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Georgia has its first dedicated gluten-free restaurant: Tin Roof Kitchen

Gluten-free restaurant Tin Roof Kitchen in Alpharetta
Gluten-free restaurant Tin Roof Kitchen in Alpharetta
Jennifer Harris

Yes, it is true. There is a dedicated full-service gluten-free restaurant in Alpharetta, Tin Roof Kitchen, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner without a speck of gluten. All of their pastries, breads, and desserts are made in house with clean ingredients and nothing artificial. The owner, Robyn Rowles, and two of her four children have celiac disease.

Located in a beautifully restored house in Alpharetta, Tin Roof Kitchen is the result of a foodie and a former restaurant owner's transition to a gluten-free lifestyle. Once Robyn cracked the gluten-free cooking/baking code with fluffy, flavorful cakes, warm soft bread, light, fluffy pancakes, and waffles, etc., all that was left to do was find a suitable space to share her recipes with those looking for a safe and tasty gluten-free meal.

A local reader informed me about Tin Roof Kitchen and the next day I was off to enjoy breakfast. For me, the hardest meal to find gluten free when eating out is breakfast. Too many short cuts are taken by restaurants that can make scrambled eggs and even omelets unsafe, not to mention the high potential of cross contact.

When I arrived at the restaurant I was greeted by Robyn and shown to a table on the enclosed back porch. This restaurant is beautiful inside and out with reclaimed wood tables and rich foliage. I have to admit, choosing what to order was difficult because there were so many options. I mean, how do you decide between pancakes, waffles, eggs Benedict, etc.? I chose the eggs Benedict and Robin brought me a short stack of pancakes to try, even though I didn't order them, and I am glad she did.

Their eggs Benedict were served on housemade toasted brioche and topped with thick ham, perfectly poached eggs, and lemon butter hollandaise. I didn't realize it was served with sauteed potatoes, which usually aren't gluten free because they are fried, which made a wonderful recipient for the rich hollandaise and buttery egg yolk. The pancakes made with almond flour, are light and fluffy and seriously delicious. No one would know this food is gluten free because it is just really tasty food served with a smile.

I happened to be in the restaurant when their signs arrived, so I felt it only right to wait and take photos once they were up. The restaurant features a front porch, patio, enclosed porch, gazebo, and even a babbling brook. Oh, and they have a full bar that is stocked with gluten-free and gluten beer, which is the only 'gluten' in the whole place.

I can't recommend this restaurant enough. I am looking forward to the day our schedule isn't so hectic, so the whole family can go to enjoy a meal together.

Have you been to Tin Roof Kitchen yet? What did you order?