west side gluten free
I have a celiac friend coming to town and need to entertain, without much of a clue as of yet.
Know if Mozza or any of the options in little ethiopa offer GF? Sort of doubt it, but those are favs.
Where should I bring them on the west side?
as a category:
mexican seafood served with corn tortillas.
i'd recommend a restaurant that doesn't even serve flour tortillas.
the problem with ethiopian food is that many of the restaurants adulterate their injera with wheat flour instead of sticking to teff completely.
the problem with Italian restaurants is that flour is used so profligately, that it is hard to imagine a kitchen in a busy italian restaurant that doesn't pose a danger of cross contamination with wheat flour.
i've actually had gluten-free pizza(made with a corn-based crust). it was edible, but didn't taste much like pizza. flavorwise was some other animal. . .
chinese seafood with rice (stay away from dishes that have seen the deep fat fryer)
meat and BAKED potatos
many thai dishes will work (prik king with rice, for instance)
Where ever you decide I would call or email explaining in advance and see if you can work something out with the GM or Chef. Most Chefs love a challenge and hate surprises You might be surprised how people are willing to work with you.
Try Axe in Venice, Wolf in Sheeps Clothing also in Venice.
Salads are always a good option, just be sure the dressings are gluten free. Stay away from Soy sauce,
There are a few Ethiopian restaurants on Fairfax that offer gluten-free injera. The one I'm sure about is Rahel's.
There are a few pizza places around that do gf - one in Farmer's Market, Pitfire (I think?) in Culver City. I haven't had either of those. Have had Z Pizza's (Larchmont), blech. The Whole Foods on 3rd and Fairfax does pizza with a rice crust that's GOOD! (Not all Whole Foods have this.)The best gf chain pizza I know of in the area is Garlic Jim, but the closest are South Pasadena, Burbank or south bay (can't remember if it's Manhattan or Redondo) - I actually like Whole Foods' better, but I have celiac friends who think Garlic Jim's is the best thing in the world. (A certain amount of relief at just having PIZZA is involved, I think....)
Very good pancakes, made with almond meal, only at brunch (definitely Sunday, not sure of Saturday) - Real Food Daily, on La Cienega.
Little bakery on Pico near LaBrea that has exclusively gf stuff, Breakaway Bakery. Very nice woman.
Chili Addiction, La Cienega between Beverly and Melrose - many kinds of chili, I think all gf. I haven't been there, but very good Yelp reveiews.
And for a LOT of gf choices, Hugo's on Santa Monica in West Hollywood. (and Sherman Oaks.) Generally very good food, if a bit healthy for my taste. ;)
I'm sure I know more - I'm not celiac but know quite a few people who are - I'll post again if I can think of others.
Hugo's and Axe are great suggestions.
you didn't mention your budget, so i'll just toss out all sorts of possibilities. some have dedicated GF menus, others are just really accommodating (or at least they have been for me):
- True Food Kitchen
- M Cafe (macrobiotic)
- Zengo (Latin-Asian fusion)
- Zankou Chicken (*everything* is GF except for pita & tabbouleh)
- M Street Kitchen
- The Misfit (GF snacks *and* beer)
- Tlapazola Grill (Mexican)
- Sauce on Hampton
- Native Foods (vegan)
- Veggie Grill (vegan)
- Catch at Casa del Mar
- The Ivy
- Fogo de Chao
there are plenty of places that will accommodate your friend if you ask, and seafood and steak restaurants are usually easy to navigate. in fact, you should also make note of places to avoid because they refuse to make any substitutions or modifications (Gjelina and Father's Office come to mind). oh, and FWIW, i would never recommend GF pizza to a celiac when it's made in a kitchen where most of what they serve is wheat-based, because there's just too much risk of cross-contamination.