Whole 30 is probably not the best idea when you know you are going to eat out at amazing restaurants in the D.C. area. We talked ahead of time about our commitment to stay the course, and that we would find places that were fun, yummy, and interesting, but Whole 30 approved.
Although we had to stroll past more restaurants than usual (like the Italian restaurant with hot garlic bread and pasta), if we tried hard enough, we found the right place. One of our favorites was Barcelona, 14th Street D.C.
We had a cool breeze with the temperature in the 70’s. We walked there from our hotel and the one mile walk to 14th Street was absolutely lovely. The uniqueness of the neighborhoods, watching families with children play in a local park, and runners enjoying the evening weather were welcoming and charming. People were friendly and each corner seemed to have it’s own story and culture. My favorite area was a dog park where people gathered to talk about their day and watch their dogs play.
We chose Barcelona for the tapas and meat. We ordered artichokes in garlic, olive oil, dates, and Parillada: NY Strip, Chicken, Pork Chop, Sausage, and a salad with lots of olives!
The menu: https://www.barcelonawinebar.com/media/14th-Street-Menu-02-03-2018-2Bec.pdf
The meal was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of seasoning. The waitstaff were attentive, and the chef came to check on our meal. The atmosphere was lively with energy from the locals taking a break from the work week, and tourists having a great night out.
Other places we were able to eat and we recommend if you are on Whole 30 (or not!):
Annie’s Paramount Steak House
1609 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
La Tomate Bistro
1701 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009
The Diner in Adams Morgan, D.C.
The Cafe at The Kennedy Center. We saw a wonderful play, then ate in the Cafe! The Cafe served salads with lots of choices and protein.