Whether you’ve chosen to go gluten-free to be a little healthier, or if you’ve been diagnosed with an allergy or Celiac disease, there’s amazing restaurants with iconic cuisines that not only have great gluten-free items, they’ve mastered them. Authentic Italian, real deep dish pizza, fried seafood—you can find these favorites made without wheat flour or gluten-containing products. After scouring the map, these are the best gluten-free eats in the United States.
Disclaimer: Always let the restaurant staff know if you have an allergy.
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Arepa Mia - Atlanta, Georgia
Arepa Mia not only makes our best gluten-free restaurants in Atlanta list, but it makes the National one, too. Simple initiatives of authentic Venezuelan food made 100% free of gluten make Arepa Mia both a memorably flavorful and Celiac safe stop. Their namesake menu item, a grilled corn patty stuffed with local meats, fresh veggies or house-made sauces could easily top any foodie list. The dessert empanada with guava and sweet cream cheese is reminiscent of a tasty hand pie.
Bob's Clam Hut - Portland, Maine
Going to Maine means you’re going to want to eat lots of seafood, right? While gluten-free eaters can dive into a steamed plate of lobster, clams and corn pretty safely, there’s still a longing for creamy clam chowder, whole belly fried clams and the beloved lobster roll. Thankfully, Maine is forward-thinking, and many restaurants offer GF faves. Red’s Eats in Wiscasset serves their lobster roll atop the best, buttery, gluten-free bread in existence, but be prepared for a long line. Geddy’s and Side Street Cafe in Bar Harbor both have modified classics like fried bellies, and although it was very tough to find, wheat flour-free clam chowder can be found at Bob’s Clam Hut or Shade at the Higgins Beach Inn in Scarborough. It’s hard to pick one of these places as the best in Maine, but Bob’s Portland location can do just about any signature items gluten-free.
Senza Gluten - New York, New York
Senza Gluten in New York allows glutenless diners to love Italian food again. While they have expected finds like pizza, an incredible lasagna, wide variation of pastas and classic desserts like tiramisu can once again touch your lips. The ambience is wonderful, and many who don’t even eat strictly GF find themselves dining at this refined New York establishment.
Cultured Caveman - Portland, Oregon
A name like Cultured Caveman sure catches the eye—not only is this Portland, Oregon place totally gluten, dairy and soy-free, it’s paleo as well. The menu has a clean focus, with of course many meaty options. While not huge, the menu is diverse, offering fish tacos, a killer chicken broccoli ranch wrap, Shepherds pie, carnitas and Korean beef.
Wheat’s End Cafe - Chicago, Illinois
Gobble pancakes, biscuits, chicken and waffles—all the “no no” foods—without any worry at the appropriately named Wheat’s End Cafe. Brunch is back on for gluten-free and Celiac foodies because the place is completely GF. All of your breakfast cravings can be sufficed with cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy, and more expected gluten-free options like omelets. The Chicago located day time eatery can also accommodate other allergies.
Zest Kitchen & Bar - Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City has a decent amount of gluten-free restaurants, but Zest Kitchen and Bar is totally GF and plant-based. Almost everything is organic as well. Everything has a healthy twist, from nachos with cashew ginger sour cream to hazelnut chickpea pancakes during brunch. But what makes Zest a little edgier is its refined bar scene with music and crazy creative cocktails with interesting ingredients—all-natural, most definitely.
Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Philly cheesesteak has broken beyond its own city, becoming an American classic. But there’s nowhere like Philadelphia to get one, especially at Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop, which has both a Fishtown and Torresdale location. Hot sausage, chicken, and no doubt the cheesesteak can all be served atop a soft gluten-free roll. So everyone can enjoy one of the top cheesesteaks in the nation. Don’t forget to try one of the dreamy milk shakes.
5 Points Local - San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio’s 5 Points Local is a trendy laid-back clean eating joint that is totally gluten-free. Enjoy a classic breakfast with worry-free pancakes and toast, or get your local cuisine fix with a fiesta dinner bowl loaded with lime, cumin, avocado, greens all paired with a tostada and re-fried beans. The tempeh tacos with onion escabeche, cashew crema, fresh cilantro, refried black beans and avocado are a healthy way to taste the flavors of San Antonio as well. Check out the bakery, too.
Groundbreaker Brewing - Portland, Oregon
One experience celiac sufferers likely miss is a night out drinking and eating at their favorite gastropub. Long for this no more, because Groundbreaker Brewing in Portland Oregon brews gluten-free beer while whipping up hearty dishes to enjoy alongside. Grass-fed burgers, classic sandwiches like the Cubano, chowder with crostini and buttermilk fried chicken are some of the pub fare options. Then sip one of the chestnut, lentil or sorghum-based ales.
Chicago’s Pizza - Chicago, Illinois
Chicago deep-dish pizza is a far cry from typical thin crusts that gluten-free eaters often have to settle on. And Chicago’s Pizza, with its three locations in the city, didn’t see that as acceptable. They defied deep dish dough making science and have created a drool-worthy recipe that rivals any in the area. Calzones, pasta, garlic bread, focaccia gourmet sandwiches, fried calamari and classic desserts can all be ordered gluten-free.
Mason Dixon - Huntsville, Alabama
Alabama isn’t the first place that comes to mind when searching for progressive gluten-free establishments, but Mason Dixon set the pace by being the first in the state. Travel to Huntsville for sandwiches that have been constructed with the most detail possible—meats are cured in house, and all the fixings like fermented veggies, sweet potato chips and sauces are crafted on site, start to finish. A giant list of breads from traditional white, maple cinnamon raisin, jalapeño cheddar and southern biscuits give any classic, wheat-filled recipes a run for their money.