Don’t let your wheat allery get in the way of enjoying a great meal in Philadelphia. While cheesesteaks and Philly pretzels come to mind for a lot of tourists when talking about our food scene, we know we’re so much more than that, and can even argue we have one of the best food scenes in the country. If you lead a gluten-free lifestyle, for whatever reason, Philly’s got your back. Here are a few of our top picks for restaurants serving up gluten-free eats.
Giorgio on Pine
1328 Pine St.
Just because you can’t have gluten doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a hearty Italian meal. Giorgio on Pine has an extensive gluten-free pizza and pasta menu that includes fusilli primavera, brown rice ziti and a sweet sausage pizza pie. With a group of people who aren’t gluten-free? That’s ok! There’s a full on gluten menu, too.
106 S. 13th St.
Rest easy with an entire gluten-free dinner menu at Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s Mexican restaurant, Lolita. Gluten-free items include achiote roasted chicken and mahi mahi tacos. Begin your meal by noshing on guacamole with plaintain and malanga chips for dipping. Que delicioso!
152 W. Girard Ave.
This hoagie shop by Chef Peter McAndrews is a Philly favorite, and serves up their signature sandwiches (beef brisket with fried egg and the chickpea pancake) on gluten-free bread.
Hai Street Kitchen
1625 Chestnut St.
32 S. 18th St.
125 S. 40th St.
Craving a burrito and sushi at the same time? Head over to Hai Street Kitchen for their signature sushi burritos, where proteins and veggies are encased in rice and nori. Try the flamin’ tuna (yellow fin tuna tartare, gochujang sauce, romaine, carrot, fresh beets and avocado salsa) for a spicy kick.
1424 South St.
1039 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr
Craving something sweet but without the gluten? Sweet Freedom Bakery is Philly’s first allergen-free bakery and all of their recipes are free of gluten, corn, soy, dairy, eggs and nuts. Everything is even naturally sweetened. We love their coconut clusters, chocolate cupcakes and double mint chocolate chip cookies.
So where are your favorite places for gluten-free food in Philly? Tell us in the comments below.