Gluten Free Dining
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!
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.
Indian restaurants are fine. Just avoid the breads (naan, paratha, etc.) and the samosas. They don't use flour to thicken their sauces.
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
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!
Angelini Osteria (braised artichokes, seared ahi, panna cotta)
Casbah Cafe (salads)
Gingergrass (just not the sandwiches, duh)
Sweet Debbie's (for sweets)
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
Go Veggie off the 90 freeway and Centinela! They have the most amazing 'salad bar' with delicious tofu and salad stuff.
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.
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.