No more bread! If that prospect makes you cry, or you’ve recently been prescribed a gluten-free diet, don’t despair.
Having a restrictive diet doesn’t mean a one-way meal ticket to The Cabbage Soup Diet. (Yes, that is a “real” diet.) Luckily, since we live in the city where the next big food and diet trends begin, gluten-free meal options are plentiful, and we’ve rounded up our fave fab culinary gems.
333 S. Alameda St. Suite 310, Downtown, 213-617-0305
12406 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-390-0033
Organic, vegan, gluten-free Asian cuisine? It's real and quite tasty! Sure, Asian cuisine isn't often known to accommodate different culinary preferences, but a little creativity in the kitchen means the folks at Shojin can whip up a tasty noodle dish sans gluten. Try their Spicy Miso Ramen, which serves up the flavorful soup of traditional ramen with quinoa noodles.
5264 W. Pico Blvd., Mid-City, 310-968-9380
We can't believe it's not gluten! This little gem of a bakery is tiny with just a couple of seats, but they serve a mean Raspberry Cranberry Crumble and Vegan Cherry Chocolate Cookie. And if you want to surprise a friend with some gluten-free goodies, Breakaway offers a delivery service within 50 miles of the bakery. Hooray!
True Food Kitchen
Santa Monica Place, 310-593-8300
Fashion Island, Newport Beach, 949-644-2400
Science meets gastronomy in Dr. Andrew Weil's True Food Kitchen, a chain of restaurants based on the doc’s famous anti-inflammatory diet. Dr. Weil's philosophy is that better food leads to healthier, longer lives. Pretty simple, especially when the food is delicious. Our fave dishes? Go for the Farmers Market Salad, Turkey Lasagna, or the Panang Curry.
1426 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310-394-6700
This cute Santa Monica cafe offers a menu full of gluten-free meals and smoothies, including a unique hot smoothie. (We still prefer cold ones.) It's perfect for an afternoon date with a girlfriend or a quick bite after a grueling Bikram yoga sesh. Try one of their choose-your-own-adventure Energy Bowls with fun toppings such as kimchi edamame or kale beets.
xx, The FabFitFun LA Team
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