can then customize with your choice of protein, vegetables, sauces and extras.
Eating your vegetables is no challenge at Chaia. The vegetarian, gluten and nut-free taco concept features tacos of five veggie varieties at a time, crave-worthy quesadillas and enchiladas and fresh sides, including green rice with herb pesto, feta and pepitas. Almost all items can be made vegan if not prepared so already.
Fare Well/Sticky Fingers Bakery
Indulge in plant-based comfort food such as potato-filled pierogies, chili cheese nachos and southern-fried wings at Fare Well on H Street. The beloved neighborhood spot also offers all-day breakfast. Save room for dessert as the owner, founder and two-time Food Network Cupcake Wars winner, Doron Petersan, serves up vegan sweet treats at Sticky Fingers Bakery.
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw
Elevate your vegan dining experience with a six-course tasting menu at Elizabeth’s Gone Raw. Discover the decadence of plant-based foods with seasonal options such as cassava gnocchi with potato roulade, vegetable gateau, celery cured onion and morello cherry sauce.
Gluten-Free & Vegetarian Options
Busboys and Poets
Feed your dietary and literary needs at this DC-based restaurant and cafe. Busboys and Poets is a hub for activism, culture, literature and the arts. The restaurant features a range of choices for gluten-free and/or vegetarian diners, including gluten-free pancakes, coconut tofu bites and vegan meatballs.
Prioritize healthy eats without sacrificing flavor and convenience at Flower Child, which makes sure to specify every gluten-free, vegan and/or vegetarian menu option. Favorites include the gluten-free white cheddar mac and cheese and spaghetti squash Singapore “noodles”.