The year has come to a close and has left in its wake a bounty of gluten-free cuisine that makes me proud to live in Atlanta where creativity and locally sourced ingredients are king. This year’s final dining report brings with it news of restaurant and grocery store openings, falafel, fondue, Spanish tapas, and more.
Bantam + Biddy opened the doors on the fourth location in Lenox Square Mall in December. Their gluten-free offerings include housemade jalapeno cornbread, buns and sandwich bread for sandwiches, and much more.
Bezoria, the Mediterranean eatery assuming the former home of Bakeshop in Midtown, opened Monday December 15 at 903 Peachtree Street. Bezoria offers items like gluten-free chicken shawarma, chicken kefta, steak shawarma, and gluten-free falafel (dedicated fryer), which can be paired with cabbage slaw, tomato-and-cucumber salad, sumac onions, pickles, and more on rice, hummus, or salad. They do bake their wheat breads in house, so there is a high possibility of gluten in the air.
Christophe’s To Go is now offering delivery from 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. seven days a week. Save some time by phoning in an order for their gluten-free, paleo, or vegetarian fare and have it delivered.
Earth Fare – is set to open in Norcross/Peachtree Corners on January 14.
Jittery Joe’s – is opening its first Atlanta location in The Ritz-Carlton’s lobby on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. With nine locations in Athens and a reputation for extensive roasting expertise and the highest quality coffee beans, Jittery Joe’s has garnered national attention since first opening in Athens in 1994. Open seven days a week, Jittery Joe’s will offer an array of coffee in light, medium and dark varieties; coffee beverages, pastries by 181 Sweets; and retail products including coffee beans and mugs.
Made Kitchen & Cocktails – just opened in Alpharetta and has a lot to offer gluten-free diners. Their meats and cheeses can all be served without bread, the crostini from the goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers can be left off, and fondue de queso can be enjoyed with veggies. The menu isn’t noted, but the staff is well informed, so stop by for a drink and share some Spanish inspired gluten-free tapas.
Southern Soul Barbeque has released four flavors of their small-batch Georgia Heat Sauce, available for order online and in-stores at Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide. Southern Soul’s competition-quality heat sauces are made from family recipes using pure cane sugar. Heat Sauce flavors include: Balsamic Blueberry Hot Sauce, Charred Habanero Hot Sauce, Hot Red Cayenne Table Sauce, and Habanero Peach Sauce.
Starbucks has added Justin’s peanut butter cups to their offerings. Now, if they would just add another milk alternative other than soy, it would be a great place to enjoy a hot chocolate.
Sweet Auburn Seafood opened in December and it is ready to serve those who dine gluten free. Their signature Kale Salad has blue cheese, candied pecans, strawberries and a secret dressing that isn’t too creamy and just slightly sweet. Lamb chops with honey-dijon brushing, balsamic dredging and balsamic reduction are sticky and bone licking fun.
The Melting Pot – has added gluten-free rice krispy treats to its dessert fondue. Earlier this year, they added Udi’s Gluten Free’s brownies and yellow cupcakes, so kudos to them for adding another normally gluten-y treat. Chocolate fondue is normally served with a gluten-free side plate of sliced strawberries, pineapple, bananas, marshmallows, brownies and yellow cake.
Twisted Soul Kitchen + Bar – opened in December and its menu draws from “farm-to-table Southern fusion,” which includes gluten-free offerings.
Urban pL8 – is giving away all of its recipes on its newly updated website. They have also launched a Paleo meal planning service for $8.88 per month that includes 10 recipes and shopping lists.
Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the gluten-free community in 2015!