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Gluten Free in USA

From the big cities of New York and Los Angeles, to the beaches of Florida and everything in between. It is no surprise that so many people visit the USA each year. However, where can you eat Gluten Free when travelling across the country? Find previous recommendations here and do share your own as well.

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URBN
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
This restaurant was on my list of places to visit since moving here, but I hadn't noticed that it offered gluten free pizza. When I ran into a friend she suggested URBN because of these gluten free offerings that were previously unknown to me. As we caught up and reviewed the menu I put the ball in her court as for ordering. She kindly requested my opinion on the final decisions before we ordered two small gluten free pizzas: the Mashed Potato (to which we added bacon and basil) and the Chicken + Spinach.

The Mashed Potato pizza is what you would imagine: pizza crust topped with mashed potatoes. Without the added flavor of the bacon and basil I'm not sure the mashed potato would have had enough flavor. I'd definitely recommend adding your flavor of choice, otherwise I imagine this pizza would be a little bland. The Chicken + Spinach pizza was great, with large chunks of chicken. The prices were reasonably, especially given that we both had about 6 slices to take home. I'll definitely go back to URBN and sample more of the pizzas. The atmosphere is great, the restaurant is cavernous, the drinks were delicious, and the service was helpful.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-05-25


The Baked Bear
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
I heard rumors of an amazing new ice cream sandwich shop in PB and was shocked to hear that the shop was offering homemade gluten free cookie sandwiches. I'm not a tough sell: make me something sweet and you've found the key to my heart. When I learned about The Baked Bear I knew I had to visit as soon as possible. This past weekend I made it over to The Baked Bear and indulged in their gluten free ice cream 'wich. The shop is big and welcoming, with indoor seating and a location practically on the beach. They have lots of ice cream flavors which you can use to construct your ice cream sandwich. The gluten free option is a chocolate chip cookie which you can then fill with your ice cream of choice. For those of you bringing gluten eating friends they have a wide variety of gluten filled cookies from which you can choose; you can even mix and match two different types of cookies when building your perfect 'wich.

I went for the mint chocolate chip even though the rocky road did look quite appealing. The cookie sandwich came out to $2.95 which, considering the often exorbitant prices of gluten free desserts, is definitely a bargain. Of course it wouldn't matter if the cookie sandwich tasted horrible but, fortunately, that is not the case at The Baked Bear. Instead, this cookie sandwich was unbelievably good. The cookies tasted fresh baked and practically melted into the ice cream as I greedily ate chowed down on the 'wich. I'll definitely be going back to the The Baked Bear, especially as summer begins in San Diego.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-05-25


Project Pie
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
Project Pie recently opened a location near my place in Hillcrest. I tweeted the restaurant about its gluten free options and was told that they do have gluten free crust but that it is not prepared in a separate gluten free facility. The employees at my local Project Pie were unbelievably friendly. I went to the restaurant with friends and when we walked in we were warmly greeted by the employees and guided through the ordering process. The fast-casual restaurant has tons of options from which to choose; you can select one of Project Pie's designs or create your own. The best part about Project Pie definitely has to be that the restaurant's pizzas are all flat fee regardless of how many toppings you add. So many other pizza places will charge you an extra dollar or two if you try to go wild with toppings but you won't find that at Project Pie.

I placed an order for a #7: mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, fresh chopped basil, and sliced tomatoes. I wasn't paying too much attention to them as they made the pizzas I busied myself with an iPad mini set up in the shop for your foursquare and twitter needs (smart marketing!). When I went back to the counter to pick up my order an employee told me that the gluten free pizza had fallen apart so they were making me a new one. I didn't mind waiting the extra two or three minutes and was surprised when they gave me the perfectly cooked pizza along with the malformed pizza to take home. It's that kind of customer service that sets Project Pie apart.

I think the crust at Project Pie was a bit spongier than at Local Habit and the pizza didn't have the same strong flavors of Local Habit. That being said, for $7.50 you can't go wrong with this pizza especially as it is eminently customizable. As a fast casual restaurant, Project Pie definitely meets the key requirements: fast service, good quality, and inexpensive pricing.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-03-16


Story Tavern
Burbank, California (CA) View On Map
Story Tavern is owned by a family with a celiac. Huzzah! I mean, not for her, because having celiac is pretty awful. But huzzah for those of us who want to hunker down with a plate of corned beef without fear of glutening. I sat down with Diane (the resident celiac) and her parents who co-own Story Tavern, and we had a big talk about what people get and what people do not get about gluten-free dining.

Diane makes sure everything on the menu that can be made gluten-free, is done so in the safest manner. Answering my question of what do normal restaurants do with all that leftover gluten-free bread, Diane said the solution is to protein wrap sandwiches. While I do get stoked about a gluten-free bun, if I have the feeling that I'm the only person who has ordered one all month, I get suddenly unexcited about that stale gf bun. Having been diagnosed at age 10, Diane had actually never had a normal beer. Which may seem weird for a tavern owner, but since she has a fondess for cider - which most likely got her through college - the menu is extensive. Both cider and wine are on tap, which is not something you'll find everywhere around town. There is also an impressive beer menu if you travel with normals, which Diane's brother curated. After all, the family that drinks together . . . Yes, clearly this is a family affair. It just happens to be a family that knows a ton about gluten. Which is good for us. No, great for us.
Recommended By: @peveteaux / glutenismybitch.wordpress.com On: 2013-03-14



Rosa's Italian
Bakersfield, California (CA) View On Map
I had read that Rosa's offered gluten-free options, and they did, though not very many: just pizza and one type of pasta. But all of their sauces were gluten-free, including marinara, meat and alfredo. I went with the alfredo pasta. I'm not quite sure what kind of gluten-free pasta this was (corn, maybe?) but it was really tasty. It was done perfectly and had excellent texture. The alfredo sauce tasted like the versions that come in jars at the grocery store - not great, but not terrible either. I was just grateful that they served alfredo sauce without gluten in it.
Recommended By: lindseysglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2013-03-14


Ike's Place
San Francisco, California (CA) View On Map
Ike's Place opened its doors in 2007 and has been making delicious, creative sandwiches ever since. Ike's has a massive menu, though each of the 9 locations varies slightly. Ike's has made Best of the Bay for years and I can say from my times eating there that the sandwiches are absolutely delicious! The good news? Ike's serves up allergy-friendly sandwiches including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. As for their gluten-free sandwiches, they bring in their bread from Mariposa Baking Company. The kitchen staff prepares those sandwiches separately and always with clean cutlery. Because of the amount of "special sauces" they offer, always inquire about their ingredients, or "go dry" to be safe. Ike's is clearly aware of all the different eaters out there and has gone the extra mile to accommodate many of them. However, be sure and mention any of your allergies or sensitivities when calling ahead for an order or entering one of their locations.
Recommended By: @PlateItSafe / plateitsafe.com On: 2013-03-03


Lulu's
San Francisco, California (CA) View On Map
Lulu's is a casual Mexican restaurant that uses fresh ingredients and local produce. I would consider it an upscale Chipotle in that you order at the counter, seat yourselves, and pick up your food when they call your number. It can get crowded around meal times, so for those with food allergies or gluten intolerance, it's best to dine during off-peak hours.

One reason why we love Lulu's is that their kids' menu works for those suffering from gluten intolerance or dairy and egg allergies (like my daughter MT). Oftentimes at restaurants, the kids' menu consists of hamburgers (buns contain gluten and most often dairy), mac and cheese (gluten and dairy), chicken fingers (gluten and egg), and pizza (yep, gluten and dairy again). At Lulu's, MT has had both the chicken taquitos and chicken tacos (hold the cheese) off their kids' menu without any problems. It's nice to be able to order a kid's dish at kid's prices rather than off the adult menu as we normally would.
Recommended By: @PlateItSafe / plateitsafe.com On: 2013-03-03


Dosa
San Francisco, California (CA) View On Map
Dosa is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, let alone one with an incredibly allergy-friendly and gluten-free menu. Dosa is known for its authentic southern Indian cuisine; most notably for their dosas. Dosas are thin, crepe-like pancakes and they're served stuffed with delicious fillings in which you pick. Dosas are also wheat-free; they're made from lentils and rice. They're delicious and a ton of fun to eat!

When speaking to their manager one evening, he told me that not only is a majority of their menu allergy-friendly, but that they have a back-of-house menu specifically for the servers so they can revert back to it anytime they have a question about what a dish is free of. This special menu is clearly organized and each column is noted nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free and wheat-free. Obviously, it is always important to communicate to your server and the manager about your restriction, just know Dosa goes the extra step with this handy guide so there's absolutely no confusion.

There are two locations; the one in the Mission is cozy and small, while the one in Pacific Heights / Japantown is large and modern with its own bar area. They are both just as wonderful and you can preview their menus before you go. The owners are fantastic and are often present, say hi to Anjan if you go. He will make sure your dishes are prepared exactly the way you need.
Recommended By: @PlateItSafe / plateitsafe.com On: 2013-03-03



Burger Lounge
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
I finally checked out Burger Lounge last night at the behest of my roommate. We all went together to the local Lounge in Hillcrest to place a to go order. I asked for the gluten free menu and, as I read it over, decided to stick with the Lounge burger on a gluten free bun. I figured I would stick with the original and see what the restaurant served up. In a word: amazing. I was a little nervous about eating the burger because the gluten free bun looked so similar to the regular bun which my non-GF friends were eating. While I wish I could normally expect gluten free food to be similar to "regular" food, after nine years of being gluten free I know better than that. The burger is cooked to be crispy with a slightly pink center and was delicious. All in all, Burger Lounge was great and I will definitely visit again.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-03-03


Local Habit
San Diego, California (CA) View On Map
Local Habit was a great spot for us because they have options for everyone: vegetarians, vegans, gluten free eaters and those who just like to imbibe in a locally produced craft beer. The menu is marked with lots of gluten free options including small plates, salads, pizzas, and sandwiches. I ordered the Mexican White Shrimp, Pesto, Shaved Onion, Chilli Flakes and Springhill Jack pizza and it was awesome. The crust wasn't anything particularly special but it was the toppings that really made this pizza excellent. Local Habit takes it over the top with a great gluten free cider and beer selection, friendly staff, and a cool environment.
Recommended By: @glutenfreeways / glutenfreeways.com On: 2013-03-03


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