The Little Beet

My goal is to discover gluten-free food in the District to make your gluten-free diet easier.

1212 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

What I got: Salmon tartare on a bed of brown rice with cucumber, avocado, red radish, julienne nori, ponzu sauce and a bit of chipotle aioli. 2nd time: Chicken with sides of sweet potatoes and quinoa. 3rd time: Salmon with sides of broccoli and sweet potatoes. Everything I’ve eaten so far has been extremely fresh, tasty and healthy. The sides are served from bright blue dishes that feel like you’re at home and your mom just took the food out of the oven. The cold pressed juices come in one tiny size for a not-so-tiny price ($5.50) but they taste great and are surprisingly filling. It’s a great grab-and-go snack or addition to your meal. Pro tip: Take one home before an early flight the next morning for a no-hassle breakfast while you’re still half asleep.

Gluten-free friendliness: The entire menu is gluten-free. Really? Yes, really. (The website also boasts that, more importantly, everything is 100% guiltin’ free.) It’s such a nice break to be able to walk into a restaurant and scan a menu for what you actually want, not what you can eat. There are plenty of vegan options, too. Got a sweet tooth? Grab a dessert from local Rise Bakery on your way out.

Overall vibe: The Little Beet isn’t the cheapest lunch option in DC, but it’s certainly one of the most gluten-free friendly spots. The space is brand new, bright, and always packed around lunch time.

Gluten-free gut reaction: Going back tomorrow

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