Gluten-Free Guide to Austin, SXSW 2011 Edition

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Welcome to the second annual gluten-free guide to Austin, SXSW 2011 edition. This post is part of a series called Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide 2011. Make sure and check out all the other posts associated with this series. I hope you enjoy your time in Austin. Austin is one of the best cities to dine gluten-free. If you have any questions, feel free to tweet me (@ATXglutenfree) or email me (

This guide is a partial list to the gluten-free friendly restaurants that are in Austin. On this list are restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bars that I frequent often and have had a positive experience at each of these.  Since many of these are not certified gluten-free, please be aware of cross contamination.

Certified Gluten-Free Restaurants

Wildwood Art Café (gluten-free, dairy-free options, vegan options, menu available)

Wildwood is the first restaurant in Austin to provide only gluten-free options. Personally, I am not a big fan of their food or service, but if you want a safe option then head there. They have a variety of soups, sandwiches, enchiladas and desserts.

Java Dive (gluten-free, menu available)

Java Dive is located farther out in Lakeway. They are a certified gluten-free restaurant, but also offer gluten-filled foods. I love their gluten-free breakfast options. Their menu has over 10 different kinds of gluten-free waffles!

Food for Life (gluten-free, dairy-free options, menu available)

Food for Life is another gluten-free restaurant that is located far from downtown, in Cedar Park. They are a gluten-free and casein-free environment, and offer many comfort-style gluten-free foods such as: macaroni and cheese, hamburgers and chicken nuggets.

Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants

In no particular order…

Stores with Gluten-Free Products and Foods

  • People’s RX
  • Wheatsville
  • Randalls
  • Whole Foods
  • HEB
  • Central Market
  • Sprouts

Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants that Deliver

  • Eat Out In: BJ’s Brewhouse, Bombay Bistro, Brick Oven South, California Pizza Kitchen, Firebowl Cafe, Galaxy Cafe, Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Mother’s Cafe, My Fit Foods, North by Northwest, PF Changs, Threadgills, Tinos Greek Cafe, Zocalo Cafe.
  • Dine on Demand: Iron Cactus, Conscious Cravings, Clay Pit, Zuzu’s, Chili’s, Cantina Laredo, Sagra, Zen, Lion and Rose, Third Base, Tarka Indian Kitchen
  • Craig O’s
  • Jason’s Deli
  • Gatti’s Pizza (6 locations only)
  • Austin’s Pizza


This year’s gluten-free guide is only a partial list of gluten-free friendly restaurants in Austin (Yes, we have that many). If you are looking for a particular kind of food, feel free to email me or leave a comment below and I will be happy to help you. Also, please be aware of cross contamination. Even though a restaurant offers a gluten-free menu; that does not lower your chances of being contaminated. Please dine at your own risk.

To view last year’s Gluten-Free Guide to Austin (2010 edition), click here.



  1. I just wanted to note that Hopdoddy often has gluten-free buns. It’s best to call ahead, but the past few times I’ve been they’ve had them. They are delicious!

    It’s such a treat when us gluten-free eaters can eat a cheeseburger with our hands instead of a fork and knife.

    P.S. I attended the Gluten-Free Pizza Party last week and I had such a great time. I wanted to thank you for putting that together! Many kudos to you and the other gals!

    • Hey Caitlin! I’m so glad you enjoyed the pizza party. We had a fabulous time also and can’t wait for our next event.

      Regarding Hopdoddy, yes they occasionally have gluten-free buns but recently there has been a problem with CC. They were storing the buns with the gluten buns so make sure and be careful. Until they get that sorted out, I would probably bring in your own bun or order without. It shouldn’t be that much longer before it is all sorted out! :)

  2. Wonderful list! Just wanted to add a store to your list of stores that carry G-free products – Sunflower Markets (all Austin stores formally Newflower) They have been a good source for prepacked and bulk g-free options.

    • Yes, thank you Kim. I wrote a partial list, but Sunflower is good for packaged GF products as well. I try and shy away from bulk sections at stores because of CC.

      • Bulk sections may have cross-contamination issues, but they are the only sources for my homemade granola, which is the only breakfast I really like now that I am gluten-free. So far I haven’t had any issues with my granola as long as I use the packaged gluten-free oats as my base. The rest comes from bins.

  3. And on that note, when I was in last, a Fino manager told me although they can fry the goat cheese in chickpea flour to make it without gluten ingredients, it is fried in shared oil so CC should be an issue. I was sad to hear that.

  4. It’s fortunate that you prefaced your remark about Wildwood with the leading word “Personally.” All of my experiences with Wildwood have been great, and equally so for a wide number of my GF friends.

    • Hi Dru, thank you for your comment. I am glad you and your friends have had a great experience at Wildwood. I too, have also had some good experiences there. This is a personal blog and I’m entitled to my personal opinion with restaurants in town. Unfortunately, Wildwood does not meet my expectations. But, they remain on the list because of their dedication to a gluten-free environment, and because of that I gladly recommend them to others. Best- Jessica

  5. As always, great job! I just wanted to thank you for keeping an eye out for all of us GFers in Austin!

  6. Gretchen & Rita says:

    We find quite a few delectable gluten-free items at Natural Grocers. The Pamela’s GF Agave Sweetened mini-cheesecake is incredible – it never makes it out of the parking lot!

  7. We really enjoy the selection of organic and GF items at Natural Grocers in Austin. The Pamela’s GF mini-cheesecake never makes it out of the parking lot!

  8. Great guide! I have a few more restaurants to visit on my next trip. I can’t wait to try Parkside!!!Thank you for constructing such a thorough list. I visited El Arbol last year and had a great experience…seeing it on your list reminds me that I need to go back! Any chance you have dined in NYC lately? Taking my daughter there for Spring Break, looks like there are many options but would love personal recommendations from you or fans :)

  9. I love your gluten-free guides! I won’t be able to attend SWSW this year but this list brought back fond memories of eating gluten-free at Mother’s, Austin’s Pizza, and The Salt Lick. Enjoy the festival!

  10. Thanks for the great list! I was at Apothecary recently found out they only have one small surface to cook the sandwiches on. So there’s a huge CC issue. Just be sure to either ask him not to grill it or to scrub down the surface as much as possible.

    • Hey Anne- Thank you for your comment and letting others know about potential CC. Unfortunately with so many ‘GF friendly’ places in Austin, some have a greater chance of CC than others.

  11. Stephanie says:

    I had a wonderful dinner last night at Cru on Second Street. I asked the waiter about my gluten free issues and he was most accommodating…. i had a phenomenal time and the meal was great with the staff going out of their way in a busy night to make sure I was taken care of.

  12. This is a tremendous resource, thanks so much for taking the time to create it!

    Just one question — I like staying close to the action at the convention center and don’t rent a car, but I’m a little overwhelmed by sorting through this many choices (!!!) — is there any way you could say how many of these places are walkable from the ACC?

    • Hey Andrea- Here are a few choices
      Near the convention center (some closer than others)-
      Trio, PF Changs, Melting Pot, Iron Cactus, Carmelo’s, Parkside, Trace, Congress, Driskill,

      Downtown but you will need to take a pedi-cab, cab or walk a little further:
      Frank, Leaf, Lamberts, Kenichi, Waltons, Maudies, Snap Kitchen, Perla’s, Z Tejas, Gueros, Vespaio, Garridos, Whole Foods Flagship (foodie heaven!).

  13. Great list! Just wanted to add that La Patisserie by Luxe Sweets serves up tasty (and cute) macarons that are gluten free!

  14. This is such a great list! Austin is such a great place to be gluten free! I’ve only been once for a couple of days, but hopefully I get to come back someday. Maybe for SXSW one day!

    I miss the breakfast tacos at Austin Java and Tamales from Wildwood Art Cafe just thinking about it!

  15. John Richter says:

    I’m surprised to see that Casa de Luz is missing from this list. They serve vegan gluten free breakfast, lunch, and dinner most of the time. Some of their items are made with spelt – so be sure to check. Their website is

  16. Sophia Khan says:

    Does anyone know if Iron Works BBQ is Gluten and Dairy Free?

    • Possibly. They have yet to really confirm anything and are weary because of cross contamination, but I know of some gluten-free people that enjoy their BBQ. I avoid because of the lack of communication. Hope that helps. Salt Lick’s BBQ is GF/DF.

  17. Thank you so much for this site. Looking for graduate schools in areas that are Celiac friendly, and it looks like outside the California Bay area, Austin is it!

  18. Charisse Kelly says:

    Please check out Portabla. Their hot and savory goat cheese and roasted veg GF panini is my favorite but you can get any of their sandwiches on homemade GF bread. They always have the most awesome GF soup that changes daily, too. Wonderful salads as well.

  19. Pat Bennett says:

    Help! I need a restaurant that can serve a gluten/dairy-free traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

  20. So glad I found this. We are visiting Austin and this will be super helpful! My 3 year old misses pizza!

  21. Hi, How do you know Salt Lick BBQ sauce is gluten free. I can’t find anything about it on their web site.


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