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Brasserie Beck
Avg. Customer Review (4.5 Palms):
4.5 Palms
Number of Reviews: 1


Review Type: Restaurant
Location: 1101 K. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 202-408-1717
Website: http://www.beckdc.com

 

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Brasserie Back treats gluten-free diners very well,

Reviewer: DC_Celiacs from DC/MD/VA,

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
I just wanted to put in a good word for Brasserie Beck, the Belgian restaurant at 11th and K in the District. I had to attend a group event there last month and sent an email via the website asking about gluten free options. I get a response from Julie Albert with whom I traded emails over several days to see if the organizers had selected things that were suitable. She insisted that there would be options on the special menu that would be either GF or could be made GF. (Aside: her attitude is "And any restaurant not willing to accommodate you shouldn't be in the business. I do not say that in a nasty way, it's just that it's not that difficult." Gotta love that!) The dinner went well and the server knew what options were open to me and I was even offered a sorbet for desert even though it wasn't part of the event menu. (It was originally delivered with a cookie on it but that was quickly rectified once I pointed it out.) My spouse has always wanted to try Brasserie Beck and so he treated me to lunch there yesterday. I got to try ordering from the regular menu instead of just the special menu for the group dinner. I imposed on Julie again sending her an email to ask about the fries as I really had a hankering for mussels and frites. She originally responded that they were gluten free and then shortly afterward send an exclamation filled email that she had double checked with the executive chef and was told that they were not GF. She gave me his name and told me to feel free to speak directly to him. She followed this up with a phone call to make sure I got the information before going to the restaurant, including leaving me her cell phone number in case I had any questions. I got the clarification in plenty of time and had no trouble talking with the waitstaff about what I could and couldn't have. I had the mussels with curry and apple with a side of stompe instead of frites and the whole meal was wonderful. In fact, when one waiter brought me a second glass of wine (really enjoyed my lunch!) he mentioned that they even had GF beer. It's New Grist, not the logical Belgian Greenes which apparently has distribution issues, but I appreciated the information just the same. So I commend to you Brasserie Beck as a wonderful place to eat. It's certainly not an everyday kind of place but I can't say enough about how well I was treated and want to spread the word. SUBMITTED BY DC CELIACS SUPPORT GROUP http://www.dcceliacs.com

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