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Washington DC on the Whole 30

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Hi all, any other Whole 30-ers in Washington DC?

I'm on Day 6 and I cook a lot, but wanted to share how I've managed to go to restaurants so far. Hope others will contribute a few ideas, too!

Casual dining: Sweetgreen, Cava, Beefsteak, Taylor Gourmet, Pleasant Pops (if you can resist the popsicles!)... DC is at no loss of good, fresh, fast-casual restaurants for the 9-to-5 lunch crowd. You just need to (nicely) request substitutions, oil and vinegar dressings, etc. etc.

Restaurants: Agora, Zaytinya... Middle Eastern has been the way to go for me. Plenty of compliant dips, veggie tapas, and grilled meats to go around.

Food shopping: It's August, so farmer's markets are your best bet! Honestly, going to Safeway is uncomfortable, Whole Foods has too many "healthy" temptations, but the Dupont Farmer's Market made me so happy. Just walk really quickly past Keswick cheeses. 

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Hi Kale, 

I'm in DC too so I know many of the restaurants you mention above.  I'm interested in what you get at Cava and Taylor. I know Cava's store brand harissa has canola so I've just avoided it. I'd love to eat there if their proteins are compliant. 

 

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Hey all! I love going to The Little Beet, they only use olive oil for cooking :) I think the salmon there has a glaze with soy, but the other proteins and veggie sides are all good (sweet potatoes can be made without cheese too)

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Start you culinary adventure in DC and head to one of these paleo-friendly restaurants to stay true to your Paleo ways.

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I would second the Chix recommendation!  Love, love, love them!  The owners have done the Whole 30 and they have several compliant options.  My go-to is the Colombian-style roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, and "green of the day".  The avocado dressing and guac are also W30-compliant! 

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I'm on day 7 and so far, here are my favorites:

NOVA:

  • KBBQ Places give you control on what you can or cannot have + LOTS of meat and Whole30 Compliant sides!
    • Iron Age
    • Kogiya
  • Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Rey 
  • Le Pain Quotidien
  • Japanese restaurants if you select sashimi/avocado based meals w/ dressing on the side! Below are my favorites
    • Zento
    • Kotobuki*

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What about Chaia? You'll have to skip out on the tortilla but their taco trio ($11) is pretty delicious and filling. I've had it pre-Whole 30 so can't speak to how entirely compliant it is but from the looks of it, I believe it is. :)

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I went to Founding Farmers on the day of the Women's March and it was AMAZING!! They are so lovely and the food is so good. Just be sure to ask your server to be certain there aren't any non-compliant ingredients. I made that mistake, but I swapped plates with my friend and all was well.

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On 1/22/2017 at 9:04 PM, WZRDREAMS said:

I went to Founding Farmers on the day of the Women's March and it was AMAZING!! They are so lovely and the food is so good. Just be sure to ask your server to be certain there aren't any non-compliant ingredients. I made that mistake, but I swapped plates with my friend and all was well.

Hi! What did you end up having that was compliant? I'm headed to dinner there this weekend and hoping to stay on track. 

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Hi! What did you end up having that was compliant? I'm headed to dinner there this weekend and hoping to stay on track. 

Well, I ordered the "Shaved Pork Loin" which is on the sandwich menu (1st mistake).... this would have been fine (I can remove meat from bread, and it was substantial sandwich) except that it was also covered in melted cheese... so yeah, I failed at asking questions (2nd mistake). Our server would have moved the earth to make things right, but it was my fault and it was a crazy day so I really didn't want to be a nuisance. This was actually kinda Whole30 dangerous because I really do miss cheese, but I digress.

The friend who offered to swap plates with me had ordered the Rotisserie Chicken. My other friend (who was doing Whole30) had the Long Roast Pork Chop...which I tasted and it was phenomenal.

We had all ordered the Seasonal Escabeche as our sides (carrots, squash onion, brussel sprouts)... I ate around the corn. It was delicious, but a little small.

The also have quite a few lovely salads that appear compliant. Just be sure to ask!!!

I would LOVE to eat there again after Whole30. The menu is really great.

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Hello! 

I am new to this forum and the Whole 30. I am preparing to start my Whole 30 after Labor Day. I am trying to do everything possible to get myself prepared for success. I live in DC and was excited to see that Cava was Whole 30 compliant. This made me wonder if Roti was as well, and after looking on their website, I am sad to say that it is not. According to their allergen list, it looks like all the proteins are out as well are most everything else. It appears that the only things that could potentially be compliant is the gluten free pita and the mixed greens. However, I still wouldn't trust that the gluten free pita is compliant without seeing the full ingredient list. Here is a link to their allergen list: http://roti.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Roti_Allergen-Chart_080117.pdf

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16 minutes ago, Kensters said:

Hello! 

I am new to this forum and the Whole 30. I am preparing to start my Whole 30 after Labor Day. I am trying to do everything possible to get myself prepared for success. I live in DC and was excited to see that Cava was Whole 30 compliant. This made me wonder if Roti was as well, and after looking on their website, I am sad to say that it is not. According to their allergen list, it looks like all the proteins are out as well are most everything else. It appears that the only things that could potentially be compliant is the gluten free pita and the mixed greens. However, I still wouldn't trust that the gluten free pita is compliant without seeing the full ingredient list. Here is a link to their allergen list: http://roti.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Roti_Allergen-Chart_080117.pdf

Hey there - even if the gluten free pita was actually gluten free, the fact that its pita renders it non compliant.  There is no recreating baked goods with compliant ingredients and I assume that the flour they use is probably just gluten free wheat flour anyway so even if you COULD recreate baked goods with alternate flours, this wouldn't fit. Sorry!

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I've eaten @ Busboys and Poets and Founding Farmers (never while on a Whole30) but have had great experiences with the level of service and knowledge of the staff at both restaurants- great food memories at both!

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On 1/7/2017 at 7:06 PM, uripam said:
  • KBBQ Places give you control on what you can or cannot have + LOTS of meat and Whole30 Compliant sides!
    • Iron Age
    • Kogiya

I'd also love to know how the Korean BBQ places are compliant. I wasn't sure if the meat was seasoned with anything or how the sides were made. 

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