Fantastic Philadelphia restaurants where you can eat pizza, arepas and vermicelli platters without having to worry about the wheat situation.
Eating with gluten allergies and sensitivities can be complicated, if not downright depressing. But, if you know where to look, Philly is full of places where celiacs or gluten avoiders can let loose without worrying about the wheat situation. Find the best ones below.
Gabriella’s Vietnam, Eastern Passyunk
Gabriella’s is the kind of place your whole team might be having a gluten-free meal without even realizing it. Gluten-free dishes are clearly marked on the menu, with options such as Vietnamese street snacks you won’t find in many other places in town, including a vermicelli platter with blood sausage and kumquat, cakes shrimp and pork rice that comes out in small individual bowls, wok fried lemongrass tofu, and more.
Ban Taproom, Callow Hill
Every Wednesday starting at 4 p.m., Prohibition Taproom dedicates its fryers to gluten-free products, including its signature GF Fried Chicken, a relief for those intolerant of any cross-contamination. In addition to the chicken, they do gluten-free vegetable tempura, fried eggplant with chicken, and fries. A bonus: Prohibition Taproom hosts a happy hour every day from 4-7 p.m. so you can be gluten-free and drunk at the same time.
PS & Co.., Rittenhouse Square
PS & Co. maintains an entirely vegan and gluten-free kitchen, which means you can graze without thinking about dietary restrictions. They also offer meal prep assistance for people looking for home cooking support, which includes three meals a day for a full week and options like quinoa oatmeal waffle, a basil and tomato quiche and pumpkin hummus with crudité.
Sazón’s Venezuelan food isn’t completely gluten-free, but the menu leans heavily on yucca, corn, and plantains. The team is also making sure to protect gluten-free diners by dedicating specific fryers to gluten-free cooking – meaning their yuca frita, fried plantains and tostones are all safe. Complete an order with a few arepas, a bowl of beef stew, and a brownie. Sazón’s food is available for takeout and delivery every day except Monday.
Good luck Pizza Co.., Downtown Village
Good Luck Pizza is new to the scene, but it’s made a splash with its excellent gluten-free crust, which is just as chewy inside and crispy as the gluten-free options. The crust was developed by food consultant George Sabatino, who tinkered with the recipe for months before finding one he deemed worthy. In a city with a lot of pizza, this gluten-free version stands out.
Front Street Cafe, Fishtown
Sometimes a well-marked menu is the difference between a stressful GF meal and a relaxing one, which is why Front Street Cafe should be your go-to place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Look for huevos rancheros and quinoa oatmeal porridge for breakfast (trust me, this isn’t your morning instant oatmeal). In the afternoon, try the buffalo cauliflower and green falafel, and get the parmesan-crusted eggplant, chicken tenderloin, and spaghetti Alfredo squash for dinner.
Fox and Son, Downtown
Fox & Son Fair Foods at Reading Terminal Market offers an entirely gluten-free menu inspired by county fairs: think corn dogs, cheese curds, Frito pie and funnel cake. The real star, however, is the selection of fancy corn dogs, which includes perfect monstrosities like a breaded sweet potato corn dog topped with pork chorizo and sour cream. There’s no health halo here, just joy-inducing snacks.
middle child, Fishtown and Washington Square West
It’s Philadelphia, which means everyone gets a hoagie — including our gluten-sensitive brethren. For $2 more (or $2.50 more at the Fishtown Spot), you can get almost any MC sandwich on gluten-free bread. And although they have gluten in the building, the team is sensitive to cleaning kitchen surfaces before building your sando to make it as safe as possible.
Mission Taqueria, Rittenhouse Square
If you’re looking for a place to eat gluten-free without making a fuss of everyone in your group, head to Mission Taqueria. The entire menu – including the churros – is completely gluten-free. It’s easy for Mission to pull this off without too much fanfare or questions because their tortillas are made with corn from Oaxaca, and everything else is just…delicious.
Okie Dokie Donuts, South Philly
I have to be honest here: I’ve had Okie Dokie Donuts a handful of times (they’re roughly located right between my house and my gym) and I had no idea they were gluten-free until this I start working on this story. That should be all you need to know, but if you’re looking for more information, consider that Okie Dokie Donuts regularly rotates its menu to include creative, seasonal flavors like ube-coconut, latte and pineapple upside-down cake. If you’re looking for other GF baked goods, check out Flakely or Taffets.