Travel photographer and writer based in Jacksonville, FL. I am 100% gluten free and mostly grain free due to autoimmune thyroid disease.
1 Harborside Drive, Boston, MA 02128
This is for the Logan airport Terminal C location. This location used to be pre-security and at that time they offered pretty much the whole gluten free menu that you would find at a regular Legal Sea Foods restaurant. The restaurant has now moved post-security and the gluten free menu is much more limited (although still better than pretty much any other airport restaurant). Basically, they lost the gluten free flour and dedicated fryer in the move. So lots of pan seared seafood and grilled veggies. Also of note, they are always busy and they have crammed as many seats as possible in the space. If you sit on the bench side of the table expect to have to squeeze between the tables (unless you are size zero). You may want to decide ahead of time if you want to shove the front or the back of your lower half in your neighbor's face.
818 Post Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Corner Taco started as a food truck and recently opened a storefront. Everything on the menu, except the croutons on the salad, is gluten free. Fresh corn tortillas are made in-house. Buttermilk fried chicken (using rice flour) tacos are my fave. According to the owner there are a lot more delicious things to come. Oh! And he carries Mexican Coca Cola in the glass bottle (made with pure cane sugar). We will be eating here often!
4100 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609
Tried to eat here twice and both times never saw a host/hostess or bartender or anyone who offered to seat me. On my third attempt (I often stay at The Renaissance) I was greeted and seated. My server didn't seem terribly interested in taking care of me nor particularly educated about gluten allergies. I ordered a salad to be on the safe side and was just okay. Go to Flights (the other restaurant in the lobby) instead - much better food and served and more knowledgeable staff.
849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
*Almost* everything in the place is gluten free. When I told the server I had a gluten allergy he had the manager come over to speak to me. She (the manager) showed me the two meats that were not gluten free due to a marinade or rub (the sausage and the bacon wrapped chicken leg and filet) and walked me through the salad bar to show me what was not gluten free. Several of the salad dressings she could not guarantee were safe due to label concerns, but there was a selection of oils and vinegars so it really didn't matter to me. The sides and table bread are also gluten free - mashed potatoes, fried bananas and fried polenta sticks. The bread is traditional Brazilian Pao de Queso, which is made with cassava flour (naturally gluten free). I should warn you, though - that bread is highly addictive. They also have Mexican Coca Cola (made with real cane sugar) in a glass bottle.
18 Seaboard Avenue #100, Raleigh, NC 27604
Many menu items are naturally gluten free. Chef is knowledgeable and wait staff is happy to ask about ingredients and modifications. Added bonus - majority of ingredients are locally sourced
1544 Piedmont Rd,, Suite 301, Atlanta, GA 30324
Gluten free fried chicken tenders. Need I say more? Oh, the chicken is from locally raised and pastured chickens. Chicken tenders come with a delicious honey wasabi sauce - and I don't like spicy food. If you are severely anti-wasabi you can swap out for barbecue sauce. Duck fat fries! And they serve breakfast - local pastured egg, bacon and cheese sandwich on a gluten free bun. Yum!
901 West Morgan Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
Some of the best shrimp and grits I've ever had. Naturally gluten free cornbread. Special added bonus - Mexican Coca Cola made with real cane sugar in a glass bottle.
233 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601
I soo wanted to love this place. All of their sandwiches are available on a gluten free "baguette," everyone on the line changed their gloves with no complaint, they use grass fed beef and wild caught salmon, they have kettle-cooked chips, everything is organic, they have a nice selection of organic and non-HFCS drinks and you get to pick a piece of chocolate at the cashier. But alas, Hannah's Bretzel turned out to be a huge disappointment. I ordered the grass fed sirloin with gruyere cheese, carmelized onions, horseradish, lettuce and tomato with salt and pepper chips and a bottle of Lorina's pink lemonade, all of which came to just under $15. The gluten free "baguette" is much more like a sub roll. It's just okay - if it was filled with delicious ingredients it would have been fine for delivering a sandwich experience but its not something I would eat on its own or anything and was pretty bland. As for the fillings - the carmelized onions were WAY too sweet and there were way too many of them. They were the only thing I could taste. About half way through I gave up and pulled apart the sandwich to check out the ingredients. The gruyere was really mild - barely tasted anything when I ate it alone. The beef was very mild in flavor as well. I saw what looked like horseradish on the bread and meat, but didn't taste even a hint of horseradish anywhere. There was no sign of any kind of seasoning on the meat. Finally, I feel like a beef and cheese sandwich like this would benefit from being served warm. Oh, the salt and pepper chips were toooo peppery. The piece of chocolate and bottle of lemonade were the best parts of the meal.
1534 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Perfectly executed, locally sourced food. Knowledgeable and patient staff. Don't miss it.
2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014
Farm-to-Table, seasonally inspired restaurant. Many gluten free dishes. Helpful staff. Tonight I had wild striped bass with clam chowder and it was freakin' amazing.
1243 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Gluten free treats baked in a dedicated oven. So good I'm pretty sure the treats are made with fairy dust. All products are dairy, egg, soy and peanut free.
102 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401
Cha Bella is one of my very favorite restaurants ever. I live in Jacksonville,FL but make a special point of detouring to get dinner when returning from road trips to Raleigh and Atlanta (which is 1-2 times per month). Basically everything on the menu except the pasta is naturally GF or easily modified to be GF. The general manager told me he thinks 95% of the menu is GF. The menu is seasonal, locally sourced and organic. The standard flatbread served to everyone is GF - and quite tasty. Usually bread is brought to the table, but for GF patrons the chef will provide broken pieces of plain GF flatbread with honey butter. Be sure to ask about the soup of the day - many are gluten free. Last night it was a perfect seafood chowder. We were also told that the goat cheese cheesecake and Key lime pie are GF - one has an oatmeal crust and the other has a pecan crust. Totally worth a special trip just to eat here. In nice weather, sit on the patio.
110 W Bryan St, Savannah, GA 31401
So. Good. Seriously. Best GF pizza I've ever had - and I've tried a lot. Obviously one has to adjust their expectations when eating GF pizza crust- it's not going to be like a NY slice. This crust had a bit of a cracker-like texture and a nice flavor. Toppings were delish. Only non-GF topping is meatballs. Staff very knowledgeable and helpful. GF pizzas are prepared in a completely separate area.
1607 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL 32217
Mojo is so gluten-free friendly that instead of a gluten free menu, they have special, single page they bring to the table listing the items that are NOT safe for someone on a gluten free diet. I didn't ask about the fryer, so double check if you are more sensitive. My husband and I have been eating at Mojo's for several years - long before we were gluten free. My husband is from North Carolina and is serious about his barbeque. He says Mojo's is the best he has had outside of NC. I'm not a huge BBQ fan, but I love their shrimp and grits.
11290 Old Saint Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257
When I mentioned my gluten allergy the manager and the chef both came to my table to speak to me personally. The chef went through the menu, told me which items were naturally gluten free and which items he could prepare gluten free and answered all of my questions. Once our meal was served, chef and manager checked on my several times to make sure I was happy with my meal. I can't promise there is no cross-contamination and I'm sure they share fryers, but they will help you as best as they can. I am fortunate to not be as sensitive as I know some others are, so if you are super-sensitive to cross contamination this may not be the best for you. As for the food itself - a little heavy handed on the seasonings (especially the potato skins) but good, fresh, quality food in general.
11030 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256
I <3 Native Sun! This grocery store is in the top 5 reasons I can never live anywhere but Jacksonville. They just make it so easy! And I am TOTALLY addicted to their GF oatmeal creme pie.
18 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Naturally gluten free plates, marked on the menu. Everything is delicious, but the shrimp croutons that come with the Untraditional Caesar Salad are like magic crack for gluten free people. I'm not sure what Chef does to make them, but I'm going with voodoo - although rice flour seems more likely.
500 Ledgestone Way, Cary, NC 27519
Awesome burgers on gluten free buns. Also gluten free pizza, gluten free beer, hard cider and a handful of naturally gluten free entrees. Staff knowledge is inconsistent - some know a lot, some know nothing. Kitchen seems relatively educated (I was warned the corn chips are fried in the same fryer as the French fries - which have a gluten coating).
200 Southgate Dr, Boone, NC 28607
Very knowledgeable staff. No separate GF menu as its easier to just point out what is NOT GF. I had Kobe steak tacos. Beef was a little dry and bland, but tasted fresh and of high quality. Husband said nachos were the best he has ever had. Fried plantains to die for. Dedicated gluten free fryer. Great service.
299 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
The sweet potato tots ARE NOT gluten free (and I'm assuming the french fries are not, either). Other than that, its pretty decent - but could be so much better. See FarmBurger in Atlanta.
325 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Best gluten free pizza anywhere, ever. And the cheesy bread...OMG!
421 Fayetteville St #103, Raleigh, NC 27601
Thin and crispy crust with good flavor - flavor reminds me of Mellow Mushroom honey wheat crust (at least what I remember of it - haven't eaten it in over a year). Love that they use rbgh-free cheese from grass fed cows and organic tomato sauce.