City Lights Cafe

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 27 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Crepes + 7 more
94% of 17 votes say it's Celiac friendly

3 E Jackson St, Nantahala National Forest, Sylva, NC 28779 Directions

(828) 587-2233
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    Celiac
    3 rating
    1 month ago

    Be sure to call ahead and make sure they are actually open. Website says open until 9, closed at 6.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    100% great food. Love it. My friend and I ordered a GF version of one of the sandwiches. Love going to this place for dessert or dinner.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 months ago

    My fiancée is celiac diagnosed and gets violently ill when cross contaminated. Two of my daughters haven’t been diagnosed celiac but get ill when they are exposed. When we came in they advertise several GF options but do have a disclaimer for celiac diagnoses due to a shared kitchen. I am happy to say that all three ate breakfast and had zero exposure. They took the time to prepare the food as evidenced by the GF food coming out before the rest of the food the other family members ordered. As new residents to the area we will make the drive to come here on a regular basis.

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    Not celiac
    4 rating
    3 months ago

    Most of menu could be made gluten free but they did have signs that they will do their best but it’s not a dedicated kitchen. Seemed like a small enough place that you could tell them you have celiac and specify you want the griddle cleaned and precautions taken. We don’t have celiac so I just popped some anti gluten pills for cross contamination. Very casual place. Soft corn tacos were good. GF crepes seem to be their specialty. I’ve never had a crepe before so don’t know how to compare but the one I got tasted bland. They gave me extra salsa which helped. Plus we needed more salsa for the chips which are one of the side choices. (Other is salad). I give it 5 stars for the breadth of gluten free offerings and that the meats are antibiotic free and they use local organic produce, etc and service was good. But we just didn’t like what we ordered so I gave it 4 stars.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    All I had to say was that I needed gluten free. They knew what I needed automatically and I enjoyed a delicious, safe and healthful meal! Accommodating, knowledgeable and respectful of my needs.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Amazing!! So many gluten free options. Great Celtic music. Gluten free beer!!! Very very Celiac friendly!! Love it.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    I ate at City Lights all through college. I practically survived on it due to limited options on WCU campus. Great food with many options. I recommend the My Big Fat Greek pasta with GF pasta. They have GF desserts as well but they are in case with non-GF items. However, I've never gotten sick due to this. Look out for their GF Strawberry Cream cake! It's amazing! Just make sure you reiterate that you're eating GF. They will take precautions. I had made friends with the cooks there and they would even have me taste test their new GF baked goods for free! Also, there are more GF options on the street below at their sister restaurant Evolution Wine Kitchen.

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    3 rating Not celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    When I discussed cross contamination with the cook, she said the gluten burns off of the cooking surface! After explaining to her that it does not burn off, she told me she would cook the gf crepes on aluminum foil. There are not many choices in a tiny mountain town, so we are there with fingers crossed.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Great service, separate cooking area for GF crepes. Yummy!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Has a delicious beef fajita in a gluten free crepe. Knowledgable about cross contamination. Highly recommend.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    crepes are great. breakfast and lattes all day.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    This is the only restaurant with something for our whole family. My daughter with gluten intolerance ate until she was full and had no stomach problems. As a vegetarian, I had many delicious options. My carnivorous husband had a meat burrito. We even found food for the picky eaters in the family. The prices were great too.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Delicious crepes! Great coffee. Cute atmosphere too.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Awesome for gluten-free options! Everything is clearly labeled as GF or GF option. Mine was served wrapped in aluminum foil, I think to protect it from any cross contamination. I ordered a tex-mex style wrap and it was awesome!

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    We were on vacation in the smokies and went here for breakfast. I had two crepes. breakfast and dessert. pretty good. I've had better in Las Vegas. But with that being said.... They were good. I didn't get sick. I was full. I recommend this place and try the cinnamon apple crepe. Yummm.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Great GF options! We stop here every time we travel through. In fact, we go out of our way to make sure we travel through when we're in the area. Worth it!

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    4 rating
    4 years ago

    Relaxing place to have gluten free treats or beer in his quaint mountain town. The day I was there they had gf lavender cupcakes --yum! Enjoyed a gf beer on the sunny patio .

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    4 rating
    5 years ago

    Glad I found this place while on a road trip. A little off the beaten path, crowded and tight, but good GF food and awesome GF desserts!

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    Great food. Menu identified with GF, DF, Veg. Helpful staff. Save room for dessert - many (6!) different baked goods to choose from and they tasted great!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    5 years ago

    Nice and layed back atmosphere with good gf food:-) Nice people too!!! I stop by every time I'm in town:-) You must try it!!!!

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    A rare gem in the smoky mountains!!!! I had a gluten free eggs Benedict crepe. Delicious!!! Any crepe could be made GF and had GF bakery items also!!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    6 years ago

    Fantastic and very friendly. Gluten free bakery items and gluten free items to buy.

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    5 rating
    7 years ago

    City lights cafe is awesome! Sylva is lucky to have such amazing healthy choices of food and they offer a variety of gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Baked Goods
  • Beer
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Crepes
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Vegetarian Friendly
Monday
8 am - 9 pm
Tuesday
8 am - 9 pm
Wednesday
8 am - 9 pm
Thursday
8 am - 9 pm
Friday
8 am - 9 pm
Saturday
8 am - 9 pm
Sunday
9 am - 3 pm

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