citizen cafeteria (Photo by Jon Anderson)
Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or out-of-town visitors with nut allergies? These 10 places will keep the tummies and immune systems of just about everyone happy. Gluten-free heaven for one person can be a nutty nightmare for another, so research each menu thoroughly.
The menu here is completely meat-free, brunch items are made with JUST Egg, and almost everything can be made gluten-free. It also involves guesswork as to whether or not to do so.
El Dorado Cafe
Bring your vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free friends, even Peeps who can’t eat seafood.
This upscale vegan joint has a very helpful allergen guide that diners can refer to before making their choice.
The menu here is Tex-Mex-biased and completely gluten-, wheat-, and soy-free.
Bring your in-laws here for 100% gluten-free, upscale modern Mexican food.
This downtown joint has been largely under the radar since it opened in October 2020, but now introduces a very sophisticated menu with tempting options like mushroom mole tacos and roast chicken. The menu does not contain refined sugar, gluten, soy or peanuts.
Boldin Creek Cafe
This beloved vegan and vegetarian café has plenty of items that will appeal to even the most carnivorous palate, and plenty of options for your gluten-free friends.
This is one of my personal favorites for a quick and healthy lunch. Grain bowl combos are endless, gluten-free, and appealing to both sassy vegans and carnivores.
This long-standing East Side establishment offers vegan and vegetarian iterations such as menudos and breakfast tacos. Just because you can’t or don’t want to eat cheese or meat doesn’t mean you have to avoid Tex-Mex favorites.
house of light
My steak-loving father-in-law might complain about the possibility of a vegan or macrobiotic diet, but then he might find it so light and nourishing that he wants to visit again before heading home. Hmm.