You don’t have to abandon baked goods and dessert during your trip to Savannah just because you follow a gluten-free diet. Several eateries throughout the city offer tasty gluten-free treats.
One of the best places to find a gluten-free goody is Maison de Macaron, a small shop that specializes in French macarons–meringue cookies made with almond flour and filled with either chocolate ganache or buttercream. The macarons, which come in a variety of flavors, are not only naturally gluten free, they’re devilishly delicious.
Historic District coffee shops Gallery Espresso and the Sentient Bean offer small but tasty selections of gluten-free baked goods and sweets, while Foxy Loxy in the nearby Thomas Square Streetcar neighborhood features gluten-free cookies and desserts.
For a decadent gluten-free treat, head to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, which boasts gluten-free flourless chocolate torte, chocolate mousse, creme brulee, truffles and more. Papillote, a French eatery, also features gluten-free chocolate mousse and crème brulee, in addition to naturally gluten-free French macarons.
Several cupcake shops offer gluten-free cupcakes on various days throughout the week including Sweet Carolina Cupcakes (Thursdays), Gigi’s Cupcakes (Fridays) and Dear Cupcakes (usually on weekends). Savannah Rum Runners Bakery and Café can customize gluten-free baked goods and desserts with 24-hour advance notice.
While all of the restaurants, bakeries and shops mentioned here carry gluten-free baked goods, it’s always good practice to call ahead and be sure they have tasty gluten-free treats available before you visit. Also plan to call ahead if cross-contamination is an issue.
Savannah Rum Runners Bakery and Cafe
Savannah Rum Runners Bakery and Cafe's beautiful wedding cakes are as tasty as they are beautiful. But you don't have to wait until your 'I do's' to enjoy delicious goodies from Rum Runners. The eatery, located a couple of blocks west of Forsyth Park, offers an array of cookies, pastries, cakes, brownies and other baked goods, along with freshly baked breads, sandwiches, salads, soups and quiche. Patrons can call ahead and ask for a picnic box lunch (perfect to take to nearby Forsyth Park) or can dine inside or on the cafe's pet-friendly patio. In addition to its regular menu offerings, Rum Runners can accommodate gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free and vegan diets with 24-hour advance notice. (912-355-4177)
Gigi's Cupcakes - Savannah
Gigi's Cupcakes, a chain with stores around the United States, has a loyal following thanks to its tasty cupcakes topped with deliciously sweet mountains of frosting. The convenient Savannah shop, located next to the Abercorn Walk shopping center in Midtown, features Gigi's signature cupcakes, along with mini cheesecakes and beverages. The rotating daily menu includes favorites such as Lemon Icebox, Wedding Cake and Midnight Magic--devil's food cake with dark chocolate chips topped with a chocolate buttercream frosting and chocolate chips. Several of the cupcakes are available in mini sizes for those who just want a few bites. In addition to a sizable selection of cupcakes available daily in the store, Gigi's also accommodates special orders and offers easy online ordering. (912-349-2778)
Located on the lower level of the Savannah Mall in the Dillard's wing, Dear Cupcakes offers a rotating selection of beautifully decorated cupcakes in a variety of flavors, including red velvet, key lime, vanilla with strawberry buttercream, coconut snow ball, double chocolate, standard vanilla and chocolate with peanut butter buttercream. The cupcakes hit the spot for those with a hankering for something sweet but are also perfect for special events, parties and more. For those with dietary restrictions, Dear Cupcakes also carries vegan, allergy-free and gluten-free cupcakes. In addition, the shop offers fresh cookies, pretzels, coffee and cold drinks. (912-344-7866)
Gallery Espresso, the oldest coffeehouse in Savannah, is the perfect place for those looking for an alternative to the bar scene. Ideally located on Chippewa Square, the coffee shop offers a variety of coffee and tea drinks, small bites and desserts. Gallery Espresso also features wine by the glass, making it an ideal nighttime spot for those who can't agree on whether to go to a coffeehouse or bar. With plenty of seating, a rotating selection of local artwork adorning the walls and wifi, it's easy to see why Gallery Espresso has a steady crowd of patrons day and night. (912-233-5348)
The Sentient Bean
This hip coffee house, which is adjacent to Forsyth Park, serves vegetarian and vegan breakfast fare seven mornings a week, along with an outstanding brunch on Sundays. Coffee aficionados will appreciate the Bean's great selection of coffee, which usually includes freshly brewed single origin roasts from Africa and South America, along with an array of made-to-order espresso drinks. The breakfast menu features a vegetarian breakfast burrito with eggs and a vegan breakfast burrito with scrambled tofu, along with quiche, egg and cheese sandwiches, omelets and frittatas. The brunch menu boasts a rotating selection of specialties, among them tofu scramble loaded with fresh, seasonal vegetables and an outstanding breakfast burrito with spicy, homemade vegan sausage. (912-232-4447)
Lulu's Chocolate Bar
Dark, cozy and a little bit sinful, Lulu's Chocolate Bar is a great place to grab a drink and a few bites of heaven. The dessert bar features a rotating selection of tempting delights, among them dark chocolate cheesecake, chocolate caramel frozen mousse, coconut key lime pie and chocolate-covered strawberries. Drinks range from standard cocktails and wine to utterly decadent creations such as the Lulutini, a chocolaty take on a martini that incorporates chocolate Vodka, Meletti Ciocolatto Liqueur, creme de cacao and real chocolate. The bar features live music on Tuesday and Sunday nights; check out Lulu's website for a schedule of performers. (912-238-2012, 866-461-8681)
Foxy Loxy Café
Enjoying an ideal location in Savannah's up-and-coming SoFo (South of Forsyth Park) area, Foxy Loxy is a neighborhood hub for culture, coffee and cuisine. The cafe's menu includes several breakfast items, which are available throughout the day, including huevos rancheros quiche and kolache, a slightly sweet pastry filled with sausage, cheese or fruit. The cafe also offers coffee drinks, beer and wine and a variety cheese plates, along with Tex-Mex favorites like tacos and chips and dips. For art-minded patrons, Foxy Loxy boasts a lovely collection of hand-pulled prints, including etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and screen prints by local, regional and national artists, which are available for purchase. (912-401-0543)
Maison de Macarons
This patisserie, located in the Eisenhower Shopping Center in Midtown Savannah, specializes in French macarons, a tasty confection consisting of two meringue-based layers and a buttercream or chocolate ganache filling. The macarons, which are made on site, come in a variety of flavors, including key lime, Meyer lemon, raspberry, vanilla bean, chocolate ganache, pistachio, bourbon pecan, hazelnut, coconut and more. The macarons can be purchased individually or by the box and can also be arranged as platters or in gift packages for special occasions. The store can ship the treats anywhere in the country. For those who want to enjoy the tasty treats in the store, tables are available, along with beverages including coffee and tea. (912-665-9894)
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