Where to Eat Gluten-Free in the Florida Keys

Tracking down gluten-free restaurants is no easy task, especially on vacation. In the Florida Keys, you'll find that you can have your Key lime pie and eat it too. Key West is filled with restaurants hip to the gluten-free diet like the health-food nirvana, Help Yourself, which is packed with creative gluten-free dishes. A cozy restaurant simply named The Café is popular for a variety of gluten-free options, and they score extra points for gluten-free craft beer and homemade sangria. The best happy hour award goes to 2 Cents for their unlimited bacon and eight gluten-free snacks like Quack Quack Nachos. (Although if you have an extreme allergy, note that these are not cooked in a gluten-free dedicated area.) For upscale dining with a sunset view, Hot Tin Roof has a Pan-Latin menu. The chef can prepare most dishes gluten-free with minor adjustments. At Kojin Noodle Bar, don't miss the Pho, a Vietnamese fave made with rice noodles. For the classic Key's dessert, Kermit's Key Lime Shoppe offers slices of Key lime pie on a rice-based crust.

For gluten-free beach picnic fixings, hit up Good Food Conspiracy near Bahia Honda Park on Big Pine Key. In Marathon, Food For Thought has a tiny café packed with gluten-free wraps, soups and tasty muffins. Islamorada's, M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, offers delicacies like braised Pork Belly and Pan Seared Foie Gras. Just remember: If you need your food prepared in a gluten-free dedicated manner to avoid cross-contamination (due to celiac disease or other extreme allergy), let the restaurants know when making reservations.

Good Food Conspiracy Big Pine Key
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This tiny spot on Big Pine Key has been an oasis for vegetarians for over 30 years, and they have the hippie vibe to prove it. Blink and you might miss it on the Overseas Highway, so watch for the "Juice Bar and Deli" sign. Inside the low-key...  Read More

Kojin Noodle Bar
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Key West's only noodle bar is easy to miss. The tiny spot on Southard Street is just a half-block off Duval but doesn't have flashy signage. It has a trendy, yet warm vibe in a New York eatery-style. With only a handful of seats at the bar and...  Read More

Mixed among the seafood shacks and tiki bars in Islamorada, M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom is a carnivore's dream. The antithesis of the health food cafe, the eateries' gluten-free menu has few veggies in sight. Indulge in Braised Pork Belly, Pan...  Read More

Food For Thought Marathon
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Hidden in the Gulfside Village Plaza in the Middle Keys, Food For Thought has a cafe tucked away in the back of their health food store. The Marathon spot offers plenty of gluten-free options including wraps (made from brown rice), soups and...  Read More

No visit to Key West would be complete without having a slice of refreshing Key lime pie. While who has the best Key lime pie is a hotly debated topic in the Florida Keys, Kermit's always makes the shortlist. Whether you have a classic slice of...  Read More

Have all those margaritas in paradise left you with a hankering for Mexican food? Check out the small tortilla bar, Amigos, conveniently located caddy corner to the infamous Sloppy Joe's on Duval Street. You'll usually find the tiny place...  Read More

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Hot Tin Roof
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For upscale dining with a stellar view of the sunset, head to Hot Tin Roof at Ocean Key Resort and Spa located just off Mallory Square. The Pan-Latin menu offers small and large plates, and with a few adjustments, most items can be made...  Read More

Who knew something as simple as free bacon during happy hour would lure so many people to a restaurant? This funky gastropub hidden down Appelrouth Lane has a fun atmosphere and an eclectic, modern menu--its gluten-free options clearly noted....  Read More

Best for Casual Date Night: This cozy restaurant on Southard Street has been redefining vegetarian cuisine for over 10 years. With a warm Bohemian décor, their menu offers a variety of options (all clearly marked if gluten-free), which means no...  Read More

Help Yourself Cafe
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Tucked away on a side street in Old Town, Help Yourself is a colorful natural food market and cafe in a re-purposed gas station. Most dishes on their menu are gluten-free, and if you have a severe allergy, they will sterilize work tops and...  Read More


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Claudia Miller has been writing about South Florida for over 17 years--seven from Key Largo. A budding photographer, she can usually be found stalking a sunset. Despite being a tad...  More About Claudia