It was pointed out to me recently that my celiac disease diagnosis has turned me into a foodie and I actually eat out more now than I did pre-diagnosis. That being said, I am always on the lookout for a new place to eat safely prepared gluten-free food and I am usually shocked at what goodies I find.
The list below is a compilation of the newly opened, or new to me, local restaurants with gluten-free options and some that have yet to open.
- 1910 Public House - in Lilburn is owned by Anthony and Jennifer Tiberia, owners of Sprig, so there is an abundance of gluten-free options all noted on the menu with a "GF". Some of the more interesting options include: fried pickles, pork fat popcorn, pasta, shrimp and grits, and an assortment of salads.
- Burger 21 - recently opened its first Atlanta franchise to rave reviews and record sales. I wonder if that is in part due to their extensive gluten-free menu that includes gluten-free buns, french fries (regular and sweet potato), salads, and shakes.
- Chai Pani - in Decatur serves up Indian street food and denotes their gluten-free items on the menu. Please note that they do NOT have a dedicated fryer, so all fried items (fries, fritters, etc.) are not safe. Make sure you are very clear on your food intolerance, so your food is prepared safely. Has anyone tried their crepes?
- Cheesecake Factory - is rolling out a gluten-free menu this month after a successful pilot program. The new menu includes more than 80 dishes in the separate spiral-bound booklet, including appetizers, sides, entrees, kids' meals and desserts. Be sure to let your server know is you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, as that will change their preparation methods to prevent cross contact. If that isn't communicated clearly to the staff, pasta, fries, etc., may be prepared using shared equipment. Some of the menu highlights includes burgers on gluten-free buns, gluten-free fusilli pasta, and cheesecake.
- Chick-a-Biddy - in Atlanta Station is a spin-off of Bantam + Biddy and it offers a number of gluten-free options that include pasta, fried chicken tenders, almond pancakes, french fries, gluten-free bread/buns for sandwiches, and more.
- Juicy Jenny - is set to open this fall at 56 East Andrews Drive, selling juices, house-made protein bars, and breakfast and take-out items. The really fabulous news is that it will also have a dedicated gluten-free kitchen with homemade baked goods from pastry chef Lisa Smith.
- P.F. Chang's - has opened a new location at Hartsfield-Jackson International airport that has 10 gluten-free dishes. Unique to the airport location, the restaurant will also offer breakfast, featuring a mix of traditional selections and Asian-inspired choices. The new location is in the upper level of Concourse A.
- Seed Kitchen & Bar - in Marietta is dedicated to providing a safe and tasty dining experience for those who follow a gluten-free diet. “From day one, we knew that gluten-free was going to be a big part of our agenda,” says Doug Turbush, chef and owner of Seed Kitchen & Bar in Marietta, GA. All of their gluten-free items are prepared using safe handling procedures and they are noted on the menu with a "gf".
- Smoke Ring, The - according to an Atlanta Magazine article, this new restaurant is scheduled to open in Castleberry Hill at the end of September. The restaurant offers barbecue and Southern cuisine and it is slated to have gluten-free options. I sure hope their Brunswick stew is gluten free.
- Woodfire Grill - I was recently there to enjoy Chef Tyler's food and discovered that they can pretty easily modify a dish to be gluten free and their servers are very well informed on the gluten-free diet. They even have a dedicated gluten-free fryer. Chef Tyler can also make a mean flourless chocolate cake that is actually cake and not a glob of chocolate called cake.
- Yum Bunz - offers a number of gluten-free options (not buns) that are notated with a "gf" in a green circle on the menu. They use naturally raised meats, fresh, locally-grown vegetables, and sauces hand-crafted from the purest oils and herbs. Offerings include Coconut Chicken Soup, Salad, and Bowls with a choice of sauces, protein, and bases.
Which restaurant tickles your fancy? Have you been to any of these restaurants?