While they don’t have a gluten free menu, the staff were knowledgeable and very accommodating. They asked if I was celiac, and then were very candid about their shared kitchen making many dishes difficult to modify. There were still many dishes I could order, however, including the devil(ish) eggs, the crab and artichoke dip, any of the bacon appetizers, any of the steak entrees, and the cedar plank salmon. I ended up getting the bacon wrapped dates to share with my gluten eating friends, and the salmon. Both were so delicious, I can’t wait to return!
Not sure why this place is listed as friendly for people who are vegetarian and dairy free. I went with friends on New Year’s Eve, and essentially had one option for an appetizer (deviled eggs) and one option for an entrée (a salad). Plus there was a miscommunication between the kitchen and my server about whether the candied nuts in my salad were actually gluten-free, so I sat waiting for my dinner while my friends ate. The food I eventually got tasted good, but I won’t be going back.
Very meh. There a gluten free "card", but half the things listed as safe were actually fried in a fryer with gluten items, and I was saved by our server. The options available are also rather boring in comparison with other GF options in the district. Was restricted to eggs and bacon, and had to pay extra to exclude the bread. Not worth the $40 I paid. :/
I live in DC and have been to Founding Farmers several times--most recently last night--and honestly I can no longer recommend this spot as being gluten friendly. The waiter was actually very helpful, and I applaud his diligence in checking our order for gluten. However, he had to come back to us twice to let us know something was not gluten free, for dishes that easily could have been gluten free, especially at a place that prides itself on being farm-to-table. In the past, I enjoyed their vanilla milkshake for dessert. However, last night they told me the vanilla milkshake is not gluten free! There are better places to go in DC. I'll take a Jose Andres restaurant over Founding Farmers.
Servers and chef knowledgable on gluten issue, however my options for dinner were limited to meat, fish and salad which is what I get at every other restaurant. I was hoping to try fried green tomatoes (which can be made with cornmeal), chicken wings or shrimp and grits but none were an option and no substitutions were available. I couldn't even have the mashed potatoes. Ended up having pesto mussels and a salad (boring). Chef left out the pesto on the mussels in case I had nut and dairy issues, which I don't and I covered with the server beforehand. Once they brought the pesto, it was better but not a great dining experience, especially for the price.
My experience here has been VERY mixed. You absolutely have to be diligent. After asking if the dish was gluten-free 3 times, and telling them I was celiac, I was glutened by a dessert item. Manager comp'ed the meal, after telling me there was actually barley malt in it (despite my asking the 3 times...), but I was already sick. Have eaten there numerous times without problems beforehand. The staff ranges from being very careful to being clueless. I hope they can get it together because the food is fresh and delicious. Consistency is needed.