Zaytinya

Zaytinya is a trendy, upscale tapas restaurant serving Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese food in the heart of Washington, D.C. This popular restaurant is packed, so reservations, which can be made online, are recommended. The menu features a large variety of mezze plates (appetizer size) that are meant to be shared among the table. Zaytinya is just across the street from …

Medi

Looking for quick, healthy food on the go? Look no farther than Medi, located in downtown Shirlington. Billed by some as the “Mediterranean version of Chipotle” (but healthier), the restaurant offers a ton of healthy meal options created right in front of you for a reasonable price. Patrons choose from a salad, pita, rice bowl, or gyritos base and then …

Zento

This unassuming sushi and Japanese cuisine restaurant in downtown Alexandria is an excellent choice for a fresh, healthy meal in a quiet atmosphere. The restaurant is close to Reagan Airport and is walking distance from the Alexandria city center, providing a convenient option for many travelers. The restaurant offers happy hour specials and quick service and has an extensive and …

Lilit Café

This health-conscious café in downtown Bethesda offers two menus – both regular and gluten-free – and is known for making gluten-free items taste “normal.” Hailed as a haven for those with serious gluten intolerances and allergies, the Lilit Café offers sandwiches, wraps, pizza, salads and entrees, all of which are available both with and without gluten. The restaurant takes gluten-free eating …

SUNdeVICH

A boutique sandwich shop located near Chinatown, SUNdeVICH prides itself on delivering international flavors through its menu. Each lunch sandwich is named after the global city that its flavors echo, although breakfast sandwiches and salads are also available. I was struck by the very unique proteins offered by SUNdeVICH; Russian salad, lamb, bratwurst, chorizo, and beef tongue are just some …

Ezmè

Located in the iconic and fashionable Dupont Circle neighborhood (and easily accessible from the Dupont Circle metro station), Ezmè features Turkish food served in the tapas/small-plate style. The restaurant suggests ordering 2-3 dishes per patron, making it easy to control portion sizes. The authentic Turkish cuisine features vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free items, all of which are clearly noted on the …

Sweetgreen

Locals say that Sweetgreen is “so D.C.!” and one trip to one of the many locations of this regional salad eatery quickly reveals its popularity. Salads are mixed and made-to-order and can also be put into a wrap. Eight seasonal salad suggestions are offered (nutritional information is provided) or you can make your own from a variety of proteins and …

Zest American Bistro

This chic restaurant in the trendy Eastern Market neighborhood near Capitol Hill isn’t entirely healthy, but it offers plenty of healthy options.  Well decorated, clean, and modern, the restaurant is priced for dinner and offers reservations through Opentable.com. With a wide range of artisanal entrees featuring a variety of proteins, Zest offers a true culinary experience with healthy options. There …