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.
Among the eclectic and historic nooks and crannies of Adams Morgan is Rise Bakery. The 100% gluten-free bakery offers a plethora of goodies, from flaky croissants and jalapeno cheddar bread to gooey cinnamon rolls and cupcakes. The menu also features paninis and breakfast sandwiches.
Vegan & Vegetarian Options
Sticky Fingers Diner
Indulge in plant-based comfort food such as potato-filled pierogies, a BBQ sandwich and southern-fried wings at Sticky Fingers Diner 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 from Sticky Fingers Bakery.
Upstairs, the fully vegan delicatessen offers Italian American-inspired sandwiches, bowls and salads, as well as cheeses and daily deli and bakery case specials. Downstairs, the Botanical Bar features local beer, vegan-certified wines, creative zero-proof options and craft cocktails featuring plant-based ingredients.
Nosh on pillows of pita stuffed with falafel, shawarma and burger patties – all made with 100% vegetables, beans and grains. With four, wind-powered locations throughout the metro area, Shouk is hoping to improve our health and planet with sustainable practices and pure ingredients.
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
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.
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 green chile queso with chickpea "chorizo".