Favorite Restaurants With Gluten Free Menus or Options

We've been right where you are. The "deer in headlights" look you get when trying to shop or eat out in places you never purchased food before. Health Food Store brands were an anomaly to us too until our children had a celiac diagnosis. Hopefully the following information will help your family on their journey...

There are several rules of thumb to follow when trying to adhere to a gluten free diet and eating out in a restaurant.

1. The saying is that the squeaky wheel gets the grease - So if your favorite restaurant doesn't carry gluten free yet - then ask if they can.
2. Never assume that something can't go wrong or cross contamination can't happen - Because it can.
3. If anything does not meet your expectation, the best thing to do is to politely explain the complaint to the management. If you think about how hard it is for you to manage gluten free at home in a controlled atmosphere, just imagine how hard it is for them to make it right. We want to encourage more options, not limit the ones we have.

There are only a couple of restaurants in the state of NC that none of the above applies to:
Posana Cafe in Asheville, N.C. Posana has breakfast, lunch and dinner 100% gluten free, organic, and fresh! Wouldn't it be nice to be able to order anything you want from the only menu in the restaurant? Beautiful atmosphere and relaxed dining in the mountains.

Primal Food & Spirits in Durham NC is 100% gluten free and can accommodate some other allergens also

Jayla's Gluten Free Cafe in Charlotte NC makes some incredible goodies! Only open from 7 am - 3 pm

Favorite Gluten Free Bread & Flour

We have tasted many breads on the market with a lot of disappointments along the way. But the good news is more keep coming out on the market and quite a few are very good.

We use Gluten Free Pantry GF Favorite Sandwich Bread or GF Country French Bread Mix for the breadmaker. Both mixes make a really tasty bread, especially when still warm and fresh. We also love their GF Gingerbread Mix , GF Brownie Mix, and their chocolate cake mix.

Canyon Bakehouse is a gluten free bakery in Colorado and is absolutely healthier and more delicious than most brands of gluten free bread by using ancient grains like quinoa, teff, millet, etc.

Try making Banana Bread with Bob’s Red Mill GF Garbanzo and Fava Bean Flour. Bean flour is higher in protein and makes a great muffin or cake flour mixture with your rice flour.

Favorite Gluten Free Breakfast Options

Envirokidz Leapin Lemurs GF Cereal & Panda Puff GF Cereal

General Mills GF Honey Nut Chex, GF Cinnamon Chex, Chocolate Chex, & Rice Chex Original is great for making party mixes. Love their new website also for recipes and General Mills gluten free product knowledge: Live Gluten Freely

Applegate Farms bacon

Van's Frozen GF Waffles - Berry flavor is a huge hit

King Arthur GF Pancake Mix is amazing

Favorite Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner Options

Applegate Farms GF Deli Meats, Bacon, and Cheeses

Armour Natural Choice GF Deli Meats

Boar's Head GF Deli Meats and Cheeses

Bell & Evans GF Chicken Breast Nuggets

Skippy's All Natural Peanut Butter is the best tasting natural peanut butter on the market at a cheaper price.

Garden of Eatin' Taco shells in either blue or yellow corn at Harris Teeter

Udi's Gluten Free Bakery for Bread, Muffins & Pre-made Pizza Crust. This Denver, Colorado bakery has some amazing products. They can be bought at Healthy Home Market, Earthfare, Whole Foods and online.

De Boles GF Corn Spaghetti is absolutely the closest to wheat flour angel hair we've tasted and it is organic:-)

Favorite Gluten Free Snack Foods

KIND Bars - Every concoction you can think of and healthy! We always have KIND Bars with us wherever we go.

Glutino GF Pretzels

Riceworks gourmet brown rice crisps in various flavors taste like Doritos but with a rice chip and can be found in Harris Teeter, Lowe's Foods and Costco.

Peeled Snacks is one serving of fruit - Organic, No Sugar added and Gluten Free. Found in Starbucks

Garden of Eatin’ GF Blue Tortilla Chips - paired with GF Organic Hummus and GF Organic Salsa (Many brands on market) is awesome!

Stoneyfield Farm Organic Yogurt(Contains 6 live active cultures)

Fruitabu Smoosh Fruit Leather

Applegate Farms Organic Beef Jerky

Utz GF potato chips in various flavors - Available everywhere

Cabot cheeses are wholesome and no antibiotics or hormones administered to cows. Some brands are lactose free and can be bought at most major grocery stores.

Favorite Gluten Free Desserts

Kinnikinnick GF Chocolate, Maple, and Cinnamon Doughnuts

Let’s Do Gluten Free GF Ice Cream Cones w/ natural organic ice cream

Julies Organic GF Ice Cream Sandwiches - Awesome!Glutenfreeda has made the cookies that contribute to this treat. They are dangerously good:-)

Glutino Creme Cookies in Vanilla and Chocolate
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