Recently, a few child-free “staycation” weekends (thanks, Mimi & Papa!) have provided multiple opportunities to check out new restaurants in the D.C. area.
Mr. Native Texan and I do make a great effort to schedule weekly Date Nights, but having to pay a sitter generally keeps us close to home. Close to home, our restaurant selection is non-too impressive (although we do have a few favorites, like The Counter in Reston and Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg.) When the kids are at Mimi and Papa’s house, however, it’s “a whole nother” story! On our kids-free weekends, we love to head to the D.C. area to check out new places.
In fact, due to our recent surge of weekends-sans-children, I’ve got a bit of a back log of restaurants to report on. So stay tuned! Here’s the first:
- Daily Grill offers an actual Gluten-free menu. Huge bonus points.
- They also have free valet parking, which is virtually unheard of in downtown D.C. (Or maybe we don’t eat at swanky enough places?)
- Also note that Daily Grill has other locations across the nation (mostly on the west coast and in Texas).
I ordered the Hummus Trio from the list of GF appetizers. (Forgot to take a picture–sorry!) Two varieties were really good; the third was made with olives, which I do not care for. The really cool part was the sliced cucumbers that accompany the hummus (which totally avoids the “what kind of chips are these” issues).
For dinner, I chose Cedar Plank Salmon with Citrus BBQ glaze, served with herbed brown rice and grilled asparagus. The glaze was definitely not sugar-free, but it was good! The rice was a huge bonus, in my opinion, because for some reason it is nigh unto impossible to find GF rice at a restaurant. And though the menu didn’t mention it, I’m fairly certain the herbed rice contained sliced almonds as well. Yum!
Mr. Native Texan selected the New York Pepper Steak, which was topped with bacon and onions, and came with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots (again, not sugar-free, but oh-well). As a Native Texan, he is quite picky about his steaks, claiming that he has yet to find a “good” one here on the east coast. Nonetheless, by east coast standards, he said it was good.
Really, our only dessert option (that avoids gluten, dairy and sugar) is fruit. Most nicer restaurants are happy to accommodate our request for a bowl of fruit, but some are not. The Daily Grill happily provided a good-sized bowl of mixed fresh berries, which we enjoyed with decaf coffee (Mr. NT) and hot decaf tea (yours truly).
A word about the tea–their tea carafe holds enough hot water for two full cups of tea. I drink tea almost everywhere we go, and let me tell you, this is rare. And appreciated. 🙂 Plus, they had four (four!) decaf tea options.
We had a great, gluten-free experience at Daily Grill!