1100 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Project Juice co-founder Marra St. Clair, a diagnosed celiac, understands the struggle of searching for healthful, delicious foods free of allergens. Everything offered at Project Juice is certified organic, non-GMO, gluten, dairy, and most allergen free. Popular gluten-free options include Gluten-Free Avocado Toast or Banana Almond Butter GF Toast, Paelo Protein Waffles (topped with berries, almond “cream cheese,” honey, and toasted almonds among other varieties), Hot GF Protein Oats, Coconut Yogurt Parfait, Acai Bowls, and daily soup offerings (bottled to-go options available) that are always gluten free.READ MORE: United Teachers LA Vote In Favor Of Agreement With LAUSD For Physical Return To 2021-2022 School Year
451 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Newport’s True Food Kitchen is a health-food haven, seamlessly blending together tasty, seasonal menus and the most nutrient-rich, artisan ingredients. The restaurant offers a wide selection of gluten-free options on their seasonal menus; current offerings include three signature gluten free items, charred cauliflower, cashew pad thai, and an inside out quinoa burger.
12681 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
SoCal’s only indoor waterpark resort, Great Wolf Lodge, knows a thing or two about food allergies and a gluten-free lifestyle. Chef Hany Ali and the team offer a variety of gluten-free options including sweet potato and regular french fries, calamari and chicken tenders (using rice flour), mushroom risotto, and chile rubbed wings, among other dishes. For dessert, the restaurant offers a gluten free bread pudding and a vegan chocolate brownie (which you wouldn’t believe is soy free, gluten free, nut free, dairy free, egg free)!
2930 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Vegan hotspot, Seabirds Kitchen, which began as a popular food truck and has spawned two SoCal locations, serves artisan food from scratch made from local, seasonal produce combined to create unique flavor combinations. Their menu features an extensive selection of gluten-free options (labeled GF on the menu) including tomato soup, burnt Brussels sprouts, Natural cut fries, a warm cauliflower salad, taco varieties, bibimbap bowls, enchiladas and tamales. Gluten-free brunch and dessert options are also available.
13126 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602
The menu at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen adapts the culinary heritage of Mexico and Latin America to a fresh and modern style, while still providing a slew of options for gluten-free guests. Cha Cha’s labels all gluten-free items on the menu with ‘GF’ to make it simple and straightforward. Gluten-free guests can choose from fresh ceviche, wood-fired queso fundido, corn tortilla tacos (with fish, chicken, steak, or mushrooms), and plenty more.
4020 Barranca Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92604
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Catch a wave with the laid back vibe at Islands Restaurants; even diners looking for gluten-free options can join in the fun. Popular gluten-free favorites include their grilled chicken tacos, the Kaanapali Kobb Salad, and their specialty nachos. A hard-to-find-option that gets rave reviews are the gluten-free cheddar cheese fries, a perfect comfort food.
17431 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA
Melanie Hohman, owner and head baker at Fountain Valley’s Sensitive Sweets, bakes from experience as her youngest son suffers from severe food allergies. Everything served at her shop (and you can order online) is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and nut-free, in addition to being delicious. From birthday cakes and cupcakes to cookies and brownies, donuts, muffins, and pies, Sensitive Sweets is a must-stop treat shop for treat hunters on a gluten free diet.READ MORE: Suspected Car Thief In Custody After Pursuit Ends In North Hollywood
Green Tomato Grill
1419 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867
With core principles of fast, healthy, affordable and sustainable food, Green Tomato Grill is one of only a few fast-food establishments that specifically aims to serve those with special dietary needs, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan offerings. Gluten free diners will enjoy a clearly labeled menu with options such as rice bowls (nearly 10 varieties are gluten free), salads, soups, fish tacos, breakfasts, and an assortment of sides, sauces, and dressings.
2304 W Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA
This popular seafood restaurant and Newport Beach mainstay offers guests a beachfront atmosphere and curated menu filled with gluten-free options like hand-shucked oysters, bacon wrapped scallops, and freshly caught fish. Their signature cioppino is a gluten-free fan favorite, with shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, calamari, crab, and fresh catch of the day simmered in a zesty red wine sauce.
22245 El Paseo Suite A
Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688
The menu at SAJJ Mediterranean was built to be easily customizable for everyone, no matter their dietary preferences or restrictions. Nearly 80% of SAJJ’s offerings are gluten-free, including the turmeric rice or salad bowls, which can be topped with gluten-free proteins (falafel, pomegranate chicken, steak shawarma, etc.) and a wide variety of gluten-free mix-ins and sides (hummus, tahini, eggplant ragout, etc.). To eliminate any guesswork, SAJJ’s menu labels their gluten-free items with ‘GF.’
1200 Bison Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Pita Jungle features a variety of healthy, delicious Mediterranean food at their Newport Beach location, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Very few items on the menu have gluten in them (with taboule the notable exception) as the foods are filled with lean proteins, legumes, nuts, and fruit.
12007 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
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One of AllergyEat’s “Top Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains” (for six years running!), Red Robin features an Interactive Allergen Menu that helps diners with food allergies customize their order. Team members are also trained to handle allergies, from gluten or otherwise, with care and safety procedures, including use of an entirely clean and sanitized utensil and prep kit for each allergen order. Gluten-free favorites include burgers (on an Udi bun!), fries and sweet potato fries (fried in a dedicated, gluten-free fryer)!
31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy,
Rancho Santa Margarita
The Blind Pig serves up shareable gourmet American cuisine, created by Executive Chef Karl Pfleider, in a speakeasy-style setting. Enjoy a three-course gluten-free feast off the new spring menu, beginning with the mushroom saltado, followed by the shredded duck leg risotto entree and finished with flourless chocolate cake. Additional gluten-free menu offerings are clearly labeled ‘GF’ to make dining at The Blind Pig a simple and enjoyable experience for all.MORE NEWS: 1 Killed, 1 In Critical Condition After Shooting Near Eagle Rock Dispensary; Suspect In Custody