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Gluten Free Dining

jolene Mar 29, 2008 05:30 PM

So I have recently discovered that I have a gluten intolerance and have to avoid all wheat/gluten. Unfortunately, I am a vegetarian (although I eat fish) and my diet previously consisted of bagels and heaps of Italian food. I LOVE eating out and trying new restaurants so if anyone could help me find some good places that offer gluten free options, I would really really appreciate it. Any and all suggestions are desperately welcome. I live in Santa Monica, so the closer the better, but I'd love to hear any suggestions...Thank you in advance!

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    charmo Mar 29, 2008 06:52 PM

    after doing a quick google search, i've found the following:

    American Girl Café - @ the Grove, West Hollywood

    Chaya - Venice, on Main St.

    El Cholo Mexican - Santa Monica, on Wilshire Blvd.

    PF Chang's - Various Locations

    Pinkberry - Various Locations

    But by the way, I think you should look up the definition of "vegetarian". Doesn't include animals of the sea. Sorry.

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    1. re: charmo
      jolene Mar 29, 2008 11:59 PM

      thanks for the restaurant advice. I will definitely look into that.
      But by the way, I think you should look up the definition of "vegetarian." There are many different levels of vegetarianism. Sorry.

      1. re: jolene
        apple7blue Mar 30, 2008 10:56 AM

        I think Akasha in Culver City, and Real Food Daily in Santa Monica serves gluten free foods.

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      Dogbite Williams Mar 29, 2008 08:45 PM

      Indian restaurants are fine. Just avoid the breads (naan, paratha, etc.) and the samosas. They don't use flour to thicken their sauces.

      1. Emme Mar 29, 2008 08:56 PM

        Newsroom Cafe

        A Votre Sante or Sante La Brea

        Jack Spratt's Grille

        Monte Alban has options as most is made from scratch


        La Cachette (will accommodate if you call ahead)

        Gardens on Glendon


        Mao's Chinese Kitchen



        Tamara's Tamales


        Le Petit Cafe

        Chaya Venice (just call ahead to warn them)

        Mongolian BBQ depending upon your inclusions, and get them to clean the grill before yours is cooked

        M Cafe de Chaya

        Sushi but bring your own Bragg's as I do!

        Mani's Bakery

        Angelini Osteria (braised artichokes, seared ahi, panna cotta)

        Casbah Cafe (salads)

        Gingergrass (just not the sandwiches, duh)

        Sweet Debbie's (for sweets)

        Sensitive Baker

        Fritto Misto can help you. (they sub veggies for pasta)

        Steakhouses like The Palm or Ruth's Chris are great ideas

        Not my top choices, but Santa Monica also offers El Cholo and PF Chang's

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          carter Mar 29, 2008 09:16 PM

          I don't suppose you've tried Real Food Daily in Santa Monica!
          And vegetarians do not eat fish.
          Tender Greens in culver city could also work.

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          1. re: carter
            apple7blue Mar 30, 2008 10:58 AM

            Sorry to repeat what you said . . .

            1. re: apple7blue
              jolene Mar 30, 2008 07:39 PM

              Thank you for your replies. I look forward to checking some of these places out...

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            Clyde Mar 31, 2008 09:32 AM

            Go Veggie off the 90 freeway and Centinela! They have the most amazing 'salad bar' with delicious tofu and salad stuff.

            1. westsidegal Mar 31, 2008 09:10 PM

              any rice-based ethnic cuisine should work for you--indian, pakistani, sushi, thai, chinese, etc
              the rice noodles served at thai and chinese restaurants might scratch the pasta itch.

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                lac582 Mar 31, 2008 10:31 PM

                Maggiano's (at the Grove and I'm sure other locations) has a gluten-free fusilli (sp?) that they will substitute in any of the pasta dishes on their menu.

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                  apple7blue Mar 31, 2008 11:18 PM

                  I thought we were supposed to recommend places with good food? Heh, just teasing, but the bland food at Maggiano's isn't really praise-worthy . . . I have only been to the OC location though . . .

                  1. re: lac582
                    carriedushey Apr 2, 2008 01:56 PM

                    Maggiano's does offer a gluten free corn pasta, but almost all of their sauces contain gluten. I believe the alfredo is safe, but I am not a big fan. I just had them toss the corn pasta in butter, olive oil and cheese.

                    Carino's has a gluten free menu, but does not offer a gluten free pasta.

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                    annecarmack May 12, 2011 10:52 AM


                    Just opened in Santa Monica!

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