If you need to stay gluten-free while on vacation, you're in luck! In Greater Palm Springs, the gluten-free foodie scene is exploding with flavor and unique dishes.
From diner food to tasty pastries and exotic bites, the foodie oasis is abundant with amazing gluten-free restaurant options for those looking for a tasty and healthy meal. Here is a round-up of some of the great variety of options that people can choose from across the nine cities.
533 Viet Fusion
533 Viet Fusion offers a wide range of gluten-free options in both modern and traditional Vietnamese dishes. Run by husband and husband duo, Chad Gardner and Roly Carvajal, 533 Viet Fusion features locally sourced ingredients, house-made sauces all paired with a stunning backdrop in the heart of Greater Palm Springs. When searching for a fusion gluten-free meal, you have plenty of options to choose from including spicy ahi tuna roll, viet chicken wings, tri tip rare steak, pho, vermicelli, crepes, curry, wok fire rice and more! Hang out by the cocktail lounge and enjoy great eats and a great view while in Greater Palm Springs.
Socialize with your pup at Boozehounds, a contemporary dining environment in Greater Palm Springs. This playful dog-fur-iendly restaurant features a California menu with Japanese influence serving brunch, lunch and dinner as well as a plethora of cocktail options. Gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian humans alike can enjoy many dishes while dining with their fur baby in the atrium or outdoor seating with a food menu designed just for dogs.
Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge
This trendy location features a menu full of gluten-free goodies. Delve into some seafood with the ahi tuna poke bowl, a refreshing treat under the sunny skies of Greater Palm Springs or try the Beef Tenderloin for a filling dinner meal.
Fresh Agave Mexican Bar & Grill
The colorful interior design of this lively Mexican restaurant is just one of the many aspects that make it an amazing dining spot in Greater Palm Springs. Many of the items on the menu are gluten-free; Spend Taco Tuesday filling your stomach to your heart's delight with the carnitas, fajitas, shrimp, chorizo and veggie gluten-free tacos. Guests can also enjoy warm corn dough stuffed tamales filled with cheese and poblano peppers. Some items to avoid for Celiac guests are the tortilla chips which are fried in a shared dryer and the rice which is not gluten-free.
Gabino’s Creperie has notably been featured on the Food Network’s ‘Diner, Drive-Ins and Drive’ with Guy Fieri. This hidden gem is unique and worth a visit while staying in Greater Palm Springs. Gabino’s can be found off the beaten path in an alley vibrantly painted with pink midcentury aesthetic. Food orders are taken in a window-serve nook and shaded outdoor seating is available. You are sure to be impressed by these crunchy, savory crepes with fillings including chicken pesto, BBQ chicken, buffalo chicken ranch, and veggie. All crepes can be made gluten-free, just be sure to specify that you have a food allergy, and your food will be prepared with different tools in a separate cooking space to avoid cross-contamination.
Heirloom Craft Kitchen
Heirloom Craft Kitchen is in the east valley of Greater Palm Springs. This neighborhood joint offers a modern and minimalist casual dining experience serving unique and unexpected flavor combinations. Ordering with a gluten allergy or sensitivity is easy given their menu showing which items are gluten-free like their deviled eggs, blistered shishito peppers, Baja shrimp tacos, many salad options or one of their craft sandwiches that can be customized with gluten-free bread. Brunch is served all day every day, so stop by Heirloom Craft Kitchen first thing in the morning before your day-long adventure in Greater Palm Springs.
Lulu California Bistro
This hotspot is located in the heart of one of the busiest streets in Downtown Palm Springs, one of the busiest areas in the oasis. Lulu's gluten-free menu items are extensive and are full of rich flavors. Dig into some of the gluten-free pasta and pizza items like the Maui Onion, Gorgonzola and Pears pizza. If you are up for something a little more extra, try the gluten-free Pan Seared Maine Sea Scallops in a mango Beurre blanc, served with a large portobello mushroom, mashed red skin potatoes and seasonal fruit! For those with a sweet tooth, don't forget to check out dessert! try the gluten-free chocolate fondue, served with seasonal fruit.
Native Foods Cafe
Native Foods Cafe specializes in 100% plant-based organic food items so their gluten-free menu items set the bar high! Start your order with hummus and then move on to the main entree like the luscious Sesame Kale Macro Bowl. Visitors can also take a sip of the organic lentil & chickpea soup comfort food! Afterward, try the fit-for-a-queen peanut butter parfait for dessert.
Nature's Health Food & Cafe
This health-minded cafe places wellness at the forefront. They emphasize organic and non-GMO products within their cafe and adjoining store. Most of their lunch items, like burgers and sandwiches have gluten-free bun alternatives so everyone can enjoy them. Nature's Health Food Cafe also specializes in gluten-free flatbread pizza. Try the Mediterranean, a beautifully crafted pizza with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, greek olives, feta cheese and pesto sauce!
Over the Rainbow Cupcakes
With cupcakes, life is always a little bit sweeter! Greater Palm Springs is home to some amazing bakeries like Over the Rainbow that cater to gluten-free diets. They have created their own custom gluten-free all-purpose flour with flavors like Chocolate Peanut Butter Salty Caramel, Vanilla Salty Caramel, Blueberry French Toast, Red Velvet, Coconut Classic, Maple Pancakes and Bacon and much more!
Palm Greens Café
Hearty, tasty and delicious organic dishes can be found at Palm Greens Café. Try one of their healthy smoothies or juices to start your day. Health-conscious guests can enjoy gluten-free and vegan items such as gluten-free oatmeal, acai bowls, vegan nachos, and lasagna Bolognese.
This New York City-style deli and bakery offers a multitude of gluten-free options for those looking for a savory bite! Most items can be switched out with a gluten-free bread alternative, so don't miss out on the chance to taste some of the best pastrami, corned beef, Philly, and roast beef sandwiches in Greater Palm Springs. After a hearty meal, take a bite out of some of the delicious gluten-free bakery items like the decadent chocolate cake and cookies.
Tiffany's Sweet Spot
Tiffany’s Sweet Spot is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth while staying in Greater Palm Springs. This baking shop is family-run and offers many flavors of cupcakes in addition to macarons, sugar cookies, brownies and more. Most of their decadent cupcake flavors can be made gluten-free upon request in addition to dairy-free and paleo baked goods.
TKB Bakery & Deli
Rated #1 in Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in the US in 2018, this Indio-based deli & bakery packs in the flavor in each bite. TKB stands for The Kids Business and, like Sherman's, its sandwich bread options can be switched out for a delightful gluten-free alternative. Stack up your favorite deli meats, cheeses and side items on the toasted bread for the perfect afternoon meal. Menu items include the "Mexican Marilyn Monroe," "The Trump Card", and the "Sexy Italian," among others.
This Greater Palm Springs locals favorite is not only a great spot to have a delicious meal but to dance the night away once the sun goes down. The Nest offers a gluten-free menu full of salads like the Wedge Salad or the house special Kevin and Dodie Salad, a combination of Kale and Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and a creamy dressing, named after the owners. Guests can also enjoy gluten-free seared ahi, filet mignon, pasta and rack of lamb.
The award-winning Tommy Bahama restaurant can be found on the second level of El Paseo in Palm Desert. Relax and soak in stunning views of the San Jacinto mountains, the perfect setting for a romantic date. Tommy Bahama’s island-inspired flare can be tasted in their gluten-free menu selections like the blackened mahi mahi tacos, lump blue-crab & avocado salad, miso-glazed organic king salmon, filet mignon and Kona coffee-crusted rib-eye.
One of the best hidden burger joint gems lies in Cathedral City. Tony's Burgers carries a menu full of gourmet chicken, beef, pork, fish and veggie burgers that are completely original to the location. The Garden Burger, otherwise known as Natures Secret Treat, is a great dish for anyone looking for a mouthwatering gluten-free burger. Sizzling sautéed mushrooms, spinach, roasted peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese all complement the fresh and crunchy lettuce, tomatoes, basil mayo and gluten-free bread.
Explore more dining options in Greater Palm Springs. Visit any of these restaurants and dig into the flavors of the oasis!