My approach to eating out is that, unless you are incredibly sensitive to gluten, you can do so even if the restaurant doesn't have a dedicated gluten-free menu, but you have to do research beforehand when possible and advocate for yourself always. It's nice when the restaurant makes it easy by having a GF menu, or making it known that the staff have gone through the NFCA's GREAT training, or at least know what I'm talking about when I call in advance to inquire, and especially to have waitstaff who inspire confidence when I talk to them at the table. Dining out for me is often situational and not completely pre-planned. I find that I choose my restaurants more by geography -I need it to be close to where I am or where I am going - rather than as destinations in and of themselves. Below are links to my blog posts about my dining out experiences, and the blog posts all have links to the restaurant web pages so you can call and check them out for yourself. I have not included any restaurants that I would not eat at, so some would clearly not be my first choice. I have yet to eat at a place that I absolutely think that people should avoid because I think it is dangerous to those of us with Celiac or because they are callous or meanly insensitive to our issues. When/if I do, I will call them out as a place that should not recieve another dollar from anyone. Mostly, if they are friendly but clueless and don't meet any of my criteria above, I won't list them at all, so that anyone googling their name along with "Gluten-friendly" won't come across them, at least from me. Most of the restaurants are in Center City Philadelphia, some in the surrounding neighborhoods and counties, and some are far, far away. Locations marked with an * are places I have eaten and enjoyed but haven't written a blog post about. The restaurants with ** I haven't eaten at but plan to and which have come highly recommended by others with Celiac or gluten intolerance.
Gluten-free vegetarian fare by landmark or neighborhood
Near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences and Rittenhouse Square
Can a gluten-free vegetarian get a bite to eat near...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art?
The World Trade Center?
The Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia?
For other Philadelphia area restaurants not far from tourist points and landmarks, check out the longer list in the column to the left
Near South Street, Philadelphia
Essene Market 719 S. 4th Street, 19147
Sweet Freedom Bakery 1424 South Street, 19146
Taffet's Bakery and Store (formerly Tote) 1024 S. 9th Street, 19147
Near Independence Hall
Mumbai Bistro 930 Locust Street, 19107
Mt. Airy and Germantown
GeeChee Girl Rice Cafe 6825 Germantown Avenue, 19119*
Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia
Laxmi's Indian Grille 4425 Main Street, Manayunk, 19129
Tomato Bistro 102 Rector Street, Manyunk, 19129
North Philadelphia and New Kensington
Memphis Taproom 2331 E. Cumberland Avenue, 19125
Sazon 941 Spring Garden Street, 19123
Delaware County, PA, near Swarthmore University, Linvilla Orchards and Media, PA
Ariano 114 S. Olive Street, Media PA 19063
Carmen's Pizza MacDade Boulevard and Milmont Avenue, Milmont Park, PA 19033
Main Line Pizza 233 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne PA 19087
Martindale's Natural Foods 1172 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064 (THIS IS NOT A SIT DOWN RESTAURANT, BUT IS RIGHT NEXT TO PEACE A PIZZA!)
Raw Can Roll Cafe 767 W. Lancaster Ave, Wayne PA 19087
Season's Pizza in Aston PA** (and other DE, MD, PA and NJ locations)
Seven Stones Cafe 24 S. Plum Street, Media PA 19063
Uno Chicago Grill Newtown Square PA (and Annapolis and many other locations)
West Chester, PA near West Chester University
Shoo Mama's Farm Fresh Cafe 66 E. State Road, West Chester, PA 19382*
Kennett Square, PA near Longwood Gardens and Winterthur Garden
Sweet Christine's Bakery 132 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Wilmington, Delaware near the Concord Mall
Seasons Pizza 3901 Concord Pike, Wilmington DE 19803