Where to Eat Gluten-Free from Coast to Coast
Many of these restaurants are completely gluten-free, while others have menus that abound with options for gluten-free diners.
Gluten-Free from Coast to Coast
Gluten sensitive? Got celiac? There's no reason to deprive yourself. Groundbreaking gluten-free restaurants have been popping up across the country — bakeries, cafes and even food trucks! Grab a fork and go.
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Asheville, NC: Posana
Posana is not what you think of when you think of gluten-free dining. This beautiful contemporary American restaurant's chef and co-owner, Peter Pollay, wooed his wife Martha through cooking. When she was diagnosed with celiac disease, his first instinct was to get in the kitchen and cook. After amassing a variety of recipes, in 2009, Pollay opened Posana as an ode to Martha — with a focus on seasonal, local and sustainable foods. His wife is not the only one who's benefited. The lobster mac 'n' cheese is a fave.
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Chicago: Wheat's End Cafe
Cheddar-chive biscuits, carrot muffins, chocolate doughnuts and orange-cranberry scones don't exactly sound gluten-free, but that's exactly what's on the menu at Wheat's End Cafe in Chicago. Owners Amelia Fonti and Susan McMillan are serious about their celiac safety. The two started cooking gluten-free when a close friend was diagnosed with celiac disease. Around the same time, Fonti learned that she too was gluten-intolerant. The result was Wheat's End Artisan Foods, a 100-percent-gluten-free food company, and Wheat's End Cafe, a friendly haven for coffee anytime and gluten-free brunch on Sundays. Prosciutto Benedict on a gluten-free English muffin, anyone? Yes!
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Los Angeles: Cafe Gratitude
New Orleans and San Francisco: 3 Potato 4
New York City: Little Beet
If you've eaten at Zahav, Michael Solomonov's outstanding Israeli restaurant featuring the flavors of the Middle East and the Mediterranean, chances are you're counting the days until you can go back. The food is miraculous. What's more, much of it is naturally gluten-free: fried cauliflower with labaneh with chive, dill, mint and garlic; fried haloumi with dates, pickled onion, walnuts and urfa; roasted zucchini with tehina, Bulgarian feta and hazelnuts; cobia crudo with Turkish salad and fava beans; roasted lamb shoulder with pomegranate and chickpeas; and Solomonov's signature Hummus Masbacha with warm chickpeas.
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Saint Joseph, Mich.: Baja Gringo Tacos
San Francisco: Seed + Salt
Quinoa falafel, chickpea frittata, and revolutionary sandwiches like the S+S Beet Burger (beets, walnuts, lentils, mushrooms, brown rice, raisins, spices and smoked sea salt plus ranch dressing, served on a gluten-free burger bun) and The Powerhouse (black bean tempeh, chimichurri, flax mayo and pickled red onion) are on the menu at Seed + Salt, a haven for gluten-free whole-food addicts in San Francisco. And if you thought there was no way to make a great gluten-free, whole-grain, vegan baguette, you were wrong.
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