The three locations of Kalamata's are always hopping at lunch and dinner, thanks to the light and healthy Mediterranean fare. There are total devotees to the tuna salad for example, thanks to its briny capers, bold red onions, lemon zest and olive oil instead of mayo. Vegetarians have plenty of options, from the falafel salad to the baba ghanouj and stuffed grape leaves. Perfect for sitting down for a quick meal, you can call in ahead of time to pick up some of their specially-prepared dinners on the way home and avoid cooking, even if you can't avoid the intolerable Green Hills traffic.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: The chef is very adept at cooking gluten free, on and off the menu.
Hollie's expert tip: Look for daily specials like oven-roasted baramundi with Greek salad, zesty quinoa and bulgar, and tomato basil salad.
Jason's Deli is all about healthy food. In fact, they say they are the first major restaurant concept to ban artificial trans fats in the U.S. and also the first to eliminate high fructose corn syrup. Thankfully gluten-free diets are not restricted from enjoying almost everything on the menu as well. GF salad dressings are available, as well as GF bread at no extra cost which is pretty rare. Even kids get their own GF menu, with everything from grilled cheese to to hot dogs available. Pastas, salads, muffalettas, soups and more make up this extensive deli menu that keeps good for you tasting good.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Build your own sandwich between two sliced of GF bread.
Hollie's expert tip: Download the mobile app and order on the go.
Authentic and healthy, The Smiling Elephant is always packed with diners who love the fresh ingredients and special care that goes into each dish. Food allergies and dietary restrictions are addressed with no attitude, and they will even cook off the menu if they have the right stuff on hand. The tamarind pork-moo sahm rhot comes with sauteed sweet and sour pork drizzled with three flavor tamarind sauce and sprinkled with fresh lemongrass and served with Jasmine Rice. The larb lettuce wraps are filled with minced pork tossed with fresh cilantro, scallions, onions, fresh-squeezed lime juice and roasted rice. Make it a set and add on Tom Kha or Thom Yum soup and dessert. Space is small and the room can get packed. When that happens, lingering loses its luster.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: A number of the spicy Thai dishes can be made gluten free upon request.
Hollie's expert tip: You can only catch one meal here on the weekends - Saturday dinner.
Considered a favorite among locals, casual and energetic Amerigo prides itself on serving some of the city's best and most innovative dishes. Although the decor is brighter and more modern than at this regional chain than at the traditional Italian ristorantes, make no mistake, the upscale cuisine is definitively Italian. The menu includes everything from traditional pasta and pizza dishes to more modern grilled fish and vegetarian options. Warm and inviting, with friendly yet professional service, it's no wonder locals continue to flock to Amerigo despite the rising number of competing Italian restaurants.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: An extensive gluten-free menu covers more than the basics.
Hollie's expert tip: Be sure to check out their other location in Cool Springs if you are south of the city.
At Burger Up you won't find anything but the utmost respect for the meat. The menu and ingredients revolve around the notion of thoughtful consuming, sourcing as many products as possible from local sustainable farms, with new locales and their goodies added all the time. Start with fried oysters with spicy lemon-lime remoulade and seasonal cheese plate, then move on to one of the burgers that includes more than beef. Guests can enjoy turkey, veggie, salmon, bison and lamb burgers too. Custom cocktails are a draw all their own, but of course go down great with a burger too. The Doc Holiday with Bellemeade bourbon, muddled orange and cherry goes down smooth, as does the Humphrey's Primm's Cup.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Swap out a regular bun for a gluten-free one and any of the juicy burgers can be yours.
Hollie's expert tip: If you love the wood used in the design, you can find your own reclaimed planks at Woodstock Vintage Lumber.
Popular as a "power lunch" spot, Midtown Cafe offers a great place to take the date you want to impress or the client you're hoping to work with. The sleek and sophisticated dining room is complemented by a lunch menu with items such as grilled salmon, Midtown Meatloaf and chicken croquettes. The wine list features 50 by-the-glass wines, and some people consider Midtown the place to have a martini. Owner Randy Rayburn, chef Brian Uhl and their long-time staff have created a winning combo that not only keeps the longtime regulars coming back, but continues to draw newbies to Hillsboro Village.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: If you don't see what you like on their GF menu, just ask. Chances are they can make you what you want.
Hollie's expert tip: Midtown still serves some of the yummiest shrimp and grits in town.
The Wild Cow is a restaurant on a mission. Serving vegetarian, vegan and sometimes gluten-free fare in casual East Nashville, the aim of the restaurant - other than to serve incredibly delicious food - is to make sure that food is cruelty-free and as local and organic as possible. In fact, they don't even have a microwave and their one freezer is only stocked with beer mugs and vegan ice cream. Menu items include Mexican options like sweet potato and black bean or chipotle seitan tacos and sandwiches so delicious you won't miss the meat. Don't believe us? Try the soy-free black bean patty burger animal style with onions and homemade Thousand Island dressing. Beverages run more toward hot tea, coconut water and kombucha than sugary sodas - they refuse to support corporations like Coke and Pepsi. Come during off-peak hours to avoid parking nightmares.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Nearly all of their food is purchased in it's whole form, cooking everything on sight from sauces to soup stocks.
Hollie's expert tip: Try and dine on Thursday when they donate 10 percent of their sales to a rotating charity of the month.
You don't get more fresh than your own backyard, and since Butterbean is located on 33 green acres in Gallatin, you can bet the ingredients used in the completely gluten-free menu are as fresh as you can get. Chef Meredith Jones is committed to keeping everything as local as possible, and even meets with area schools at the start of the growing season to learn what she will be able to buy from what the students grow in class, then makes sure not to plant those items herself. The Miss Piggy with caramelized bacon, fresh spinach, tomato and avocado is the perfect mix of salty and sweet while the Gettin' Figgy With It panini capitalizes on the delicious combo of prosciutto, fig preserves, caramelized onions and brie. With a cup of the homemade soup like creamy corn and poblano, Butterbean is mouthwatering.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: No gluten is used on site, and the ingredients are plucked from right outside.
Hollie's expert tip: You are making a big mistake if you don't try one of the gluten-free cupcakes.