One of the things I love about traveling, is finding new gluten-free restaurants. A little bit of research prior to arrival goes a long way. On a recent visit to the D.C. area I came across a regional chain called the Silver Diner. After reviewing their menu online, there seemed to be quite a few gluten-free options available so I thought I would give them a go.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The fun 50’s vibe is reminiscent of a classic diner from days gone by, but the menu consists of modern twists on diner classics. I also loved that they sourced many of their ingredients from local sources. I also appreciated that when I mentioned I had celiac disease the waiter got the manager involved to oversee the preparation of my food and ensure that I would not have issues.
I have visited Silver Diner three times now and had really good experiences on all visits. My first visit was for lunch and I had a hankering for a BLT. Thankfully they carry Udi’s gluten-free breads so you can pretty much have any of their sandwiches prepared gluten-free. The BLT did not disappoint and was made with thick-cut nitrate-free, fresh crisp lettuce, perfectly ripe tomatoes and a hint of mayo.
My next visit was for breakfast and I had previously spied the Quinoa Coconut Pancakes and knew I had to try them. They were absolutely delicious and topped with blueberries, pecans, fabulous grilled bananas, strawberries and served with agave syrup for an added bit of sweetness that was a bit more delicate than traditional maple syrup.
On my third visit, I decided to try them for dinner. I opted for the Mossy Creek Farms Flat Iron Steak
topped with Firefly Farms bleu cheese butter. It was served with mashed potatoes and sauteed garlic spinach. It was quite good but likely not something I would order again. The steak was good but was a bit thicker than I was expecting or would have preferred for that cut of steak.
You can learn more about Silver Diner on their website where you can find a location, review their menu or easily look through their allergen index. They are definitely worth checking out if you happen to come across one in your travels.