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Yes I searched but the information is 4+ years old. :D.

 

Heading to Washington DC next month and looking for Gluten Free suggestions in and around the DC area.  It's  a short trip, so will probably be focusing our time around the Smithsonian's, Natural History Museum for sure!!  I think we would like to take in the Newseum and spend time in the Library of Congress building since these are the 3 things we did not have much time for (or at all) on our last trip.  Grab and go or food court food is fine.  

 

We will be staying in Alexandria so anything in Old Towne for an evening meal would be great too.

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A friend of mine reccomended this website when I was diagnosed with Celiac: http://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/the-byt-gluten-free-guide-to-dc.htm

 

Its been fairly helpful, though I would reccomend using it in conjuction with the Find Me Gluten Free app so that you can read other celiac/gluten intolerent reviews of the restaurants. If your not familiar with the app, you can download it free on any smartphone and use your GPS location to find gluten free restaurants near you, there are typically reviews and ratings for how well or poor the place actually handles orders and cc issues. It's been a life saver for me.

 

Best of luck!

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Irish just traveled through twice...heading north and south...will light up the bat signal ;)

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Irish just traveled through twice...heading north and south...will light up the bat signal ;)

 

We skirted DC both times, but I did eat in a Bonefish Grill in MD and VA---both very good. And SAFE! ;)

 

RE: Find Me Gluten Free? Don't rely on the reviews unless someone says "I have celiac".

 

Just because there's  a gluten-free menu, doesn't make it safe and some folks are not worried about CC.

 

I am. I always say "it was good and I did not get sick"....when I review.

Unless it sucks, in which case I say that too.

 

Trust me on this one--not all G F menus are to be trusted. Choose wisely.

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Are you sure the Natural History Museum is open?  I know the castle building is closed for a while, but it seems like I saw something about work being done on the natural history building too.  Best check on that.

 

This Yahoo group is restricted but they would be the best source of restaurant info.  They have an online database of reviews.

 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DCCeliac/info

 

There are quite a few places around the area that serve gluten-free food now.  I don't eat out much myself though so can't give recommendations on them.  Although I did eat at Chupacabra on H Street NE a while back and got only mildly sick.  Which wasn't gluten but probably one of my many other food intolerances.   I'd eat there again, and have in fact done so.

 

I doubt you'll hit H Street NE while visiting though unless you want to ride the new streetcar.  Which may be running by then.  They are still doing training runs at the moment.

 

I am pretty sure some of the museum eateries have at least salads available.  Seems I ate a salad at the Natural History museum eatery a few months back.  Yeah that was it, I remember cause there were fossilized plants in the salad and I thot that was odd.  Kidding! :)

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Are you sure the Natural History Museum is open?  I know the castle building is closed for a while, but it seems like I saw something about work being done on the natural history building too.  Best check on that.

 

This Yahoo group is restricted but they would be the best source of restaurant info.  They have an online database of reviews.

 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DCCeliac/info

 

There are quite a few places around the area that serve gluten-free food now.  I don't eat out much myself though so can't give recommendations on them.  Although I did eat at Chupacabra on H Street NE a while back and got only mildly sick.  Which wasn't gluten but probably one of my many other food intolerances.   I'd eat there again, and have in fact done so.

 

I doubt you'll hit H Street NE while visiting though unless you want to ride the new streetcar.  Which may be running by then.  They are still doing training runs at the moment.

 

I am pretty sure some of the museum eateries have at least salads available.  Seems I ate a salad at the Natural History museum eatery a few months back.  Yeah that was it, I remember cause there were fossilized plants in the salad and I thot that was odd.  Kidding! :)

 

I don't see anything on the website about either museum being closed, the Castle or Natural History.  I can deal with salads if I have to :D

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I didn't find the info about the castle being closed either.  Maybe a brain fart there.  The natural history is open but the dinosaur hall is closed.  They still have some dino bones on display, just not the number they usually have.

 

By the way, the salads are workable.  But not cheap! :)  They had fruit in the cafe also.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/smithsonian-dinosaur-hall-to-close-april-28-for-five-year-renovation/2014/01/17/acba089e-7f3d-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html

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I didn't find the info about the castle being closed either.  Maybe a brain fart there.  The natural history is open but the dinosaur hall is closed.  They still have some dino bones on display, just not the number they usually have.

 

By the way, the salads are workable.  But not cheap! :)  They had fruit in the cafe also.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/smithsonian-dinosaur-hall-to-close-april-28-for-five-year-renovation/2014/01/17/acba089e-7f3d-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html

 

No food in DC is cheep :D.  We did see the dino hall last time through DC, just didn't see much of anything else at the Natural History museum---our other traveling companions didn't care to spend more time there...

 

I'm really looking forward to this trip--short as it is.  I'm going with our oldest son, who is out of the nest and lives 5 hours away so we don't see him as much as we would like!  We are both history buffs so DC is like Disneyworld for us :D.

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Never mind food for meals...if you're staying in Alexandria you must check out The Happy Tart bakery. 2307A Mt. Vernon Ave., 571-244-3662. They make the BEST Nutella strudel (and Nutella/banana) -- flaky crust like I rarely see in gluten-free stuff. omg. Although they make a good chocolate cake also, I always request the strudels for my birthday now. My dh buys a box and we stick candles in each one. lol. -- The lemon tartlets are really good too. Well, everything I've tried has been good. But the strudel and the lemon tartlet are my favorites.

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Never mind food for meals...if you're staying in Alexandria you must check out The Happy Tart bakery. 2307A Mt. Vernon Ave., 571-244-3662. They make the BEST Nutella strudel (and Nutella/banana) -- flaky crust like I rarely see in gluten-free stuff. omg. Although they make a good chocolate cake also, I always request the strudels for my birthday now. My dh buys a box and we stick candles in each one. lol. -- The lemon tartlets are really good too. Well, everything I've tried has been good. But the strudel and the lemon tartlet are my favorites.

 

Thanks for the suggestion!!!  I LOVE Nutella and bananas!!!! 

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