Say Goodbye to Gluten in Fort Myers' Restaurants



More and more restaurants in the Fort Myers area have become more and more accustomed to accommodating diners with special dietary restraints and choices. Gluten free (GF) has become one of the fastest growing eating categories and local restaurants and café have been jumping on the culinary trend.

The Veranda is one of the oldest, most prestigious dining establishments in downtown Fort Myers and one of the few in the neighborhood to produce an entire gluten free menu. Enjoy choice meats, veggies and traditional dishes prepared sans the flour and wheat, while served in a romantic setting. 

While chefs at most higher end restaurants are able to adapt dishes for GF patrons, there are some places that specialize in it. Burger 21 for instance, has color-coded utensils and bins in their kitchen to be sure to eliminate any possibility of cross contamination. The cafe at Ada's Fresh Market has a large selection of gluten free options with a variety of spices and ingredients, all served in a casual, market atmosphere.

While not all restaurants have a separate GF menu, most have some options that fit the bill. Whether you have an allergy, an intolerance or a dietary preference, you’ll see by this 10best list that gluten free diners are not limited to salads and cheese trays while eating out in Fort Myers. 


First Watch
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If you want healthful breakfast that is served all day, then First Watch is the place for you. This is one place where you can order off a gluten free menu along with cholesterol free eggs and egg whites as substitutes in any dish, and not face...  Read More


Pizza Fusion
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You might not think about pizza being a healthful dining choice, but the pies found here are cuts above the rest. This pizza restaurant is committed to serving organic and sustainable vegetables and other products. Even better, the gluten free...  Read More


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Burger 21
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There's something about the hand washing station at the front door that gives you an indication this place cares about quality and cleanliness. The commitment to gluten free patrons is impressive, with separate fryers and utensils in the kitchen...  Read More


Roy's Bonita Springs
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Roy's serves food inspired by the Pacific Rim, with unique flavors and magnificent presentation. The small plates range from a variety of cold sushi rolls to the butterfish lettuce wraps with cool cucumber and a "sizzling vinaigrette." Roy's...  Read More


CRU Restaurant
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Cru is not only a local favorite to see and be seen in Fort Myers, it also is a favorite for getting healthful, gourmet cuisine. The chefs seek out local, quality ingredients and love to create new things. If you are gluten free or have other...  Read More


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Bonita Springs
Chops City Grill
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You almost expect a good steakhouse to have lots of gluten free options, and this one does. With a designated GF menu, Chops has lots of options that are prepared to perfection, with service to match; not to mention an outstanding wine program....  Read More


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Downtown


Occupying two old homes dating back to 1902, for years the Veranda has provided a charming atmosphere as well as consistently good cuisine. The well established restaurant is certainly not stuck in the past as it was one of the first downtown to...  Read More


Happiness Healthy Cafe
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If you're not careful, you might just drive right by this small cafe in an aged strip mall off of the busy US41. The bright interior is a good representation of the lively flavors you'll find in the food, much of which has an Indian touch. The...  Read More


Ada's Natural Market
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Ada's is a family-run health food market and cafe that has been in the Fort Myers area since the late 70's. It has changed hands a number of times and briefly shut down before coming back bigger and better than ever. The Green Leaf Cafe at the...  Read More


Chef Brooke's Natural Cafe
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This funky cafe full of colorful art with Faerie Houses hanging from the ceiling has been serving healthful foodies for more than five years. Chef Brooke cooks for all causes including but not limited to gluten free. On a raw diet, paleo, vegan,...  Read More


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