Jaleo is a Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant. I heard their
menu noted gluten free and dairy free choices so I was excited
to go. Before we went I downloaded their menu so I could
review it and have an idea of what they served. I looked for
items that I thought would be gluten free and sounded good to
me. When we arrived I asked for the gluten free and dairy free
menu. They brought out two menus…one with the gluten free
items and the other with the dairy free items. I’m not sure why
they couldn’t make these notes on one menu.
So I took the menu I had downloaded, printed and brought with
me and started making notes. I marked which items were
gluten free and which were dairy free. When one had both, I
circled it. Now I could see what my choices really were. I
picked Shrimp with Garlic, Spanish Omelet with Potatoes and
Onions and a Homemade Pork Sausage with sauteed White
When the Shrimp arrived it looked like and smelled like they had
used butter. I asked and was assured there was no butter.
Well it didn’t have butter but it tasted like it. The combination
of oils and brandy made it taste like butter. I could have eaten
4 more plates of that. My husband ordered the Mushrooms
with Garlic. They were to die for. I couldn’t get enough and
kept stealing his meal.
So this restaurant was a big hit and I can’t wait to go back.
Their menu has 67 items. It is full of vegetables, seafood, and
meats. Some are gluten free, some are dairy free and some are
both. There are more Jaleo restaurants in Bethesda and Crystal
Jaleo is under the direction of Chef Jose Andres and the Jose
Andres Think Food Group. They also own Cafe Atlantico,
minibar by Jose Andres, Zaytinya, and Oyamel.
Originally published by Diane Elbin (a.k.a. The GF Food Critic) on
the W.H.O.L.E. Gang website -- and submitted with permission
to GlutenFreeTravelSite. http://www.thewholegang.org