No one likes to be restricted to a diet of lettuce and cardboard, especially when dining out; but too many diners with gluten allergies have had to settle for something that bares a close resemblance. Dining out should be a fun experience for everyone. The good news is that more local restaurants are waking up! Some have added special gluten-free sections to their menus; others have a supply of gluten-free substitute ingredients to ensure fun and good eating for all. Still others have a menu that is ninety-five percent gluten-free. The following six restaurants are just a few of many in San Diego that offer options such as separate gluten-free menus, or special items upon request.
Just because the Corvette Diner happens to be a burger joint doesn’t mean it won’t accommodate the gluten-allergic. A variety of gluten-free items are offered on this restaurant’s special Gluten-Free Menu, including sandwiches like California Dreamin’ and the Buffalo Blues; as well as a variety of appetizers and burgers. The atmosphere is fun, and the food is even better.
Located in little Italy, The Indigo Grill features Mexican and Native American cuisine. There is something on the menu for everyone-- from the Meat-lover, to the more adventurous types, to the diner with a gluten allergy. In fact, there is a separate gluten-free menu with a generous selection of appetizers, which include roasted butternut squash soup, oven-roasted muscles, and clams. Entrees include, but are not limited to, pork porter house, flat iron chimichurri, and Talpia.
If it’s Chinese cuisine you crave, Del Mar Rendezvous is a great place to find a separate, gluten-free menu with a variety of items. Egg Drop and Hot and Spicy Soup, as well as Beef Broccoli and Mongolian Beef are just a few of many selections to choose from.
Though Leucadia doesn’t have a special menu, Italian food-lovers allergic to gluten can still be accommodated. They serve a ten-inch gluten-free pizza, any type, with crust made from brown rice. Most varieties of pasta can be replaced with fusili or penne noodles. Though their cream sauces should be avoided, customers can order the marinara sauce or tomato basil for substitutions.
Dublin Square Irish Pub does not have a separate gluten-free menu, but that doesn’t mean diners with allergies have to sit through the live music and entertainment without satisfying their palates. Several items to choose from are lamb stew; Guinness brazed beef sirloin, or salmon filet. Prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is fun, and the food is great.
This restaurant is not to be confused with its Donovan’s Steak and Chophouse counterparts in Downtown and La Jolla, but diners can expect the same high-quality service and atmosphere. Best of all, the sky’s the limit for seafood-lovers with gluten allergies. This restaurant does not have a separate menu with gluten-free items, because it isn’t even necessary. Most items on the menu, like Australian lobster tail, king crab legs, and black sea bass are choices that keep someone with a gluten allergy from trouble. This restaurant offers a quality feast with a fancy atmosphere, with two large dining-rooms and a bar.
It is getting easier for people with gluten allergies to dine out in San Diego. So dine out, eat up, and enjoy better food!
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