There seems to be no end to new restaurant concepts in Southern California. But since no one, as of yet, has endeavored to open an entirely gluten free restaurant, those seeking tasty but casual gluten free meals often need to do some recon work. Don’t worry–I’ve got you covered.
Being gluten free for nearly five years, I’ve seen many restaurants around L.A. (slowly) adjusting their menus to reflect the increasing numbers of gluten free guests. Given that many of these requests are due to medical need, chances of them going away are unlikely.
Erik Oberholtzer, co-founder of Tender Greens, concurs. “Customers are asking for gluten free and vegan-friendly options either for health reasons or because they want to eat healthier, less processed foods,” Oberholtzer says. “In fact, we have more of these requests now than ever before.”
The majority of the menu at Tender Greens is naturally gluten free (if you skip the grilled baguette) and the staff seems to be well versed in what’s safe and what’s not. While those with Celiac Disease may think twice due to a shared prep area, there are a number of restaurants that go the extra mile by dedicating a prep area and process to ensure there’s no cross contamination. These include Pitfire Pizza–which has a dedicated pizza oven in some of their locations–and Kye’s, a new grab-and-go healthy wrap restaurant in Santa Monica.
Here are some of the best casual (and delicious!) gluten free restaurants in and around L.A.