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.
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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