10 St. Louis Restaurants Where You Won’t Miss the Gluten
The gluten-free market is booming. Around eight percent of North-American consumers followed a wheat- or gluten-free diet in 2016, most often due to gluten sensitivities or allergies. But because 64 percent of Americans consider a gluten-free diet to be healthy, the number of consumers making this choice is expected to grow. Restaurants have taken notice, bumping up their menu offerings with breads, pizza crusts and even cupcakes that are indistinguishable from their wheat-based peers. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Nora’s, a neighborhood sub shop in Dogtown, offers creative sandwiches, soups and salads. The meat is smoked in-house, and the toppings range from melted brie and apple sauce to caramelized onions and horseradish sauce. Top-notch gluten-free bread is available for every sandwich.
A family-owned bakeshop, café and art studio in Shaw, SweetArt offers an entirely vegan menu with a variety of gluten-free options. The breakfast and lunch menus are filled with gluten-free breakfast tacos, wraps and sandwiches. For those with a sweet tooth, opt for the gluten-free cupcake of the day.
3. The Shack
A local institution for breakfast and lunch, The Shack has an entire menu dedicated to Hannah, the owner’s daughter, who was diagnosed with Celiac disease at age 7. The extensive gluten-free brunch menu, available at all five locations in the St. Louis area, offers skillets, omelettes, pancakes, salads and sandwiches. The Corner Pub and Grill, with two locations, is owned by the same family and offers an elaborate gluten-free menu as well.
Rigazzi’s on The Hill is an old-school Italian restaurant with red-and-white-checkered tablecloths and a laid-back atmosphere. It’s widely known for its home-style Italian dishes and offers a gluten-free menu with all of the good stuff, including homemade soups, pizza, pasta and even garlic bread.
This Clayton restaurant, owned by James Beard Award-winner Gerard Craft, is a casual, Italian-inspired eatery with homemade pastas and wood-fired pizzas. All of the pasta is made fresh daily in Pastaria‘s open kitchen, and each pasta dish is designed to highlight simple, fresh, quality ingredients. A house-made gluten-free pasta is available as a substitute into any dish on the menu.
Frida’s is one of the few full-service vegetarian restaurants in St. Louis, serving light and fresh offering a variety of creative meatless dishes. Gluten-free options at the DeMun eatery include small plates such as spring rolls and edamame, buns, wraps, tortillas, pizza crust, and decadent desserts.
7. PW Pizza
Named for its creators, Paul and Wendy Hamilton, PW Pizza in Lafayette Square offers standout pizzas and calzones made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients—the majority of which comes from the Hamiltons’ own urban farm and hydroponic greenhouse. The menu includes a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
8. The Fountain on Locust
The Fountain on Locust is a retro restaurant and ice cream bar in Midtown with hand-painted art deco walls. Though the restaurant is the home of the ice-cream martini, it also offers a diverse menu of sandwiches, soups and salads—all with the option of gluten-free substitutes.
With locations both Downtown and in Central West End, Pickles is a small but mighty deli unique to St. Louis. The deli offers breakfast sandwiches, subs, wraps, gyros and fresh soups and salads. Those who are less decisive may chose to build their own sandwich and choose from the myriad of options on the menu. Gluten-free bread is offered as a substitute for any sandwich on the menu.
10. New Day Gluten Free
Located in Clayton, New Day Gluten Free is the only fully gluten-free cafe and bakery in the St. Louis area. All breads are made in-house from scratch, with a wide variety of breakfast options served all day, plus appetizers, pasta, pizza and sandwiches. The bakery also offers cookies, cakes, cupcakes and customizable desserts for special occasions.
Featured image courtesy of Pickles Deli.