My goal is to discover gluten-free food in the District to make your gluten-free diet easier.
What I got: Everything bagel with plain cream cheese. The bagel was a little more dense than I would’ve liked, but if you’re missing this specific vehicle for cream cheese and lox, it totally works.
Gluten-free friendliness: Rise Bakery is 100% gluten-free. As expected with places that cater to one dietary need, they’re hyper-aware of ingredients and labeling for all products. Everything is flagged if they’re also free of dairy, egg, soy or nuts. There’s also a freezer with fresh bread and bagels if you want to take some home with you for the week.
Overall vibe: Rise has been around for a little more than a year, but the space still feels sparse. A few more decorating touches would make the place feel more inviting. But the friendly staff makes up for the lack of design warmth. I wouldn’t say these are the best gluten-free baked goods I’ve ever tasted, but I support their efforts and the fact that this place exists at all. They’re constantly improving their products and are always open to feedback.
Gluten-free gut reaction: Would go back