The eating season has begun: Time to pull on the elastic waist pants (kidding, no one in Los Angeles would be caught dead in those) and jump in with wild abandon. Unless, of course, you have dietary restrictions. If you’re gluten free–either by choice or medical necessity–you may be used to declining invitations for a fancy night out in fear that you’ll starve.
But don’t fret, gluten-free Angelenos! In recent years many chefs have been tweaking their menus to make accommodations for guests with dietary restrictions, in some cases offering entire gluten free menus.* And we're not just talking about steakhouses. In fact, we even found a few places with gluten free children's menus so you don't have to leave the kids at home (although, let's be honest, you may want to).
If you're looking for a place to celebrate the holidays, a birthday or a special night out, most of these restaurants will go the extra mile to make it memorable. Here are the 10 best bets for fine dining around the southland.
*Those with severe allergies or Celiac Disease should always call ahead and speak with a manager. While the staff at the restaurants listed here seemed savvy about the gluten free diet, there is always the possibility of cross contamination.