Gluten-Free Food Options at ACL 2010

It is never too early to start planning for ACL, especially when it comes to food. I go to ACL every year, and I know it can be a frightening experience to visit the Austin Eats Food Court when you have Celiac Disease. Luckily this year, there are more “gluten-free friendly” places to eat than ever. Always remember that Austin Eats Food Court is a fast paced, high volume environment with gluten being slung everywhere sometimes. Please be careful and know that eating at ACL with Celiac Disease increases your chance of cross-contamination. Want to skip the food court? Bring a doctor’s note if you have Celiac Disease and you can bring in your own food. I always sneak protein bars in my purse  ;)

See you all at ACL!

Gluten-Free Friendly Food Court Options:

Fresh Squeezed Best Lemonade: (Double check with staff, there was not a confirmation)

  • Lemonade
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Limeade
  • Strawberry Limeade

Juicebox: (Double check with staff, there was not a confirmation)

  • Fresh Cherry Limeade
  • Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca
  • Pure Coconut Water
  • Sambazon Acai Smoothie

Maine Root: (All gluten-free, confirmed)

  • Prickly Pear Cactus Pink Lemonade
  • Root Beer
  • Ginger Brew
  • Blueberry Soda

Mighty Cone: (Talked with Chef, confirmed)

  • Venison Sausage Wrap (without the wrap), comes with mango-jalapeno slaw

Olivia: (Talked with Chef, confirmed)

  • Bacon-wrapped cheddar jalapeno with honey glaze
  • Baked potato topped with okra creole

P. Terry’s: (Talked with Owner, confirmed)

  • All burgers have bun-less option

Snowie: (Double check with staff, there was not a confirmation)

  • 16.oz Snowie

Stubb’s: (They are using their new gluten-free BBQ sauce, confirmed)

  • Bun-less options for sandwiches
  • Sausage wrap (without the wrap)

Sweet Leaf Tea: (All gluten-free, confirmed)

  • Lemon iced tea
  • Peach iced tea
  • Raspberry iced tea
  • Mint and honey green tea
  • Citrus green tea

The Salt Lick: (Talked with management, confirmed)

  • Sausage Wrap (without the wrap)
  • Ribs and Slaw

Lonesome Dove: (Talked with management, confirmed)

  • Wild mushroom and tenderloin skewer

Wahoo’s: (Talked with management, confirmed)

  • Chicken taquito’s (fried by themselves in canola oil)
  • Chicken or fish tacos on corn tortillas
  • Chicken nachos

*Edit October 5, 2010*:

More options!

This year Hope Farmer’s Market will have a large booth with many local products, and best of all, many local gluten-free  (and vegan) products.

Hope Farmer’s Market:

The Gardener’s Feast:

From Gardener’s Feast Rep: “This year we will be making 6 kinds of tamales, all gluten-free and lard free. We are only using zero trans fats oils to cook them, free range chicken and natural fed pork.”

Meat Lovers:

  • Pork with tomatillo sauce (green tomatillos, chiles verdes, onions and garlic)
  • Chicken with mole (shredded chicken with mole sauce)


  • Poblano with Muenster cheese (strips of chile poblano, salsa roja and Muenster cheese)
  • Black beans and goat cheese (black beans and goat cheese)
  • Spring with feta cheese (carrots, zucchini and bell pepper oven roasted with olive oil and feta cheese)


  • Spinach and caramelized onion (sautéed in olive oil, spinach and caramelized onions)
  • Mushrooms (mushrooms, epazote and onions).


  • Vegan and gluten-free veggie kabobs (sourced from Johnson’s Backyard Garden).

Royal Indian Cuisine:

  • Vegan Chana Masala (gluten-free without the naan).

Casa Brasil:

  • Coffee drinks (gluten-free options)

Jake’s Granola:

  • Spiced local pecans (double-check with staff, there was not a confirmation)
  • Jake’s gluten-free biscotti

Hope and Glory Pastry:

  • The Meringue Épice cookie is gluten-free

Salt and Time:

  • Numerous gluten-free products (double-check with staff to see which ones).

*Edit October 7, 2010*:

People’s RX (The General Store):

  • Larabars
  • Kind Bars
  • EmergenC

Beanitos will be in the Artist and Press Lounge.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at:


  1. There are going to be corn tortilla options this year? Hallelujah! I was so disappointed there weren’t any last year. I so wanted tacos. I’m glad there’s an actual variety to choose from. A vast improvement over last year’s selection. Now if only the alcohol choices were better. (A $6 cup of wine just doesn’t work…)
    Thanks for your hard work!

  2. Jessica, you rock! Doing all of that checking and verification so people can relax, eat safely, and enjoy themselves.

    • Thanks Gretchen! I go to ACL every year and know how stressful it can be when everyone else is eating and I can’t have anything. I hope this list helps a lot of people. Looks like there are plenty of options to chose from this year :)

  3. I love you for doing this research. love.

  4. Thank you for compiling this list, Jessica.

    I’m looking forward this year to enjoying something more than protein bars & watermelon which was my 2009 fare.

  5. People’s RX will out there, too? Great site. :)

  6. Hi,

    I came across this site recently which I think it will be a great use of new ideas and information about gluten-free friendly foods. Thanks for posting all the helpful information. Keep up the good work.


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