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Gluten-Free Memphis August 18, 2011

I have been requested, per my friend Caroline, to feature a post dedicated to gluten-free diets. I know this is important to many people, so I have created a list of gluten-free friendly, local Memphis restaurants. Some of these places have gluten-free menu items. Some have specific gluten-free menus, and some are 100% gluten-free.

If anyone knows of any other gluten-free friendly local restaurants around town, please comment and let me know. I would love to increase this list!

  • Booyah’s Burrito Beach
    • Tex Mex. It’s not for me, but some people may love Tex Mex.
    • Gluten-Free friendly
  • Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
    • World Famous BBQ. I recommend trying the ribs and cheese and sausage plate (though I do not know if they are Gluten-free.)
    • Gluten-Free friendly

9 Responses to “Gluten-Free Memphis”

  1. Greg Campbell Says:

    My wife, Clare, has celiac disease and cannot eat anything with gluten. We have found a few more restaurants in Memphis, some are chains. Mellow Mushroom claims to have a gluten free pizza, however, every time my wife has eaten there, she has gotten cross contamination. P. F. Changs has a gluten free menu and a great chocolate desert. Also with gluten free items on their menus are Bonefish Grille, Outback, Firebirds, and Chilis. I would warn that you can easily get cross contamination in these restaurants. Be sure you explain to the waiter or waitress that it is vital that there is no contamination. Speak to the manager and even the chef when possible.

    It is best to eat at a non-chain restaurant when possible. You are more likely to get personalized attention from the chef and manager and they generally don’t have that factory line mentality about preparing their food.

    • I can imagine that is hard to go to out to restaurants as your wife, Greg. One of the reasons I choose local over chain restaurants is because the staff is usually more attentive to your needs, from your server all the way up to the cooks. It seems as though in corporate restaurants, the heads of the company put more thought into their customers, through creating these separate menus. But if the concern does not trickle down into the individual establishments, then it does not matter.

      Thanks for the feedback.

      • Greg Campbell Says:

        You are right, the locally owned-operated restaurants are the way to go, with or without a gluten allergy! One helpful thing we do is to really get to know the staff and revisit that restaurant.

        Keep up the good work, Shannon, with your blog!

  2. Melissa Says:

    I’ve heard Ciao Bella even has gluten free rolls. Can’t wait to check it out. And Interim went out of its way to accomodate me on Valentines Day without advance notice.

    • I didn’t know about Ciao Bella. That’s great. I wonder if their pizza dough is gluten free (or could be). They have an amazing happy hour that could be lovingly accompanied by gluten free dough.

      What a compliment for Interim! Way to go guys.

  3. southerndreamer Says:

    The Elegant Farmer is GF friendly and The Acre also, if you explain ahead of time what you need.

  4. Teresa Says:

    I took a bottle of my gluten free soy sauce to Nam King on Summer and Waring and they cooked my food with it. I had Chinese food for the first time in years! They were also very careful to not use anything with wheat as I did NOT get sick afterwards.

  5. Linda Underwood Says:

    Maui Brick Oven in Germantown is totally GF! Also, Bounty on Broad is wonderful and completely GF! In Byhalia, MS, there is a new GF restaurant open Thurs thru Sun called Magnolia House. Does anyone know of a place that will prepare GF casseroles? I thought there was a catering place on Cooper Young that I read about, but cannot remember the name….

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