Beat the Wheat! Orlando Venues for Gluten-Free Foodies

First rule of gluten-free eating? DEFINITELY TALK ABOUT GLUTEN-FREE EATING. Staffers at the below venues will be happy to discuss their ingredients and kitchen practices with you before you order, which is precisely what you should do before taking a bite. And for those living with gluten allergies – or simply trying to eliminate offending grains from their culinary repertoire – Orlando’s list of options is growing exponentially. At venues such as Dandelion Communitea Café or Infusion Tea, GF diners will find myriad selections rife with fresh crisp, crunchy ingredients, creamy spreads and hearty soups, but let’s face it: not every gluten-free eater is all about organic, sustainably farmed, green foodstuffs. Those with a penchant for the fryer will find sinful solace at either Disney Springs or Universal’s CityWalk. At Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, you can have your cheeseburger in paradise with a gluten-free bun (not to mention Volcano Nachos and a decadent Chocolate Hurricane dessert). Over at the Raglan Road Irish Pub, they keep a whole separate fryer on hand, which means usually-off-limits delights such as fried fish, calamari and onion rings are on tap – along with some excellent GF cider. For those on the go, check out the drive-through at the Green Day Café, where gluten-free quesadillas are an everyday occurrence.



Lime, tequila and salt are all - mercifully - gluten-free, but one wouldn't think the same about a cheeseburger in paradise. But Jimmy, bless his heart, made sure that GF customers at his Universal CityWalk establishment could enjoy just that....  Read More



The Nile ain't just a river in Egypt, as the saying goes (sort of). In Orlando, it's one of a handful of independent restaurants amid I-Drive's sea of chain offerings, one serving up authentic Ethiopian fare in traditional style. What does this...  Read More



Serving up tasty fast-casual eats from its comfortable Dr. Phillips digs, this cheery "paninery" does up a multitude of classic pressed sandwiches with fresh, locally made bread and house-roasted meats, which makes a big difference when it comes...  Read More



Pub food is a staple come the midnight hour and beyond. South American "pub food," particularly in the form of piled-high salchipapas or juicy-flavorful Colombian-style burgers, is a level up. Super Rico Colombian Bistro caters to the nighttime...  Read More

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Cold pints and warm, convivial vibe are always on tap at Raglan Road, which isn't lying when it calls itself a genuine Irish pub. In fact, the whole place was built in Ireland and then shipped to Orlando where it was lovingly reassembled to the...  Read More



Super Veggie, Holy Guacamole and the Big Tahuna are just some of the fun salads (make it a wrap, regular or gluten-free, it's your choice!) available at the Green Day Caf, a newish healthy fast-food franchise with an outpost in North Orlando....  Read More



Infusion Tea is haven for both tea lovers and healthy eaters and boasts a wonderful array of menu items that pay heed to vegans, gluten-forgoers and a host of other quirky foodies. Add eggs or tempeh crumbles to salads for a protein boost. Make...  Read More



Sensual. Spiritual. Savory: three words that express the emotional enlightenment Dragonfly Robata Grill tries to evoke with its service and cuisine. Dragonfly's interpretation of Japanese pub culture is taken quite seriously, making for quite...  Read More



The dandelion, an edible flower that we're quick to call a weed, is a mascot of sorts for this quirky organic teahouse. You'll first be reminded of the café's namesake when you view the exterior (bright green with yellow shutters) and then...  Read More



When the brains behind a longtime favorite panini joint here in town (he's since sold that business) brought his fast-casual prowess to trendy Mills 50, with Too Much Sauce, a clean-lined rice-quinoa-salad bowl joint that's tailor made for quick...  Read More


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