As anyone with a gluten allergy can attest to, there is nothing more infuriating than scrolling endlessly through menu after menu, trying to ascertain whether there are true gluten-free options at a restaurant. We have all been there. Lured into a restaurant with the promise of a gluten-free menu, only to be greeted with a long list of salads and wait staff that are confused about what gluten even is. From the day that my family and I were diagnosed with a severe gluten allergy, we began the never-ending search for the best gluten-free spots everywhere we go. Since moving to Orlando, we’ve collected a few favorite spots where gluten-free options aren’t an afterthought. Happy to share with you, our hidden GF gems around Central Florida!
ENZO'S ON THE LAKE
Looking for an authentic Italian experience with beautiful views? This is the perfect spot! The staff was very knowledgeable of the gluten-free menu options and able to make any necessary substitutions to ensure our experience was remarkable. We tried the Fettucine al' Aragosta e Gamberi and Gamberoni alla Griglia, which were to die for and left us with clean plates, finishing off with almond cookies and cheesecake.
BUBBLE & CO.
Everyone loves a café with endlessly decadent pastries and here you’ll find all the gluten-free treats your heart could desire. From savory duck pintivers and beef piccadillos to sweet bubble waffles, Angie has curated an impeccable selection to pair with their bubble tea. They offer a variety of GF pastries every day, but you may custom order a week in advanced.
THE PETITE CHEF
This up-and-coming pastry chef has mastered the art of the GF cupcake and pound cake. The mocha cupcake with espresso buttercream has an exquisite balance of chocolate and coffee, while the lemon pound perfectly satiates one's craving for the tartness of citrus. Her classic vanilla cupcake offered a flavor-filled experience. While completing her culinary degree, she is developing new GF recipes. Instagram @the.petite.chef.
JESSICA'S FRITURAS CATERING
After a devastating car accident prevented the grand opening of her food truck, Chef Jessica didn’t allow this setback to stop her from achieving her dream. Her catering is perfect for all your events with a wide selection of delectable meal options, the succulent cilantro chicken and rice is a must have. She also offers amazing tacos on Raleigh and Timberleaf Blvd. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
This chic general store-café combo boosts a seemingly endless offering of GF goodies, from their amazing Lemon Zinger pancakes, brownies, and crepes to breakfast sandwiches and bowls as, well as a superfood blueberry muffin. They even offer special pastries like GF, vegan cinnamon rolls on the weekends. With almost everything being gluten-free, this spot is a must visit for anyone who loves breakfast.
JJ’s FRESH FROM SCRATCH
If you’re looking for a flavor-packed, customizable meal, here you’ll find Latin-inspired fresh ingredients that will have your mouth watering from the moment you enter the building. You can choose an arepa to fill with anything from chimichurri roast pork to carne mechada and a variety of delicious toppings. With extensive GF choices and a friendly atmosphere, JJ’s is the perfect fast-casual option.