This veg-forward mainstay has a gazpacho called The Golden Bear, with golden tomatoes, pineapple, and English cucumber ($14).
Equinox is one of D.C.’s oldest and most sophisticated restaurants. Power couples go there for dinner, business partners meet for lunch, and normal people like you and me take our parents there when they are visiting from out of town because we can’t afford to eat there unless are parents are paying for it. Good news. You can now afford to dine at Equinox without your parents. At brunch, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet for a mere $35 per person. Let the fine dining begin!
If there’s one restaurant that knows how to deal with celiacs, with vegans, or any other dining restriction/choice, it is Equinox. The menu at this popular spot changes seasonally and frequently, but you can always count on a number of gluten free dishes from chef Todd Gray. A recent visit yielded GF pasta options, a chickpea flour crepe, and many other options that are GF to begin with.
Just south of Farragut Square, Equinox is sophisticated but understated. Chef Todd Gray is a strong proponent of Mid-Atlantic ingredients. On our most recent visit, we couldn’t resist the truffled risotto fritters with sweet garlic crème fraîche. Among the main courses, look for dishes such as rosemary-roasted rack of lamb with fire-roasted Japanese eggplant, Mediterranean olives and a turmeric-saffron jus.
I love gazpacho this time of year. One of the best bowls at the moment is found at Equinox downtown, where chef Todd Gray incorporates pineapple and Thai basil into a base of yellow tomatoes. My spoon scraped the dish clean last week.
If Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates, Al Gore, and Larry David have all eaten here, it must be pretty, pretty, pretty good. Equinox is not exclusively vegan, but gourmet plant-based options are plentiful, and their vegan brunch buffet is a local favorite. Chef Todd Gray owns this Connecticut Ave venue with his vegetarian wife, Ellen, and insists on using organic ingredients grown within 100 miles of the restaurant.