Gluten-Free Dining in Northern Virginia

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Top 10 GF Restaurants in NOVA

It’s dinner time. Do you know where you’re ordering from? Are you ready to venture out and eat on a gorgeous patio enjoying the warm weather? Take a look at this guide of some of the best gluten-free restaurants in the Northern Virginia area.

Trusted GF Friendly Fast Casual Restaurants

Fast Casual dining is becoming the most popular way to dine. More and more chains are joining the industry and numbers show their quick order and eat options meet society demands.

But the gluten-free population often fears it’s too difficult to eat on the go. No worries, I’ve compiled a list below that proves otherwise.

All of these places have locations in the DC area and are gluten-free friendly with a reputation for taking the necessary precautions to prep celiac orders safely. Always make sure to double check and ask the necessary safety questions though.

Chipotle- Mexican burrito bowl heaven! Just ask for them to change their gloves and grab fresh ingredients from the back before serving you to prevent cross-contamination.
 
Noodles and Company– American, Asian and Italian noodle dishes. Alert them that it is an allergy order and they will use a fresh pan free from cross-contamination and use rice, gluten-free or zucchini noodles.
 
Five Guys– Burgers and Fries. They have a dedicated fryer (Always make sure it is working that day) and will prepare your burger in a lettuce wrap or bowl for you.
 
Chick-Fil-A- They have a dedicated fryer (Always make sure it is working that day) and grilled chicken nuggets and sandwiches. They even offer gluten-free buns that arrive still sealed in their packaging.
 
Elevation Burger-  Burgers and Fries. They have a dedicated fryer (Always make sure it is working that day) and will prepare your burger in a lettuce wrap or bowl for you.
 
CAVA- Mediterranean grain and salad bowls. Just ask for them to change their gloves and grab fresh ingredients from the back before serving you to prevent cross-contamination.
 
Chopt- Salad bowls. Just ask for them to change their gloves and grab fresh ingredients from the back before serving you to prevent cross-contamination.
 
Little Beet-Vegetable and Salad bowls. Everything is gluten-free!!
 
Sweetgreen– Salad bowls. Just ask for them to change their gloves and grab fresh ingredients from the back before serving you to prevent cross-contamination.
 
Honeygrow-  Vegetable Stir-Fries. Alert them that it is an allergy order and they will use a fresh pan free from cross-contamination and use gluten-free ingredients.
 
Beefsteak Vegetables– Vegetables served every way imaginable! Just ask for them to change their gloves and grab fresh ingredients from the back before serving you to prevent cross-contamination.
 
Zoe’s Kitchen– Mediterranean. Alert them that it is an allergy order and they will use a fresh pan free from cross-contamination and use gluten-free ingredients.
 
McAlister’s Deli- Salads and stuffed potatoes. Alert them that it is an allergy order and ask for them to change their gloves and grab fresh ingredients before prepping your order to prevent cross-contamination.
 
Moe’s Southwest Grill- Tex-Mex salads and burrito bowls. Just ask for them to change their gloves and grab fresh ingredients from the back before serving you to prevent cross-contamination.
 
Jason’s Deli-  I have never seen a sandwich place that tries so hard to take gluten-cross-contamination seriously. They will not guarantee there’s no gluten- but, I think they’re pretty darn close. Check out their allergy practices in the link attached. They offer gluten-free bread and sides.
 
Hope this helps and please let me know of any more I missed! Thanks! 



Gluten-Free Restaurant Group

I’m happy to report that ALL of the Great American restaurants have gluten-free menus! This is interesting news because for some reason they do not advertise this information. And not only do they have gluten- free menus, their gluten-free menus are quite large and even have options that are not on the regular menus! So, we’re even spoiled 🙂

Celebrate a little because this opens up a variety of great restaurants for you to choose from!  You can check out their website  at: http://www.greatamericanrestaurants.com

​In case you’re not familiar with this chain- all of these restaurants are included:

Coastal Flats– (There’s Two)
7860-L Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102

Fairfax Corner 11901 Grand Commons Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22030

Mike’s American Grill
6210 Backlick Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Sweetwater Tavern- (There’s Three!)

Merrifield 3066 Gate House Plz
Falls Church, VA 22042

Centreville 14250 Sweetwater Lane
Centreville, VA 20121

Sterling 45980 Waterview Plaza
Sterling, VA 20166

Artie’s– 
3260 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030 

Carlyle
4000 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206

Jackson’s
11927 Democracy Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Ozzie’s
11880 Grand Commons Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22030

Silverado
7052 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

Disclaimer: Make sure you always still ask about preparation and safety because they will still say that they cannot guarantee zero potential of cross-contamination, but I’ve always found them to be careful and knowledgeable, and I’ve never had a bad experience or gotten sick at one of their restaurants. 

Enjoy!

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