Gluten Freedom’s Top 5 Casual Dining
While I’m always up for a fancy dinner, there are times where you want to preserve your wallet and just don’t feel like getting dressed up. Earlier in the summer, I gave you my Top 5 Atlanta splurge restaurants. So I thought I’d share with you my favorite casual spots around town.
MetroFresh: A devoted subscriber to their daily menu, I love learning what’s going on in MetroFresh world. MetroFresh labels all of their dishes that are gluten-free, dairy free, etc. making it easy to navigate and I can know exactly what’s available for me. MetroFresh now also serves GF muffins each week that are delicious. Try their new location in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. At this location they don’t list the specific GF items but you can ask someone working there and they will help you out.
Taqueria del Sol: While you want to avoid the chips at Taqueria (as they’re fried in the same fryer with breaded items), there are still many options for you. In fact, you can even order corn tortillas to dip in guac and salsa so you don’t have to totally miss out. I love their Memphis taco and their veggie taco (with corn tacos, of course). Yummy, but just prepare to wait in line for a little while.
Yeah Burger: One of my “go to” weeknight dinner places when meeting a friend or having a laid back date night, I’ll go here forever, as long as they have the “gluten-free 50-50.” (Yes, that’s right: a glorious basket filled half with onion rings and half with French fries.) Recently, YEAH has changed their GF bun from Pure Knead to Rudi’s. I’m not thrilled about this switcheroo and might go bunless now but I still consider YEAH a favorite because of the fries and onion rings. Oh, and the YEAH sauce is a-mazing for dipping.
Fuego Mundo: I don’t get to Fuego as much as I’d like, but I heart their black bean quinoa and plantains. So yummy. Basically their entire menu is GF so you don’t have to worry at all about contamination.
Bhojanic: Thanks to Mary Stuart, David and I have finally found an Indian place in Atlanta that we love. Reasonably priced, these dishes have quite a kick and there are many gluten-free options. The staff is very knowledgeable about their GF items.
What are your favorite places in ATL for a laid back dinner?