I love living in Atlanta, among some of the best and most diverse gluten-free offerings in the United States. It hasn't always been this way, but in the last five years, metro Atlanta's restaurants have not only stepped up to the plate of providing high quality gluten-free fare, but they have hit a solid double (baseball metaphor courtesy of my husband). Whether you are looking for gluten-free muffins, fried chicken, pizza, tapas, soup, salad, and sandwiches, etc., Atlanta does not disappoint.
Here is the last installment of the year on restaurants/bakeries with gluten-free options. Keep in mind that none of these establishments, except Frannies Gluten Free, have dedicated gluten-free kitchens, but they take steps to avoid cross contact during preparation.
- Bantam + Biddy - is set to open its second location on Sunday, January 5 along Crescent Avenue in Midtown. This new location will offer the same farm-to-table cuisine, which includes many gluten-free options, with the addition of an espresso bar serving Batdorf & Bronson coffee.
- Candler Park Market - just added Pure Knead's gluten-free bread to its deli counter. Word is they have a dedicated toaster oven and knife/cutting board for the bread. No word on the gluten-free status of their other ingredients, or on their safe handling procedures, so be sure to ask before ordering.
- Frannie's Gluten Free - is running a 'buy one get one free' case special from now until January 27. The special applies to their individually wrapped muffins, which are available in the following flavors: Banana, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Lemon Zest, and Zucchini. No mixing and matching, only one flavor per case, and each case sells for $52.52. Orders can be placed online, or via an email to be received by 3:00 p.m. on Monday's to sales@Franniesglutenfree.com. Pick up is Thursday at Stationside Café in the King Plow Arts Center from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Cash or check only.
- Fuego Mundo - has added kosher gluten-free pizzas to their menu options. The pizza crust is made in house from yucca flour, then it is topped with dairy-free cheese, and other tasty ingredients. Three types of gluten-free pizzas are available on Monday's only: Carribean Pineapple Chicken, Spicy Beef Sausage and Jalapeno, and Veggie. The restaurant is also offering gluten-free sushi Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Iberian Pig - congrats to this gluten-free friendly restaurant for making Travel + Leisure's list of best tapas restaurants in the U.S. Federico Castellucci was just 24 when he opened The Iberian Pig in 2009 with chef Chad Crete. And it has an appropriately playful vibe: an enormous chalkboard lists daily specials alongside house rules (“Festive and Merry Is Welcome, Loud and Obnoxious Is Not”), and the largely Spanish wine list is categorized by “pretty darn good,” “quite good,” and “damn good.” Food that falls into the latter category includes braised pork shoulder flatbread with charred fennel and lavender honey, and pork cheek tacos with tangy corn salsa (more than 50,000 have been sold in 2013).
- Moe's Southwest Grill - recently opened a location in Avon, GA in the Shops at Dale Corner on Route 44. The chain offers a number of gluten-free options.
- Souper Jenny - is opening its second location in Decatur on February 3. I am a big fan of their homemade soups. It is so hard to find gluten-free soup when eating out, so it is good to know that there will be another Souper Jenny location offering them and some incredibly tasty salads and desserts too.
- Stationside Cafe - according to Frances Shaw, sister of the owner, almost everything on the menu is either gluten free or it can be made gluten free by using a Pure Knead hamburger bun. The restaurant is attached to the Terminal West concert venue and it is open for lunch Tuesdays-Fridays from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and during concerts. This is a family run business, so they understand how to serve people with food allergies. Stationside Cafe is located in King Plow Arts center.
- True Food Kitchen - will be opening in June 2014 at Lenox Square Mall. A restaurant that wants to 'give your body nutrients, and your palate something memorable' is definitely one I want to visit. All of their gluten-free items are marked with a 'gf' and there appear to be many at their other locations.
- Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint - will open locations in Forsyth and Hall counties, with sites in Cumming, Dawsonville, and Gainesville in 2014.
I can't wait to dig in. What looks good to you?