A Gluten-Free Primer to Memphis Restaurants

The restaurant scene in Memphis is getting loads of national attention for its authenticity - both that of its food and of its chefs. 

And those young chefs who run some of the city's top eateries pay close attention to those who need to watch their wheat. With the local producer focus of these chefs,  finding alternatives for the GF crowd is becoming ever easier.

This list covers locally owned restaurants that offer a variety of gluten-free options, from entire gluten-free menus to simply being very accommodating for diners who need to avoid gluten. From the city's pork-centric staple of barbecue at the world famous Charlie Vegos's Rendezvous to pizzas with gluten-free crusts at hottest place in town - Hog & Hominy, or Ciao Bella, an East Memphis institution,  just about anything that you're craving can be found gluten free. Our aim with the choices listed here was to hit as many types of cuisines as possible, as well as price points, so gluten-free diners would understand that many Memphis restaurants are more than happy to offer gluten-free alternatives to their customers. Wherever you land for a meal, simply ask what those options are.

National chains restaurants are not included on this list, since you can enjoy gluten-free options at those any time.

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Sweet Grass
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Amerigo - Memphis
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