By Stephanie Pearson
October 20, 2014
Courtesy of Vinaigrette

If you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or are just following a paleo diet, Santa Fe isn’t quite the easiest place to find gluten-free options for dining out. Happily, though, a growing number of health-conscious restaurants, cafes, and bakeries is stepping up to cater to the gluten-free crowd. These eateries, as well as making it a priority to serve gluten-free options, are also focusing their menus on locally grown fresh produce and locally raised meats; some have even elevated gluten-free baking to an art form, offering hand-made, house-baked pastries and sweets that are just as good—maybe even better—than their more traditional counterparts.

 

Revolution Bakery

Anyone who believes that breads, cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins, and cupcakes can’t taste good without gluten needs to eat here—they’ll be proved immediately and deliciously wrong. Everything on Revolution’s mouthwatering menu is 100 percent gluten free, including its dense, delicious chocolate cake and Belgian waffles topped with warm blueberries. 

Vinaigrette

Apart from traditionally baked bread and a few salad dressings (just ask which ones have gluten), everything on the menu at this casual farm-to-table eatery is safe for gluten-free diners. The “salad-centric” menu features many fresh, creative options— including, my favorite “The Beet Goes On,” fresh baby arugula tossed with goat cheese, pistachios, balsamic roasted beets, and honey-balsamic vinaigrette. A must-order is the flourless chocolate torte for dessert.  

Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café

Steeped in Ayurvedic tradition, and offering an all-vegetarian menu, Annapurna—a Sanskrit word meaning “complete food”—serves gluten-free veggie dishes, soups, and specials of the day, seven days a week. A standout dish is Kitchari: a deep bowl of basmati rice, yellow split mung beans, vegetables, greens and spices (you can order yours with extra ginger, cilantro or coconut).  

Verde Juice

All of the gluten-free meals at Verde Juice, a beautifully stark new space just around the corner from Yoga Source, are liquid, made from organic produce as locally sourced as possible, and served in recyclable glass jars. The hand-pressed Apple Cleanse, Coco Melon Fresca, Green Goddess, or Maple Lemon Aid are hard to beat, but later this year Verde plans to add several solid gluten-free menu items, like lavender infused sprouted almonds, vegan cheesy garlic walnuts, and raw broccoli salad.   

Sweet Lily Bakery

Self-taught pastry chef Melinda Gipson opened this treat shop in a handsome little adobe right next to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. Warning: Not all of Gipson’s muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls, and pies on display are gluten free, so be careful not to get too distracted by that flaky, gluten-filled crust in the strawberry rhubarb pie.

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