When you think of New Orleans, your first thoughts are probably the food. I can't blame you because good eating pretty much sums up life down here and, in my opinion, our cuisine is like no other. While many people across the U.S. have attempted to make some of our classic recipes, you won't know the true and authentic flavor of each recipe until you come on down to Louisiana and visit the city. From roux-based gumbos to sweet and puffy beignets, your taste buds won't decide what to try first.
But what if you can't eat our tasty fixings because you're allergic or sensitive to some of the ingredients? You're probably concerned that there's nothing for you in the city to enjoy. No worries, because I bring you good news.
New Orleans and Gluten-Free Dining
According to a study by Lawnstarter, New Orleans is ranked as the 14th best city in the U.S. for gluten-free dining with an average score of 41.21. They also score an access rank of 40, a health rank of 32, and a community rank of 11. In fact, New Orleans ties with Santa Rosa, Calif.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Santa Ana, Calif as No. 2 for having the most gluten intolerance support groups in the U.S. That's surprising for a city that boasts itself on fried and flour-based food!
There are hundreds upon hundreds of restaurants with gluten-free options. Whether it's Creole, Mexican, or Vietnamese cooking, you'll find something to satisfy your dietary needs. Here are five of my favorite NOLA restaurants that are celiac-friendly.
Restaurants Serving Gluten-Free Dishes
First up is The Rum House on Magazine Street. They're a Caribbean restaurant specializing in tacos, quesadillas, salads, and cocktails. Tacos are served on corn-flour tortillas, and Bigg Plates can be adjusted to make your dining experience more enjoyable. There are also gluten-free appetizers including the Fire-Roasted Salsa and Avocado Mango Dip.
Next up is Sofia. Located in the Warehouse District, this pizzeria relishes the art of Italian cooking. The servers and chefs know all about celiac disease, and they're more than happy to make you gluten-free pizza or pasta! Some menu highlights include Margherita Pizza, Alla Vodka, and Cacio e Pepe.
If you want to go fancy, Copper Vine has it all. Take in the lush greenery as you sip a glass of wine and enjoy fine dining New Orleans style. You might not be able to try a charcuterie board, but you'll enjoy dishes such as Gulf Fish Amandine, Filet Mignon, and Wild Mushroom & Truffle Risotto!
Who said BBQ isn't gluten-free? Not only are the staff at Blue Oak BBQ knowledgeable about celiac disease, but they're proof that BBQ can be gluten-free! As long as you're not eating anything with bread and crackers, you'll be fine. Just be sure not to put spicy jerk sauce on your meal as it contains soy sauce.
Finally, take a streetcar to Superior Seafood, which is found on St. Charles Avenue. Since I'm suggesting a seafood restaurant, you're probably thinking, "There's no way that there's anything gluten-free on the menu." You'd be surprised that they do in fact have a menu designed for people with gluten intolerance. Whether it's Chargrilled Oysters, Big Easy BBQ Shrimp, or Crème Brûlée, you'll be sure to get a taste of the city!