Gluten-Free Philly

Visit Philly · Philadelphia Top 10 Guide · created almost 7 years ago

A growing number of today’s diners must avoid gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley and rye — due to celiac disease and other debilitating allergies. In response, the following restaurants have made a commitment to include gluten-free dishes on their menus.

For a full list of gluten-free restaurants in Greater Philadelphia, visit Urbanspoon or Gluten Free Philly.

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  • Nana Nib Brownie Sundae at Raw Can Roll Cafe in Douglassville, PA

    The gluten-free Main Line crew can roll on down to Raw Can Roll Cafe, where the only thing better than the vibrant colors of the totally non-cooked menu items are the fresh tastes and textures. Desserts such as the raw banana brownie sundae are all celiac-friendly.

  • Strawberry Kale Lemonade at Jar Bar in Philadelphia , PA

    It’s all-things raw—and celiac-friendly—at the recently opened Jar Bar, with a pure menu of raw plates, salads, snacks, desserts, fresh juices and elixirs (like the strawberry-kale lemonade and the almond-banana drink with hemp seeds and vegan vanilla protein powder).

  • The Stuart at Food For All Market in Philadelphia, PA

    Oven-roasted Eberly turkey breast, sliced and topped with Cafe Estelle bacon, thinly sliced apple, mixed organic greens and mayo on a Joan’s GF Italian roll.

  • Caldo De Res at Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington, PA

    The menu at Cantina Feliz, a contemporary Mexican restaurant in Ft. Washington, is 99% gluten-free. All breading is plantains and nacho chips. All flour is rice flour. Chef Tim Spinner and his business partner, Brian Sirhal, are protégés of Jose Garces.

  • Salmon at Trax Restaurant & Café in Ambler, PA

    This American BYOB in the old train station in Ambler has many gluten-free menu items, including: North Atlantic salmon with balsamic reduction, house-smoked baby back ribs with a tangy BBQ sauce and spicy Texas slaw, and free-range chicken, pan seared with a rosemary caper sauce. Top it off with one of several gluten-free desserts.

  • The Greenwood Kitchen snacks at Essene Market in Philadelphia, PA

    A relative newcomer to the local scene, The Greenwood Kitchen produces gluten-free, vegan and health-conscious snacks like macaroons, granola, cookies and kale chips.

  • Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake at Tria in Philadelphia, PA

    Wine, beer and cheese bar Tria serves cheese on gluten-free crackers upon request. And save room for a gluten-free dessert!

  • Pan-Fried Foie Gras and Duck Egg at The Dandelion in Philadelphia, PA

    Stephen Starr continues his reign in the Philadelphia dining scene with his English pub-style The Dandelion in Rittenhouse Square.

  • Fresh Mozzerella Appetizer at Boston Style Pizza in North Wales, PA

    Celiac sufferers won’t miss out on traditional favorites at Boston Style Pizza, home to an entire gluten-free menu that includes a fresh mozzarella appetizer and a healthy hummus platter. What’s more, classic pizza with homemade sauce and a special blend of Wisconsin cheeses is available on gluten-free crust.

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    arepas at Sazon in Philadelphia, PA

    The home-style Venezuelan cuisine at Sazon—just west of trendy Northern Liberties—satisfies vegetarians avoiding wheat with dishes like grilled tofu and mushrooms with brown rice and black beans. An entire gluten-free menu of various arepas (corn patties) delights vegans and vegetarians with toppings like scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, tofu or veggies.

  • Cupcake at Sweet Freedom Bakery in Philadelphia, PA

    Philly’s first “allergen-free” bakery, Sweet Freedom is stocked daily with tantalizing (naturally sweetened) gluten-free, vegan sweets—from cupcakes to blueberry bars and whole cakes. Plus, they crank out daily specials Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Beet salad with goat cheese at Bliss in Philadelphia, PA

    Vegetarian Celiacs and their friends find what they’re looking for at Bliss, where chef Anthony Goodwin keeps an eye on the gluten. (He regularly caters functions held by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.) Popular items include the beet salad with goat cheese and the poached pear and candied walnut salad with bleu cheese and vanilla bean-pear dressing. (The menu changes based on the available ingredients, though the chef is very accommodating with gluten-intolerant dietary restrictions.)