My goal is to discover gluten-free food in the District to make your gluten-free diet easier.
What I got: Blackberry cabernet and chocolate macarons*. The flavors themselves weren’t bad, but I’m not a fan of the dessert in general. They just don’t satisfy my sweet tooth craving for some reason. I obviously would have chosen a gluten-free cupcake, but there weren’t any that day.
*Does the spelling of “macaron” look weird? It’s correct, according to the bakery’s website. “A long-time favorite of celebrated haute-pâtissiers of France, Two delicate almond meringue cookies, encasing flavorful buttercream or ganache, our macarons feature California almonds and are gluten free!”
Gluten-free friendliness: If you do like macarons, you’re in luck. All of the macarons are gluten-free. When I called the bakery to check on the status of their gluten-free cupcakes, I was told that there should be at least one flavor available every day, either flourless chocolate cappuccino or almond flour vanilla caramel. (So really only one option if you’re like me and can’t eat nuts.) Be prepared to avoid the madeleines, shortbread and eclairs.
Overall vibe: With a great location in Barracks Row and a charmingly small space, The Sweet Lobby has a lot going for it. (Bonus points for a fantastic name.) Owner Dr. Winnette McIntosh Ambrose even won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, a true sign of talent and creativity. Let’s hope some of that genius translates into more gluten-free treats in the future.
Gluten-free gut reaction: Would go back (only to try a gluten-free cupcake)