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15 GO-TO SPOTS FOR GLUTEN-FREE EATS IN THE TWIN CITIES

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LIZZIE STREIT

JUL 14, 2020

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As you might expect, finding flour-based meals in the “Mill City” and its partner in crime, St. Paul, is never a difficult task. But amidst the bratwurst buns, pretzels, and local beer, there are plenty of quality, gluten-free options that’ll keep you coming back for more!

Read on for the mega-list of restaurants that can suit your gluten-free fancy. Living your life sans gluten just got a whole lot easier (and a whole lot tastier too!).

No matter where you stop to eat in the Twin Cities, chances are you won’t be too far from one of Agra Culture locations (and, of course, one in St. Paul). Gluten-free choices on their menu are designated with an orange “G,” and that colorful letter sits next to over 20 options! Start your morning with a greens bowl, or indulge in a "Stir-Fry Bowl" for lunch or dinner. Plus, the Uptown location is next to both a CycleBar and CorePower Yoga, making it the perfect post-workout destination for a gluten-free refuel.

Choose from an entirely gluten-free menu at this South Minneapolis gem. Vegetables take center stage in their meals, making Sassy Spoon a destination for healthy, gluten-free eats. Flatbread pizza with a yucca crust, dates stuffed with goat cheese, and a side of cauli rice—need we say more? Most of their grub is locally sourced too!

Birchwood has been killing the healthy eating, local food game in MPLS since 1926. So, it should come as no surprise that they were a trailblazer in adding gluten-free options to their menu (which changes seasonally). Almost every option, including the pizzas, can be made without gluten. Call your friends and check this place out for a worry-free, delicious meal. Did we mention they serve wine too?!

Peoples Organic has spots across the city and metro area, making it easy for you to get your gluten-free grub on anywhere, anytime. Some of our favorite menu items include the wild rice pancakes, the vegan black bean chili, and the "Really Greek Salad". BTW, they serve their own organic, fair trade coffee. Gluten-free eats AND caffeine? Yes, please.

Mill Valley Kitchen’s menu boasts some of the best gluten-free dishes in the Twin Cities. This St. Louis Park spot keeps it light with options like tabbouleh salad (made with quinoa), tuna poke, and ginger-shiitake quinoa — all worthy of sharing your plate. Over 20 dishes are made without wheat, so you won’t have to worry about ever getting bored with their choices!

What if we told you there was a place where you could have your cake, and eat it (gluten-free) too? If you’re cake, brunch, cocktails, lunch, or dinner, check out The Copper Hen on Eat Street. Get started with the brussels Caesar salad followed by the "Lobster Loaded Farmers Fries", or split the seasonal "Summer Squash Lasagna" (when available!) with a friend.

Get your coffee and gluten-free eats all in one spot. At Groundswell, there are plenty of plant-based options to choose from, and almost all of their sandwiches can be made gluten-free by request. Not in the mood to sit down and eat? Snag a GF pecan muffin to go, because your coffee probably needs a friend.

Just off of University Ave. in St. Paul, you’ll find a Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant that does falafel right! Foxy Falafel is known for their mouthwatering chickpea balls that are always made sans gluten. Even better, all of the sides and sauces (cucumber mint yogurt, anyone?) are also gluten-free, making it nearly impossible for you not to leave full and happy.

Ever since opening the doors to its brick-and-mortar location in Minneapolis’ Northrop neighborhood, Sift’s gluten-free baked goods have been all the rage. Their donuts, cupcakes, and muffins are the perfect treat to accompany your usual salads and healthy eats — not to mention an especially tasty treat to bring along to beach day at nearby lakes Nokomis and Hiawatha. See? It’s possible to satisfy your sweet tooth without gluten. No wonder their tagline is “Baking Everyone Happy.”

Good news for the gluten-free crowd: you can have your pizza and eat it too! Pizza Luce, home of the so-called “Best Pizza in Minnesota”, can make almost all of their pies, and most of their apps and salads, gluten-free. Get your veggies in with the veggie pizza, or go Greek with the "Pizza Athena". Either way, you won’t have to worry about accidentally getting “glutened.”

The word “bakery” is definitely not synonymous with gluten when it comes to French Meadow. Chow down on drool-worthy GF meals at any of their Twin City locations. With options like cornmeal waffles and salmon eggs Benedict, can you really go wrong? For lunch or dinner on those cold Minnesota days, you can choose from several gluten-free soups served seven days a week (and yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to go every day, too).

With dishes inspired by Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, and Korean fare, the menu at Sweet Chow has a lot of variety. One thing it doesn’t have much of? You guessed it: gluten. That means chowing down on favorites like smoked brisket with kimchi, Korean sticky wings, and eggplant curry will leave you feeling as good as everything tastes. Fitt Tip: North Loop residents can get Sweet Chow takeaway delivered to them by bike!

Give your magnifying glass a break because you won’t need it to search for a tiny ‘g’ at Hola Arepa! Everything on this Lyndale-based eatery’s menu is made sans gluten save for a few specially marked items. The GF majority includes small plate items like plantain tostadas and bean and cheese empanadas, all of the namesake arepas, and, of course, the signature yuca fries. Yum!

With a menu chock-full of sweet tooth satisfying goodies ranging from lemon meringue pie to brownies to monster cookies, the only thing bittersweet about this bakery is its name! Okay, well maybe that’s not entirely true. BitterSweet also offers savory products like pancake mix, take-and-bake pizza, and granola. Stop in to the Eagan bakery for a baked good and a cuppa joe or find BitterSweet Gluten Free Bakery products at grocery stores throughout the metro.

Brim is overflowing with a full menu of gluten-free grain bowls. Select from a menu of seven signature bowls, like pulled beef and chipotle or Thai coconut, or go your own way with a choose-your-own-adventure-style bowl. Diners with dietary restrictions can rest easy — all bases and mix-and-match toppings are gluten-free. Our take: Make your meal extra Instagrammable by pairing it with a Molokai purple latte.

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