With a rise in gluten intolerances, allergies, celiac disease, and even the popularity of the paleo diet, gluten free options are becoming available at more and more restaurants in Orange County. Although many restaurants can certainly accommodate, here’s a list of restaurants in the OC that go above and beyond for their GF patrons.
Anaheim White House
887 South Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
Eating gluten free doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. At Anaheim White House, you can enjoy their gluten free prix-fixe Menu for the ultimate gluten free dining experience. You’ll start with a green salad (mesclun greens tossed with their world famous White House passion fruit vinaigrette) or beef carpaccio, and enjoy entree selections including Braised Beef, Steamed Salmon (served atop a Belgium white chocolate mashed potato puree), Filet Mignon (oven roasted with local dairy bleu Gorgonzola cheese sauce), or Pasta Calabrese (a gluten free pasta tossed with olive oil, seasonal vegetables, and roasted garlic). Finish your meal with a decadent Crème Brulée served with seasonal berries and vanilla bean ice cream.
2981 Bristol Suite #B5
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
At 118 Degrees, everything offered is from 100% plant based Vegan ingredients, prepared at less than 118 degrees to preserve the natural quality and nutritional value of the dish. In addition to offering a wide variety of healthy, allergen free foods, 118 Degrees boasts some unique gluten free options including sprouted grains that make for a great bread substitute for the gluten intolerant.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
2110 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Additional Location: Fullerton
Gluten free pasta is a rare find in restaurants. Head to the Old Spaghetti Factory for their incredibly tasty gluten free pasta offered as a substitution for any noodle entree. A wide variety of sauces, meats (including their popular Italian sausage link), and dressing options are also gluten free. Note: There is a $.75 upgrade charge when choosing gluten free pasta.
Disneyland Resort Restaurants
600 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Many people don’t know that Disneyland Resort restaurants offer some amazing selections for gluten free diners. From counter service “fast food” restaurants to sit down options and fine dining, nearly every restaurant in the parks and hotels offer gluten free options including breads, gluten-free sauces, and more, although they are often not listed on the menu. The chefs in most sit down restaurants can often prepare your selections in special allergen free areas to avoid cross-contamination. Alert the host to your dietary requirements and the chef will consult with you to help meet your needs.
The Yard House
849 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Additional Locations: Costa Mesa & Irvine
If you are looking to grab a gluten free brew with your friends, be sure to head to the Yard House. Although exact offerings vary based on location, the Yard House regularly serves up gluten-free lagers, pale ales, and hard ciders to the delight of beer fans everywhere. A dedicated gluten-free menu will help round out your night out on the town with hearty gluten free appetizer, entree, and dessert selections.
3966 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606
Additional Location: Fountain Valley
The Gluten-Free menu at Stonefire Grill is extensive. With sixteen salads (with nine gluten-free salad dressing options), six delicious side options, and five specialty meats available, there is something here for everyone. A special treat at Stonefire Grill is their homemade barbecue sauce, completely free of gluten and completely tasty smothered atop BBQ ribs or their famous tri tip.
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St. Suite 1876
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Z’Tejas has created a gluten-free menu in cooperation with the Gluten Intolerance Group and works to maintain integrity with their food suppliers for a worry-free meal. Current offerings include their Z’ Chicken Salad, Wild Mushroom Enchiladas, Roasted Vegetable Tacos (corn tortillas filled with zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, green chiles, corn, and roasted chile vinaigrette spinach topped with salsa verde), grilled salmon, and a NY strip steak, among others. Gluten-free margaritas and RedBridge Beer compliment your meal.
234 E 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Additional Location: South Coast Collection / Costa Mesa
With fresh, organic options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Greenleaf Chopshop also offers a wide variety of gluten free choices. Their family friendly environment serves up specialties like the Anti-Oxidant Salad, Kristi’s Quinoa, and even almond crusted chicken fingers entree to satisfy your breaded cravings.
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