Earlier this month, Washington DC welcomed Bluestone Lane – an Australian influenced coffee shop and café – inside the new West End Library. Commodious and comfortable with that low café bumble, like their New York and San Fransisco based locations, my inner café habitué couldn’t wait to pop in. Offering comprehensive café and brunch menus, to dine in, or take out, with extensive vegetarian and gluten free accessible highlights, below you’ll find my current Low FODMAP order. Straight off the menu accompanied by a piping mug of black coffee, I was wholly enchanted.
sautéed kale, avocado, heirloom cherry tomatoes,
red quinoa, feta & a poached egg
Reminiscent of my beloved Rainbow Buddha Bowls – the sort of this-and-that macro bowl lauding just the right balance of aesthetic and palatable diversity to hit every spot- Bluestone Lane’s breakfast bowl was a tempting addition to our table. Brined and bright, warm and unctuous, I ordered my bowl ‘as is,’ with the addition of their smoked salmon. An inherently Low FODMAP menu option, only amplified by the addition of Husk Bakeshop’s tapioca flour based gluten free toast, it does contain feta and avocado. While you can opt to order your bowl without, feta’s lactose threshold is low enough to evade symptoms; one-eighth of an avocado is permissible.
For those looking beyond Low FODMAP options, menu highlights include Golden and Matcha Lattes, Aussie Iced Chocolate, Gluten Free Banana Bread (with all the fixings), and Bluestone Lane’s Classic Avocado Smash. The sort of plate to make your eyes, appetite, taste buds pop- in that eyes bigger than your stomach kind of way- think thick sliced multigrain piled high, high, high with aforementioned smashed avocado, heirloom cherry tomatoes, feta, sunflower sprouts, and olive oil. Don’t forget to add a poached egg or smoked salmon for that extra something something.