If you’re one of the many people in New Orleans living a gluten-free life, you’ll be pleased to know that in recent years the Big Easy has taken big steps towards accommodating this unique dietary restriction. Although they’re what we’re famous for, the unique flavors of New Orleans cuisine aren’t solely based on rouxs and all-purpose flour fried seafood. There is a whole different side of local dining that focuses on maximizing flavor in lighter ways for those with gluten intolerance and those seeking a healthier diet. Here are some favorites (and some surprising!) gluten-free dining options in New Orleans. We encourage those with Celiac disease or cross contamination sensitivity to confirm with their server and chef of the restaurant that their dishes are safe to consume before doing so.
Gluten-Free Dining in New Orleans
Sucré – Try a scoop of chocolate gelato garnished with a house-made chocolate macaron, which has a brownie-like center. Not a chocolate person? Try a light and refreshing sorbet. Be sure to double check which gelatos are gluten-free.
Casamento’s – When in New Orleans, oysters are a must-eat and at Casamento’s they’ve been frying them up naturally gluten-free for over 90 years. The secret is simple: hand battered in cornmeal and dropped one by one into hot grease. Enjoy a plate of them fried with a dash of Crystal hot sauce, or enjoy them ice cold straight from the shell.
Theo’s Pizza – Once going gluten-free, I bet you thought you’d have to swear off pizzerias forever. Well, think again! Local neighborhood pizza joint, Theo’s, offers gluten-free crust as an option for just $4.50 more.
Sukho Thai – Giving up gluten doesn’t mean giving up flavor. At this delicious Thai restaurant with locations on Magazine Street and the Marigny, their coconut green curry with shrimp or chicken also features big pieces of zucchini and bell peppers in a rich, spicy coconut sauce served with fluffy white or brown rice. You control the spice level, opting for mild, or for the very daring, Thai hot.
Juan’s Flying Burrito – A local Mexican food favorite, where the tacos are as colorful as the waitstaff’s tattoos. Try the Mardi Gras Indians with roasted corn, pinto beans, and grilled squash with shredded cheese and spicy red cabbage slaw on warm corn tortillas.
Nirvana – One of my favorite places to dine meat free and it just so happens that many of the Indian dishes available are gluten free as well. Try the Bhindhi, a spicy dish of sautéed okra, tomatoes, and onions served with Basmati rice.
Pho Tau Bay – Since Vietnamese cuisine primarily consists of rice carbs, it is a favorite amongst gluten-free goers looking for something really substantial and filling. New Orleans is full of wonderful Vietnamese restaurants but Pho Tau Bay has been a local favorite for more than 30 years. Try the spring rolls with steamed shrimp, rice dishes with char-grilled pork, or the pho (soup) with rice vermicelli noodles. For those with Celiac disease, confirm that the toppings and protein are not marinated in soy sauce.
Boucherie – This Jeanette Street gem features a menu that’s roughly 80% gluten-free. Begin your meal with a Local Arugula and Mizuna Salad with Tomatoes, Red Onion and Herb Vinaigrette, share some Fresh Cut French Fries with Garlic Butter and Parmesan, or enjoy a Pulled Pork Cake with Potato Confit and Purple Cabbage Slaw. The waiters and waitresses know the menu well and can help you make informed decisions about what to order.
HiVolt Coffee – HiVolt Coffee is a cool cafe with excellent coffee and a menu that changes seasonally, but always has vegan and gluten-free options. Their current spring menu includes an Eggs & Polenta Cake Plate as well as a Poached Chicken Salad that are both fresh, tasty and gluten-free.