And just like that, 2018 is in the books. I seem to say this every year, but I can’t believe just how fast (and at times how slow) this year has gone.
As years go, this one was marked by change, as I started a new job and completed a full year as a resident of Washington, DC. I didn’t think it was possible to fall deeper in love with this town, but nevertheless I end the year far more enamored with it than I began.
Between the restaurants I’ve discovered and the new recipes I have put to test in my (new) kitchen, 2018 has been a year of experimentation and widening my horizons. Speaking of horizons, opportunities to travel have brought me to the Midwest, South, and NYC, which have allowed me to explore beyond my beloved neck of the woods.
As I look back on the year that was, I wanted to share my top five restaurant discoveries from 2018 to celebrate great food and great teams that care about serving gluten and dairy-free diners safely. Year after year it is precisely experiences like the ones I share in this post that making blogging a true joy, and keep me engaged and excited to share them with you.
Without further ado, here’s my top 5 restaurant discoveries from 2018:
1. Leon (Read My Review)
2. Friedman’s (Read My Review)
A close second for my favorite restaurant experience of the year goes to Friedman’s. Their Theater District location, steps from the heart of Times Square, has become my official dinner stop before or after seeing a Broadway show. With a menu that features gluten-free versions of hard-to-find delicacies such as potstickers and fried chicken, eating at Friedman’s is like stepping through the looking glass into a world where dining out is fear-free. Whether stopping by for brunch, lunch, or dinner, every meal I have enjoyed there this year has been memorable and a hit with friends and family alike.
3. Jersey Mike’s Subs (Read My Review)
4. Gorsha Ethiopian (Read My Review)
5. NoGlu (Read My Review)
I hope 2019 brings you health and happiness, and can only imagine what new restaurants and game changing products will be introduced in the year ahead. The gluten-free and dairy-free scene just keeps getting better and better, and I hope that trajectory continues and we have many more “I can’t believe I get to eat this again” moments. In the year ahead, I look forward to continuing to share the best gluten and dairy-free restaurants and products with you via the blog and social media, and especially look forward to my first venture abroad as I share finds from my upcoming trip to London. Stay tuned!
In the spirit of reflection, share your favorite products and restaurants in the comments to celebrate the best gluten-free and dairy-free discoveries of 2018.