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Allergic to Gluten - where to eat?

I'm hosting a friend of a friend next week and she's allergic to wheat gluten. Any recommendations for delicious eating places that offer plenty of selection when it comes to this allergy?

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  1. I think Apple Annies Bakery & Cafe carries several gluten free offerings. Their spelt chocolate cake is really good. Whole Foods and Central Market used to carry some of their breads and desserts - not sure if they still do or not but you could call Apple Annies and ask.

    1. Google "gluten-free Austin" and you'll get a ton of hits

      1. Does your guest only have problems with wheat gluten? Or is all gluten a problem? I ask because gluten in general is the problem, then the rec for Apple Annie's wouldn't be a wise choice since spelt is not gluten-free. Oats, rye and barley are not either.

        If completely gluten-free is what you're after, I can steer you in the direction of a few gluten-free spots around town, some better than others. Finding any gluten-free food, much less some that is good is always a challenge...

        WildWood Art Cafe on Bee Caves Road would be a great place to go since they have a gluten-free bakery and cafe menu. No gluten in the place. It's not cheap, but most gluten-free options you find will not be.

        Guero's has a gluten-free menu. This place gets panned a lot on this board, but I applaud them for being a locally owned and operated establishment with the wherewithall to come up with decent options for people who must eat GF.

        Although Fogo de Chao is a chain, it's quite good and is almost completely gluten-free. Your friend could feast with almost total abandon here. You'll have to call for specific info on what's GF.

        As goodhealthgourmet pointed out, there are plenty of other choices around that can easily be found through google.

        http://www.wildwoodartcafe.com/cafe.php

        http://www.guerostacobar.com/

        http://www.fogodechao.com/locations/a...

        (I'm a long time lurker here, but this is my first post. I'm more of a home cook than a person who eats out so I find few cases where my input is useful. I hope the info I've provided here is helpful.)

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        1. re: agoodbite

          Thanks for all the helpful suggestions! From what I know, this person is allergic to wheat gluten specifically.

          I just realized Mr. Natural also has wheat-free items on their menu . . .

          1. re: italyvespa

            Just remember that 'wheat free' doesn't necessarily mean 'gluten free'. Again, Apple Annies does have Spelt products, which are classified as Wheat Free but Spelt does have gluten, so the products are not Gluten Free.

        2. Threadgill's has a number of gluten free items. good for vegetarians too.

          1. Z Tejas has a special gluten free menu. I saw it with my own two eyes when my gluten free friend ordered from it.

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            1. re: HookEm

              Restaurants with a gluten-free-menu:
              Maudi's
              McCormick & Schmick's
              East Side Cafe
              Z Tejas

            2. I recently noticed that the Madam Mam's Westgate location has a list of gluten free dishes on the wall next to the register. It seems intended for the servers, since it listed dish numbers only, and not their names.

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              1. re: Brian Lindauer

                I was about to post the exact same thing. I noticed it there last week but thought it was for the person taking to-go/phone-in orders.

              2. If y!ou're out near Lake Travis, JavaDive on 620--in the Farradays Kitchen Store shopping center has a pretty good selection of gluten free bakery /breakfast items. And you can get a custom made smoothie--they have all kinds of protein powder/milk/etc. including soy and rice. I saw gluten free brownies in the bakery case too...

                1. Took a highly sensitive and educated person to Brick Oven Pizza on 35th street. For $5 extra they do gluten free pizza with whatever topings you want. We enjoyed it.
                  they also now have many other items on the gluten-free menu. My friend said that the owner participates in the local Celiac groups.

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                  1. re: RoundSparrow

                    found out where they get the dough

                    "Thanks for asking about the pizza crusts. They are currently available at Grove Wine Bar on Bee Cave Rd. and 2 Brick Oven locations (Brodie Ln. and 35th Street). Our delicious GF Chocolate Ganache Brownies are also available at the Brick Ovens. You can buy the same crusts to make yourself at both Whole Foods here in town, People's Pharmacy on Westbank and Cissi's Market on South Congress.

                    Thanks again for your interest in our products.
                    Take care,
                    Georgia at Gluten Free Kneads"

                    1. re: RoundSparrow

                      They have a website with list of more locations: http://www.glutenfreekneads.com/?page...

                  2. Koriente has a gluten-free menu posted on their website now: http://www.koriente.com/gluten.html I can highly recommend this place, been there 5 times in the past year.

                    1. there are certain south indian items on the menu at madras pavilion which should be gluten free; dosa/idli etc... but you'll have to double check with the cooks--sometimes asafetida is a spice used in sambhaar (lentil soup) that has wheat flour in it. but all the other ingredients in dosa/idli/sambhaar/chutneys are gf!

                      1. Just saw an ad and coupon for "Food For Life"-gluten-free/casein-free cuisine
                        Located at 2051 Cypress Creek Road Suite L in Cedar Park
                        331-0098 www.gfcfcuisine.com

                        1. Wow, nobody's mentioned Casa de Luz yet? Go, run! www.casadeluz.org

                          1. Eastside Cafe has an entire Gluten-free menu.

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                            1. re: ambr17h

                              Eastside cafe are great and accommodated us very nicely with a kid who is gluten intolerant and intolerant to many other things. I will just mention that their "special" gluten-free menu is essentially the gluten free items from their regular menu, not a special menu.

                              They are, however, very careful when we asked them to be careful with cross contamination.