For those who can’t dive into the fish & chips or bowls of spaghetti due to gluten sensitivities, Fort Bragg has quite few options. I am one of those people, so trust me – I understand the frustrations of dietary limitations when eating out. Surprisingly, I find more gluten-free options in this little town than in many larger urban areas! Here’s the inside scoop on wheat-free eating in these parts…
- Franklin Street Cafe: Founded in 2010 as a “gluten-free” restaurant, this is the joint with the most options. Every menu item can be ordered gluten-free, without compromising the restaurants tag line: “food with soul.” Translation – you can have your pulled pork sandwich and the bun, too! You can view their menus online. Oh, and the chocolate brownie is delicious.
- Fort Bragg Bakery: Another newcomer to the Fort Bragg foodie scene, recently featured in a SF Chronicle article is now appeasing those of us who had major baked-goods envy when they first opened! They offer a delicious gluten-free pizza cooked up in their wood-fired brick oven and a few different options in the pastry case including scones, a granola bar and sometimes a slice of decadent cake (if you’re lucky!) They aren’t open every day, so be sure to plan your trip around their hours.
- Cafe One: This fun diner-style cafe is committed to using organic and local ingredients. Their huge breakfast and lunch menu features a number of gluten-free options. You can order any of their sandwiches on gluten-free rice bread, and last time I was in they even had a gluten-free carrot cake as a special!
- Living Light Cafe: This cafe is attached to the renowned Living Light Culinary Institute, and most everything they serve is not only gluten-free, it’s raw! They offer a variety of prepared dishes ranging from salads to a sunflower seed burger plus fresh juices and smoothies.
- V’Canto: This centrally located Italian restaurant does not seem like the place for a gluten-free meal when you peek in the window, or even when you peruse the menu. However, owner Jim Muto almost always has some wheat-free pasta on hand and you can order any of the “normal” pasta dishes in a custom gluten-free version. I love these little surprises in unexpected places.
- Harvest Market and Down Home Foods are two great locally-owned grocery stores that both stock a ton of gluten-free bread, cereal and snack options. Check the refrigerator and freezer sections – the goods are often hiding there. Tip: look for the delicious and locally made sweet treats by LOVEnit.
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