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Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Dining Options in Washington, DC



The District of Dining can please any palate, especially those looking for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options at the city’s restaurants.

Many of these spots also intersperse local and international flavors to create classic, can’t-miss dishes. Make sure to check out additional dining experiences in DC, including Michelin-starred restaurants, Bib Gourmands, trendy locales and cozy spots.

 

 

Gluten-Free Options

01

Yardbird

Southern-inspired Yardbird not only offers a thoroughly labeled menu, but also serves up a gluten-free version of their specialty fried chicken by using rice flour and a dedicated fryer. You can add on gluten-free waffles to enjoy a crowd favorite combo.

02

Seoul Spice

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.

03

Sweet Crimes Bakery

The “criminally delicious,” dedicated gluten-free bakery serves up breads, pastries and desserts, but also pizza, sandwiches and khachapuri. Also operating as a test kitchen, Sweet Crimes is always churning out new goodies and accepts custom requests.

04

Across the Pond

Head to Dupont Circle for a too-good-to-be-true gluten-free experience. Across the Pond offers pub fare, including crispy and crunchy onion rings, fried pickles, fish and chips and chicken tenders. Nope, there’s no gluten. Yes, it all tastes great. Dig in.

05

Rise Bakery

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

06

HipCityVeg

Like its name suggests, HipCityVeg offers a fully plant-based menu with fast-casual coolness. Choose from a variety of burgers, chick’n sandwiches and salads. There are also breakfast items and a rotating selection of seasonal vegan milkshakes.

07

NuVegan Cafe

Nourish your soul with all-natural options from NuVegan Cafe. The expansive menu is sure to satisfy any vegan craving, with selections ranging from crab cake sandwiches and weekend brunch offerings to smoothies and baked goods.

08

Sticky Fingers Bakery

Indulge in 100% vegan baked goods from Sticky Fingers Bakery, brought to you by two-time Food Network Cupcake Wars winner Doron Petersan. Whether you’re vegan or not, it really doesn’t matter; the bakery simply deals in deliciousness with items like s'mores cookies, rich brownies and a lineup of mouthwatering cupcake flavors.

09

DC Vegan

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.

10

Shouk

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.

11

Mita

At Mita, co-owners Miguel Guerra and Tatiana Mora elevate root-to-stem dining with a vibrant tribute to Latin American flavors, emphasizing vegetable-centric cuisine. Mita features a sophisticated 14-course tasting menu that melds traditional ingredients with contemporary techniques to create signature dishes like the asado negro terrine and arepas with a trio of sauces.

12

Glizzys’ Vegan Food Company

Native Washingtonians Dontrell Britton and Nathan Headspeth created Glizzys’ Vegan Food Company to form a community based on quality vegan food with hometown flair. Menu items, named after DC neighborhoods, include the sloppy soufside (100% plant-based sausage with lentil chili and vegan cheese sauce), Brentwood burger (black bean, brown rice and lentil patty with arugula, pico de gallo, crispy onion rings and uptown sauce) and Mt. Pleasant Mexican street corn( cilantro, vegan cheese, lime and uptown sauce). Coming from challenging upbringings, the founders are now dedicated to mentoring local, at-risk youth through the Glizzys Crew Youth Program.

13

POW POW

Enjoy your favorite Asian flavors in plant-based fashion at the kosher certified, fast-casual restaurant. The menu boasts loaded egg rolls, fried rice and noodle varieties and chick’n enhanced with teriyaki, sweet and sour, sesame and peanut sauces.

14

PLANTA Queen

Indulge in sushi selections, small plates, dumplings and noodle dishes created with plant-based ingredients, like ahi watermelon, hearts of palm “crab” and beetroot tuna tartare. The upscale, Asian-influenced hot spot also features lunch, brunch and weekly discounts.

15

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

16

Chaia

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.

17

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.

18

Chiko

Savor Chinese and Korean flavors from Chiko. The modern eatery offers gluten-free and vegetarian deliciousness in the form of Korean garden noodles, Wok-blistered green beans and house-fried rice.

19

Flower Child

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".

20

Silver Diner

Silver Diner delivers a classic diner experience with diverse gluten-free, vegetarian and plant-based options made from locally sourced ingredients. Standout menu categories include all-day breakfast, seasonal selections, “flexitarian” items and vegan milkshakes.

21

Bubbie's Plant Burgers

From the creators behind POW POW, Bubbie's Plant Burgers serves up plant-based & kosher certified burgers, chick'n sandwiches and loaded fries. Additional standout items include buffalo fried chick'n salad, onion rings, a black & bleu grilled "steak" sandwich and handspun milkshakes.
Most menu items can also be made gluten-free.

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