For many people, a gluten-free diet is not just a fad, it’s a necessity. They may be dealing with a gluten intolerance, gluten allergy or Celiac disease that makes eating out challenging at best, maddening at worst. Their menu choices are often limited to salads (great, another salad) or dishes stripped of anything containing gluten (pass on the croutons and soy sauce). Even if they order the only thing on the menu they can actually eat, cross contamination in the kitchen is another cause for anxiety. Add in misleading menus and staff who are not educated on what “gluten-free” actually means (no, it is not the same thing as low-fat or low-calorie), and any dining experience can literally make them sick.
Luckily, there are a few places in Miami and Miami Beach that understand this struggle and set out to give people with this special dietary restriction plenty of options in a worry-free environment. These eateries have thoughtfully created dishes with these folks in mind yet are delicious enough for all to enjoy. And guess what? All of these businesses are offering pick-up and delivery options during this crazy time!
When you bill yourself as “Miami’s first and only 100% Gluten Free Bakery and Bistro” on Yelp, you better deliver. And if the reviews are any indication, they blow it out of the water. Their burgers are 100% grass-fed beef or plant-based patties served on a homemade brioche bun. Bistro classics like pizzas, quiches, sandwiches and even croquetas are on the menu – without a salad in sight! And if you are craving sweets – with pies, brownies, cookies, cupcakes and alfajores on the menu, this just might be your gluten-free heaven.
4702 South Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables, doraglutenfree.com
Normally, Italian restaurants are an automatic no-go for anyone who can’t eat gluten, but you need not stress about the breads, pastas and pizzas at this one as they can all be made with gluten-free dough on separate preparation tables and ovens to avoid cross-contamination. They have over 40 wood-fired pizzas to choose from and if you still can’t find what you’re craving, just create your own. Everything is made in-house daily, and all the desserts are gluten-free. In a small, intimate setting, the staff takes special care to make sure you enjoy your dining experience from antipasti to dolci.
940 71st Street, Miami Beach, caprinewstylemiami.com
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They have sweet crepes, they have savory crepes, and almost all of them are gluten-free. The three savory exceptions have a bold disclaimer directly beneath the item on the menu. The crepes themselves are made from rice flour and are folded bouquet-like into a paper cone so it’s great to grab and go, although you may want to linger in this quaint hidden gem off of Miracle Mile. The only issue you may have is choosing from among the many options as simple as Just Nutella or as complex as Smokey Bacon Crumble.
2423 Galiano Street, Coral Gables, stephaniescrepes.com
Eat all the tacos you can handle at this traditional Mexican street fare taquería. Their blue masa, or corn flour, is ‘hecha a mano’ – ground fresh daily – and used to craft homemade gluten-free tortillas and chips. Pick and choose classic tacos like Al Pastor and Carne Asada or get adventurous and try the Chapulines (toasted grasshoppers)! Or have your fill of ‘not-taco’ options like elote, quinoa or the totopos (chips & salsa) that customers rave about.
7450 Ocean Terrace, Miami Beach; 1351 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 8300 NE 2ndAvenue, Miami; taquizatacos.com
Yardbird is famous for its fried chicken and everyone can savor the crispy, juicy goodness because they have a separate fryer dedicated to gluten-free food prep. Many of the menu items can be made gluten-free and knowledgeable servers can answer questions and accommodate special requests. So, from the whole roasted cauliflower to the St. Louis Style Pork Ribs, you will have peace of mind and no shame as you lick every last morsel from your fingers.
1600 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach, runchickenrun.com/miami
Cover photo by USA Restaurants.
Estefania Garcia is a freelance writer living in Miami. She is a self-described wordsmith and AP style enthusiast (yet prefers to use the Oxford comma). She works in marketing & communications to pay the bills.