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Gluten-free dining report August 2014: Part two

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I love to eat, who doesn't, and it's good to see that Atlanta's burgeoning chefs and restaurants are making a place for flavorful and safe gluten-free cuisine on their menus. It really is about convenience, options, and safe preparation for those of us who dine out on a gluten-free diet.

This month's second installment brings with it: Basque cuisine, brownies, French cuisine, muffins, cakes, cupcakes, fried green tomatoes, kebabs, and more. Please keep in mind that none of these establishments have dedicated gluten-free kitchens, but they take steps to avoid cross contact during preparation. Here are this month's contenders in alphabetical order:

Cook's & Soldiers - Castellucci Hospitality Group’s latest concept will open on Atlanta’s Westside this fall. Drawing inspiration from the Basque regions of Spain and France, the restaurant will offer guests a modern approach to the rustic cooking style of southwestern Europe. While the restaurant will offer gluten-free menu items, there won’t be a separate menu right off the bat, but they may incorporate one about six months after opening.

F&B Atlanta - is offering a month-long series of prix fixe menus lasting through Saturday, August 30. Comprised of appetizer, entrée, and dessert courses, the menus feature one selection per course and showcase the season’s bountiful local and regional produce while paying homage to F&B’s French fare. The menus are available Monday through Saturday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $30 per guest, exclusive of beverages, applicable tax and gratuity. The restaurant is happy to accommodate diners with gluten intolerance/sensitivity.

Good Karma Coffee House - has added a new muffin flavor to its lineup: Cranberry Oat Muffins. As with all of their products, it is free of gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts. They have egg-free and corn-free options too. Their menu changes daily, so check their website for their current offerings. Stop by and pick up a cup of coffee and enjoy a baked treat.

Iberian Pig - apparently I haven't been there in a while because now they offer a separate gluten-free menu full of small plates, meats, cheeses, and entrees. They have a separate vegetarian menu too.

Minis by Maria - is offering gluten-free chocolate and vanilla mini cupcakes at their kiosk in North Point Mall. Minis by Maria specializes in mini bite size cupcakes and opened their first location in Alpharetta in December 2013. The gluten-free cupcakes are baked in a shared environment, but they do wash and sanitize cooking surfaces, equipment, utensils, etc., prior to preparing them. The gluten-free cupcakes are only available on Saturdays, but not consistently, so call before heading over.

Sprouts Farmers Market - opened on August 20 in Norcross to crowds of people looking to take advantage of their grand opening deals.

Stacy's Kitchen - nearly 50% of their menu is gluten free and they take every precaution to avoid cross contact with gluten ingredients. Their appetizers, soups, sides, and suppers are available 'to go' at her kitchen on Paces Ferry Road and at Piece of Cake (Buckhead and Collier Road only) in a dedicated freezer. Some of their gluten-free offerings include: lasagna, shepherd's pie, shrimp n' grits with andouille sausage, and white bean chicken chili.

The Bishop - in Avondale Estates is offering gluten-free brownies from Sweet n' Sinful bakery for dessert. Diners can choose from milk chocolate or dark chocolate brownies that are light and fudgy with a luscious center that is just like a firm molten lava cake. The brownies are served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fruit puree.

The Brasserie & Neighborhood Café at Parish - is the new name for Parish, which has a new menu, updated interior and of course Chef Zeb is leading the charge.

The Cake Hag Studio - according to Creative Loafing, it has moved to Grant Park and is now ensconced in Bennett's Market & Deli at 568 Blvd. SE. The bakery, which is known for serving cakes and cupcakes in rich and very Southern flavors, also offers gluten-free options.

University of Georgia - according to Udi's Gluten Free, it is ranked at number five when it comes the top 10 gluten-free accommodating colleges. UGA Food Services strives to provide the best food and service to those who choose to dine with them. Their nutrition program focuses on helping students establish healthy eating habits through nutrition services and education. Menu planning is completed with gluten free and other special diets in mind, creating abundant dining opportunities all students can enjoy together.

Urban pL8 - closed suddenly on August 6 due to a dispute with the landlord over the lease.

Zeal Restaurant - I finally made it over to dine at this restaurant with the Atlanta Food Bloggers Society. I am a fan of their appetizers, small plates, and desserts. Read my full review here.

Zoes Kitchen - opened on August 21 in Norcross and its menu denotes all of their gluten-free options. They offer kebabs, salads, hummus, soup and more. Zoes is in the same complex as Sprouts, so the restaurant is quite busy since Sprouts also opened this week.

So many options and there is only so much room in my stomach!

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