Austin restaurants: Gluten-free menu options

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Vespaio and Enoteca offer gluten-free versions of several of their pasta dishes. (Thao Nguyen FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Vespaio and Enoteca offer gluten-free versions of several of their pasta dishes. (Thao Nguyen FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Regularly in Austin360 we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Whether you manage your diet because of celiac disease or if you’re just someone who wants to cut gluten from your diet, it can sometimes be hard to find certain items. This week I offer a list of places with a wide selection of gluten-free options. Obviously there are certain types of restaurants — Indian (Asiana, Tarka), barbecue (Freedmen’s, Stiles Switch), and Mexican (Polvos, Azul Tequila), for instance — where you can always find gluten-free options, so I stuck to the kinds of foods (hamburgers, pasta, sandwiches, pizza) that can sometimes be harder to find. Don’t see one of your favorites listed? Email me at modam@statesman.com.

Please keep in mind that due to cross-contamination, frying methods, etc., you should still ask your server or a restaurant manager to verify that dishes are completely gluten-free.

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24 Diner. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5400, 24Diner.com. Farm-to-table comfort food spot serves gluten-free breakfast items and lunch and dinner entrees on a dedicated menu.

aRoma Italian Kitchen. 3403 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-900-8670, aromaitalian.com. Features about 20 gluten-free items, and any of the pasta dishes can substitute zucchini ribbons for noodles.

Bess Bistro. 500 W. Sixth St. 512-477-2377, bessbistro.com. New executive chef Roman Murphy’s menu of bistro classics and modern takes includes gluten-free options like PEI mussels with pork lardons in a spiced tomato broth, chili-crusted mahi, and pumpkin soup with maple-bacon jam.

Brick Oven on 35th. 1608 W. 35th St. 512-453-4330, brickovenon35th.com. Restaurant offers gluten-free options for Italian sandwiches, a half-dozen pastas and a host of pizzas.

Casa de Luz. 1701 Toomey Road. 512-476-2535, casadeluz.org. The daily meals at this South Austin non-profit community center are always gluten-free.

Cenote. 1010 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-524-1311, cenoteaustin.com. The coffee shop and café serves sandwiches on gluten-free bread from Misty Morning Bakery and gluten-free pastries from Sippie’s Studio.

Due Forni. 106 E. 6th St. 512-391-9300, dueforni.com. The restaurant serves Roman and Neapolitan style pizzas with gluten-free options.

Frank. 407 Colorado St. 512-494-6916, hotdogscoldbeer.com. Fancy dogs like the Jackalope (made with smoked antelope, rabbit and pork sausage, and topped with cranberry compote) can be ordered on gluten-free buns.

Hopdoddy. 1400 S. Congress Ave., 512-243-7505; 2438 W. Anderson Lane, 512-467-2337. Hopdoddy.com. The payoff for what can often be a long wait is the choice of a dozen well-crafted burgers that can all be ordered on house-made gluten-free buns.

Hut’s Hamburgers. 807 W. Sixth St. 512-472-0693, hutsfrankandangies.com. The longtime downtown favorite offers gluten-free buns.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen. 7720 Texas 71. 512-852-8558; 2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, 512-215-0372, JackAllensKitchen.com. The popular comfort-food brunch always includes dishes clearly marked with gluten-free stickers.

Ka-Prow Thai & Sushi Bistro. 1200 W Howard Lane. 512-990-2111, beta.kaprowleaf.com. These pan-Asian specialists offer a massive gluten-free menu.

Kerbey Lane Cafe. Multiple locations. 512-447-3767, kerbeylanecafe.com. All locations have gluten-free menus that include sandwiches served on gluten-free bread.

Kome. 4917 Airport Blvd. 512-712-5700, Kome-Austin.com. Want to dip your sushi in some gluten-free soy sauce, here’s your spot.

Max’s Wine Dive. 207 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-904-0111, maxswinedive.com. It’s always the right time for gluten-free fried chicken. Menu also indicated many other gluten-free options, but … fried chicken!

Mighty Fine Burgers. Multiple locations. MightyFineBurgers.com. Four Austin-area locations for this family-friendly place that offers burgers on gluten-free buns.

Olive & June. 3411 Glenview Ave. 512-467-9898, OliveAndJune-Austin.com. The restaurant that makes some of the best handmade pasta also makes handmade gluten-free pasta.

Sagra. 1050 E. 11th St. 512-535-5988, sagraaustin.net. This Italian restaurant in East Austin says it can make anything on the menu gluten-free.

Thai Fresh. 909 Mary St. 512-494-6436, Thai-Fresh.com. Thai food restaurant, coffee shop and bakery serves more than 20 gluten-free items, including sandwiches and baked goods.

Toastie’s. 215 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-499-8500, ilovetoasties.com. All of their sandwiches can be ordered in a gluten-free brown rice wrap.

Vespaio. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-6100, AustinVespaio.com. Spaghetti with tomato sauce and eggplant, mandilli de saea with pesto, linguine with clams and several other pasta dishes can be ordered with gluten-free pasta at this South Congress stalwart.

Via 313. Multiple locations. Via313.com. The trailers serve thick, fluffy, cheesy squares of pizza. And they can make them gluten-free without sacrificing flavor.

Wild Wood Bakehouse. 3016 Guadalupe St. 512-327-9660, wildwoodbakehouse.com. The kitchen here is entirely gluten-free, meaning gluten-free baked goods, pastas, sandwiches and more.


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