Gluten Free Gran Canaria
Tourism is the main industry of Gran Canaria with lots of resorts, hotels, restaurants and activities to do all around the island. Click To Tweet

The volcanic island of Gran Canaria makes up one of the seven Spanish Canary islands. It’s located in the Atlantic Ocean, around 210km off the coast of Africa. Due to the island’s location it experiences year round sunshine and has it’s very own microclimate. Tourism is the main industry of Gran Canaria with lots of resorts, hotels, restaurants and activities to do all around the island.

Question is, for a coeliac traveller, what are the gluten free food options like over there?

On first glance, when strolling through a resort and scanning the menus outside each restaurant, it doesn’t seem like there is a great deal of choice on offer. However, if you speak to the waiting staff, most of who speak very good English, they are usually more than obliging to help you pick something gluten-free off the menu or tell you how a meal can be adapted. In terms of gluten free meals actually being highlighted on restaurant menus, I found this was quite rare in Gran Canaria but there were a few restaurants that did this.

Having travelled around a lot of the island and after visiting many of the towns and resorts,

I have picked my top 3 gluten free friendly restaurants in Gran Canaria:

Mana 264

Avenida Estados Unidos 54 Local, 131-18, 35100 Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain

This was a funky, dimly lit restaurant that served spanish cuisine, including tapas style food. They, unlike a lot of restaurants in Gran Canaria, actually marked on their menu card what was gluten free and what food was not, which was great for a coeliac. A few of the tapas choices were gluten free and others were able to be adapted.

Basils

108 Local, 35138 Puerto de MoganMogan, Gran Canaria, Spain (permanently closed)

A cosy, small restaurant on the edge of the harbour, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. This restaurant served mediterranean style meals, from pizza to paella. Once I had explained to the waiting staff about my gluten allergy they brought out a menu card which described the ingredients of each dish and if there were any allergens, they also explained how dishes could be amended to be gluten free. Fish dishes are really great here and even better when washed down with a nice glass of sangria and looking out to sea, heaven!

 

Ristorante Pizzeria Piccola Italia

C.C. San Agustin 2a Planta Loc. 156 | Calle Las Dalia, Gran Canaria, Spain

Quite a large restaurant located in San Augustin, Maspalomas. This place was really worth seeking out as they served both gluten free pizza and gluten free pasta, the only place I came across in Gran Canaria that did, so lots of choice for the coeliac visitor! The waiting staff appeared to be very knowledgeable regarding allergies. I recommend the gluten free pizza margherita, the base was really good and the creamy mozzarella and tomato topping was delicious, they did not skimp on the cheese here!

As Gran Canaria is a Spanish island, tapas is a very popular menu choice there and a lot of them are actually gluten free. Listed below are a few of the most popular dishes that are also naturally gluten free (always confirm with restaurant):

  • Patatas Bravas: Potatoes cooked in a tomato sauce.
  • Pimientos de Padron: Cooked small, green peppers seasoned with salt.
  • Gambas al Ajillo: King prawns fried in a garlic and chilli oil.
  • Serrano Ham: A cured spanish ham, cut into wafer thin slices.
  • Tortilla da Patatas: A spanish omelette, usually made with egg, onions and potato.
  • Olives
  • Manchego Cheese.
Gluten Free San Francisco USA
I always felt California would be a perfect place for me to stretch my gluten free taste buds, after all, it does have the reputation as one of America's healthiest states. Click To Tweet

San Francisco, the city of pretty houses, hilly streets and food as diverse as the people who have settled into the Californian sunshine.

A city not really known for one cuisine (other than an overpriced bowl of seafood chowder), it is a city that offers you a different food journey on every street corner.

I always felt California would be a perfect place for me to stretch my gluten free taste buds, after all, it does have the reputation as one of America’s healthiest states. Food and exercise trends seem to hit California long before anywhere else in America and no more is that true than in San Francisco.

It’s a city where you do have to be prepared to visit different neighbourhoods. Quirky and awesome restaurants seem to be popping up all the time all over the city, so jumping in a cab or two in anticipation of some great tasting food will become the ‘norm’!

Downtown San Francisco seems to be hounded by popular chains; Starbucks, Pete’s Coffee, Potbelly to name a few have secured the real estate where all the tourists hang out. They all offer perfectly acceptable gluten free options, but not the atmosphere you would expect from such a culturally rich city.

Once a year San Francisco is home to The Fancy Food Show. At the end of January food companies from all over the world descend on the huge convention centre and cover nearly four floors of this immense building.

This is the place to visit to see the next big trends in food, and with nearly 4000 food companies vying for your attention, the gluten free and dietary foods on offer are incredible.

At $30 to enter, it’s worth a couple of hours perusing the centre, obtaining delicious samples and just generally enjoy being around some incredible and forward thinking food companies.

I must add, San Francisco is host to some awesome farmers markets, so if you get the urge for fresh, organic food then stroll to Pier 1 every Monday, Thursday & Saturday morning 10 am – 2 pm and check out the vibrant, locally sourced food on offer. A feast to behold and lots of gluten free freshly made baked treats available too.

With my gluten free taste buds to the ready, I have pounded the streets of San Francisco to prepare a delectable range of places for you to chow down on some lovely gluten free nosh. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Californian dreaming about Gluten Free Breakfast

Why do I feel more excited about breakfast when the sun is shining? San Francisco is host to so many GREAT gluten free breakfast places, choosing a couple was no easy task.

Glutless (open on weekends for online orders, delivery and pick-up only) – It’s all in the name! Run by a Celiac, this charming cafe has gained a fabulous reputation amongst gluten free locals. Giant, fresh muffins, zucchini bread and moist banana bread gives you a perfectly scrumptious choice of breakfast options. Knowledgeable staff and 100% gluten free kitchen made my taste buds and body feel safe in their hands. The only downside is they are closed on the weekends and you will need to arrive early!

Address: ‪Glutless, 325 Mason St, San Francisco (Downtown near Union Sq) – physical location is permanently closed as of 22nd July 2017 
Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm

Seed & Salt – With a menu of nearly 10 different super bowls, chickpea frittata, and coconut yogurt you will leave feeling suitably full of healthy goodness. Organically and ethically sourced food arrives from the kitchen looking bright, modern and delicious. Bright interior and friendly service make this a superb start to your day. Lunch and early dinner menu looked impressive too. 100% gluten free kitchen.

Note: The Chestnut location is currently but according to their website, they will be making temporary appearances “here and there”.

Address: ‪Seed & Salt, 2240 Chestnut St, San Francisco (Midtown) – physical location is permanently closed as of  28th Nov 2017
Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 8 am – 7 pm
Sunday – 10 am – 7 pm

It would be impolite not to mention the following gluten free breakfast places. For a takeaway breakfast option head to Flour & Co, 1030 Hyde St for awesome gluten free English muffins. Breakfast in style at Bio, 75 O’Farrell St – full of vegan and gluten free glorious food. Pica, Pica Arepa Kitchen, 401 Valencia St offers the most amazing gluten free Yucca beignets! Honest!

Lazy Leisurely Gluten Free Lunches

It really is true – Californians are generally more laid back. When it comes to lunchtime, you can sit in most restaurants and not feel ushered out. Time slows down and you can sit back, eat good food and take in the view of lunchtime office workers bustling around.

Urban Fish – Well you are near the sea! Decor reminiscent of the inside of an old ship (in a good way) this lovely little restaurant churns out some delicious food. A great vegan and gluten free menu make this a popular place for lunchtime feasting. Managed by brothers with an eye for fresh food and affordable eating, you will want definitely want to go back for dinner!

Address: ‪Urban Fish, 2193 Mission St, San Francisco (Mission district b/t sycamore & 18th St)
Monday – Saturday 11.30 am – 10 pm
Sunday – 10 am – 9 pm

Asian Box – With Asian influence at the heart of the building blocks of the city, I cannot fail to include this 100% gluten free Asian restaurant. Nestled in the basement of Macy’s this popular little eatery offers a ‘build your own’ signature box menu at incredibly affordable prices. Fresh food, choice and affordable what more could you want?!

Address: ‪Asian Box, 170 O’Farrell St, San Francisco (Downtown – Macy’s cellar)
Monday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday – 11 am – 6 pm

When two options are just not enough, check out these other awesome places to enjoy a leisurely gluten free lunch. Little Heaven Deli, 2348 Mission St for gluten free savory crepes and bubble tea or dine in simple style at Loving Hut, 524 Irving St and enjoy noodles, burgers and huge salads!

Splurge out on Superb Gluten Free Dinners

I feel like I have shared some great affordable places for your leisurely lunchtime feast, so now it’s time to splurge on dinner. Dinner in a new city should be an occasion, a time to dress up and look forward to a perfect setting, with perfect ambiance and superb gluten free food.

E&O Kitchen & Bar – Quirky lights and large wooden tables with heavy dark décor give this place an ideal ambiance for a romantic dinner. Food is presented in a modern and delicate way on bright white plates by smartly dressed staff. The impressive gluten free menu, with a focus on making you feel just as important as everyone else dining from the general menu. A special place with superb Asian inspired food.

Address: ‪ E&O Kitchen & Bar, 314 Sutter St, San Francisco (Downtown near Union Sq)
Monday – Thursday 11.30 am – 10 pm (Happy Hour – 3 pm – 6 pm)
Friday & Saturday 11.30 am – 11 pm (Happy Hour – 3 pm – 6 pm)
Sunday – 5 pm – 9.30 pm

Isa Restaurant – Bonjour Isa! A french inspired restaurant with ambiance in plentiful supply. A lovely little restaurant with a large covered, beautifully lite dining area out the back. The menu is authentic and the gluten free options were impressive. The staff are knowledgeable although not as friendly as you would expect. Good, no great food awaits you. Booking advised.

Address: ‪Isa Restaurant, 3324 Steiner Street, San Francisco (Marina District)
Tuesday – Thursday 5.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Saturday – 5 pm – 10 pm
Sunday – 5 pm – 9 pm

There are so many great places to eat in San Francisco and with so little time! Finding gluten free food in such a vast city will be easy and sometimes you just have to be prepared to kiss a few frogs to find your gluten free restaurant prince.

The above recommendations will hopefully give you the option to fall back on places you know you will not be disappointed. Get your taste buds ready to be dazzled by gluten free San Francisco!

Gluten Free Spitalfields, London
Spitalfields market is a place tourists and locals flock to and is officially Londons oldest market. Open seven days a week and with over 100 stalls to wander through, it's worth a detour to work up an appetite. Click To Tweet

Londoners know Spitalfields for its awesome markets and its important place in the timeline of London’s history! Spitalfields has been a notch on the infamous British cities history since the 1100’s! Yep, the area has been ‘around’ before much of America even existed! Impressive huh?!

An area that has been blessed with breweries, bakeries and a diverse sense of culturally rich community. The Jewish, Russians and the Irish descended on Spitalfields in the 1700’s, opening shops, jewellers, and restaurants. Cultures that still shine through Spitalfields today.

Walk around the streets of Spitalfields today and be faced with modern buildings coupled with historical architecture. Dine in new swanky cafes or old, dark and atmospheric pubs!

A fusion of so many different places to have fun, relax and eat!

Spitalfields market is a place tourists and locals flock to and is officially Londons oldest market. Open seven days a week and with over 100 stalls to wander through, it’s worth a detour to work up an appetite.

The market is a heady mix of locally made crafts, beautifully made clothes, delicate homemade cakes and bakes and food trucks offering a huge variety of food. Food trucks with names like ‘The Duck Truck’ and with many dietary requirements catered for, you will easily find somewhere to let your inner sweet or savoury gluten free tooth loose!

The market is held in the infamous undercover area; where for hundreds of years a market has been held. Restaurants and independent shops line the market outer rim and you will be hit in the face with smells of coffee, baked goods, and other stomach rumbling goodies.

I have been lucky enough to live in this wonderfully diverse area of London and have eaten in many of the cute and quirky eateries. As a gluten free girl in Spitalfields, I was certainly spoilt for choice.

I have listed a few of my favourite places to stop and watch the tourists wander by!

Gluten-Free Breakfast Spitalfields Style

There are some great small chain restaurants popping up that are hitting the gluten free menu nail right on the head. Independents will always get my vote, but when the food and ethics are good, who am I to argue.

LEON – Chain restaurant alert! A very laid back fast food style place with wooden benches, large and bright menu options and food such as; poached egg pots and cranberry infused oatmeal. Menus offer great value for money and the ambiance is chilled. I have to say the coffee is not too bad either!

Address: ‪LEON, 3 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, E1 6DW (Inside the undercover market area)
Monday – Friday 7.30 am – 9 pm
Saturday – 8.30 am – 10 pm
Sunday – 8.30 am – 7 pm

Canteen – With an accolade of ‘Best British Breakfast’ I had high expectations and I was not disappointed. Although not an entirely gluten free restaurant, it certainly offers a large and varied gluten free menu. From traditional British bacon and egg butties to freshly made oatmeal, it is definitely worth a breakfast time stop.

Address: ‪Canteen, 2 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, E1 6DW (Inside the undercover market area)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 11 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 11 pm

Gluten-Free Lunch like a Londoner

Pies have a sacred place in the heart of most Londoners. After all, the backbone of London’s bakeries relied on this classic dish for hundreds of years. Finding a gluten free pie that lives up to the recipe of old is no easy challenge, however, I happened to find one such place serving a pie Londoners would be proud of!

Duck & Waffle – Great Pies! A restaurant with a view, situated on the 40th floor it offers an impressive and extensive gluten free menu as well as a unique setting. A little pricey, but what city restaurant with a view isn’t! An impeccable reputation and fresh, inspiring menu will leave you feeling like you have hit the gluten free pie jackpot. Must try the duck and waffles too!

Address: ‪Duck & Waffle, 40th floor, Bishopsgate, EC2N
Monday – Sunday 6 am – 11 pm, (Late Nights) 11.30 pm – 5 am

Ottolenghi – An independent restaurant offering a fusion of foods. With health and vitality at the heart of everything they prepare you will be taken to tastebud heaven. A light, airy and relaxed atmosphere and super friendly staff. Tuck into toasted orzo with roasted cumin broccoli or indulge on one of their many gluten free desserts. You will be back for more – I assure you!

Address: ‪Ottolenghi, 50 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
Monday – Friday 8 am – 10.30 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 10.30 pm
Sunday – 9 am – 6 pm

Gluten-Free Dining around the globe!

You could easily eat dinner at the above two restaurants, but if you fancy a couple more gluten free options, the below two quirkier diverse gluten free restaurants should keep your hunger pangs at bay!

Pho Restaurant – Vietnamese chain restaurant with zest! With a focus on freshly made and authentic Vietnamese food, this restaurant certainly offers a different gluten free dining option. Quirky décor and a very relaxed atmosphere give Pho a ‘go to’ for anyone wanting to try something different. Knowledgeable staff and a large menu help too.

Address: ‪Pho Restaurant, 48 Brushfield Street, E1 6AG
Monday – Friday 11.30 am – 10 pm
Saturday – 11.30 am – 11 pm
Sunday – 11.30 am – 10 pm

Andina – Peruvian restaurant that is small but perfectly formed. Any gluten free local will recommend Andina restaurant as a must eat place. With gluten free options a plenty and dishes such as black pudding served on quinoa toast and lamb sweetbreads, you will be suitably impressed. A small restaurant with a big passion for cooking awesome authentic Peruvian dishes.

Address: ‪Andina, 1 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, E27DJ
Monday – Friday 8 am – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 10 am – 11 pm

Finding somewhere to eat in any city is a daunting task, especially in somewhere as diverse as London. The area of Spitalfields is not only a place for great shopping, visiting places of interest and wandering around markets, it is a place full of places to enjoy some awesome British gluten free food.

Gluten Free Dublin Ireland
I assumed eating gluten free in Dublin would be a challenge, having not had great experiences in traditional pub style restaurants before, I arrived expecting to live on fruit for a few days! Click To Tweet

The Emerald Isle’s Gluten-Free City

When I think of Ireland, Dublin immediately springs to mind, as well as green lush countryside and of course their famous dark brew – Guinness! Although not a tipple for gluten free beer drinkers, you cannot deny it’s luring black silkiness is still a temptation!

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and with nearly 2 million people gracing the houses and suburbs of the city; it has a natural, friendly and typically ‘Irish’ atmosphere!

A country built on the backbone of Viking settlers and dating back to the 9th century, you will be faced with awesome museums, historical buildings and some of the best pubs and restaurants in Europe.

I assumed eating gluten free in Dublin would be a challenge, having not had great experiences in traditional pub style restaurants before, I arrived expecting to live on fruit for a few days!

Pubs seemingly choose not to embrace gluten free food, usually through lack of knowledge or education! If you run a bar with a focus on alcohol, why bother to keep your food menu current – right?!

Well, thankfully I was pleasantly surprised and I managed to find lots of places to eat, drink and play in this awesomely bustling Irish city.

Although Dublin is crowded with hundreds of quirky pubs, many as traditional and atmospheric as they were when they opened hundreds of years before, unfortunately as anticipated many of them failed to offer gluten free food options.

Many of the gluten free places I found were independent restaurants who realised there was a big ‘gap’ in the dietary requirement needs of the locals and millions of tourists who visit each year.

Take the time to carry out your own research and see if you can find that traditional Irish pub who offers a gluten free option, other than salad! If you happen across one, let me know!

Never one to be beaten, I yet again took to the streets and sniffed out the best places for you to enjoy your time eating gluten free in Dublin!

Gluten-Free Breakfast on the Emerald Isle

Dublin is a great ‘walking’ city, all the major attractions are close together and you can easily stroll around the streets in the knowledge you are never too far away from somewhere delicious to eat.

Antoinette’s Bakery (permanently closed as of 30th June 2017) – CHARMING is the optimum word for this place. Bunting, pretty décor and wooden tables await you. Offering a fantastic range of baked treats, including gluten free toast and pastries. It is a bakery rather than a restaurant, so ideal if you just fancy a quick but tasty gluten free bite! Great coffee and a friendly service await.

Address: Antoinette’s Bakery, 6 Kevin Street Lower, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday – 10 am – 4 pm

Queen of Tarts – Over 4000 positive reviews and voted 30 out of 2500 restaurants in Dublin, it is easy to see why! A fantastic and quirky place for breakfast. All the food is freshly mad and locally sourced. Opened by pastry chef sisters, their focus being on wholeheartedly making sure you eat the best food available and you are given the true Irish impeccably friendly service. Eating gluten free just got awesome.

Address: ‪Queen of Tarts, Cows Lane, Dame Street & Cork Hill Dame Street, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 7 pm
Sunday – 9 am – 7 pm

With so many independent restaurants banging loudly on the gluten free door, be sure to check out the following gluten free breakfast places. Eat brunch at The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane for quirky décor and healthy gluten free food. Small, family run and 100% gluten free kitchen, Gluttony is a GEM of a place. Gluttony, Jane Cottage, Newtownpark Ave, Newtown is worth the little extra walk.

Gluten-Free Lunch

I am typically drawn to healthier places to eat, but on the odd occasion, I just want to feel comforted by a big plate of something a little naughty. Albeit a burger or fish and chips, I am not into the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ labels we give food! Everything in moderation!

Bunsen – When that burger hankering hits. The homemade delicious melt in the mouth burgers will leave you in meat heaven. Freshly made to order and served on a toasted gluten free bun that is as soft as a pillow will remind you just how good a burger can be! Simply great gluten free burgers at affordable prices too!

Address: ‪Bunsen, 22 Essex St East, Temple Bar (City Centre)
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – 12 pm – 9.30 pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 12 pm – 10.30 pm
Sunday – 12 pm – 9.30 pm

The Millstone – Close to a traditional Irish pub, but with a LOVE for creating delectable and delicious food, it’s a bonus it happens to be gluten free too. Not the cheapest place, but certainly worth the extra money you will spend, they do offer early bird set menu deals. Tuck into homely, traditional Irish dishes in a comforting and warm setting.

Address: ‪The Millstone, 39 Dame Street, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 11.30 am – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 11.30 am – 11.30 pm

Short on time for lunch? These gluten free lunch eateries might be able to help! SABA to go, 13 Rathgar Rd for Vietnamese food at its gluten free best. For a little style Cornucopia, 19/20 Wicklow Street delivers organic, vegetarian and gluten free food in a beautiful and relaxed setting.

Gluten-Free Dinner Dublin Style
Dancing, great food, and laughter

A visit to Dublin would not be complete without dancing along to some traditional Irish music. Finding a place with great food and music is hard enough, but when you throw gluten free into the mix your choices are greatly diminished! Fear not, I happened across a
gluten free, Irish music playing gem.

The Old Storehouse – Well known by locals and loved by tourists. A large menu with plenty of gluten free options. Food is simple, traditional and well cooked, so do not expect Michelin style plates! The live music makes the entire experience a true Irish night to remember. Staff were friendly although be prepared to not ask too many questions about gluten free food! They know what they need to know about the menu and that’s good enough! Busy, loud and great fun.

Address: ‪ The Old Storehouse Bar & Restaurant, Crown Alley, Temple Bar (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 12 pm – 11.30 pm
Friday & Saturday 12 pm – 12.30 am
Sunday – 12 pm – 11.30 pm

Viva – When the need for Tapas strikes. I love to try different foods, chefs in each city present food in their own unique styles. This Spanish restaurant offers great tapas in a very authentic setting. Bright red tablecloths and traditional food await. The gluten free choice is not extensive, but what they do serve tastes fabulous and authentic. Good wine, great food, and atmosphere will make for a good night out!

Address: ‪Viva, 27 Richmond Street South, Portobello, Dublin
Tuesday – Friday 5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 12 pm – 11 pm

For a couple of other options to wet your gluten free appetite in the land of rainbows and pots of gold. Brambles restaurant, Terenure Rd for upmarket food, most dishes can be altered to be gluten free too! For truly awesome gluten free food Douglas & Kaidi, Dundrum Town Centre is certainly worth the detour.

Dublin is known for its incredible nightlife, it’s endless bars to drink until merry and for shopping galore.

I will remember Dublin for its eateries serving diverse gluten free food, Independent restaurants serving food this good will always win my city eating vote.

Head to Dublin and dine out in gluten free independent happiness!

Gluten Free Edinburgh Scotland
Edinburgh is a city full of atmosphere, unpretentious independent restaurants and plenty of hidden lanes and shops to explore. Click To Tweet

You will find Scotland’s beautiful capital city of Edinburgh nestled into the coast and just before you fall into the entranceway to the highlands; where countless loch’s, open roads and breathtaking scenery await you.

Edinburgh is a compact city, a perfect city for walking and exploring. Its pebbled pathways, haunted old buildings and of course its impressive castle sits high upon a hill and looms over the city all give an atmospheric and charming view.

It’s hard to imagine Edinburgh castle has been protecting the city for nearly 1000 years. Long before the words ‘gluten free’ existed!

I love Edinburgh, it’s a city full of atmosphere, unpretentious independent restaurants and plenty of hidden lanes and shops to explore.

I had little expectation about the gluten free food on offer in Edinburgh. However, I always hope a city will offer me more gluten free choices or present me with a gluten free dish I have not devoured before.

I also have to admit that Scottish food filled me with thoughts of deep fried chocolate bars and other unusual and unhealthy combinations (sorry Scotland), but never one to generalise I hoped deep down the city would deliver a culinary surprise!

I am pleased to say I was not disappointed, Edinburgh blessed my gluten free taste buds and left me feeling like there was still so many more places to discover and eat in.

The city is split into the old town and the new town. Each offer a range of amazing gluten free places to eat, the old town has plenty of independent coffee shops and restaurants and the new town is plagued with chain coffee shops and well-known restaurants. Both have a buzzy, city atmosphere and offer something different.

Top Picks for a Gluten Free Edinburgh Trip

Gluten Free Brekkie

Breakfast or ‘brekkie’ as the Scots like to call it, is, of course, the most important meal of the day and you will be able to happily start your day eating in one of these super tasty places.

Le Cafe Bleu – A very quirky and family run cafe. Conveniently located near the castle and with a menu offering stacks of gluten free options you will be suitably impressed. Pancakes with fresh fruit, English muffins with smoked salmon and amazing hot chocolate await your delectation. The friendly staff are knowledgeable about their gluten free offerings too. Arrive early as space is limited.

Address: Le Cafe Bleu, 62 West Port, Edinburgh (Near the castle)
Monday & Saturday 7.30 am – 3 pm

Urban Angel – Any food place with Angel in the name has my interest! Cobbled stone flooring, large chunky wooden tables, and low lighting make this place a very cool place to start your day. The menu is impressive, with homemade granola, haricot beans with poached eggs and french toast will make your gluten free breakfast decision a tough one. Super friendly staff and great gluten free tasting food.

Address: ‪Urban Angel, 121 Hanover Street, Edinburgh (Old Town)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 9 am – 5 pm

These two lovely gems will also keep you full until lunchtime. The Edinburgh Larder, 15 Blackfriars for simple gluten free toast and great coffee or for food on the run, including gluten free sausages, give BBL, 65 pleasance a try.

Gluten Free Lunch

Edinburgh is a cold, windy city! You will naturally walk and wonder around the city in a kind of fun, brisk and fresh-faced fashion! It makes me look forward to warming up with a delicious gluten free lunch! The below options should be a good start.

The Educated Flea – I love a good name! Although not a 100% gluten free restaurant, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable and prepared to run to and from the kitchen to ask questions. Great lunchtime set menu options and the food was fresh, plentiful and they even have gluten free beer on offer too. A slightly upscale lunch option at an affordable price. Lovely, relaxed décor too.

Address: The Educated Flea, 32B Broughton Street, ‪Edinburgh (Near the Edinburgh playhouse)‬
Monday – Friday 12 pm – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 10 am – 10 pm

Earthy – I love a place that gives me the anticipation of healthy food before I have even opened the door! Do not be fooled, Earthy offers pasta, tortilla chips and gluten free bread galore so you can choose to be a ‘salad’ kind of eater or a ‘carb’ craver! Super fresh food and with three locations across the city, you are never too far away from one. You can even buy food to take away and cook, which is a bonus if you plan on staying a while.

Address: ‪Earthy, ‬1 – 6 Canonmills Bridge & 33 – 41 Ratcliffe Terrace
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
Friday – 9 am – 7.30 pm
Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

With so many lunch options in the city, I had to share a couple more with you. David Bann, 56-58 St Mary’s Street for a vegetarian menu with flair and incredible taste or for when carb cravings are calling check out Mamma’s Pizza, 28-30 Grassmarket for affordable homemade gluten free pizza! Bellissimo.

Gluten Free Dinner

Wrap up warm and get ready to walk the cobbled streets of Edinburgh in style. Dinner options are in abundant supply and will you be able to devour warm, hot and well cooked gluten free food.

New Chapter Restaurant – Swish red brick, low lighting and a spacious seating area all give this dinner gem and great feel. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a great selection of gluten free dishes kept me very happy! The fish dish I had was exceptional and staff we more than happy to answer any gluten free inspired questions.

New Chapter Restaurant, 18 Eyre Place, New Town, Edinburgh
Monday – Sunday 12 pm – 2.30 pm & 5.30 pm – 10 pm

Aizle – With dessert options such as homemade chocolate ice cream with bee pollen and only using ingredients that are fresh and in season, this restaurant is constantly voted as the best place to eat dinner in Edinburgh. With gluten free catered for on the 5 course tasting menu and the chance to try some weird and wonderful food combinations, you will not forget your meal at Aizle. Romantic setting, comfortable atmosphere and extremely good wine! Not cheap, but definitely worth it! Book ahead and let them know your gluten free too.

Aizle – 107-109 St Leonards St, Edinburgh
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday – 6 pm – 9.30 pm
Friday & Saturday 5 pm – 9.30 pm

Afternoon Tea like Scottish Royalty

If there is a place offering ‘the best’ gluten free afternoon tea than I am always going to check it out and give my opinion! The below two really did live up to expectations, maybe not the best I have had, but definitely close – very close!

The Colonnades, Parliament Sq, Royal Mile – Super posh afternoon gluten free tea in a ‘fine’ setting. It really was close to being the best I have ever tasted. Book early!

Palm Court, The Balmoral, 1 Princes St – Dark panelled walls, beautiful chandeliers and smartly dressed staff make the entire afternoon tea a traditional experience. A great gluten free selection of fancies made this a divine gluten free afternoon tea treat.

Edinburgh offered my rumbling stomach some awesome gluten free restaurants and I was so happy to find that nearly all of them were independent too. Take time to stroll the streets full of history, marvel at the architecture and of course feel welcomed by the friendly locals too. Gluten free eating just got easy and educational!

Wrap up and embrace gluten free Edinburgh!

 

Every type of cuisine is catered for - American, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, you name it and I’m sure New York will provide it. This also goes for gluten free friendly restaurants. They seem to be everywhere. Click To Tweet

The city that never sleeps, where dreams are made and the naked cowboy resides; New York City, where else?

The metropolis of New York lies on the east coast of America, with massive high rise buildings dominating the skyline. As you step out of the taxi and onto the sidewalk for the first time you get a real sense of the scale of the place. It is a concrete jungle with pedestrians everywhere, cars horns beeping constantly, buildings towering over you and the subway rumbling beneath you, there is a lot going on.

In terms of food, the pace is no different. Every type of cuisine is catered for, American, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, you name it and I’m sure New York will provide it. This also goes for gluten free friendly restaurants, they seem to be everywhere, great news!

With all the choice that New York brings for a coeliac, how do you know where to go?

5 of the Best Gluten Free Friendly Eateries in New York:

Best for Gluten Free Pizza

Rubirosa, 235 Mulberry St, New York City

The pizza here was sooo good! They had so much choice on the menu for those with a gluten allergy, with both gluten free pasta and gluten free pizza on offer. The restaurant had an authentic italian atmosphere about it with low lighting and tables crammed together. Try the vodka pizza, it was really good, honestly.

Best for the All American Breakfast

Friedman’s, 132 W 31st St, 450 10th Avenue

American’s know how to do breakfast well and this place is a great example. There are 4 Friedman restaurants dotted around the city, I went to the Chelsea branch. Again, so many gluten free choices on the menu, and they were all highlighted so it was very easy to see what was on offer. The gluten free pancakes were delicious, as was the pastrami hash (yes I went twice).

Best for Gluten Free Burgers

Bareburger, Various locations

This burger chain has multiple locations throughout America and in fact all over the world. Choose from a variety of different burgers, from chicken breast to duck bacon to the standard beef patty, the choice is yours. Gluten free buns are available here too, a proper burger experience! The fries are also delicious and gluten free too.

Best for Gluten Free Cakes

Tu Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery, 338 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003

A whole bakery dedicated to providing gluten free cakes and pastries! As you would imagine there is a lot on offer here. The cupcakes had a great, spongy like texture and came in a variety of flavours, the brownies were also amazing!

Gluten Free San Antonio Texas
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San Antonio is one of the prettiest cities in Texas!

I know the capital city of Austin holds high esteem with those into music and quirky people, but I fell in love with its prettier close neighbour.

I always expect America (certain States anyway) to offer the best of gluten free food, for some reason I assume it’s a country ahead of the pack. Competition is high and consumers are way more demanding and it likes to copy it’s healthier friend Canada!

As I crossed the state line I wondered if Texas would offer me gluten free food worthy of a mention?!

A state like Texas is known for two things, OK, you could maybe three! Steak, Bigger steaks, and Mexican food. I like to tuck into a good steak as much as the next gluten free eater, but let’s face it one is enough to last any trip and I do not want to review steakhouses in Texas!!

San Antonio really is a walking city, which in the states is unusual. In downtown, the streets are cobbled, pretty and the amazingly beautiful riverwalk will leave you feeling relaxed and like you are in somewhere other than a busy city centre.

As with any city, there are so many places to eat; although the downtown area is naturally flecked with bigger chains than independents. However, if you are prepared to look around and walk a little further or jump in your car, you will easily stumble across some amazing gluten free food gems.

I have to say I did try a few more ‘bad’ places than good to find the below list of recommendations. It feels like San Antonio needs to catch up a little with dietary needs.

Thankfully gluten free was catered for more so than many other allergies, but staff are not as well educated and menus were in some places really poor.

In the name of research, I happily stumbled across a few perfectly lovely eateries offering, authentic and delicious gluten free food.

Gluten-Free Breakfast – It’s not all Pancakes!

I always think of pancakes and crispy bacon when I think of American breakfasts, as much as I love a traditional American breakfast, I also crave something different. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, so I am always happy to try out as many diners and restaurants as possible in search of my next best gluten free breakfast.

5 Points Local – 100% gluten free heaven. Awesome coffee and breakfast or brunch awaits you and your taste buds. A relaxed and chilled area for munching. Brick walls, wooden benches, and yoga studio above all give this place a cool vibe. Offering authentic Texan gluten free food; eggs with roasted sweet potato and refried beans or warm up with their own blend of 5 granola and coconut yoghurt. The menu is fresh, healthy and superb.

Address: 5 Points Local, 1017 N Flores, San Antonio, 781212

Tuesday & Thursday 7 am – 8 pm

Friday 7 am – 10 pm

Saturday 9 am – 10 pm

Sunday Brunch 9 am – 4 pm

Powerhouse Bakery – Do not be fooled by the name, not only is this 100% gluten free bakery but they offer savoury delicious gluten free food too. Feast on a black bean stuffed oven roasted pepper or start your day with a gluten free breakfast taco packed full of flavoursome and freshly cooked deliciousness. A small area for eating means you will need to arrive early and grab a seat. Passionate chefs really do offer some amazingly great gluten free breakfast food.

Address: Powerhouse Bakery, 4902 Golden Quail, San Antonio

Monday – Saturday 9 am – 6 pm

Sunday – 1 pm – 4 pm

Another couple of places for your Texan gluten free breakfast. Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe, 6322 N New Braunfels, San Antonio, family run since 1980 this popular quirky cafe will deliver a tasty gluten free smack to your taste buds or for a laid back and authentic American gluten free menu head to Courtyard Cafe, 7600 Eckhert Road, San Antonio.

Gluten-free Lunch

As with many of the breakfast places I recommend, they equally double up as a fabulous place you could tuck into lunch too, the above are great lunch examples. So, breaking tradition the below recommendations are actually chain restaurants. I know, I am banging the chain restaurant drum for gluten free foods made awesome and delicious. It also means when you are traveling throughout the states, you will know you can rely on these chains for good gluten free menus.

P.F Changs – Known as a ‘China Bistro’. Americans love a good Chinese meal. It’s rarely a food I trust to eat, battered chicken and sauces make me nervous! However, I was encouraged by a gluten free local to give PF Changs a try. The ambiance was cool and relaxed with Chinese art and plants flecked around the interior. The menu options impressive. Gluten free starters, mains, and desserts all taken care of and the food was good. A safe option when you are in need of quick, gluten free Chinese food.

Address: P.F. Chang’s, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio

Monday – Sunday 11 am – 12 pm

Wholefoods Market – A health food supermarket with fresh, self-service gluten free food. Visit any US city and you will find a Whole foods market. They present you with quirky, healthy grocery food as well as self-service buffet bars, wine bars, and restaurants. Everything they offer follows the same philosophy. Find awesome products and delicious freshly made food covering any and all dietary requirements. A cool, hip and chilled vibe to ‘build your own’ lunchtime gluten free feast. Not cheap, but definitely worth browsing the aisles of all the incredible food.

Address: Wholefoods Markets, Vineyard Shopping Centre & Alamo Quarry Market, San Antonio

Monday – Sunday 8 am – 10 pm

With so many lunch options in the city, I had to share a couple more with you. Babes Old Fashioned Hamburgers, 4535 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio for super soft gluten free buns and sweet potato chips to die for or for authentic gluten free Tex-Mex, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, 11075 W Interstate 10, San Antonio offers a no-frills setting with delicious food.

Gluten-Free Dinner time!

There is more to Texas than Steaks?!

There are always places the locals of any city tell you ‘you have to try this place’ and on some occasions, you do happen across a real gem. Gluten free eating is not always easy and especially at dinnertime when you just want to eat the same as everyone else. Having your ‘own menu’ can be weird enough! The first restaurant was recommended by a local and I was super impressed, obviously as it made it onto my list! Yep, I even walked away with one of their t-shirts and yep they are also a chain restaurant. Again!

Joe’s Crab Shack – Get your bibs on and get ready to crack some crab & lobster shells. A chain restaurant that offers a relaxed, all-American setting. Staff are friendly and the gluten free menu is clear and vast. Chow down on one of their famous ‘Steampots’ packed full of a filling of your choice. Crab, lobster or a mixture of both and served with fresh new potatoes and corn. Not a romantic setting, but definitely somewhere to get your hands dirty and have a good time. It was fun.

Joe’s Crab Shack, 212 College Street, Downtown San Antonio

Monday – Sunday 11 am – 12 pm

Las Canarias, Riverwalk – Do not judge the fact the restaurant is within a hotel. Las Canarias gives you the chance to eat gluten free dinner in supreme style. Beautiful location overlooking the riverwalk, white tablecloths and chandeliers give this restaurant a lovely ambiance. The menu caters for gluten free eaters in all its glory, apparently, the chef’s wife is a celiac and is passionate about offering his clients choice and awesome food. The food was exceptional, the setting was lovely. Not cheap, but worth it for a special gluten free evening in downtown San Antonio.

Las Canarias, Omni Hotel & Resort, 112 College Street, San Antonio

Monday – Saturday Dinner – 5.30 pm – 11 pm

There is always more! Never a girl to give just two choices for dinner, here are a couple more delicious gluten free eat treats. Biga on the Banks, 203 S St Mary Street, San Antonio riverwalk for great views, an impressive gluten free menu and sophisticated ambiance and for when a healthy Texan tamale calls head to Adelante Mexican, 21 Brees Blvd.

I LOVE San Antonio. Presenting you with impressive history and authentic gluten free Texan food at its heart you will fall in love wth this city too. Head downtown to walk the river walk and indulge in dinner in style or take the time to explore amazingly hidden gems for breakfast. I have a feeling you will also fall in love with this friendly, pretty Texan city.

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Gluten Free Dallas Texas
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Dallas is a city full of unique and diverse neighbourhoods. Once a haven for fast food outlets and BBQ, the last few years have seen an impressive increase in independent chefs looking for somewhere to grow and offer locals awesome food.

Its downtown is full of independent coffee shops, cute bakeries, and chain restaurants, but step away and explore neighbourhoods and you will find independent restaurants popping up and giving gluten free food a chance to be set free.

I had no food expectations from Dallas and I wanted it to give me a view of what its food scene was about.

Gluten free food is not just about finding somewhere you can tuck into bread or a baked treat, but it’s often about not feeling secluded when looking at a menu.

I love to be in a restaurant and have as much choice as the person I am sitting next too, couple this with knowledgeable staff and a chef that treats gluten free cooking as a passion and you have a recipe (excuse the pun) for a great meal.

The ambiance is also important, I have been into many restaurants who offer a great gluten free menu, but little when it comes to feeling welcome and enveloped by an atmosphere that makes you want to stay and embrace its food.

Dallas presented me with impressive gluten free menus and diverse restaurants.

In the name of gluten free eating, the below are all places I am safe in the knowledge that you, my fellow gluten free eaters will LOVE.

Gluten-Free

Breakfast

Choc chip bacon cookies anyone? Sometimes you just have to give into temptation and when I am faced with a breakfast item that delivers bacon and chocolate, then I am giving in. Breakfast in Dallas can be as diverse or simple as you want it to be. It is flecked with an array of gluten free places to simply indulge or be healthy, as well as the chance to drink mighty fine coffee, Dallas seems to do coffee well.

Origin Kitchen & Bar – The home of Choc chip bacon cookies. The white, airy bar gave a fabulous choice of gluten free goodies. With healthy eating and catering for dietary requirements at its heart, it just ‘gets’ gluten free food. Sit at one of its wooden tables and watch the locals fly in and out for its great coffee. Tuck into gluten free vegetable muffins or its infamous Choc chip bacon cookies. A hip atmosphere and delectable gluten free food.

Address: Origin Kitchen & Bar, 4438 McKinney Ave, Dallas, 75204
Monday – Friday 7.30 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday 8.30 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 11 pm
Sunday 9 am – 3 pm

Start – A gluten free drive-thru. Americans love a good drive thru, for a gluten free girl drive thru’s usually offer little! However, Start seems to be banging on the door of the healthy drive-thru option. A cute shack is a home to some amazingly tasty and healthy gluten free breakfasts. Food is prepared fresh and they use organic produce, as well as GMO-free foods and meat. Order from their impressive menu and be greeted with healthy gluten free breakfast buns and delicious gluten free burritos. Affordable, convenient and healthy.

Address: ‪Start, Greenville Avenue, Dallas, 75206
Monday – Sunday 7 am – 9 pm

Good things come in more than two so here are a couple more Dallas gluten free breakfast places. Unrefined Bakery, 3426 Greenville Ave, Dallas, 75206 promise a 100% gluten free baking environment and a choice of the most exquisite treats. For another place with a menu full of gluten free fresh goodness head to Unleavened Fresh Kitchen, 1900 Abrams Pkwy, Dallas, 75214.

Gluten-Free Lunching with the Locals

There is nothing more satisfying than being surrounded by locals. For me it makes me feel safe, I feel like I must be in the right place! Lunch is often the quick stop gap before the grand affair of dinner. On occasions, though, you just know you need something tasty and substantial. Gluten free lunchtime in Dallas was all about finding the places the locals like to eat. The below are a few gems I happened across. Enjoy.

Company Cafe – Vibrant food time. The dishes zoom passed you in flash of colour. Healthy food, grass fed meat and a calm relaxing atmosphere full of locals chattering make this a fine place to spend an hour or two. Everything on their menu can be made gluten free and with choices such as the ‘Mack Daddy’ meatloaf, ‘The company Cobb’ giant salad or ‘French drip’ roasted beef sandwiches you are spoilt for gluten free choice. Not cheap, but the food really does shout loud and proud.

Address: Company Cafe, 2104 Greenville Ave, Dallas, 75206
Monday – Friday 8 am – 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 8 am – 5 pm

Malai Vietnamese Kitchen – Sharing is caring! Malai has a menu as extensive and impressive than any Asian restaurant I have been too. Sharing is a big part of the experience and with everything on the menu offered as gluten free, it’s the perfect place for couples or families looking to share. Sharing food when you are gluten free is a rare treat, which is why this restaurant made it on my list. The food is fresh, authentic and delicious. The husband and wife owners put a lot of passion into ensuring you are looked after. A calm, Asian-inspired décor makes you feel like you are somewhere other than America. Traditional gluten free Vietnamese food served beautifully.

Address: Malai Vietnamese Kitchen, 1161 E Southlake Boulevard, Southlake, 76092
Monday – Saturday 10 am – 11 pm
Sunday 10 am – 3 pm
Happy Hour Monday – Friday 4 pm – 7 pm & Sunday – All day

I present you with a couple of light gluten free lunch options. True Food Kitchen, 8383 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas, 75225 for a large menu littered with light or large bites for lunch or for super quick gluten free lunch snack on the go Snap Kitchen have many locations throughout Dallas. Run in, choose your tasty lunch box and even heat it in the customer microwave. Freshly made lasagne, fish dishes, and pasta await your gluten free tastebuds. Snap Kitchen, uptown plaza, 2222 McKinney Ave, Dallas 75201 (Multiple locations)

Dallas DOES Gluten-Free Dinner

Cities are always more expensive to eat out and Dallas is no different. Even the chain restaurants seem to take advantage of the need for food. I have always banged the drum for independent restaurants and even though you may pay more for your meal, you invariably receive better service and more importantly, chefs usually have a passion for their food. I find they better answer gluten free questions you sometimes need to ask. The below restaurants are small but worthy of a place on my list. Not cheap, but where is?!

Kozy – Gourmet gluten free food. Everything on the menu is or can be gluten free. With food such as venison sausages and fresh lump crab, you will not be disappointed by the choice and variety. A very relaxed and open plan restaurant where dinner in jeans and a jumper would be perfectly acceptable. A place for gourmet gluten free food only the locals seem to know about, well until now!

Address: Kozy, 4423 McKinney Ave, Dallas, 75205
Monday – Saturday 8 am – 10 pm
Sunday 8 am – 3 pm

Max’s Wine Dive – Wine Dive with great chicken. Bright neon lights greet you and you will be sucked into the warm belly of low lighting, inspired cocktails and gluten free fried chicken. Bite into the mouthwatering gluten free fried chicken and be taken to bird heaven. Fried with gluten free flour and dried cauliflower to give it the crunch needed, you will be shouting for the recipe. Other gluten free dishes are in plentiful supply, vegetarian eaters will struggle here. Max’s is really all about the meat and chicken.

Address: Max’s Wine Dive, 3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas, 75205
Monday – Friday 4 pm – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 10 pm

I share with you two more Dallas dinner options, both equal in ‘goodness’ as the above two gluten free friendly restaurants.

In need of an upmarket Italian dinner? Head to Taverna, 3312 Knox St, Dallas, 75205 for scrumptious risottos and delicately handmade thin crust gluten free pizza. All served in a light, lovely setting. A supposed favourite with celebrities Mesa Restaurant, 1000 Texan Trail Suite 130, Grapevine, 76051 is surprisingly accessible and affordable. Mesa serves the BEST enchiladas in Dallas, as well as fresh seafood and desserts dreams, are made of. A romantic setting with fantastic service.

Dining out in Dallas was a real treat. I had to dig deeper into its many neighbourhoods and most restaurants were situated in the same area, which is actually helpful when you are in such a vast city. Gluten free food did not leave me with an empty stomach and each place I chose to eat offered variety and vibrant food. I left feeling there is so much more to explore with gluten free food in Dallas. I’ll be back!

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Gluten Free Austin Texas
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Austin is packed full of American bars, modern & retro restaurants, and quirky snack shacks! You can literally feast on something different for each and every meal, every day for, well forever!

I love Austin for the diversity it offers. The downtown area is plagued with modern diners, restaurants and super trendy coffee shops. Hit a neighbourhood like South Congress or Lamar and be graced with gluten free bakeries, burger joints, and 5-star restaurants galore!

A city well known for its quirky and friendly people and ability to offer the next big food trend.

The first thing I noticed was how big the organic and healthy eating is in Austin, eating out is big business and the locals have high expectations. Eateries really do their best to offer excellent menus, most promising organic and ethically sourced foods.

Like many Texas cities, Austin is BIG into BBQ, but we are talking the BEST BBQ. Forget those images of sitting in a weird sticky floored restaurant serving you yesterday’s BBQ on paper plates!

We are talking contemporary restaurants offering slow roasted briskets cooked in the most authentic gluten free BBQ sauce and marinades, offering gluten free foodies a true taste of Austin and its BBQ scene!

Austin needed to live up to my Gluten free food expectations.

In the name of gluten free living, I have reviewed my favourite places to tuck into some true Texas food. Read on and get ready to eat as you will not be disappointed.

Breakfast just got retro!

Step away from the pancakes! I say this heavy hearted as I LOVE pancakes, but Austin breakfasts offered so much more. I must mention coffee is high on my breakfast list and being as I am dairy free too, the coffee can be just as important. From the hip and trendy to the downright retro, I had the JOY of reviewing some fabulous breakfast (and coffee) eateries. Gluten free breakfast just got Texan tasty.

Kerbey Lane Cafe – Omelette heaven awaits. Kerbey Lane has been open since 1980 and is a favourite with gluten free locals. 7 outlets across the city serve locals fresh and awesome food. An impressive gluten free breakfast menu awaits (lunch & dinner too). The Omelette selection alone is fabulous and my omelet was divine. Retro style décor with heavy wooden booths and retro stools to sit at the bar. Loved this place, its gluten free food, AND it’s coffee!

Address: Kerbey Lane Cafe, 701 S. Capital of TX Hwy, Austin, 78746
Sunday – Thursday 6.30 am – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday 6.30 am – 12 am

Snooze AM Eatery – A morning cocktail option!? Founded by brothers in 2006 and with two locations in Austin, this vibrant and modern restaurant is brimming with good stuff. It’s all about the origin of food and the service experience. They even encourage you custom order your meal and they do a HUGE amount for their local community. A huge gluten free menu with amazing staff, vibrant atmosphere and GREAT coffee.

Address: ‪Snooze AM Eatery, 1700 S Lamar, Austin, 78704
Monday – Sunday 6.30 am – 2.30 pm

Another couple of places for your Texan gluten free breakfast. Planet Sub, 906 Congress Avenue, Austin (Downtown) for a quick grab and go option. They offer freshly baked gluten free bread goodness for a huge range of fillings. Breakfast in style and head to the Wild Wood Bakehouse, 3016 Guadalupe Street, Austin. Tuck into tasty biscuits and gravy, breakfast taco platters, and breath in the smells of freshly baked goodness. Light and airy décor with a laid back and modern vibe.

Austin
A city you have to DRIVE to lunch

Austin is a city where you need a car, restaurants are dotted around the city and each neighbourhood offers you another place you just need to explore, shop and eat! Lunchtime for me is often something light and easy, American breakfasts can be large and I do not always want to tuck into a full blown meal. The below options offer you a lighter way to enjoy gluten free lunchtimes. Put your seatbelt on and get ready to explore.

The Steeping Room – Simple décor, fresh food, GREAT tea! This super modern, light and clean eatery is a great place to grab a light and healthy gluten free lunchtime snack. Enjoy a range of unusual bowls. From Buddha, Bangkok, Java or Masala all are flavoursome and full of healthy goodness. Large salads or a homemade baked treat await you to devour them. Known as one the Top 10 places for tea, their tea menu is extensive. Sip a coconut and green iced tea or indulge in one of their quirky afternoon tea offerings. Great place for a lighter gluten free lunch option.

Address: The Steeping Room, 4400 North Lamar Blvd Suite 10, Austin, 78756
Monday – Saturday 8 am – 9 pm
Sunday – 10 am – 5 pm
Happy Hour – Monday – Friday 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Bento & Picnic – Two of my favourite words. We have the Japanese to thank for the Bento craze; simple delicious food served as a ‘to go’ gluten free lunch. Bento & Picnic source GMO-free, gluten free, local and seasonal ingredients. Each Bento bowl looked amazing, all are made fresh each day and the soy sauce is even gluten free. Lovely location with a laid back and friendly vibe. Organic food is a passion and it really shows in the food. Definitely worth the drive for a light but delicious gluten free lunch.

Address: ‪Austin Bouldering Project, 979 Springdale Rd, Austin, 78702
Monday – Friday 6 am – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 10 pm

When two are just not enough. Never a girl to miss out on giving a few more options for you to dine out in gluten free heaven. Check out another couple of light gluten free lunch options. For a little bit of Texas visit Fresa’s Chicken, 9th & Lamar, Austin offer gluten free Mexican food in a chilled environment. Love a good snack shack? Head to East Side King for beet fries and other gluten free fried treats. Various locations but I visited 1618 ½ E 6th St, Austin, 78702 and tucked into a generous and not greasy portion of their vegetable fries and famous gluten free and vegan Liberty Rice dish.

Dinner time! Let’s get our gluten free BBQ on.

BBQ, BBQ, BBQ – I literally feel like shouting this every time I visit Austin. BBQ and tacos are huge in Austin and America in general! It can be a mind field in choosing somewhere to enjoy an authentic BBQ. Throw gluten free into the mix and your choices are slightly limited. Many BBQ sauces use flour, so finding somewhere with the knowledge and expertise to produce a good gluten free BBQ can be a challenge. Well, thats where I step in. Pull your sleeves up and get ready to dig into BBQ.

Blacks BBQ – BBQ by the pound! This is true Texan gluten free BBQ heaven. With most meats and sides on the menu being gluten free you will be spoilt for choice. The meats melt in your mouth and the portions are large and plentiful. Red-checked tablecloths, wooden tables and typically laid back and chilled Texan atmosphere makes this place a favourite with locals. Great knowledgeable and friendly staff too. BBQ at its gluten free best.

Blacks BBQ, 3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, 78705
Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 9 pm
Friday & Saturday 11 am – 10 pm

Lamberts – An upmarket BBQ. Situated in a former general store, the awesome modern, yet retro decor envelopes you in warmth and hunger. The BBQ smell warms the room and its open layout put you at ease. The BBQ is not cheap, but the choice of meats and sauces alone is worth the extra dollar. The best BBQ I have tasted in a long time. The beer and desserts are pretty good too!

Lamberts, 401 West 2nd Street, Austin, 78701
Sunday – Wednesday 5.30 pm – 10 pm
Thursday – Saturday 5.30pm – 10.30 pm

Best of BBQ. Check out a couple more places to get your gluten free BBQ on.

For a good Sunday BBQ buffet head to Stubbs Bar-B-Q, 801 Red River St, Austin, 78701 where you will find paper plates and good old fashioned brisket. A true Texan BBQ experience. Be prepared to wait in line at Franklin Barbecue, 900 E 11th, Austin, 78702, melt in your mouth gluten free brisket, friendly staff and reasonable prices await. No wonder the locals LOVE this place. They close when they have run out so arrive early (11 am) to avoid disappointment.

Austin is a city with a big heart and an even bigger gluten free appetite. I was so impressed with the diversity of gluten free food on offer. Food trends are embraced and the city is full of amazing chefs hoping to showcase their best dishes. Eating gluten free in Austin was a joy and one I cannot wait to go back and experience.

 

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Gluten Free Cairns Australia
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Cairns is a perfect holiday or long weekend destination for any type of traveller, with so much to see and do. Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef (many of the dive boats offer a gluten-free option for lunch), Crocodile spot on the Daintree, lots of adrenalin with sky diving and bungy jumping, fun nightlife.

Having lived in Cairns for 7 months, we experienced a wealth of the cafes, bars and restaurants on offer. Many restaurants have gluten-free options available and most have their menus clearly labelled making gluten-free dining in Cairns a breeze.

I recently went back to Cairns for a long weekend and was pleased to discover many of my go-to gluten-free friendly restaurants are still there plus a few new ones!

Here is my run down of the best Coeliac friendly restaurants in Cairns.

For gluten-free breakfast and brunch;

1. Caffiend – we loved the breakfast here so much we went two mornings running in one weekend! Great coffee, the perfect combinations of eggs, bacon, smoked salmon, avocado and more. If you’re a brunch lover, don’t miss breakfast here.

Caffiend cairns

2. Paleo Cafe – As the name suggests this Cafe is completely Paleo. Paleo is all about going back to basics and sticking to foods like eggs, lean meat, vegetables, nuts and berries, so perfect for the gluten intolerant amongst us. 

3. Coffee Club – wherever you are in Australia you can get a decent gluten-free brunch at Coffee Club. In Cairns there is one within Cairns Central Shopping Centre and one on the Esplanade.

coffee club cairns

4. Jack and Shanan’s, Palm Cove – This little gem is a short drive from Cairns to its northern beaches. Palm Cove has a beautiful palm tree lined beach with a good row of places to eat. But Jack and Shanan’s is my favourite!  Open from 7.30am you can get delicious gluten-free pancakes and crepes.

jack and shanans palm cove

For gluten-free lunch and dinner;

1.Tha Fish – There is a plethora of waterfront dining options at The Pier. One of which is ‘Tha Fish’. The seafood restaurant has a separate dairy-free and gluten-free menu with the majority of their dishes available gluten-free. Service was faultless.

tha fish cairns

2. Jimmy’s Burgers – Jimmy’s is new to the Cairns restaurant scene and definitely did not disappoint. Serving up burgers diner style, gluten-free burger buns are available and all except the fried chicken burger are gluten-free. Sadly the fries are cooked in the same fryers and are not suitable for Coeliacs though.

jimmys burgers cairns

3. Khin Khao Thai Restaurant – My favourite Thai takeaway when I was staying at Gilligan’s on Grafton Street. You can also dine in at Khin Khao and enjoy all the usual gluten-free Thai dishes such as Pad Thai, Green Curry, Stir Fry and so on.

4. Waterbar and Grill – Located at The Pier, Waterbar is my favourite steak restaurant in Cairns. At the pricier end of Cairn’s dining scene, Waterbar is ideal for a special occasion and a cooked to perfection steak dinner.

4. Salt House – Has one of the best views in Cairns over the Marina. Perfect for a delicious cocktail and some bar snacks or a full blown dinner in their restaurant.

5. Thai Coins – BYO Thai restaurant a short drive from the centre of Cairns on Mulgrave Road. This place is a hidden gem, the cosy restaurant is always busy. The usual gluten-free Thai dishes are available such as rice noodle stir fry and Thai curries. Takeaway is also available.

thai coins cairns

6. Grill’d – Located Australia wide, Grill’d serves up some of the best gluten-free burgers in Australia. The Cairns restaurant is located on the Esplanade. Choose from the low-carb or gluten-free bun and even the fries are gluten-free.

grill'd gluten free burger

7. Jack and Shanan’s – as mentioned above, also does awesome food for lunch and dinner.

gluten free restaurant cairns

8. Pier Bar – Another option at The Pier, perfect for a casual drink, lunch or dinner. The menu indicates a number of gluten-free options. I would also recommend the Sunday sessions for some live music.

On a side note, the Tjapukai Cultural experience is the perfect way to learn about Aboriginal culture and the evening session, Nightfire, includes a delicious buffet which is largely gluten-free and the perfect place to try crocodile, kangaroo and emu amongst other yummy dishes.

So, there you have it, our best gluten-free restaurants in Cairns, Australia.

Have you visited Cairns, which were your favourite gluten-free eateries?

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