My Favorite Gluten Replacements and Gluten-Free Restaurants

Switching to a gluten-free diet can have several potential benefits, especially if you have celiac disease, a wheat allergy or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. By eliminating gluten from your diet, you can improve your digestive health and alleviate symptoms like inflammation, abdominal pain, bloating and fatigue. 

If your health provider has recommended going gluten-free, you may feel intimidated because gluten and wheat are in so many foods – not only bread, baked goods and pasta, but also many snack foods, soy sauce, canned soups and even some ice cream brands. Going gluten-free requires you to explore new menu items and experiment with alternative ingredients to get adequate nutrition.

Yummy Gluten-Free Substitutes

  • MadeGood granola bars are gluten-free and vegan. My favorite is the birthday cake flavor. I keep them in my car for an anytime snack. Whenever I go to someone’s birthday party, I bring one of these with me to eat instead of the cake I can’t have.
  • I am obsessed with Siete Foods’ grain-free taco shells. Taco Tuesday is back! I also use their chickpea flour wraps for soft tacos or burritos. Their churro strips sprinkled with cinnamon sugar remind me of the Taco Bell cinnamon twists I used to love. 
  • Partake — I’m not usually a fan of crunchy chocolate chip cookies, but theirs are incredible. I have to be careful because otherwise I can eat five in one sitting. All this company’s products are free from common allergens like wheat, peanuts and milk.
  • Hail Merry has tiny key lime pie cups that are gluten-free and dairy-free. Amazing.

Nashville’s Best Gluten-Free Restaurants

Dining out can be challenging when you eat a gluten-free diet, but luckily, many of our excellent local restaurants accommodate different dietary restrictions. Here are my favorite restaurants where I know I can get gluten-free dishes.

  • True Food Kitchen — you can’t go wrong with anything you order from this seasonal restaurant.
  • Restoration Hardware Cafe — I have to be intentional about eating vegetables, and their shaved salad is a great way to get my servings. I usually order it extra chopped, plus cucumbers and vinaigrette, with a protein like salmon, shrimp, lobster or chicken breast. My other go-to is roasted chicken with broccoli (the best sauteed broccoli in Nashville). 
  • Vui’s Kitchen has a delicious Vietnamese rice noodle bowl with chicken. I always order it to go because I love adding a splash of coconut aminos and sriracha.

  • Burger Up Franklin is always gluten-friendly, with no risk of cross-contamination. I usually get grilled chicken wings with chipotle-pineapple sauce, sweet potato fries and Brussels sprouts, or I’ll do one of their burgers in a lettuce wrap.
  • Soy Bistro — If you like Asian-inspired meals, this Brentwood restaurant is really good about cooking with gluten-free ingredients like soy sauce. Their gochujang chicken and fried rice is delicious.
  • Perry’s Steakhouse in Cool Springs is a more upscale dining experience. I love their sea bass dish on a bed of creamed corn. They are also the only place in town that I know has a gluten-free lobster bisque.
  • Eddie V’s has an entire gluten-free menu, but the standout is the crab fried rice. 
  • The Hampton Social’s shrimp tacos on corn tortillas are a must-order item.

If you’re gluten-free like me, what are your go-to snacks, treats and restaurants? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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