In a neighborhood increasingly known for the quality of its restaurant offerings, La Grande Orange is helping bump up the options. Small and friendly, it limits its menu in order to focus on superb ingredients, and the deliberate formula has elicited great response. Essentially, you can order only a pizza, salad, hamburger, or dessert, but gourmet food combinations and perfect preparation more than compensate for the brevity. Salads feature golden beets, grilled figs, and asparagus while pizzas with thin, crisp, sourdough crusts are loaded with rock shrimp, exotic mushrooms, goat cheese, and herbs. Burgers are sumptuous too. A communal table amid individual ones promotes camaraderie in the small space. For early risers, LGO offers one of the most popular breakfast menus in town, featuring omelets, breakfast burritos, and other assorted breakfast items.
Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: The bakery at La Grande Orange Grocery can usually be counted on for gluten-free options.
Patricia's expert tip: Brace yourself: La Grande Orange can get quite busy.
Desert Roots Kitchen is a vegan and vegetarian cafe tucked away in a colorful alley in downtown Tempe. Chef and owner Leslie Robin, a vegan for more than a decade, dishes out hearty and delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine featuring fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. The menu changes frequently but often features pasta salads, rice and bean dishes, vegetarian tamales, vegetarian chili, soups, mixed greens, hummus, and an array of vegetarian deli items. Deli meals are prepared and ready for voracious diners. Only covered outdoor seating available, but there's plenty of shade to be had for an enjoyable, healthy and delicious lunch.
Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Desert Roots Kitchen in Tempe is a good stop for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining.
Patricia's expert tip: Desert Roots Kitchen also caters to guests with gluten, soy, and nut allergies.
Luci's Healthy Marketplace is a cafe, coffee bar and marketplace specializing in quality organic and natural products. You'll find an excellent selection of meats, seafood, dairy, cheeses, snacks, entrees, wine and beer and more. There are freshly-cooked meals available on the go, too. On the cafe side of things, you'll find delicious breakfast items served all day. There is also a gourmet coffee bar serving local roasted organic coffee, iced coffee drinks, fresh smoothies, frozen drinks, cold blended specialty drinks as well as various herbal teas and other interesting drinks. There is also a selection of fresh made muffins, bagels and tasty desserts, including great gluten-free options.
Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Luci's Healthy Marketplace is specialty cafe and coffee bar dishing out great gluten-free options.
Patricia's expert tip: Check out the fresh made selection of baked goods.
Just because you have dietary restrictions doesn't mean you don't love the occasional bakery treat. Luckily, eating gluten-free has gotten a lot easier in the Valley of the Sun, especially when it comes to finding high quality, gluten-free bakery treats. My Gal, Sal Bakery & Catering, an independent north Phoenix bakery, offers an impressive selection of baked goods, including gluten-free pastries and baked goods. You'll find from cookies to traditional French macarons to dessert cakes. The bakery even makes traditional South African desserts. This isn't just a bakery, either – this is also a good destination for a light breakfast or lunch.
Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: My Gal Sal is a nice neighborhood bakery and café with a strong selection of fresh, gluten-free baked goods.
Patricia's expert tip: The bakery also offers vegan and sugar-free items.
Short for tSoynami, this charming cafe is adjacent to Green New American vegetarian restaurant. Stop here for sweet dessert made with high quality vegan ingredients. You'll find a good selection of coffees, breakfast items, gluten-free baked goods and, of course, tSoynami ice cream treats. What exactly is a tSoynami? It's a house-made organic, soy-based soft serve ice cream crammed full of toppings. About 75% of the ingredients used at Nami are organic and the restaurant is 100% vegan. It's a good choice for anyone looking for a sweet treat with wholesome ingredients. A specialty here are vegan and gluten-free doughnuts.
Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Nami in central Phoenix will tempt your tastebuds with its wide selection of vegan and gluten-free treats.
Patricia's expert tip: Come here for soy and gluten-free doughnuts.
Delicious meets nutritious at this Chandler-area gem. Healthy, wholesome, yet still delectable, brunch and lunch selections are artfully created and served using only the highest quality ingredients. Try the Breakfast Burrito, made with your choice egg or tofu, seasonal veggies, harvest hash, anasazi beans, vegan or cheddar cheese and then wrapped in a spinach tortilla and served with the house salsa. French toast is an art here, and the a selection of fresh baked goods is available for you to take home. If greasy breakfasts are not your thing, head to the Pomegranate Cafe, where flavor and quality combine for a perfect first meal.
Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Pomegranate Cafe serves wholesome fare that is creative and also delicious.
Patricia's expert tip: The sweets menu at Pomegranate is full of delicious and naturally-made options, including a selection of gluten-free cupcakes.
Jewel's Bakery & Cafe in east Phoenix specializes in gluten-free pastries and bread, as well as light lunch fare. Owner and baker Julie Moreno has a well-deserved reputation as one of the city's most creative bakers, concocting gorgeous desserts that are gluten-free yet irresistibly delicious. Behind the pastry counter you'll find made-from-scratch cookies, muffins, cupcakes, cakes and breads. In the kitchen, light fare is served for breakfast and lunch. Gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and make-your-own pizza options make this a great stop for light breakfast or lunch. Even diners without dietary restrictions will appreciate the selection and carefully constructed menu items.
Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Jewel's Bakery offers made-from-scratch gluten-free baked goods that are sure to please your taste buds.
Patricia's expert tip: This is the ideal bakery and cafe for diners with food allergies.
Gluten Free Bakery is a certified gluten free facility making the finest hand crafted gluten free baked goods around. The menu is constantly changing, but you'll find a great variety of hand-crafted baked goods, including muffins, pastries, cakes, cookies, breads, and seasonal favorites. This is Arizona's first dedicated and certified gluten free bakery, so you know they have a great selection and specialty items. There are three locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale, and you'll find their wholesale products in some of the city's best cafes and restaurants. Stop by to sample the breads, bagels, donuts and other fine gluten-free desserts.
Recommended for Gluten-Free Baked Goods because: Gluten Free Bakery has one of the city's largest selections of gluten-free items, including specialty goods.
Patricia's expert tip: Try the Winkies, a gluten and dairy-free version of a Twinkie.