Get Gluten-Free Giddy at These San Antonio Restaurants



Thank goodness, it's no longer a struggle to find yummy gluten-free delights in San Antonio!

5 Points Local is still one of the only dedicated gluten-free restaurant in town, but plenty of others have gluten-free menus or are simply naturally gluten-free. However, if you do have a serious gluten allergy, 5 Points Local is your best bet as it's an entirely gluten-free kitchen. 

Besides a versatile menu with veggie offerings or ones including protein if you're so inclined, they are also known for their scrumptious gluten-free baked goods, from carrot cake to brownies. They also have fresh juices, which are just the perfect accompaniment to those off the charts gluten-free pancakes everyone raves about!

Sweet Yams is a true gem just a little off the beaten path, if you're staying downtown, but not far if you're looking for delicious gluten-free eats. This quaint neighborhood eatery is largely gluten-free, with down home dishes that will make your mama smile. If you're craving mac-and-cheese with some blackened shrimp or some collard greens to warm your cockles, this is the place!

Read on to see what other fantastic gluten-free dishes await your palate!



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Sukeban
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Sushi meets Japanese pop art in this new Southtown restaurant, Sukeban, located at the Blue Star Arts Complex. Seasoned restaurateurs of Mon Thai in Alamo Heights have brought some funky charm and fresh, delicious sushi offerings to the neighborhood, thankfully located just minutes from downtown San Antonio. The space is inviting and perfect for a date night or get together with a large group of friends. Enjoy a few cocktails, glass of champagne and appetizers or splurge on a glorious plate filled with an array of stunning fish decorated with edible flowers. Most of the rolls are familiar with just a few fun additions. Enjoy all your favorites from yellowtail, tuna and salmon to eel, octopus, spicy scallop and sea bass. They offer some non-seafood options as well for those who don't love seafood. You can't go wrong with the duck tacos!


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What's wonderful about Feast is their original perspective on food, not to mention their amazing execution of said perspective. They have divided their dishes into six categories, those being Oceanic, Heat, Chilled, Grilled, Crispy, Hearty. Feast opened their doors in September 2011 and have been offering spectacular New American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair in a variety of appetizers, entrees and "small plates" ever since. Chef Stefan Bowers culinary career developed its initial roots while growing up in Berkeley California during the early 1980's. Living in a city on the forefront of the organic movement gave him his first look at the now popular "sustainable" culinary food culture.


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Dignowity Meats
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Dignowity Meats is a smoked meat sandwich shop located in San Antonio's Eastside historical neighborhood of Dignowity Hill. The name may be hard to pronounce, but by the time you're done with your meal, you won't forget it. They offer elevated deli eats, sandwiches and sides, such as their incredibe sharp cheddar mac-n-cheese. Their menu includes KC Brisket Burnt Ends, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Pulled Pork, St. Louis Ribs and specialties such as their Dignowity Pie, which is brisket burnt ends or pulled pork with mac, served over fries and sliced jalapenos. This is not the place to go when you're on a diet, but you probably already figured that out! Owners Andrew Samia and Shane Reed grew up in the Northeast and Midwest and are the visionaries of Dignowity Meats. Having developed a strong appreciation for old school mom and pop deli's that smoked and cooked all of their products on site, they wanted to bring the same flavors and authenticity to the Alamo city... and they have!


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Vegeria somehow manages to make to make delicious Tex-Mex both Vegan and, sometimes, gluten-free as well, and this is no easy feat! You won't find many vegetarian or vegan offerings in the city that eats brisket in its sleep, but Vegeria is a surprising stand-out, even for non-vegetarian lovers. Vegeria is the only Tex-Mex Vegan restaurant in town and offers super tasty cuisine such as potato, corn and poblano flautas, that is not only healthy but fresh and inexpensive. They offer a beautiful patio for dining and as an added bonus, it's attached to a cute little bookstore for browsing while you wait for your food. Vegeria also sports their own gluten-free bakery. Who says healthy can't taste good?!


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Bliss
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For a moment of pure bliss, well, head to Bliss. Owned and operated by one of San Antonio's greatest chefs, Bliss is a delight in every form of the word. A perfect option for a romantic date, friendly gathering or family celebration. Located in Southtown, the ambiance is relaxed yet elegant and the service is some of the best you'll find in town. The seasonal menu consists of contemporary American cuisine, from hearty, perfectly-seasoned dishes such as pork shank to more delicate fare such as seared scallops. Their charcuterie, made with premium meats and artisanal cheeses is a must as a starter, and you can't go wrong with dessert here either. Wine aficionados will appreciate their award-winning wine list.


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King William District


 

Rosario's, which has been around now for over 20 years, has transported itself from a local favorite to a critically-acclaimed restaurant. They have been featured in Southern Living, Texas Monthly and The New York Times, and have been listed as one of the "Top 50 Restaurants in the U.S." by Hispanic Magazine. From their Chile Relleno de Pescado (shrimp and fish stuffed poblano pepper) to their fajitas and enchiladas, there is not one thing on the menu you won't be wanting to return for again and again. They offer live music on the weekends and specialize in gigantic margaritas that are almost a meal by itself!


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Pharm Table
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Conveniently located across from the Tobin Center, this unique cafe's slogan is "eat to live." Pharm Table's mission is to offer nourishing yet delicious foods to the community because they understand how food impacts not only the body but the mind as well. Besides offering breakfast and lunch in the cafe, they also offer to-go meals and health-centric classes and events such as yoga, essential oils and more. The globally-inspired menu offers dishes made with ingredients that are locally-sourced from Texas farmers. For breakfast enjoy dishes like porridge made with clove, coconut, pecans and dates or steel cut oats with honey crisp apple, raisins and sweet potato. For lunch, you can expect a mix of savory soups like Winter Squash Moqueca, vibrant salads and bowls, such as the Laab Bowl made with zucchini noodles, carrots, cherry tomatoes, mint, basil, cabbage and chicken, if you need your protein.


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5 Points Local
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Owner of the popular and long-standing, The Cove, has opened up a new restaurant called 5 Points Local that nourishes the mind, body and spirit with local clean food and yoga toi boot! What's even better is the entire menu is gluten-free, so you can eat anything and everything you want without worry of miscommunication or cross-contamination, which as people with gluten allergies know, is a rare treat. What's even more is that 5 Points Local cares to source quality ingredients that are healthful to your body, as well as delicious, although truth be told, they sometimes do not skimp on the calories. If you're looking to indulge in some delicious pastries - both savory and sweet - you can do that here. It's also possible to dig into a satisfying meal that is entirely guilt-free. You decide, based on your mood and how tight your pants are fitting at the moment. Their brunch on Sundays is fantastic... you can enjoy biscuits and gravy and even some classic gluten-free pancakes - which means good ole American deliciousness! If you're not too full afterwards, pop on in for a yoga class to work it off!


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Supper
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Hotel Emma showcases its culinary prowess in multiple ways, but it's on-site restaurant, Supper; located along the northern extension of the San Antonio river walk, is their best representation of what good food is all about. This farm-to-table restaurant almost dares you to not like veggies. Their menu is largely vegetarian, but each dish is so flavorful you don't miss the meat. Of course, that's not to say they don't also feature some amazing proteins, but they certainly don't rely on them. When they do feature dishes like their Duck Confit, it's balanced with a refreshing herb salad that accentuates the duck but doesn't weigh you down. A meal at Supper is an utter delight, not only because of the food and clear spirits cocktails, but also because of the stellar staff, beautiful views of the river from their outdoor patio, and the simple feeling that you're somewhere special. In truth, you are and all of San Antonio knows it!


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Sweet Yams
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Located on San Antonio's eastside, just a few minutes from downtown, Sweet Yams is a little gem worth checking out if you're looking for healthy but tasty options, that include gluten-free and vegetarian, with a focus on organic, high-quality produce. The menu is simple but delicious and tends towards Southern-style comfort food such as collard greens. Their gluten-free mac-n-cheese with either blackened chicken or shrimp is to-die-for! They also have an impressive veggie chili that's worth the trip. The space is humble, but has a charm that reflects the warmth and goodness of its owners. Unfortunately, the sweet potato pie is not gluten-free, but it's completely worth a cheat day, barring any allergies.


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