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A gluten free spread at Recess inside Krog Street Market
Chandler Bondurant

18 Restaurants for Eating Gluten Free in Atlanta

From burgers and pizza to shakshuka and biscuit sandwiches

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A gluten free spread at Recess inside Krog Street Market
| Chandler Bondurant

People living with celiac disease or a severe gluten allergy can find dining out challenging. While there’s the question of whether a restaurant offers options beyond a boring salad or grilled chicken on the menu, there are also concerns over cross-contamination in the kitchen with non-gluten free ingredients, which could possibly trigger an allergic reaction.

Celiac is an autoimmune disease that causes damage to the small intestine when someone eats gluten. This can affect nutrient absorption and lead to other long-term health problems.

Thankfully, plenty of restaurants around Atlanta have adapted menus to accommodate a gluten-free lifestyle, and offer everything from cheeseburgers on gluten-free buns to hearty shakshuka. Note: not every restaurant listed has a dedicated gluten-free kitchen or preparation process.

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Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs

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Cafe Sunflower, with locations in Sandy Springs and Buckhead, might be better known for serving hearty vegan and vegetarian dishes, but much of the menu is also gluten free. Gluten-free dishes are designated with a “gf”, such as the quinoa paella made with organic quinoa pilaf seasoned with sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, onions, garlic, and herbs or the spicy pad Thai with rice noodles, tofu, a mix of vegetables, and bean sprouts tossed in a spicy coconut-peanut sauce. For more gluten-free options, head to the original location in Sandy Springs.

True Food Kitchen

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Most of the menu at True Food Kitchen in Buckhead and Alpharetta is deemed gluten free and includes a wide range of options beyond salads and grilled meats. Try the quinoa burger with hummus, tzatziki, tomato, butter lettuce, cucumber, red onion, and avocado topped with feta cheese or the spaghetti squash casserole consisting of DiNapoli tomatoes, caramelized onion, zucchini, and mozzarella. For something heartier, order the lasagna bolognese with fennel chicken sausage, mushroom, spinach, and lemon ricotta.

Blue Moon Pizza

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Blue Moon Pizza has an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free options, including pizzas and appetizers such as a garlic cheesy bread and bruschetta. There’s also build-your-own pizzas and specialty pizzas on gluten-free crusts. Get a gluten-free brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce for dessert.

KarmaFarm

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The certified gluten-free restaurant offers international-inspired dishes and riffs on Southern staples. Focusing on local and sustainable ingredients, the menu is also nut- and dairy-free in an effort to cater to a range of dietary restrictions. Grab a meat and two sides or a combo plate of vegan options to try several items on the menu. Order the truffle avocado salad and barbecue brisket here.

Cultivate Food and Coffee

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Benedicts, breakfast sandwiches, French toast. Gluten-free eaters don’t have to write any of these off at this spot on Howell Mill Road. Cultivate uses Atlanta-based Pure Knead bread as a gluten-free substitute for bread- and biscuit-based menu items. For something savory, try the benedict, which comes with fried hash brown potatoes, Sriracha candied bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise. For something sweet, load up on the RumChata French toast, which is battered in RumChata and topped with fresh whipped cream, a RumChata glaze, blueberry basil compote, and mixed berries.

Bantam + Biddy

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Bantam and Biddy at Ansley Mall designed its menu to include multiple gluten-free options. This includes the fried chicken tenders, Brunswick stew, sirloin steak dinner on Saturdays, and the jalapeño cornbread that comes with all entrees. 

Urban Tree Cidery

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Breweries usually offer a limited amount of ciders, or might not carry any beverages for gluten-free drinkers at all. But those with a gluten intolerance or sensitivity can enjoy a similar brewery environment and order a gluten-free drink at the Urban Tree Cidery tasting room on Howell Mill Road. The cidery serves several of its ciders on tap. Get a flight to sample a few flavors. 

Souper Jenny

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The multi-location Souper Jenny serves an array of gluten-free soups, salads, and, at its Brookhaven location, wraps. This includes Jenny Levison’s father’s recipe for turkey chili. Head in for it on a cold Atlanta day. The menu changes daily and varies by location.

Upbeet in the Ironworks complex on the Westside includes a menu filled with gluten-free options. Try the Oh-Mega bowl with brown rice, quinoa, steelhead trout, spinach, edamame, watermelon radish, cashews, and hemp seeds topped with ginger miso dressing or the Steak Out consisting of grilled steak, mesclun, romaine, heirloom cherry tomatoes, chives, red onions, bacon, blue cheese crumbles, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Yeah! Burger

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All of the burgers at Yeah! Burger’s Westside and Virginia-Highland locations can come served on a gluten-free bun or wrapped in collard greens. The burger joint also serves French fries, parmesan truffle fries, and onion rings made in a dedicated fryer to prevent cross-contamination. There’s also gluten-free sauces and beers as well. 

MetroFresh

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MetroFresh in Midtown is another longtime Atlanta restaurant that has been in the business of offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The menu here changes daily, and wine is served in the evenings.

Ecco, which has locations in Midtown and Buckhead, labels gluten-free dishes on the menu with a “GF” and uses “MGF” to indicate that a dish can be modified to be gluten free. Start the meal with charcuterie and cheeses, then order one of the several gluten-free entrees, which include risotto Milanese with braised lamb collo, saffron and hazelnut gremolata and crispy duck breast with Moroccan spiced lentils, charred eggplant purée, and pea tendrils. Menus at each location are unique.

Arepa Mia

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The friendly, counter-serve Venezuelan restaurant Arepa Mia, owned by Lis Hernandez, serves dishes using ingredients that are naturally gluten free. Arepas, for instance, are made from cornmeal and stuffed with a variety of meats, cheeses, eggs, or vegetables. Try the empanadas or cachapas (Venezuelan sweet or savory pancake) and find out why Arepa Mia continues to be an Eater 38 Essential.

Good Karma Coffee House

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This certified gluten-free breakfast and lunch spot tucked away in Avondale Estates offers sweet and savory options that often have vegan versions, too. For something savory, try a build-your-own breakfast sandwich with a house-made biscuit. For a sweeter morning meal, order a classic Belgian waffle made with vanilla and cinnamon, and top it with fruit and whipped cream. Gluten-free baked goods and treats are available in the pastry case. 

Leon's Full Service

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Leon’s Full Service in downtown Decatur has a dedicated (and lengthy) gluten-free menu. It includes everything from goat cheese-stuffed peppadews or charcuterie and cheeses as starters to pork chops with potato-cauliflower mash, romanesco, beet chips, pistachios, and jus and mussels in a white wine broth as mains.

If build-your-own-bowl establishments present too many possible options for comfort, Recess in Krog Street Market takes the guesswork out of the equation with its vegetable-centric bowls, salads and sandwiches. Almost everything on the menu is gluten free or can be made gluten free. Order the Pancho and Lefty, a vegan and gluten-free bowl that features a spicy mushroom chorizo, some crunchy vegetables, and a chipotle crema. Or try the Maize Runner, which uses the same crema as the dressing for a salad packed with roasted tomato salsa, beans, a mix of vegetables, cotija, and corn nuts. There’s also toasts and sandwiches on gluten-free bread.

hell yeah gluten free

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This newly opened bakeshop is known for its Instagram-worthy and gluten-free sweet treats, but there’s also a couple of savory options like biscuits and mini pies, depending on the daily menu. Find everything from scones to sweet hand pies in the pastry case. The bakery offers vegan options, too. Items rotate frequently, but some daily options to try include the cinnamon rolls and breakfast sandwiches.

Mediterranea Restaurant & Bakery

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For Mediterranea’s owners Gerard Nudo and Gary McElroy, opening their Grant Park restaurant was an opportunity to promote the gluten-free lifestyle, while also demolishing the stereotype that gluten free means stale and flavorless. Mission accomplished. The restaurant’s dishes are packed with the flavors of the southern Mediterranean, with a lengthy wine list to complement it all. Favorites include the eggplant tart, steak frites, flatbread pizza, and green shakshuka. Mediterranea’s kitchen and bakery are 100% gluten free, and many of the dishes are vegan and vegetarian.

Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs

Cafe Sunflower, with locations in Sandy Springs and Buckhead, might be better known for serving hearty vegan and vegetarian dishes, but much of the menu is also gluten free. Gluten-free dishes are designated with a “gf”, such as the quinoa paella made with organic quinoa pilaf seasoned with sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, onions, garlic, and herbs or the spicy pad Thai with rice noodles, tofu, a mix of vegetables, and bean sprouts tossed in a spicy coconut-peanut sauce. For more gluten-free options, head to the original location in Sandy Springs.

True Food Kitchen

Most of the menu at True Food Kitchen in Buckhead and Alpharetta is deemed gluten free and includes a wide range of options beyond salads and grilled meats. Try the quinoa burger with hummus, tzatziki, tomato, butter lettuce, cucumber, red onion, and avocado topped with feta cheese or the spaghetti squash casserole consisting of DiNapoli tomatoes, caramelized onion, zucchini, and mozzarella. For something heartier, order the lasagna bolognese with fennel chicken sausage, mushroom, spinach, and lemon ricotta.

Blue Moon Pizza

Blue Moon Pizza has an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free options, including pizzas and appetizers such as a garlic cheesy bread and bruschetta. There’s also build-your-own pizzas and specialty pizzas on gluten-free crusts. Get a gluten-free brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce for dessert.

KarmaFarm

The certified gluten-free restaurant offers international-inspired dishes and riffs on Southern staples. Focusing on local and sustainable ingredients, the menu is also nut- and dairy-free in an effort to cater to a range of dietary restrictions. Grab a meat and two sides or a combo plate of vegan options to try several items on the menu. Order the truffle avocado salad and barbecue brisket here.

Cultivate Food and Coffee

Benedicts, breakfast sandwiches, French toast. Gluten-free eaters don’t have to write any of these off at this spot on Howell Mill Road. Cultivate uses Atlanta-based Pure Knead bread as a gluten-free substitute for bread- and biscuit-based menu items. For something savory, try the benedict, which comes with fried hash brown potatoes, Sriracha candied bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise. For something sweet, load up on the RumChata French toast, which is battered in RumChata and topped with fresh whipped cream, a RumChata glaze, blueberry basil compote, and mixed berries.

Bantam + Biddy

Bantam and Biddy at Ansley Mall designed its menu to include multiple gluten-free options. This includes the fried chicken tenders, Brunswick stew, sirloin steak dinner on Saturdays, and the jalapeño cornbread that comes with all entrees. 

Urban Tree Cidery

Breweries usually offer a limited amount of ciders, or might not carry any beverages for gluten-free drinkers at all. But those with a gluten intolerance or sensitivity can enjoy a similar brewery environment and order a gluten-free drink at the Urban Tree Cidery tasting room on Howell Mill Road. The cidery serves several of its ciders on tap. Get a flight to sample a few flavors. 

Souper Jenny

The multi-location Souper Jenny serves an array of gluten-free soups, salads, and, at its Brookhaven location, wraps. This includes Jenny Levison’s father’s recipe for turkey chili. Head in for it on a cold Atlanta day. The menu changes daily and varies by location.

Upbeet

Upbeet in the Ironworks complex on the Westside includes a menu filled with gluten-free options. Try the Oh-Mega bowl with brown rice, quinoa, steelhead trout, spinach, edamame, watermelon radish, cashews, and hemp seeds topped with ginger miso dressing or the Steak Out consisting of grilled steak, mesclun, romaine, heirloom cherry tomatoes, chives, red onions, bacon, blue cheese crumbles, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Yeah! Burger

All of the burgers at Yeah! Burger’s Westside and Virginia-Highland locations can come served on a gluten-free bun or wrapped in collard greens. The burger joint also serves French fries, parmesan truffle fries, and onion rings made in a dedicated fryer to prevent cross-contamination. There’s also gluten-free sauces and beers as well. 

MetroFresh

MetroFresh in Midtown is another longtime Atlanta restaurant that has been in the business of offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The menu here changes daily, and wine is served in the evenings.

Ecco

Ecco, which has locations in Midtown and Buckhead, labels gluten-free dishes on the menu with a “GF” and uses “MGF” to indicate that a dish can be modified to be gluten free. Start the meal with charcuterie and cheeses, then order one of the several gluten-free entrees, which include risotto Milanese with braised lamb collo, saffron and hazelnut gremolata and crispy duck breast with Moroccan spiced lentils, charred eggplant purée, and pea tendrils. Menus at each location are unique.

Arepa Mia

The friendly, counter-serve Venezuelan restaurant Arepa Mia, owned by Lis Hernandez, serves dishes using ingredients that are naturally gluten free. Arepas, for instance, are made from cornmeal and stuffed with a variety of meats, cheeses, eggs, or vegetables. Try the empanadas or cachapas (Venezuelan sweet or savory pancake) and find out why Arepa Mia continues to be an Eater 38 Essential.

Good Karma Coffee House

This certified gluten-free breakfast and lunch spot tucked away in Avondale Estates offers sweet and savory options that often have vegan versions, too. For something savory, try a build-your-own breakfast sandwich with a house-made biscuit. For a sweeter morning meal, order a classic Belgian waffle made with vanilla and cinnamon, and top it with fruit and whipped cream. Gluten-free baked goods and treats are available in the pastry case. 

Leon's Full Service

Leon’s Full Service in downtown Decatur has a dedicated (and lengthy) gluten-free menu. It includes everything from goat cheese-stuffed peppadews or charcuterie and cheeses as starters to pork chops with potato-cauliflower mash, romanesco, beet chips, pistachios, and jus and mussels in a white wine broth as mains.

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Recess

If build-your-own-bowl establishments present too many possible options for comfort, Recess in Krog Street Market takes the guesswork out of the equation with its vegetable-centric bowls, salads and sandwiches. Almost everything on the menu is gluten free or can be made gluten free. Order the Pancho and Lefty, a vegan and gluten-free bowl that features a spicy mushroom chorizo, some crunchy vegetables, and a chipotle crema. Or try the Maize Runner, which uses the same crema as the dressing for a salad packed with roasted tomato salsa, beans, a mix of vegetables, cotija, and corn nuts. There’s also toasts and sandwiches on gluten-free bread.

hell yeah gluten free

This newly opened bakeshop is known for its Instagram-worthy and gluten-free sweet treats, but there’s also a couple of savory options like biscuits and mini pies, depending on the daily menu. Find everything from scones to sweet hand pies in the pastry case. The bakery offers vegan options, too. Items rotate frequently, but some daily options to try include the cinnamon rolls and breakfast sandwiches.

Mediterranea Restaurant & Bakery

For Mediterranea’s owners Gerard Nudo and Gary McElroy, opening their Grant Park restaurant was an opportunity to promote the gluten-free lifestyle, while also demolishing the stereotype that gluten free means stale and flavorless. Mission accomplished. The restaurant’s dishes are packed with the flavors of the southern Mediterranean, with a lengthy wine list to complement it all. Favorites include the eggplant tart, steak frites, flatbread pizza, and green shakshuka. Mediterranea’s kitchen and bakery are 100% gluten free, and many of the dishes are vegan and vegetarian.

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