New Orleans is a great place for eating…gluten-free! New Orleans is one of the culinary capitals of the U.S., with a mix of Cajun, Creole and French cuisines, making it uniquely it’s own. There are a few staples you must try if you are there – Po’ Boys, Chargrilled Oysters, Gulf Fish – and luckily you can find gluten free versions of all these dishes and more.
Raw oysters served on the half shell are popular throughout the South, but chargrilled oysters are a distinctly New Orleans specialty. Traditionally made with a mixture of breadcrumb, herbs, cheese, and melted butter, you can find a gluten free version of this NOLA staple at Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar and The Irish House.
Po’ Boys are also a NOLA staple, but finding a gluten free version of this French Bread sandwich filled with fried seafood, can be hard. There are two restaurant that offers a gluten free version, Casamento’s and Meals from the Heart Cafe. Casement’s has the classic, with fried shrimp and fried oysters, but the catch is they close at 2pm and you must get there early if you don’t want to wait in line. We didn’t know this and ultimately did not want to wait over an hour, we were hungry. So next time I am in NOLA, it will be my first stop of the day.
If you are a seafood lover, then NOLA is definitely the city for you. With fresh gulf fish and seafood on almost every menu, you must try gulf shrimp, blue crab, alligator, and red fish.
My favorite meal was at Red Fish Grill on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. The waiters are knowledgable about the menu and they offer many gluten free dishes.
On Christmas we ate dinner at Richard Fiske’s, a martini and jazz bar serving creole food in the French Quarer. While they do not offer a gluten free menu, they can do just about any seafood dish gluten free. They also have a great happy hour, with $3 martini’s from 4-7pm!
After we decided not to wait in line at Casamento’s we ended up at the best Vietnamese Restaurant, Magasin Cafe in Uptown.
Other Gluten Free Restaurants in NOLA:
3 Potato 4 (French Quarter) organic baked potato-fries company that serves a variety of organic, gluten free, 99% fat free, baked potato-fries with homemade sauces in a biodegradable paper cone.
Bayona (contemporary American, French Quarter) almost anything on the menu can be made to accommodate gluten allergies.
Bourbon House (Seafood, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu available
BRAVO Cucina Italian (Metairie) Gluten Free Menu available includes salads, pasta and grilled entrees
Casamento’s (Uptown) all fried seafood is gluten free
Juan’s Flying Burrito (Mexican, MidCity, Garden District, French Quarter) gluten free corn tortillas
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen (French Quarter) offers gluten free pasta
Mother’s Restaurant – Gluten Free Menu available, including grilled fish and seafood, omeletes, salads and soups
Palace Cafe (Creole/Cajun, French Quarter) Gluten Free Menu available
Red Gravy (Italian, Central Business District) Gluten free homemade fettuccine, lasagna and ravioli, using almond flour.
Rivista (bakery, Uptown) shortbread, muffins, frittatas and salads
Sukho Thai (Uptown/Garden District) – gluten free options
Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar (Uptown) Gluten Free Menu available, including salads, char grilled oysters, shellfish, grilled fish, meat, dessert
The Irish House (Uptown) notes gluten free and paleo items on their menu, including leek soup, charbroiled gulf oysters, duck confit salad, braised beef short ribs, hanger steak, rustic lamb fricasse, shrimp and grits, grilled salmon, blackened gulf fish, chicken, shepard’s pie.
The Rum House (Caribbean Taqueria, Garden District) Gluten Free Menu options labeled, including queso dip, avocado mango dip, salads, Caribbean inspired tacos (brisket, duck, jerk chicken, lamb vindaloo, creole rib, flaked fish, seared scallop, veggies, shrimp)
Theo’s Pizza (3 locations in Elmwood, Uptown and Mid-City) gluten free crust for $4.25 extra