New Orleans is known as a city that lives to eat, but when you are gluten free, it can be challenging to eat at safe restaurants that follow best practices for the gluten free community.
Since I do not live a gluten free lifestyle, I’ve reached out to one of my New Orleans Foodie Friends Allison Agulnick to inform my readers of all of the best gluten free restaurants in New Orleans.
Allison is the New Orleans foodie behind Gluten Free Girl Boss on Instagram – so give her some love and follow her food journey!
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Gluten Free Restaurants in New Orleans
With this guide, you will be able to eat at some of the best restaurants in New Orleans, while also staying gluten free while on vacation.
This guide is the perfect way for tourists or locals to stay gluten free while in New Orleans.
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The idea of traveling to or living in New Orleans can be scary if you’re avoiding gluten. With this guide, Gluten Free Girl Boss will make being gluten free in New Orleans a little simpler.
Whether you’re gluten-free for health reasons or just trying it out, these are the must-eats in many of the neighborhoods in and around New Orleans.
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Gluten Free in the LOWER GARDEN DISTRICT
Sit Down: Coquette
2800 Magazine St.
Coquette is a New American restaurant located on the corner of Magazine St. and Washington St. Their menu rotates seasonally; however, it is always full of gluten free options.
While nothing is notated on the menu, the wait staff is well informed about what is safe for those with celiac disease to indulge in.
Coquette is the perfect setting for a date night or a night out with friends as the gorgeous interior and the food will leave you breathless.
Quick Bite: Satsuma Café
1320 Magazine St. Suite 104
With three locations for Satsuma Cafe it will be easy to eat gluten free in New Orleans. The newest locations is on Magazine St.
Satsuma Café is the perfect neighborhood coffee shop that carries pressed juices, salads, coffees, and gluten-free bread.
The staff at Satsuma Café will gladly change out any sandwich bread for delicious gluten-free bread. They will go the extra mile to make sure your sandwich is safe and tasty.
CENTRAL CITY Gluten Free Restaurants
Sit Down: Mais Arepas
1200 Carondelet St.
Mais Arepas has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans. This hole in the wall gem of a restaurant is home to some of the most delicious gluten-free food I’ve ever had.
You may think I’m exaggerating, but I promise you I’m not.
Plus, their entire menu is gluten free, which is a bonus.
Take my advice, go check out Mais Arepas, but be sure to make a reservation because this place gets incredibly busy all nights of the week.
Quick Bite: Avenue Café
1907 St Charles Ave.
One of the first places I went to when I moved down here was Avenue Café. Located on St. Charles Avenue Café is super convenient when you need to grab a quick bite.
They have gluten-free bread for sandwiches and a couple of gluten-free pastries, which in a win in my book.
Gluten Free in Uptown New Orleans
Sit Down: Bearcat
2521 Jena St. (multiple locations)
Whenever anyone comes to visit me, gluten-free or not, I take them to Bearcat for breakfast.
Their breakfast menu has two sides; one side is called “Good Cat” which contains healthier breakfast items, and the other is “Bad Cat” which has more indulgent options, including pancakes and benedicts.
There are several gluten free options on both sides of the menu, so whether you’re feeling good or bad, you have tons of options.
Every time I go to Bearcat, they ask about cross-contamination and will even clean off the grill so I can safely order pancakes.
Their menu rotates seasonally with several gluten free offerings with each rotation.
Fun Fact: “The Perfect Date” starring Noah Centineo, was partly filmed at Bearcat Uptown.
Quick Bite: City Greens
5001 Freret St. Suite B (Multiple Locations)
New Orleans is known for its fried food and creole cooking. While I love a big ole bowl of red beans and rice, sometimes I just seriously crave a salad. City Greens satisfies that craving.
Pretty much all of their menu items are gluten free (except for the croutons obviously). They serve signature salads and warm bowls as well as a DIY option if nothing on the menu speaks to you.
So when you’re in need of a healthy alternative to all the Nola-based foods, make sure City Greens is high up on that healthy list.
City Greens has also appeared in Eating Healthy In New Orleans.
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
Sit Down: Copper Vine
1001 Poydras St.
One of my favorite happy hour spots in the CBD is Copper Vine.
From the wine on tap to the GF markings on the menu, Copper Vine is a must for Gluten Free Foodies. The outside patio is lined with gorgeous plants which makes this place the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the New Orleans CBD.
Quick Bite: Auction House Market
801 Magazine St.
Food markets are found all over New Orleans; designed to highlight the outstanding food that this Southern city has to offer.
My favorite of the New Orleans food markets is Auction House Market. There are several amazing vendors for all your different gluten free moods.
Whether you need a mid-morning pick-me-up from Coast Roast, a sweet vegan, and gluten free macaron from Mac and Moon, or you’re yearning for Indian food Tava, Auction House Market has everything to fulfill those needs.
Check out other things to do while you are visiting the Central Business District and the Warehouse District!
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Warehouse District Gluten Free Restaurants
Sit Down: El Gato Negro
800 S Peters St. (Multiple Locations)
Sometimes, you go somewhere that advertises a gluten free menu, and when you finally sit down to eat, they have two options on their “gluten free menu.”
Not at El Gato Negro, where the gluten free menu is longer than some gluten filled menus. While you’re perusing through your options, you can enjoy the chips and salsa as the chips are fried in a separate fryer.
Quick Bite: The Daily Beet
1000 Girod St. (Multiple Locations)
Another healthy alternative to all the Cajun food is The Daily Beet. With several locations all over New Orleans, the Daily Beet is a healthy choice to keep your New Year resolutions.
Every safe item on the menu is listed as gluten free, which makes it easy to know what is and isn’t safe. The hardest part will be deciding between all your options.
Eating Gluten free in the French Quarter
Sit Down: Cunada
833 Conti St.
If you’re visiting New Orleans or have friends and family visiting, chances are, you’ll end up in the French Quarter. In the heart of the Quarter lies Cunada – a small, authentic Mexican restaurant where everything on the entire menu is gluten free.
Yup, you read that right, EVERYTHING.
Plus, the margaritas are the size of your face, so it’s a win-win.
Wind down after a long day of romping around the Quarter at Cunada, where you don’t have to give a second thought to your food safety.
Quick Bite: Holy Crepes
1100 N. Peters St. #23
There are several food vendors in the French Market. The one that is a must-find is Holy Crepes.
All of the crepes can be made gluten free as they have a gluten- ree batter and a separate crepe griddle to cook them on.
These crepes are the perfect snack to get you through the crowds of the Quarter.
Gluten Free foods in the Bywater
Quick Bite: Capulet
3014 Dauphine St.
Capulet, while only open during the week, is an absolute MUST for New Orleans. Almost the entire menu can be made gluten free.
The kitchen uses separate utensils, including a separate, gluten free fryer.
Order your meal and take it to the roof for a stunning view of the city. While you enjoy the view you can have some of the best gluten free bread in New Orleans.
MID-CITY bites that are gluten free
Sit Down: Blue Oak BBQ
900 N. Carrolton Ave.
BBQ is part of the soul of the South.
Surprisingly, gluten free BBQ is harder to find than one would have guessed. But with all the flavor-packed in between the spices and sauces, gluten can just sneak in.
But not at Blue Oak BBQ.
Located in Mid-City, this Southern gem has so much to offer, including gluten free meats and sauces.
Don’t even get me started on their $5 happy hour margs.
Quick Bite: Sacred Grinds
5055 Canal St.
New Orleans has the coolest cemeteries. I swear, I know that sounds weird, but it’s true.
Located next to the St. Patrick Cemetery is Sacred Grinds. This coffee shop has tons of caffeinating options and even some donuts from Girls Gone Vegan.
If you find yourself on a tour of the cemeteries, get yourself a pick-me-up from Sacred Grinds.
A little bit of gluten free Lagniappeg
Since Allison has an entire Instagram account on where and how to eat gluten free in New Orleans, there are so many honorable mentions that didn’t make it into this blog post that could have.
Make sure you follow her on Instagram and check out these honorable mentions. Each link to the restaurant goes to her Instagram post so you can learn a little more about the dishes to eat.
Not gluten free but want to learn about even more restaurants? Check out this guest blog post by Off the Eaten Path to learn where locals eat in New Orleans.
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