Dedicated Gluten Free Bakeries In Los Angeles
This is where Los Angeles really shines. There are over seven gluten free bakeries in Los Angeles, and we made it to almost all of them over the course of a week. Thats a lot of donuts, which are my pastry of choice.
Ive ordered this list in order of my preference, with the first few being the ones that you should prioritize, at least in my opinion.
Kirari West Bakery
Kirari West was our first stop in L.A., and it set a pretty high bar for all the other bakeries in L.A. It is not an exaggeration to say that their almond brioche, which was as warm, light, and fluffy as any gluten free pastry Ive ever had, is in the top 5 best gluten free baked goods of all time.
Its a gluten free bakery that started in Japan using rice flour instead of wheat, and they became the first dedicated gluten free bakery in the Fukishima area. Then, in 2014, they opened their first location in the U.S. down in Redondo Beach.
They have a wide variety of baked goods aside from that gem, including a brioche au chocolat that is essentially a chocolate croissant. Plus a menu of breakfast and lunch sandwiches if youre craving something a little more like real food. This place is in Redondo Beach, which is a little south of the heart of L.A., but its worth the drive, I think.
Oh, and shell ship her delicious bread and bagels straight to your door if you cant make it to LA.
Note: She uses oats in some things, but not the bagels, the pizza crust, and the pop tarts.
Kelly Wearstler Designs Relaxed And Beachy Santa Monica Proper Hotel
Linen pillows decorate the bench as well and metal stools have a soft cushion on top for comfort.
Natural light enters the bakery from two large windows flanking the front door.
Rounding out the project is a kitchen in the rear that is enclosed with frosted glass walls.
Photography is by Laure Joliet.
Gluten Free Los Angeles Ca: A Complete Guide For Celiacs
Despite having lived in San Francisco for almost a decade and having family near L.A., neither of us had really ever spent much time in Los Angeles. So when we were looking for a warm and sunny place to hunker down for a week or two, L.A. quickly rose to the top of our list.
Without ever having spent much time there, I had preconceived notions about L.A. that turned out to be mostly right. Theres a ton of traffic. Parking can be a nightmare. It takes forever to get anywhere. I also knew that there is a good gluten free scene, but I wasnt sure how Celiac-friendly it would be.
As you know, the gluten free trend is a double-edged sword when it comes to dining out on one hand, there are more options than ever. On the other hand, some places are not knowledgeable about the steps they need to take to prevent cross-contamination and serve Celiacs safely.
After more than a week in L.A. I can confidently say that eating gluten free in Los Angeles is EASY. There are more than six dedicated gluten free bakeries in L.A., along with two dedicated gluten free gelato shops, and a handful of 100% gluten free restaurants with everything from sushi to pizza.
In this guide, youre going to find the best gluten free restaurants in Los Angeles. With a big emphasis on dedicated gluten free places bakeries, restaurants, and gelato shops so that you dont have to worry about whether that avocado toast was toasted in the same toaster as regular bread.
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Dedicated Gluten Free Restaurants In Los Angeles
The restaurants in this section are 100% gluten free, which means the risk of cross-contamination is significantly lower than mixed kitchens. That being said, always make sure to communicate your needs to the restaurant and make sure that they can meet your needs .
This place closed down temporarily literally the day before we were planning on going, and I could not have been more disappointed about it.
Honey Hi is a 100% gluten free restaurant in Echo Park serving food that promotes personal, public & planetary well-being, which is a mission that we should all be on board with, I think.
They shop at local farmers markets for a lot of the seasonal fruits and vegetables they use in their dishes. They also work with Imperfect Produce, one of my favorite food businesses of the past few years that connects people with the produce that has a defect that prevents it from being sold at grocery stores, but is otherwise completely edible.
Anyway, you should go and order the Lambwich or the Breakfast Bowl, which were the menu items that were on our radar.
Sweetfin is an amazing fast casual spot for a quick and safe meal. Its a 100% gluten free poke chain, and they have locations ALL OVER the city. Basically anywhere you find yourself in LA, youll be within a mile of a Sweetfin.
Ecco Un Poco
Its a delivery/pickup only business, which means they dont have an actual restaurant that you can go to and eat at.
A Comprehensive Guide To Gluten Free Los Angeles
I made a guide for Albuquerque, so I decided it was only fair I create one for Los Angeles given I lived there for 11 years. This is based off my own experience but errors happen when working with humans and menus change so ask your own questions when visiting any of these establishments. Most of these places arent strictly gluten free kitchens so there usually is a risk for cross contamination. I chose to be ok with this given precautions are taken. You may choose not to. I have either personally been to these places or personally spoken to the restaurant about gluten free options.
Everything is listed in alphabetical order.
For pictures of food, most of these can be found on my SoCal story highlights!
AJs Tex Mex & BBQ: Located in Valley Village on the cusp of North Hollywood, they reported a number of gluten free BBQ options.
Black Market Liquor Bar: Located in Studio City. The shared fryers cut out many options for celiacs but they do have GF bread, ponzu and pasta options.
BIBIBOP: 100% gluten free Asian grill!
Blue Jam Cafe: A local chain for breakfast and lunch spot with several gluten free options. Located in Hollywood, Downtown, Brentwood, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Woodland Hills and Atwater Village.
Break Blok:This is an entirely gluten free bakery with stores in Santa Monica and Silver Lake. Their website has farmers market and retailer location. They have dairy free, egg free, vegan, nut free and grain free options!
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The Best Gluten Free Restaurants In Los Angeles California
Below, youre going to discover the best 100% gluten free restaurants and bakeries, and a couple of places that arent dedicated gluten free, but have processes in place to minimize cross-contamination based on my experience.
There are almost certainly more gluten free restaurants in L.A. But they arent on the list because I havent personally reached out to them to talk to them about their processes. Ive seen a lot of gluten free friendly menus that Im not sure I trust.
That being said, always always always double check with each restaurant for yourself. Things change in kitchens all the time. You need to make sure that the restaurant can meet your needs and expectations, which might be different than mine.
Plus, I always say that you should never take an internet strangers word for it. Even mine!
With that out of the way, lets get into the best gluten free restaurants in L.A.
Best Gluten Free Bakery In Los Angeles
Hands down the best discovery weve made in quarantine is Breakblok, the best gluten free bakery in Los Angeles. Breadblok is organic, gluten-free, soy-free, gum-free, and refined sugar free, yet it is definitely NOT taste free. It is absolutely delicious. It doesnt have that gluten-free taste aka a little like cardboard. They also carry a variety of nut free, dairy free, and vegan options.
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Are You A Saint
if youre a saint then get your hands on our inventive and divine treats that are GLUTEN FREE. we have managed to recreate crowd favorites with no wheat included. we use only the best ingredients, locally sourced if possible. we believe if you are choosing to be gluten free, you should have access to the same scrumptious and decadent desserts as everyone else.
Final Thoughts: The Best Gluten Free Restaurants In Los Angeles
Because LA is such a big city, you can basically find anything youre looking for. Comic store that also serves beer? Thai food and natural wine? LA has you covered. There are tons of gluten free restaurants in Los Angeles, which puts it on the list of best gluten free travel destinations.
One thing is for sure youll be eating well in LA, even if you need to eat 100% gluten free.
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