Grain Expectations: Accommodating Venues for the Gluten-Free Foodie

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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First rule of gluten-free eating? DEFINITELY TALK ABOUT GLUTEN-FREE EATING. Staffers at the below venues will be happy to discuss their ingredients and kitchen practices with you before you order, which is precisely what you should do before taking a bite. And for those living with gluten allergies – or simply trying to eliminate offending grains from their culinary repertoire – Orlando’s list of options is growing exponentially. At venues such as Dandelion Communitea Café or Infusion Tea, GF diners will find myriad selections rife with fresh crisp, crunchy ingredients, creamy spreads and hearty soups, but let’s face it: not...  Read more »

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    Dandelion Communitea Café

    • Cuisine: Vegetarian
    • Average Main Course Price: $8
    • Neighborhood: Colonialtown

    Dandelion Communitea Cafe is a vegan/gluten-free dream wrapped in a Thornton Park bungalow and steeped in organic tea.

    Local Expert Tip: "Two personal faves: the Abundant Harvest salad and the Summer of Love rolls. Groovy. "

     
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    Infusion Tea

    Infusion Tea acknowledges the fact that diets differ without compromising quality or creativity.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sunday is Brunch Market day in College Park. Visit Infusion for oolong, peruse the stalls and walk the neighborhood. "

     
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    Green Day Cafe

    Healthy eaters tend to be active, but Green Day Cafe's drive-through lets them off the hook while offering convenience! Winning!

    Local Expert Tip: "Check in on Facebook, Foursquare or Yelp and get a free fountain drink with your order. "

     
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    Jimmy Buffett's® Margaritaville® Orlando

    Cheeseburgers in Paradise for everyone! JB's Margaritaville allows for surprising gluten-free indulgence at CityWalk.

    Local Expert Tip: "Thirsty? If you don't do their namesake, grab a Redbridge gluten-free beer instead. "

     
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    Kouzzina by Cat Cora

    Disney has a great rep for taking care of gluten-free diners. Kouzzina's menu and staffers are a fine example of this diligence.

    Local Expert Tip: "Note in your reservation that you're interested in gluten-free selections. A chef will be ready and waiting to explain the menu and all your options. "

     
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    Cafe 118 Degrees

    As an operation that's virtually gluten-free, we'd be remiss not including Cafe 118.

    Local Expert Tip: "Double-check for soy sauce before ordering the pad Thai."

     
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    Raglan Road Irish Pub

    The shepherd's pie is gluten-free sans modification -- and delish! There are safe beer, cider and dessert options, as well. Slainte!

    Local Expert Tip: "Come for the gluten-free food, stay for the entertainment -- live music and Irish dancing nightly. "

     
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    Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

    Ethiopian cuisine is largely gluten-free, making it a natural fit. Nile's delicious fare and welcoming staff seal the deal.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to call ahead to order your gluten-free injera. Staffers will have it ready when you arrive."

     
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    The Virgin Olive Market

    Virgin Olive has that neighborhood feel, like you could be a regular. And once you are, they'd probably remember you eat gluten-free.

    Local Expert Tip: "VERY popular with work-day lunch crowd. Lines are commonplace. Try them for breakfast or dinner, and especially dessert. "

     
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    Mythos Restaurant

    It can be tough to find higher-end GF options inside a theme-park. Mythos does a great job covering that base at Universal.

    Local Expert Tip: "Gluten-free with a sweet tooth? Mythos has you covered. Ask about ooey-gooey flourless options."

     

 

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