Busboys and Poets

7 recent ratings
$$$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Fried Chicken, Fries, Pizza
100% of 6 votes say it's celiac friendly
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Top Reviews


Celiac

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Had the nachos and they were delicious. Would recommend.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

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I was a little worried because the waitress did not know if the fryer was dedicated, and didn’t return with a for sure answer. But I had tacos and fries and they were excellent and I did not get sick.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Gluten free fried chicken! Fun atmosphere

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Fried Chicken
  • Fries
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pizza

Categories

  • Brunch
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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We substituted the mashed potatoes for SWEET POTATO FRIES. They were THE BEST SWEET POTATO FRIES WE EVER HAD.
Vegan, GF nachos 🙌
Fried chicken
GF nachos
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Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This is my second visit! I ordered the gluten free fried chicken the other night and it was amazing!! I'm ordering the nachos tonight, and confirmed GF so I think results will be good. Nice place with wonderful people. Feels good here! I'm Celiac and it's been good!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This location has moved across the street to 450 K St., NW. Tasty food, lots of options. I have eaten here safely many times.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The gluten-free fried chicken and french fries were delicious. And I had no negative reactions. They use a dedicated fryer.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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We were so excited to try this place out and were disappointed that at the hostess station a sign was posted saying that foods are in a cross-contaminated kitchen. We left.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Babe you were the other night. Their food was delicious and I didn’t have any digestive issues. Thumbs up for me

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I got sick from the food - The manager then told me that they cook the gluten free french toast, etc. on the same surface as items containing gluten.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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GF fried chicken (!!) and hazelnut chocolate cake. Both were lovely, neither gave me trouble. Space was a bit loud, but staff took the time to understand my needs through the noise.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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So happy to be able to eat gluten free French toast! They do warn you that it may not be completely free of cross contamination but they try their best. I am super sensitive and did not have a reaction. My mom is also very sensitive and she didn’t have a reaction either.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I had a severe reaction here from the burger and sweet potato fries. Potentially cross contamination but those who are sensitive I would avoid.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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GF Fried Chicken was AMAZING! I made my husband order the sweet potato fries too so I could try them and they were incredible! So thankful we tried out this place!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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This place is amazing! So many clearly marked GF menu options. I had the falafel as a starter which was amazing and a good portion for two to share. I ordered the vegetarian curry which was on point. According to the kitchen stuff they have four separate deep fryers in order to separate gluten as well as separate the meat from the non-meat dishes. I had some of my spouses meal and which was the catfish and corn cake which was so so so good. Zero problems with cross-contamination.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Yummy. It’s hard to find gf fried chicken but they nailed it. I will be dreaming of their sweet potato fries until I visit D.C again next

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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We went for brunch, there are clearly marked GF options and everything was delicious. Definitely will be a restaurant we go to every time we are in DC!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I have had both the pizza and the chicken without any problems. I have visited maybe 3-5 times without issues and staff is very knowledgeable about gluten!!! I will continue to go back!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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This place is my DC favorite. GF options are clearly marked and staff are very pleasant. The fried chicken is a definite win AND they have gf dessert options

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Highly recommend! Over 50% of the menu is GF! Chicken is cage free. Most food and product is organic and VERY fresh! Every GF item we ate was DELICIOUS! We enjoyed the fried chicken, GF bread used with the grilled bacon and cheese sandwich, and delicious hazelnut chocolate cake. Yum! Everything was super fresh. Super yummy. We will definitely go back again!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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We really enjoyed dinner. The gluten free folks dined on French fries, fruit, mashed potatoes, the BEST nachos ever, poached pear salad and beans and wild rice. Seriously delicious. The only things fried in the fryer are GF. When our server didn't know the answers to my gluten free and allergy questions the manager came over. Very nice and very knowledgeable

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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I appreciated the fact that I had more than one gf choice for dinner. I get irritated when there is only one thing...and it is something I don't like. I had the shrimp and grits. They were very good. I did taste my husband's fried chicken, also gf. Everything was good. I had the gf hazlenut cake. It was a little dry...but I'm not complaining. As a side note, my bil is df and had the regular pizza with the df cheese--and loved it. He ate the whole thing, which is very unlike him.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Numerous GF options, quality food and huge portions.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Was excited to get fried gluten free foods, but asked before ordering if they use a dedicated gf fryer and the manager said no. They have 2 fryers... One for vegetarian food and one for non-vegetarian foods. Ended up going somewhere else since I have celiac and can't have foods cross-contaminated.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Excellent fried chicken. There is a good selection of gluten free items and service was great. They have a good knowledge of gluten allergies and take every precaution to assure the customer it is safe to eat.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Amazing food and diligently gluten free! Plus I met Angela Davis here 😍

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Great food, GF options, terrific service.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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So thankful for places like this where a Celiac can eat fried food safely. I had the fried chicken with mashed potatoes under delicious white gravy. Southern cooking without gluten, and it was only about $15. First time I'd had fried chicken at a restaurant since diagnosis. The gravy made it even better. As an appetizer, we had nachos. The toppings were great, though the chips left a bit to be desired.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Very reliably delicious. Went for brunch and got Mekhleme, an Iraqi dish with eggs, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and spices. Delicious. This local chain clearly marks regular menu with GF symbol, though not brunch menu. They were happy to check with chef on dishes for me the first time I came, so I ordered the same thing this time around. Most brunch items come with toast, and as a non-celiac I didn't bother alerting them not to include it this time - I simply didn't eat it. It wasn't a problem on my first visit asking them to leave it out, and I'm pretty sure they let me sub for fruit. they're very knowledgeable and cater to special diets (vegan, etc.)

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The waiter let me know that vegan and gluten were their specialty, so they would make sure I was taken care of. I ordered an omelette, and asked for mixed greens instead of their other side options. It was great, I'd definitely go back!

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I was looking at their menu to see what their gluten free options were. I noticed the Chicken Barley Soup was listed as one of their gluten free options!!!! I called the restaurant and was told there was not wheat in the soup and was therefore gluten free. I educated the manager and he said he would contact their department/person who handled the menu to have them change it. Based on this error, I did not feel comfortable going to this restaurant and I was not sure what other mistakes have been made in their labeling.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Delicious! Loved the fried chicken. I would definitely return.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Honestly the best gluten free pizza I have had. I get it every time I'm on town and have never had a problem with cross contamination. Their menu is very clearly marked and the staff generally knowledge, with the widest variety of options I've found in the city so far. I never feel like I have to worry when I eat there.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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they had several GF items on the menu. my wife, the celiac, had GF rice and beans with chicken, I had the GF fried chicken and collard greens. both were quite tasty! great food, great service! loved it!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Overall Rating

Review


Gr8 good. Nice staff. Good entertainment.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Gluten Intolerant

Overall Rating

Review


Food is good but not many GF options

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Celiac

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Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for breakfast/brunch
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Offers online ordering
  • Offers outdoor seating
Celiac

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Went for brunch. I ended up ordering the beef tacos because there were so few decent labeled GF options for brunch. It was good, but nothing amazing.

Added ourselves to the “10 minute” waitlist on the way over but arrived to find it was actually at least 30-45. Ordered takeout instead, which took 20 minutes longer than estimated to come out and only after multiple inquiries on status.

Will try again for dinner because it’s one of the closest GF accommodating places near me, but this was not encouraging.

Not sure about celiac safety. I was able to mark “gluten allergy” on my takeout item, and there were “gluten friendly” items labeled. I’m not used to asking the right questions regarding CC yet, was with hangry family members, and am not sure I’d notice being glutened yet, as I just stopped eating gluten.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Overall Rating

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No dedicated frier. “Gluten free friendly” mediocre options. They know their stuff just not the best options

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

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