Amanda (Eating Out Without)

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Gluten and dairy free blogger chronicling GF/DF restaurants in Baltimore, Orlando, and beyond.


  • Tortilleria Sinaloa

    5 starsAugust 16, 2015

    1716 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21231

    100% gluten-free menu featuring quesedillas, tacos, and tamales. Corn tortillas are made in house, and don't miss out on taking home a kilo of fresh-made tortillas or fresh-baked chips while you're there. I had the chicken tacos, which were tasty and definitely an affordable indulgence at $2.99/taco. Read more in my full review:

  • Whispering Canyon Cafe

    4 starsAugust 07, 2015

    Disney's Wilderness Lodge, 901 Timberline Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Whispering Canyon has recently introduced top 8 allergen menus that label which dishes are safe for specific allergies. I ordered rainbow trout, which was not overly amazing, but I definitely recommend for the family-friendly atmosphere and food-to-price ratio. Plus, the chance to get gluten/dairy-free cornbread and gluten/dairy-free chocolate cake a la mode is too tempting to pass off! Read my full review over on my blog:

  • Bongo's Cuban CafĂ©

    1 starsAugust 07, 2015

    1498 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    While GF notifications point out menu items and the wait staff was willing to check on other allergens for me, I would not recommend Bongos. The mojo pork I ordered was really fatty, and the accompanying side items were less than stellar. I will not be returning, there's better Cuban food elsewhere in Orlando (see: Black Bean Deli). For more information, check out my full blog post here:

  • Tabla Indian Chinese & Thai

    5 starsAugust 07, 2015

    5827 Caravan Court, Orlando, FL 32819

    Tabla came highly recommended, and it did not disappoint in food and service. As I was seated, I asked to speak to the chef, and the restaurant manager came out to serve me. He directed me through the menu, and helped me pick items that would be gluten-free and dairy-free. For my entree, he made a custom curry. For more information, check out my full blog review:

  • Ipho Noodle House

    5 starsAugust 07, 2015

    3005 West Lake Mary Boulevard, Lake Mary, FL 32746

    Pho is one of two gluten-free dishes marked on the menu. I ordered the pho ga (pho w/ chicken) and it was served in a large portion that could easily have served two people. The pho is among the best in Orlando that I've tried. For more information, check out my blog review here:

  • Corner Taco

    5 starsAugust 07, 2015

    818 Post Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

    All menu items are gluten-free except for one or two (croutons, flour tortillas). Corn tortillas are default order, and are made in house every day. GF fried chicken is available as a taco or salad, but note that it is not dairy-free. I ordered a trio of jerk chicken tacos (dairy-free) and they were delicious. Read more about my experience over on my blog:

  • Sus Hi Eatstation

    5 starsJune 17, 2015

    4498 North Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826

    My sushi chef was very attentive and made sure to change his gloves and bring a fresh sushi board to craft my roll on. I got a grilled chicken roll with cucumbers and carrots, and the food was fresh and delicious. I'd recommend this place to sushi newbies or the raw fish avoidant because they make the delicacy accessible and affordable. Full review here:

  • Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop

    5 starsJune 17, 2015

    3405 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804

    Cute falafel-specializing cafe that serves up plenty of gluten-free friendly options. Salads and hummus bowls are safe, as are anything fried because the fryers are dedicated gluten-free. I loved the heavy olive oil, lemon, and herb taste of the salad blend and cabbage mixture. The falafels are crunchy and tasty without being greasy. See more on my blog here:

  • The Pop Parlour

    5 starsMay 26, 2015

    431 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801

    Cute popsicle joint at Lake Eola. Flavors are seasonal and rotate daily, but fall into three categories fruity, creamy (dairy or vegan dairy), or boozy (21+). Always ask the staff what's safe that day before ordering. I ordered a cinnamon blueberry fruity pop and a chocolate coconut "fudgesicle" pop and both were flavorful without being too sweet.

  • Wako Taco Mexican Food

    4 starsMay 26, 2015

    480 South Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Longwood, FL 32750

    Most of Wako Taco's menu can be made gluten-free, and the staff are up-to-speed with cross contamination prevention protocol. While the fryer is not dedicated normally, with advance notice they can prepare a dedicated fryer. I ordered a trio of chicken tacos and they were absolutely amazing. Everything is fresh and flavorful, and the prices are nice on the wallet as well.

  • Tio Pablo

    5 starsMay 17, 2015

    1703 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23223

    Dedicated gluten-free facility with options for GF alcohol and desserts as well as a full menu. I had carnitas tacos which were oh-so-flavorful and tender. The complementary chips were great and paired well with freshly made pico de gallo. Many items are naturally or can be adapted to be dairy-free as well. Full review:

  • Larry's Giant Subs

    4 starsMay 17, 2015

    5295 New Jesup Highway, Brunswick, GA 31523

    Yes, this sub shop is not dedicated, but the people were super friendly and willing to oblige my request for a clean knife, plate, and even marked which wrapped sub was gluten-free. The subs are full-sized and packed with toppings. I had a turkey loaded with lots of veggies, but there's plenty of options for everyone. It's a perfect stop off of I-95. Also has gluten-free wraps but was advised that the sub rolls are better taste and performance wise.

  • Amsterdam Falafelshop

    5 starsMay 05, 2015

    Annapolis, MD

    All items on the menu are gluten-free except for pita bread. Order a falafel bowl and load it up self-serve style with over ten Mediterranean toppings. The fryer is dedicated gluten-free and serves up crispy, crunchy falafels and Dutch style fries. All but three toppings are dairy-free as well. It's flavorful, adventurous, and budget-friendly! For more info, check out my blog here:

  • Verde Pizza Baltimore

    4 starsMarch 29, 2015

    641 South Montford Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224

    Yes, it's prepared in same kitchen as gluten pizzas. However this should not be a shock as most restaurants do not have 100% dedicated restaurant facilities. I am pretty sensitive to cross contamination and trace amounts of gluten and did not have a problem at all. The crust was the among the best I've had, and was chewy, thick, and even had air pockets. How many GF crusts do that? Plus, they have several vegan topping combos. See my blog for more:

  • Maggiano's

    5 starsMarch 29, 2015

    4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211

    Chef came out to customize my pasta order. I am both gluten and dairy-free, and ordered marinara sauce with mushrooms, spinach and herbs. The pasta is 100% corn. It's great that they do not upcharge for GF, and the pasta portion is big and delicious. For more information, check out my blog here:

  • Ethos Vegan Kitchen

    2 starsMarch 16, 2015

    601 South New York Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

    Tried the chocolate and vanilla milkshakes. They're gluten-free and vegan, but not soy free. Both are topped with whipped cream and a cherry. I liked the rich chocolate one, but couldn't finish the vanilla due to the overpowering "soy" flavor. They have limited options for gluten-free guests as pizzas/pastas are off limits. See more here:

  • Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC

    4 starsMarch 16, 2015

    Pleasure Island Boat Dock, Orlando, FL 32836

    All treats are gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar free, and allergen friendly. I got three cupcakes which varied in quality from great to not-so-great. Their frosting is the best I've had gluten and dairy-free. Also tried a bagel which was pretty good. See more on my blog:

  • Towson Tavern

    3 starsMarch 08, 2015

    516 York Road, Towson, MD 21204

    Has dedicated gluten-free menu including appetizers, salads, and entrees. I had the grilled salmon salad and lentil soup which is gluten and dairy free. Deliery offered through Order Up Towson. For more info, check out my blog here:

  • 7 West Bistro

    5 starsFebruary 15, 2015

    7 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204

    Offers delivery service through Order Up Towson. Has a dedicated gluten-free menu and kitchen area. Was impressed that they called me mid-order to let me know one of the items wasn't safe due to cross contamination and suggested an alternative option. Most entrees can be made gluten and dairy free. My chicken souvlakia was really delicious. More info:

  • EJJI Ramen

    4 starsFebruary 08, 2015

    529 East Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212

    Ejji (pronounced "edgy") is a ramen stand inside Belvedere Square Market that, with the exception of a few offerings, is very gluten-free friendly. They have rice noodles and vegetable "noodles" to substitute for ramen. All of the broths are gluten-free and all except for the corn miso are dairy-free. The corn miso can be made without butter to make it vegan.

  • Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux

    5 starsJanuary 13, 2015

    3022 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803

    Cute, community cafe in Audubon Park that is themed around cycling. Has array of GF, dairy-free and vegan friendly menu options including soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee drinks and breakfast items. They use Udi's bread for sandwiches and follow strict protocols to prevent cross contamination. I had a sandwich and salad which were both great, but the real show stopper was the black bean soup, which hold its own against the best in town.

  • Leaky Cauldron - Universal Studios Orlando

    4 starsJanuary 09, 2015

    6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819

    Allergy binder covering the top eight allergens. I am gluten and dairy free and was able to get a plain chicken sandwich with a side salad. Chef came out and met with me. Fries are not safe and neither is butterbeer :( More info on my full blog post:

  • Pho 88

    3 starsJanuary 09, 2015

    730 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803

    Traditional pho restaurant in Orlando's Mills 50/Little Saigon district. I had a pork and shrimp spring roll which was nothing special and the pho ga (chicken pho) which was really good. However, service was noticeably slow and unresponsive. No GF dedicated menu, but many dishes are naturally gluten-free. For more information check out my extended review:

  • Phat Thai Cafe

    4 starsJanuary 02, 2015

    606 South Hunt Club Boulevard, Apopka, FL 32704

    No GF menu but all stir fries (made w/o soy sauce), curries, and pad Thai are gluten and dairy-free. Large portions for the price. I loved the tom yum soup with shrimp and spicy (not hot), complex Penang curry. Service was accommodating.

  • Cooper's Hawk

    1 starsJanuary 02, 2015

    8005 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

    While Cooper's Hawk has an expansive and impressive gluten-free menu, my experience was ruined by dreadfully slow service and an inability to work with my dual dairy/gluten intolerance. They lost my confidence that my meal would be safe so I left without ordering.

  • Little Saigon

    4 starsJanuary 02, 2015

    1106 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803

    No dedicated GF menu, but my waiter was helpful with ingredients of each dish. I stuck with the naturally gluten and dairy free pho ga (chicken noodle soup) which was delicious and and ample serving size. It's perfect on cool, dreary days and is a prime example of Orlando's Asian culinary tradition.

  • Sea Thai Restaurant

    5 starsDecember 20, 2014

    3812 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803

    No GF marked options, but all curries are safe. Love that they have brown rice that can be swapped for white rice and that their lunch special allows me to have a curry, rice, and tom yum soup (also safe) for around $7. More info on my blog:

  • Tommy's Brick Oven Pizza

    5 starsDecember 20, 2014

    4160 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246

    Whenever I'm in the JAX area a stop at Tommy's is a must-do. Love that they feature "Tommy's tomato pie" that naturally comes without cheese (as I am dairy-free as well) and that care is taken to ensure that the pizzas really are gluten-free. The crusts come from Still Riding Pizza Co. and are big enough to feed 1-2 people easily. See my full review on my blog:

  • Two Boots

    5 starsDecember 19, 2014

    1203 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

    Phenomenal gluten-free pizza. Really understand the intricacies of avoiding cross-contamination and are working hard to make sure their offerings are safe for those with a variety of allergies/sensitivities/special diets. I got the "V for Vegan" pizza w/o Daiya which features non-dairy pesto, a real treat. The crust is unlike any gluten-free pizza crust I've had so far (in a good way) and the pizza was downright delicious without breaking the bank. See my full review on my blog here:

  • Seasons Pizza

    2 starsDecember 19, 2014

    40 York Road, Towson, MD 21204

    Serves gluten-free pizza. Must request separate prep areas/utensils when preparing. Crust not impressive in the least and sorely lacking, but it did not make me sick and they have delivery. Full review on my blog:

  • Pho Dat Thanh

    4 starsDecember 19, 2014

    510 York Road, Towson, MD 21204

    No dedicated gluten-free menu but the beef broth and chicken broth based soups are safe with rice noodles. Love the massive portions and college budget friendly price tag. Had the pho ga (beef broth w/ chicken) which came with noodles, been sprouts, fresh herbs and lime. Check out the full review on my blog:

  • Sweet Theory Baking Co.

    5 starsDecember 19, 2014

    1243 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

    Hands down some of the best gluten-free baked goods I've ever had. Enjoyed a slice of their lemon poppyseed loaf, gingerbread muffin, blueberry muffin, and gingerbread cookies. All products are vegan and most of them are gluten-free. Treats are separated to prevent cross contamination. More info in my full review on my blog:

  • Zia's Cafe and Juice Bar

    5 starsNovember 08, 2014

    13 Allegheny Ave, Towson, MD 21204

    Cute little cafe/juice bar in the heart of Towson's "downtown." Features sandwiches and salads for a variety of palates and offers a make-your-own option for those who just cannot decide. I had the turkey powerhouse sandwich on their raw, vegan, gluten-free wrap which was simple, yet delicious. Zia's also has an extensive juice bar and coffeehouse menu. In addition, they offer a variety raw, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo grab-and-go options such as pancakes, pudding, pastas, cheesecakes, "pizzas," juices, and salads. They are open from 9am-7pm Monday through Saturday and are a great option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.For my full review (including their raw, vegan, GF mint chocolate cheesecake), check out my blog at this link:

  • Ledo Pizza

    4 starsOctober 26, 2014

    3105 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218

    Had their new vegan pizza on their gluten-free crust. Loved how they had a menu option that came without cheese (since I have dairy intolerance) and the veggies topping the pizza were in abundance and noticeably fresh. Though not a dedicated facility, I have not had a problem yet and I react to the smallest amount of gluten. The staff were friendly. No delivery. Other gluten-free options include soups and a flatbread appetizer. For more information check out my full blog review:

  • On the Hill Cafe

    3 starsOctober 19, 2014

    1431 John St, Baltimore, MD 21217

    Farm-to-table neighborhood cafe serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Came for breakfast and ordered a gluten-free/vegan pumpkin spice bagel from Sweet Note Bakery along with locally-sourced scrambled eggs. The breakfast was good, but not the best I've had. See my full review on my gluten/dairy-free blog:

  • Joe Squared

    5 starsOctober 19, 2014

    133 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

    Great variety of gluten-free and vegan options ranging from soups to potato skins, and salads to 22 different varieties of risotto. All varieties of risotto are gluten-free and all can be made dairy-free or vegan by subbing coconut milk for cheese or cream. For more information, check out my full review on my gluten and dairy free blog:

  • Lost City Diner

    5 starsOctober 19, 2014

    1730 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

    Came to Lost City for their vegan, non-dairy milkshakes. The ice cream is locally made in small batches and is soy-based. They use a separate stirrer to prevent cross contamination. Check out my full review on my gluten/dairy free blog:

  • One Dish Cuisine Cafe, Deli & Bakery

    5 starsOctober 04, 2014

    8001 Hillsborough Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043

    Dizzying array of gluten and allergen friendly fare ranging from a full restaurant and deli to a bakery. I sampled their muffins, cookies, mini loaves, and soup and cannot wait to go back for their pizza and sandwich options! Prices are reasonable and dairy containing and dairy-free items are clearly market green or blue because they operate to separate kitchens to minimize cross contamination. For a full review, check out my blog:

  • Peace A Pizza

    5 starsOctober 04, 2014

    15 Mellor Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228

    Great gluten-free pizza. Crusts are dairy and soy free and red sauce is dairy free. I enjoyed the vegetable primavera pizza which was loaded with fresh, delicious veggies. They have protocols in place to prevent cross-contamination. Nondairy cheese options are not available at this time. For more information, check out my blog covering this location here:

  • Sweet 27 Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe

    5 starsSeptember 30, 2014

    123 W 27th St, Baltimore, MD 21218

    100% dedicated gluten free restaurant/bakery/cafe that also is very vegan, dairy-free and soy-free friendly. I sampled their crab cake appetizer and the 12" pesto vegetable pizza (the pesto is dairy-free). Both were absolutely delicious. Prices are good compared to the up-charge in prices often seen with gluten-free fare. Save room for dessert because the bakery has a tempting array of muffins, cookies, and cupcakes that are gluten-free and dairy-free as well as to-go offerings of their sandwich bread and hamburger buns. For more information, check out my review on my gluten/dairy free restaurant blog:

  • Cheezy's Pizza & Subs

    4 starsSeptember 21, 2014

    1637 E Joppa Rd, Towson, MD 21286

    12" crust comes from Still Riding Pizza and is plenty big for two people to share. They have protocols in place to prevent cross contamination. Pizzas can get pricey with toppings (mine was $20) but they offer delivery which is a little luxury rarely found. Not the absolute best pizza in the world, but definitely better than some other chains I've had. Read my full review on my blog:

  • Thai One On

    4 starsSeptember 21, 2014

    10 W Pennsylvania Ave, Towson, MD 21204

    Thai One On is located near downtown Towson and has great outdoor seating (weather permitting). While the waiter seemed confused as to what was gluten/dairy free, the chef confirmed that the pad Thai, curries, and the pad pik sod. I opted for the green curry with brown rice which came in a generous portion and was very good. Read my full review on my blog:

  • ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen

    5 starsSeptember 06, 2014

    1516 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036

    Entire menu is gluten and dairy free so cross-contamination is nonexistent. Choose between a rice/noodle/salad bowl and then proceed to add toppings "Chipotle-style." Loved my chicken bowl with green curry sauce, pickled vegetables and brown rice which was flavorful and fresh. They have options for vegans which are noted on their menu. Check out my full review on my blog:

  • FUEL Pizza

    4 starsSeptember 06, 2014

    1606 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

    They offer gluten-free pizzas on Smart Flour Foods pizza crust and stock Daiya and GF beers for those interested. All but three of their specialty pizzas can me made gluten-free and all ingredients (minus the meatballs) can be selected from their make-your-own menu. I found the pizza to be solid by GF standards, but not the absolute best I've had. The location is conveniently located near the White House, National Mall and the Farragut Square metro station. For my full review, check out my blog:

  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    3 starsSeptember 01, 2014

    3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

    While spending the day at the zoo, I stopped by their various food vendors looking for GF options. I happened to notice that the Italian Kitchen at Market Square at Panda Plaza offers a 7" gluten-free pizza for $7.50. The pizzas come in cheese, pepperoni and "specialty" and are made to order. There is an additional 10 minute wait to cook these pizzas. Given the heat of the day, I did not personally try one but thought it worth noting that there are options available.Other options around the park include bottled juices, water, fresh cut fruit, and additional food offerings (did not inquire about other options).

  • Miss Shirley's Cafe

    5 starsAugust 30, 2014

    513 West Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210

    Lured in by the promise of pancakes that were both gluten and dairy free. The pancakes were amazing and did not disappoint in the least. The portion is pretty huge so come hungry and the staff are attentive and knowledgeable about individual needs. See my full review here:

  • Phillips Seafood

    5 starsAugust 27, 2014

    601 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

    Phillips has an extensive gluten-free menu and can easily accommodate my duel dairy intolerance. My server was knowledgeable but brought out a chef to speak with me to make sure my meal was prepared correctly. Had the crab cakes with roasted potatoes and spinach which were delicious. Read my full review here:

  • McCoy's Bar & Grill

    5 starsAugust 09, 2014

    9300 Airport Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827

    Restaurant located inside Orlando International Airport Hyatt Regency. Gluten free menu items clearly marked with GF symbol and many options can be made dairy free. I enjoyed the lentil chili which was both gluten/dairy free and came with tortilla chips.

  • Anyestang's Little Tibet

    5 starsAugust 02, 2014

    415 East 4th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408

    Great option for gluten-free dining as the menus are labeled to indicate items' gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian status. The outdoor patio is serine and the food is very fresh. Portions are generous for the price and they offer delivery and carry-out. For more information, check out my blog review:

  • Green Papaya

    5 starsAugust 02, 2014

    2942 Wasson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209

    I had the green curry and it was delicious. My server was aware of gluten/dairy free options. For my full review, check out my blog:

  • LaRosa's Pizzeria

    5 starsJuly 28, 2014

    7691 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236

    Had a great gluten-free pizza here. Their crust and sauce do not contain dairy and the menu highlights gluten-free toppings. The pizza is big enough for one hungry person or could be split for lighter appetites. Their restaurant is GREAT kitchens accredited by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Read my full review at