My goal is to discover gluten-free food in the District to make your gluten-free diet easier.
What I got: The barbecue brisket sandwich hit the spot. The beef was delicious, and there was plenty of it. I didn’t feel like I needed the bun to make it a meal.
Gluten-free friendliness: Options are limited here because it’s mostly smoked and grilled sandwiches, but don’t let that stop you. The meat is so good that it’s worth ordering. Be careful, though; the menu is a minefield of battered and fried food. You could also just order a few sides, like potato salad or carolina coleslaw. German and American craft beers by the liter are popular here, but don’t let the beer garden title scare you off. They have hard cider, too, so you can keep up with your friends.
Overall vibe: Garden district is a great place to bask in the sunshine and the sweet taste of barbecue. You can take your food to go, but squeezing next to strangers at the long picnic tables outside is part of the experience. The space has a relaxed vibe even with the crowds of 14th-street goers.
Gluten-free gut reaction: Going back tomorrow