For the health-conscious visitor or local, gluten-free baked goods are easy to find in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This city aims to please. Welcoming the millions of visitors who arrive each year, many of whom have special dietary requirements, or just special tastes, many local grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants have risen to the occasion to meet the needs, and the wants, of the many guests they are pleased to assist. We at 10best have searched for those businesses that offer gluten-free baked goods and present them here as they offer quality food and excellent service. One of the most popular grocery stores that specialize organic and specialty foods is Whole Foods. With four locations in Broward County, dedicated patrons have come to trust the quality offered, and keep coming back. Publix, certainly one of the most popular grocery stores in South Florida, is also well-respected for the meticulous attention to quality products they offer. Gluten-free items are here, so just ask for them. Fresh Market is another specialty grocery store that has emerged in the last few years in Broward County and has given a fresh new choice to those who go the extra mile for quality and taste. Offering a great selection of gluten-free items among its outstanding selection of choice foods, this is a must stop. Bakeries are ideal choices and they are exceptional. Stop in at Croissan' Time French Bakery and Fine Foods, Stork's Bakery and Coffee House or the very popular Panera Bread. Above all, enjoy!
Gluten free does not have to mean pizza free. Everyone loves pizza but this Italian delight is often frowned upon by those watching their diet due to the carbs and the calories. But there is an alternative, which sets a standard in healthy, gluten-free, Vegan-friendly and kid-friendly pizza and other delicious menu items. Pizza Fusion caters to those with gluten intolerance with a gluten-free crust. This is made from a mixture of garbanzo beans, fava beans and rice flour, and their cheese and sauce are gluten-free as well. Check out their Fusion Life Menu which includes ingredients that are known to promote heart heath, eliminate toxins and boost brain function. (954-358-5353)
Seasons 52 - Ft. Lauderdale
With a focus on healthy and satisfying dishes, this fine-dining restaurant is the perfect choice for those who want the best quality along with impeccable service. The menu here is seasonally-inspired and represents a unique blend of art and science. Using natural cooking techniques such as wood-fire grilling, brick-oven cooking. For the health-conscious, menu items are naturally lower in calories and the restaurant prides itself in the fact that nothing on their extensive menu is over 475 calories, and considering the enticing choices such as Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon, Caramelized Sea Scallops, Wood-Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Mesquite-Grilled Garlic Shrimp, diners can enjoy guilt-free! The result is great tasting, highly satisfying food that is conducive to most every diet, and has become the talk of the town! (9545371052)
With three locations in South Florida, the legendary Lester's Diner has been around for over 40 years and for good reason. With prime locations, prime food and prime service, Lester's is where locals know to go for the best in a great diner-type breakfast. Infamous for the 14-oz. coffee, top it off and dive into that delicious stack of pancakes, Belgian Waffles, enticing French Toast or an endless array of omelets. Also try the bagels, Gyro & Two Eggs or the "LEO", which stands for Lox, Eggs and Onion, or perhaps the always-favorite Eggs Benedict, all prepared just as they should be. (954-525-5641)
Sublime has become one of Fort Lauderdale's favorite restaurants for health-conscious diners. This delightful eatery is an innovative concept in vegetarian dining with its cholesterol-free menu, but has been known to satisfy even the most ardent meat-lovers. Sublime's award-winning menu features mouth-watering and tantalizing dishes featuring natural and organic foods and spirits from around the world. Ask about specific gluten-free appetizers and entrees and enjoy the restaurant's beautiful and relaxing d�r with skylights that enhance the dining area with its cascading waterfalls, Italian glass tiles and exotic trees that celebrate nature. This restaurant's dedication to animal welfare and the vegan lifestyle is confirmed as they give 100% of their profits to organizations that promote both. (9546151431)
Stork's Bakery & Coffee House
Stork's Bakery & Coffee House will have you the minute you walk in. You will pause over the incredible display of enticing baked goods, and yes, some are gluten-free, just ask. It will soon become apparent that many more visits are necessary in order to enjoy not only the bakery items but also the many flavors or coffee and tea, all served from a friendly and professional staff who are word-perfect in their recommendations. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. Great place for a friendly visit with friends or catching up on reading or business, this Wilton Manors favorite is a must-visit. (954-567-3220)
With its popular location on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, Panera Bread appeals to those who has come to enjoy the many items on their menu, among them breads and cakes and other baked goods that are gluten-free, just ask. Regular patrons to Panera Bread have come to appreciate the classic menu and superior quality of every food item, not to mention the very calming and comfortable atmosphere where they not only relax over a meal but also take advantage of the free wi-fi and conducive setting for a visit with a friend or even a small business meeting. Panera Bread is a local favorite. ((954) 640-9265)
Who doesn't love a French bakery with all of the enticing menu items and a classic atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable? And even better: an affordable one at that! Croissan' Time French Bakery and Fine Foods is owned and operated by a French pastry chef, this bakery abounds with delectable European treats. Great for anytime, Croissan' Time has a generous amount of enticing croissants, sandwiches, breads and fine foods. And to follow, a mouth-watering list of pastries, mini-pastries, pies, cookies, cakes that confirm this bakery's French roots. Their chocolate favorites are created with a pure variety of noble-grade beans from around the world under the "Grand Cru" label of Felchin Chocolates from Switzerland. (954-565-8555)
Fresh Market has expanded recently in Broward County and appeared on Fort Lauderdale's busy Federal Highway on the edge of the prestigious Victoria Park. This upscale grocer has been an instant hit with its top-of-the-line goods, and especially its mouth-watering baked goods, which are all too pretty to eat. Fresh Market's special appeal is to those those who are health-conscious and for those who desire gluten-free desserts, this is the right place. Cupcakes, danishes, breads are made fresh daily and there is no skimp on quality nor taste, and the prices are reasonable for such an upscale grocer. Fresh Market also has a location in Coral Springs and Pembroke Pines. ((954) 763-1250)
Publix Super Market at The Harbor Shops
Publix in South Florida's favorite supermarket and for good reason. Everything is quality, and when looking for gluten-free baked goods they're here, too. Publix is known throughout the southeastern United States for their many convenient locations, excellent customer service and even better quality. With an extensive bakery staffed with experts who are willing to help, everyone's favorite is right here. Ask about the location for the gluten-free section as it may not be near the bakery in some locations, and they will answer any questions you may have. Gluten-free items have become more popular and Publix can be relied upon to carry the best. ((954) 847-2844)
For those who desire to eat healthy organic and gluten-free food, the real Granddaddy of all stores and eateries is Whole Foods, and Broward County is lucky enough to have three locations Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Coral Springs. This cherished national grocery store is also a great place to dine and not just take out. Offering a buffet-style setting, patrons choose from an amazing selection of fresh entrees, many of which are gluten-free (just ask), amazing prepared vegetables and desserts. Seating is offered inside or out and there is no doubt that first-timers will declare right then and there that they will be back. (954.565.5655)
About Dale Mack
Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition published by the Fort Lauderdale Associate Publisher; the city's beauty, its energy and the fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. When an opportunity came to relocate to Fort Lauderdale by another company, Dale accepted. He has spent the last eleven years discovering "the Venice of America" and South Florida itself.
Dale is the author of three children's books and numerous articles. He has also worked as a copywriter for the South Florida real estate market.
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