If it seems like everyone and their mom is avoiding the dreaded “g word,” it’s because gluten sensitivity is a real thing. Approximately 18 million Americans have it, while close to three million have celiac disease. And restaurants are falling in line; adding gluten-free items to their menus zoodle by zoodle. Here are a Miami’s best bets for gluten-sensitive dining.Read More
Where to Go for Gluten-Free Food in Miami
Nobody said guilt-free
1. Le Jardinier
Go ahead, indulge in that bread basket at Le Jardinier. This swanky outpost by a Joël Robuchon protege offers a bread basket that is completely sans gluten, along with a plethora of veggie-forward dishes that are full on flavor and free of gluten.
2. Harry's Pizzeria
Pizza lovers can get their fix at chef Michael Schwartz’s neighborhood joint, Harry’s Pizzeria. With two Miami locations, Harry’s Pizzeria serves up gluten-free classics like cheese and margarita pies among more inventive varieties like short rib and pesto.
3. Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
A farm-inspired restaurant at The Palms Hotel & Spa, Essensia ups the gluten-free game with starters like shrimp scampi, soups like butternut squash, and entrees like braised corvina. If meat or dairy is also on the avoid list, the menu is equipped with vegan and lactose-free alternatives.
4. The Salty Donut
If colleagues bringing doughnuts to the office causes FOMO (fear of missing out), The Salty Donut’s rotating seasonal gluten-free doughnut option — featuring flavors like hot chocolate or maple sweet potato depending on the time of year — will make gluten feel like nothing but a buzz word.
5. Taquiza (Multiple locations)
Taco cravings don’t have to be a thing of the past for those living a gluten-free life. All but three of the 12 taco offerings are gluten-free at this popular taqueria (with multiple locations throughout Miami), including the al pastor, chorizo, and asada options. Plus, the must-order sides like totopos and the grilled elote are also gluten-free.
6. Lilikoi Organic Living
For the most important meal of the day, Lilikoi Organic Living serves up gluten-free versions of breakfast favorites like avocado toast, quinoa waffles, and a yogurt and granola parfait.
7. CraveClean Protein Bake Shop
Self-described as a “protein bakery,” CraveClean churns out healthier baked goods that look and taste like the real deal. With gluten-free cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and other guilt-free twists on tried and true desserts, a trip to the bakery is nothing to hide.
8. Morton's The Steakhouse
Although not traditionally known for its diet-friendly fare, Morton’s gluten-sensitive offerings provide a generous selection of indulgences from bar bites to desserts. With potato chips, various cuts of steak, creme brulee, and a truffle butter upgrade, the vast menu leaves little left to crave.
If burgers are on the brain, LoKal has lots of them. Bunless or atop a lettuce wrap, the sizable patties can be loaded with cheese, potato sticks, or bacon; and washed down with gluten-free ale.
10. Greenstreet Cafe
The center of Coconut Grove’s social scene, Greenstreet Cafe reps an eclectic mix of tastes. For dinner, a choice of pasta prepped with gluten-free penne curbs a carb fix while the gluten-free buttermilk pancakes are a breakfast lover’s dream.
11. Fiola Miami
For fine dining fans, Fiola brings upscale Italian food to Coral Gables. With an elegant raw bar, wood oven-baked octopus, gluten-free pasta, and a whole salt-crusted branzino, skipping the gluten at Fiola hardly feels like a sacrifice.
12. Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering
A favorite for homestyle eats, Whisk Gourmet delivers comfort food with ease. Safe bets include bacon-wrapped gorgonzola-stuffed dates, snapper fillet, barbecue pork chops, and the Whisk house salad, decked out with raisins, gorgonzola, walnuts, and a cider vinaigrette.
This counter-service restaurant is a favorite amongst the clean and healthy on-the-run diner. Gluten-free soups, wraps, and sandwiches permanently grace the menu, while most dishes can be modified to accommodate even the strictest of regimens.