You don't want to be a pain when it comes to choosing a good restaurant to try. But you also don't want to be in pain if the eatery you end up at offers zero gluten-free options. One way to avoid the problem altogether is by seeking out establishments that either have gluten-free menus or enough GF options that you won't feel like the odd man out when it comes time to order. And in Washington, D.C., plenty of excellent restaurants fit the bill. If you're craving seafood – which, when broiled, baked or grilled, is often naturally gluten free – head to Legal Sea Foods. Adhering to its motto that "if it's not fresh, it's not Legal," the popular place doesn't just provide a few gluten-free dishes; it boasts an entire gluten-free menu. The same goes for Carmine's, a family-style Italian eatery in Penn Quarter that serves up an expansive gluten- and allergen-free menu to guests with food sensitivities. (Bonus, it even offers gluten-free pasta!) Since many Asian cuisines are naturally light on the gluten, places like Rasika and Izakaya Seki are also great – and delectable – options, as are Jaleo and Oyamel, whose Spanish and Mexican menus, respectively, feature dozens of small plates, many of which are flourless. So don't let gut issues keep you from enjoying a fantastic meal in the nation's capital. There are plenty of local restaurants eager to accommodate you!
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