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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 are amazing restaurants in America 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.
Senza Gluten in New York allows glutenless diners to love Italian food again. While they have expected finds like pizza, an incredible lasagna, a wide variation of pasta and classic desserts like tiramisu can once again touch your lips. The ambiance is wonderful, and many who don’t even eat strictly GF find themselves dining at this refined New York establishment.
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 daytime eatery can also accommodate other allergies.
Known for its contemporary American cuisine, Posana Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Asheville on Historic Pack Square. It has a welcoming main dining room and patio, a seasonal cocktail menu, and an award-winning wine cellar. With its farm-to-table seasonal menu, the restaurant is celiac-friendly, offering its guests the same dining experience with safe gluten-free food service.
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.
Just BE Kitchen is a cheery breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot in Colorado that serves gluten-free American fare. As seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, they are committed to offering comfort food from a conscious kitchen. The all-day menu includes favorites like burritos, pancakes, and burgers, as well as desserts and cocktails.
Built in 1956 in New Rochelle, New York, Georgie’s Diner was moved to West Haven in 1967. A neighborhood favorite, it features diner decor like neon accents and red-and-white booths. Food is made from scratch, milling their own flours, grinding their own meat, and pressing their own juice. Pull up a seat at the counter and pick from their extensive menu, with dishes like prime short rib, New Orleans gumbo, chicken park, signature sandwiches, and fries all available gluten-free. Don’t leave without sampling a slice of gluten-free cake.
If you’ve got a craving for delicious Italian cuisine, head to Risotteria Melotti NYC. The 100% gluten-free menu includes inventive risotto dishes, which include fresh ingredients like black truffle sauce, pancetta, and wild boar ragu, as well as padano dop cheese, stracchino cheese, and cacio cheese. Pair it with homemade burrata cheese, smoked-salmon carpaccio, and rice bruschetta bread, or save room for rice flour Nutella crepes, rice sponge cake tiramisu, or rice flour profiteroles pastries.
While technically not a restaurant, Rise Bakery makes the cut for its long list of gluten-free treats available. You’re spoiled for choice with enticing eats when it comes to gluten-free options, from the vegan double chocolate cupcakes and brioche loaf to the buttermilk biscuits and range of gluten-free bagels. Don’t forget to top off your meal with a gluten-free Nutella brownie, cinnamon roll, banana nut bread, or apple pie.
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 milkshakes.
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, and 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.
Pingala Cafe is a completely vegan cafe in Burlington, Vermont. The menu is 100% plant-based and includes a wide variety of gluten-free alternatives. Along with fresh produce, they offer food truck-inspired cuisine that includes burgers, vegan dogs, and smoothies. They were even once featured on the tv show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
Capitol Cider is Seattle’s first cider bar, set in the bustling Pike/Pine corridor of Capitol Hill. Its modern pub fare is made in a 100% gluten-free and nut-free kitchen, while its long list of signature cocktails and ciders from across the globe. They also have live music and game nights.
One experience celiac sufferers likely miss is a night out drinking and eating at their favorite gastropub. Long for this no more, because Ground Breaker 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 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.
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 bread from traditional white, maple cinnamon raisin, jalapeño cheddar, and southern biscuits give any classic, wheat-filled recipes a run for their money.