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Inaugural gluten-free restaurant update 2014

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I couldn't make it out of January without needing to pen the first installment about restaurants with gluten-free options. The list just keeps growing as more restaurants do the research and work to provide safe options for those who follow a gluten-free diet. Whether you are looking for gluten-free cinnamon rolls, pizza, ice cream sandwiches, cupcakes, a sit down meal, etc., Atlanta has got you covered and then some.

The following list of restaurants with gluten-free options is in alphabetical order. Please keep in mind that none of these establishments, except Bob's, have dedicated gluten-free kitchens, but they take steps to avoid cross contact during preparation.

Bob - I don't know how I missed this one, but Bob's opened at the end of 2013 and it has an entirely gluten-free menu/kitchen. This restaurant, which gets its name from (shish ke-bob) offers more than a dozen varieties of kabobs, with and without meat. Everything is served on a stick, including the sides, which makes eating with your hands even more fun.

Don Antonio by Starita - is open in Buckhead and it offers homemade gluten-free pizza. Homemade, as in they don't use a pre-made crust, which is almost unheard of in local pizza places. They use gluten-free caputo flour (a combination of rice starch, cornstarch, potato starch, soy flour, and sugar) from Naples. They also have a separate area and oven where gluten-free pizzas are prepared and cooked to avoid cross contamination.

Egg Harbor Cafe - in John's Creek offers a gluten-free menu full of breakfast and lunch fare. The most notable items on the menu are the gluten-free pancakes, cinnamon rolls, and hamburger buns from Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream - offers many flavors of gluten-free ice creams/sorbets, but did you know they also have ice cream sandwiches featuring gluten-free cookies? Fair warning that the cookies are prepared in a shared environment, but the flavor pairings sound phenomenal: Chocolate Hazelnut, Mango Frozen Yogurt with Pistachios, Orchid Vanilla, Pfeffernusse with Red Cherry Sauce, and Salty Caramel with Smoked Almond.

Neighborhood FlatBread - in Roswell make fresh corn-tortillas daily and sells them by the pound. This tortilleria uses Maseca corn meal, which is certified gluten free by GFCO, and it makes no other products. I have yet to stop by and give them a try, but I will soon.

Pizzeria Venti - in Snellville offers gluten-free pizza, pasta, ravioli, and gelato. Terry Moon is the proprietor and they are using Senza Glutine's gluten-free products and I have to say that I am a fan of this product line. I honestly couldn't tell that I was eating frozen products, and the taste and texture are on point with gluten counterparts.

Souper Jenny -will open its second location in early February in Decatur. The new location will be in the DeVry building in a space formerly occupied by a Pita Pit franchise. Souper Jenny's new location will replicate the original's cafeteria-style service, with a daily-changing menu and a list of house rules, according to owner Jenny Levison (1 W. Court Sq., Decatur).

Sprinkles Cupcakes and Ice Cream - opens at Lenox Square Mall on January 24. The cupcakery offers gluten-free cupcakes every day, but they only make one flavor, red velvet. This location of Sprinkles will also feature a Sprinkles ATM that dispenses cupcakes 24 hours a day. The gluten-free cupcakes are topped with a red "G" to let us know it's Gluten Free Red Velvet.

Sugo Restaurant - has updated its gluten-free menu to include more options in every category. I was impressed with the expanded small plates and main choices. Unfortunately, the online menu has yet to be updated, so give the restaurant a call to learn more.

Ten Bistro - in Norcross has updated its menu to include more gluten-free entrees, sides, and salads. All of their gluten-free offerings are marked on the menu with a "GF," but upon seeing many fried options further questioning was needed. I discovered that a shared fryer is used for their fried items, which renders them not safe and not gluten free. Their entrees, sides, and salads are prepared using safe handling procedures and I have enjoyed them without incident.

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.



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