You’re already ahead of the curve by researching, and we’ll help you scope the dining scene. Whether it’s for dairy, nut, shellfish or other allergies, many Arlington restaurants are prepared to inform diners of potential allergens and are happy to accommodate their special requirements.
“We live in an area with a lot of choice and more awareness of people needing things a little bit different or to their needs,” said Lise Gloede, a registered dietician and nutritionist in Arlington. “Become fast friends with your waiter, ask if foods can be prepared in a certain way, ask if the food is already prepared. That’s helpful and often it can be accommodated.”
If you are really severely allergic, make sure to confirm that the staff cleans surfaces and cooking utensils before preparing your food to avoid cross-contamination. Some restaurants with small kitchens might not be able to accommodate this request, so it is best to call ahead.
Here are some Arlington highlights, and you can find more on our dining page.
Vegetarian and Vegan
You’ll find an abundance of vegetarian and vegan options throughout Arlington’s neighborhoods. At Galaxy Hut in Clarendon, you’ll find a menu where almost everything can be made vegan: Try a vegan Reuben or cheesesteak with eggplant fries.
Sweetgreen, with locations in Arlington’s Ballston, Clarendon, Crystal City, Pentagon City and Rosslyn neighborhoods, is a homegrown chain serving up made-to-order salads with gluten-free dressings and protein-packed bowls.
In Ballston, Silver Diner is modeled after the classic American diner and has locally sourced ingredients, with its famous "flexitarian" menu options clearly marked for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and heart-healthy diets.