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JUL 14, 2020



The term gluten-free is huge buzz word in today’s health and fitness world, but you might also know that it is a dietary restriction among people with allergies, which can make dining out a bit more difficult.

Luckily, we’re here to help you explore Atlanta’s best eats sans the wheat.

At this West Midtown eatery, you can make your own salads or gluten-free grain bowls all while sipping superfood lattes. They also offer colorful and nutritious smoothies, yogurt bowls, and toast — the options are seriously endless. Plus, Upbeet’s customizable menu is friendly to most food allergies. Not to mention the food is fresh, delicious, and the whole space was basically designed to be photographed.

There’s nothing better than spending your weekend hanging out on the Atlanta BeltLine riding your bike, walking with friends, and indulging in food, of course! Recess in the Krog Street Market is the place you don’t want to miss out on. Their menu features a variety of gluten-free toast, salads, bowls, sandwiches, and veggies that you can finish off with a healthy drink or tonic. Fighting a hangover on a weekend morning? The breakfast sammie is the perfect cure.

You just finished a cycling class, you’re sweaty, and you’re craving something tasty and healthy, but affordable. Cafe West Express on Roswell Rd. just answered your hangry prayers! This eatery is stocked with a variety of clean soups, gluten-free salads, bowls, and wraps. They don’t stop there, though — if you’re in a rush, they have juice, smoothies, and nutritious muffins for you to grab when you’re on the go. Fitt Tip: order the air fried sweet potatoes with their veggie- and fruit-based ketchup. You won’t be missing the grease, we promise.

This trendy cafe in the heart of Reynoldstown serves up good eats with West Coast vibes. Choose from a menu packed with breakfast- and lunch-inspired tacos, grain bowls made with a base of sprouted brown rice, poke bowls, juice, smoothies, and espresso drinks (and a night time cocktail menu, if you fancy). The only thing differing this spot from a California counterpart is the prices; everything here is super-affordable.

The Ayurvedic diet meets Atlanta at popular fast-casual health joint {SAMA} Food For Balance. This brunch and lunch option in Buckhead serves a variety of fresh juice, lattes, smoothies, bowls, gluten-free toast, and Kitchari — an Ayurvedic healing soup made from mung beans. This spot is ideal if you want to set up camp at for the day, too — you can work, mingle with friends, and even destress in their meditation room featuring guided classes! Settle in among the plants, succulents, and all the zen vibes for a GF meal you can feel good about eating.

Souper Jenny is a cozy neighborhood cafe with four locations around Atlanta: Brookhaven, Buckhead, Westside, and Roswell. And no matter which spot you stop into, the menu will never be the same — it changes daily and features a variety of sans gluten soups, sandwiches, and salads. Resistant to change? A few of their top-selling items are frequently on the menu (like Jenny’s dad’s gluten-free turkey chili). Fitt Tip: Souper Jenny is easy to take out as well, if you’re in a pinch.

True Food Kitchen in Lenox Square offers delicious, real food, and a menu curated with an anti-inflammatory diet in mind. What does that mean? No unbuttoning your jeans at the table; the food is designed to fill you with nutrients and keep you full without leaving the restaurant with that extra bloat. A large majority of their menu items are gluten-friendly and the staff is super-accommodating. They can help you with any of your questions and all of your dietary concerns. From the spaghetti squash bowls to the gluten-free pizzas, you’ll keep coming back for more.

Sometimes you just need some tacos and margaritas after a long day. Bartaco gets it and serves up a healthy twist on Mexican food in Chastain Park, Inman Park, and West Midtown. It’s a great spot to meet up with friends, eat tacos on freshly-made corn tortillas or lettuce wraps, and sip on skinny margaritas. The menu has a wide variety of gluten-free items, too — from their tacos to their brown rice bowls, there is surely something for everyone to love (plus bountiful avocado). Fitt Tip: they also have a secret menu that includes seasonal tacos — just ask your server.

This Southern diner in Ansley Mall is on a mission to make gluten-free eating easier. Every item that’s made without wheat is clearly marked. And we’re not just talking a few select dishes, either. A majority of their snacks, soups, entrées, sides, and specials are safe for the gluten-free folks in your crew. Fitt Tip: order one of their main dishes; they all come with GF jalapeño cornbread.

This healthy eatery is about to be your new go-to for delicious gluten-free dishes. Not only is their menu almost entirely sans gluten, all of their globally-inspired selections are made with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. So the next time the hunger pangs set in, make your way to MetroFresh for a delightful meal that won’t disappoint. (We recommend the blackened scallops with mango-avocado and organic greens salad.)

Bold, European flavors, a warm and comforting environment, and a menu packed so full of gluten-free options you’ll have trouble finding something you can’t eat — that’s Ecco in a nutshell. This upscale restaurant in Midtown, Buckhead, and at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the perfect spot for wheat and non-wheat eaters alike. Order up Stuffed Piquillo Peppers to start, then go for the Risotto Milanese for your main dish. And if you’re dining at their Midtown location, chances are many of the meals you’re devouring are made with ingredients sourced from their rooftop garden.

No need to scan the menu at this healthy Mediterranean eatery and bakery in Grant Park — everything they offer (aside from a few select beers and liquors) is 100% gluten-free. Even better? Most items are also vegan or vegetarian. So settle in, enjoy a savory hummus sandwich or Root Vegetable Hash (some of our favorites) and wash it all down with an ice-cold gluten-free lager or kombucha.

This juice bar in Dunwoody offers a variety of fresh-pressed juice creations, smoothies, smoothie bowls, wraps, and salads. And here’s the good news: the wraps can be made paleo and gluten-free. Their menu items are crafted to offer you quick and clean energy to fuel your day. The owner, Matt, is truly so passionate and knowledgeable about health and wellness and always eager to answer any questions. Ever wondered what exact benefits you’ll get from a wheatgrass shot? He’ll lay it all out for you. Yep, Press Blend Squeeze is the place to be.

YEAH! BURGER is a casual, trendy make-your-own burger joint in West Midtown and Virginia-Highland that caters to any and all dietary restrictions. Ever taken hours trying to decide where to eat with someone who has completely opposite food tastes as you? This place is the answer to your prayers. You can get a fully-loaded and stacked burger (with a gluten-free bun) or a vegan burger with avocado on a collard wrap. They also offer milkshakes, sweet potato fries, and a variety of vegetable sides and salads.

In the heart of Buckhead and in Roswell, The Big Ketch serves up an awesome variety of seafood-focused, wholesome meals, like their skewered shrimp entrée or Mediterranean quinoa bowl. They also have a variety of signature dishes featuring delicious proteins (like blacked gulf grouper) that you can add gluten-free sides to — we recommend the parmesan corn on the cob. The best part? Everything that’s gluten-free is clearly labeled on the menu, making ordering easy as (GF) pie!

The best part of a Venezuelan restaurant specializing in arepas? It’s all naturally gluten-free. If you haven’t enjoyed arepas before (and believe us, you should), they are grilled patties made with cornmeal flour that are sliced in half and filled with tasty goodness. Our picks? The Perico arepa, filled with Venezuelean-style organic scrambled eggs, tomato, caramelized onion, and queso, or La Pelua, made with shredded grass-fed beef, caramelized peppers, onions, and cheddar.


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