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Gluten-free dining report May 2014

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Just because you are following a gluten-free diet, doesn't mean your options should be limited, and they certainly aren't in Atlanta. May, Celiac Disease Awareness Month in Georgia, is upon us and that means it is time for another installment of the gluten-free dining report. Whether you are looking for gluten-free doughnuts, tacos, noodle bowls, salads, sandwiches, sweets, or a sit down meal, Atlanta's got it covered and then some.

Please keep in mind that none of these establishments have dedicated gluten-free kitchens, but they take steps to avoid cross contact during preparation.

Avocado Vegan Cafe & Juice Bar - is serving up sandwiches on Pure Knead's new vegan sliced bread.

Bad Dog Taqueria - will open at 476 Edgewood Ave in August or September. Bad Dog will have a taco window and it will open 24 hours a day on weekends and from 7;00 a.m. to midnight on weekdays. Inside, they’ll serve an expanded menu, including breakfast tacos, burritos, tortas, and Lola Belle gluten-free donuts in varieties such as yellow curry-cinnamon sugar, black-sesame brittle, and kimchee-burnt sugar caramel.

Bantam + Biddy - a new location of Bantam + Biddy is coming to Lenox Square mall in late summer. The restaurant will be near Neiman Marcus and it will include a patio.

Bantu Noodles - according to an Atlanta Magazine article, it is a fast-casual Asian spot by chef Ciaran Duffy that is scheduled to open in Alpharetta in October. According to Duffy, rice flour noodles are so dominant on the menu, the ingredients [in our food] will be gluten free, with the exception of the bahn mi bread.

Cafe Sunflower - in south Buckhead is moving to a new space in Brookwood Square. The new space, suite 290, is 1,000 square feet larger than the current location. It will reportedly feature a slimmed down menu, but there will be a new cold pressed juice bar as well as a wine bar. The restaurant will continue to offer dairy-free and gluten-free food options. Cafe Sunflower will also feature an outdoor patio and plans to open in their new location in June. Thanks for the news Eli!

Cheesecake Factory, The - according to Eli and Tone to Atlanta, their last day at their current Buckhead location is May 31st. They are slated to open their new location at the front of Lenox Square on June 5.

Chequers Seafood + Steak - has moved from Dunwoody to Marietta and it will reopen on May 6. The restaurant has many gluten-free options, but they aren't marked on the menu, so be sure to inquire.

Corner Bakery Cafe - according to Gluten Free Philly, the restaurant debuted a new gluten-free salad and brought back another one. The new Quinoa & Pico Salad features quinoa, corn, black beans, tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, and cilantro in a lime vinaigrette. Returning to the menu is Southwest Avocado salad, featuring avocado, roasted corn and tomato salsa, and tortilla strips. Other salads with no gluten ingredients include Mozzarella Tomato Arugula, Santa Fe Ranch, and Chopped.

Egg Harbor Cafe - has opened its newest location on the ground floor of the Brookwood of Atlanta on Peachtree Road. They serve breakfast all day and lunch fare, with many gluten-free offerings. 1820 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta. 470-225-1901

Larry's Giant Subs - has added Kontos nine inch gluten-free wraps to its offerings. The wraps contain soybean flour, corn, and eggs, but they dairy free.

Macaroon Queen - her line of gluten-free macaroons, available in more than 30 flavors, can be found at the kiosk in Lenox Mall between Macy’s and the Armani Exchange.

Mellow Mushroom - has launched gluten-free menu, which features a new vegan crust made with ancient grains, includes six specialty pies, and a list of their gluten-free ingredients to build your own pizza. Dedicated to ensuring the purity of each gluten-free pizza, every member of Mellow Mushroom's cooking team has been trained on the importance of preventing cross contact. Each pizza is made to order and it is prepared in a separate area using only single-use, gluten-free utensils and ingredients. Each pie also rests on a screen pan during the cooking process to prevent contact with the pizza stone.

Where is your favorite place to enjoy a gluten-free meal? Have you dined at any of these restaurants?

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