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If you’re not down with the G-word—meaning you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivities—then you know how impossible it can be to simply go out to eat.
You can inquire about the one gluten-free option on the menu, but if the kitchen messes with gluten, at all, then is it really gluten-free? We know your struggle.
We’ve rounded up the best gluten-free restaurants in Nashville, from breakfast to lunch to dinner to bakeries. While all of these have multiple gluten-free options, we’ve done our best to explain which are entirely GF and which are just mostly GF (because at least we know the difference).
Sunflower Cafe has “more vegan and gluten-free options than you can shake a stick at.” And we can attest to this. The laid-back, small-town cafeteria feel is the perfect combination of cozy and inviting. But unlike most cafeterias, this cafe/absolutely charming house offers 100% vegan options with mostly everything gluten-free, except for the veggie burgers. Check the daily chef specials for the best gluten-free options, like BBQ tacos, enchiladas, and more!
Avo is a locally sourced, raw vegan restaurant off of Charlotte Ave., near Centennial Park. Featuring a mostly gluten-free menu (but entirely vegan!), Avo is a modern, healthy restaurant set inside a big container. A shipping container to be precise. And, by the name, can you guess what they work wonders with? Make sure you ask for a specialty cocktail like their avocado margarita or their own dairy-free Nashville Bushwacker. Fitt Tip: a Bushwacker is a drink only native to Nashville — it’s basically an adult Frosty with rum!
This hole-in-the-wall vegan and entirely gluten-free bakery is tucked away in the beautiful Sylvan Park. There, Vegan Vee offers everything from gluten-free cakes and desserts to donuts and muffins. Their whole lot is stellar, but we highly recommend the snickerdoodle and lemon blueberry donuts.
Taco Mamacita, the colorful, inviting cantina in the center of Edgehill Village, has an entirely separate gluten-free menu AND vegan menu. While they offer other items that include gluten, you can rest assured that Taco Mamacita has your back when it comes to having plenty of scrumptious GF choices to choose from, such as Korean BBQ tacos, Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Vegadillas.
This ain’t just another vegan café — it’s also a wellness center! Coco Greens is a charming and quaint fixture in Elliston Village and offers a mostly gluten-free menu with ready-to-go meals, freshly made juices, smoothies, and, for the wellness enthusiast, detox programs and cleanses. Customer faves include the Smoked Mushroom Alfredo, Mac N Squash, as well as The Skinny Wrap!
Craving a carb-y breakfast? Head into Berry Hill and try some of Pfunky Griddle’s pancakes or french toast. There’s a list of over 20+ toppings to choose from including Nutella, fruit preserves, or even cottage cheese. What makes this cute little house (yes, it’s in an actual house!) so unique? Every table has a griddle in the center so you can cook your own pancakes… trust us — it’s more fun than it sounds. On a lazy morning, this is the best place to wake up to, particularly for its nostalgic, home-like feel.
First of all, let us say that Two Boots is one of the most poppin’ pizza places in Nashville, and it just so happens they’re gluten-free AF. Their crusts are handmade and cornmeal-crusted, which is pretty Southern if you think about it. This joint resides in the heart of busy Midtown and is open late for when you leave Kung Fu or Winners, right across the street. Some of our favorite pies include V for Vegan, Tony Clifton, and The Dude. To find out what the hell these mean, you’ll just have to stop in.
The Wild Muffin in West Nashville is 100% dedicated to creating the best gluten-free and peanut-free baked goods. Found in almost every coffee shop and café in Nashville, The Wild Muffin distributes their gluten-free goods throughout the city while also having a storefront to pick out your own favorites. We like the Cinnamon Walnut muffin — the top is dipped in butter and then dipped again into a cinnamon sugar mixture. So naughty, but gluten-/guilt-free!
The Wild Cow — the vegan and vegetarian favorite of Music City. Set up in East Nashville, The Wild Cow is a casual, cozy vegetarian restaurant with a mostly gluten-free menu. Customer favorites include options like vegan queso (must try the nachos), buffalo tempeh strips, lentil bowl, and sweet potato & black bean tacos. But seriously, order the nachos.
If you love a stacked deli sub, and a pint of beer to pair with it, Clawson’s is the place to be! Wedged in the Wedgewood-Houston area, this deli offers all of their menu on gluten-free bread and offers homemade sauces (some vegan!), fresh ingredients, and 50 different brews (two on tap), plus growler fills. Call ahead and pick up curbside – Clawson’s is a firm believer in the mantra “treat yo’self.” Try the “Nashville Cuban” or the Ham, Bacon, & Brie sandwich with strawberry preserves for something different!
Offering two locations (downtown and Brentwood), E+ROSE is special because the plant-based (mostly GF) menu has been entirely crafted by a registered dietitian who thought it was time for Music City to have more nourishing, nutritious food. Rest assured, you’ll leave here feeling full, healthy, and happy. Grab a cold-pressed juice, quinoa tabouli, or Nashville Hot kale salad — they’re all fine choices.
Knock out a project on your laptop or go to “Bluegrass Brunch” on a Sunday with your pals over at one of East Nashville’s favorite gluten-free hangouts. Their menu is proud to offer ingredients from local farmers and vendors, as well as being sustainable and organic. You can taste the goodness when you sip a coffee, slurp a smoothie, or grub on one of their Wild Buffalo Salads.
There’s a new urban grocery in town, and the owners behind Sassafras Market & Deli want their customers to know where the food they get is sourced, who distributes it, and how long it has been on the shelf. We think that alone is pretty cool, but their deli is also packed with all kinds of seasonal organic and GF items such as The Sassafras Roast Beef sandwich (rosemary horseradish, havarti, and arugula) and the Lobster Poutine Fries — don’t forget to order one of their craft beers too. This farm-to-shelf market brings stocked shelves to foodie favorite neighborhood Wedgewood-Houston.
**Updated by Amber R. Miller, August 2018