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Local gluten-free restaurant update April 2014

Le Metro Creperie offers sweet and savory gluten-free crepes
Le Metro Creperie offers sweet and savory gluten-free crepesLe Metro Creperie

Every day I am thankful I live in the ever-growing gluten-free dining scene in Atlanta. The list of restaurants with gluten-free options continues to grow as more of them do the research and work to provide safe and creative options. Whether you are looking for gluten-free cookies, tacos, fried chicken, sandwiches, a sit down meal, etc., Atlanta has got you covered and then some.

Here is this month's installment of restaurants with gluten-free options in alphabetical order. Please keep in mind that none of these establishments, except Le Metro Creperie, have dedicated gluten-free kitchens, but they take steps to avoid cross contact during preparation.

  • Bartaco - has an entirely gluten-free menu full of freshly made juices and small plates. According to the restaurant, the cuisine is rooted in the Mexican tradition, but it pulls from a broad palate of bold, spicy flavors from Asia, the Mediterranean, and beyond. Eli over at Tone to Atlanta says Bartaco should open its westside location in late June/early July followed by the Buckhead location late this year.
  • Dakota Blue - is no longer offering Pure Knead's buns for its seven-ounce hormone free and flame-grilled burgers. They have made the switch to Udi's Gluten Free buns, which are dairy, soy, and nut free. There is a $1.50 up charge.
  • Larry's Subs - in Norcross is now offering gluten-free sandwiches made on The Cookie Momsters gluten-free, dairy free, nut free, casein free, and egg free eight inch hoagie rolls. The sandwiches can be made with dedicated ingredients and utensils, so be sure to specify how you want the sandwich made. The hoagie rolls are pretty tasty and there is a $2.25 up charge per sandwich.
  • Le Metro Creperie - located in Sweet Auburn Market is a dedicated gluten-free restaurant with a wide selection of savory and sweet crepes. Their menu rotates weekly, so check it out before heading over to see what is in store.
  • Max's Wine Dive - is set to open in Midtown in May and their menu will include gluten-free fried chicken. I have been told that their menu is still in development and that more gluten-free offerings are coming. I am quite excited to eat their fried chicken because it is their specialty!
  • Mellow Mushroom - is offering a new gluten-free crust made by is using Smart Flour Foods, which is also vegan. They have even created a set gluten-free menu that identifies their gluten-free ingredients. Each location prepares gluten-free pizzas differently, so ask when ordering to learn if they are made with dedicated ingredients and utensils in a separate area. No up charge.
  • Taqueria del Mar - in Norcross has added Omission Beer to its offerings and they have Angry Orchard Cider too. They offer a full bar and the chips and salsa are gluten free, so stop by and enjoy this great weather on their patio.
  • YEAH! Burger - is no longer offering Pure Knead's gluten-free buns and have switched over to Udi's Gluten Free. Udi's buns are dairy, soy, and nut free.
  • Yum Yum Dessert Company - will open in Buckhead this month and I just learned they will have a number of gluten-free offerings. They don't specialize in gluten-free goodies, but they have gone that extra mile to ensure they have tasty offerings. Guests can choose from: Macaroons, Chocolate Sparkle Cookies (made with almond flour), Pavlovas and Meringues. It is important to note that the gluten-free goods are baked in a shared environment, but they are made at a different time to eliminate cross contact.

Where is your favorite place to enjoy a gluten-free meal? Share your experiences good/bad if you have dined at any of these restaurants.