I was recently chatting with my sister and we were looking for somewhere new to eat in town. She’s gluten-free and I started looking for gluten-free in Sacramento lists and as many options as we have to offer there weren’t lists beyond Yelp and FourSquare. If you’ve been reading along for a while you might stop for a second and say, but Megan, you write about non-gluten-free food all the time. It’s true, I’m not gluten-free but my most frequent travel companion, my sister is. You’ll often find references in my foodie or must eat posts about which places are gluten-free friendly. So with suggestions from my sister and other gluten-free friends in the area I worked to pull together a list.
Over the years my sister has been visiting me here we’ve grown the lists of places that we both love to eat. For that reason, I wanted to share with you all, some of my favorite places to eat around town that will satisfy any gluten-free visitor.
Sacramento is a friendly town for people who are specific (I like that better than picky) eaters. Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, or have other dietary limitations, the city has many great places to grab a bite. From first thing in the morning to finish off with dessert, you’ll want to check out a few of these great spots for eating gluten-free in Sacramento.
Spots in Town for Gluten-Free Brunch
1813 Capitol Avenue
I can’t start this list without first highlighting Pushkin’s. This restaurant opened almost two years ago and is entirely gluten-free and has a brunch styled menu. You can enjoy a tasty eggs benedict or their grilled cheese and tomato soup any time of the day. You’ll almost always find this restaurant full and with a wait. Which lets you know people love it whether or not they eat gluten-free themselves. I have loved everything I’ve tried so far which includes the avocado toast, breakfast sandwich and more. My sister almost always orders the fried chicken sandwich since it’s rare for her to find a delicious one she can actually eat.
3440 C Street
Orphan is known for their delicious farm to fork styled meals. It’s pretty much my favorite place to get breakfast in town. And while most of it’s menu is gluten-free since well breakfast is one of the easier meals to do without gluten. What truly makes them stand out is their gluten-free pancakes. They are absolutely delicious and a must-order side you won’t regret. If you’re a gluten-free pancake lover you need to add this to your places to visit. (Note – They aren’t always on the menu but they will always make them for you, so just ask!)
Eating Lunch Gluten-Free in Sacramento
2968 Freeport Boulevard
If you’re looking for a delicious burger or loaded sandwich that is on a tasty gluten-free bun then head down to Dad’s Kitchen. Down in Land Park, you’ll find this neighborhood joint that has a great patio to enjoy when the weather is nice. Their burgers are delicious and loaded with toppings. Plus they have Puskin Buns for you to enjoy them with. Gotta love that they are supporting a local bakery that makes a great product.
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1801 L St #40
The Rind is all about the cheese. And they make an extra effort to ensure our gluten-free eaters can enjoy it as well. They offer gluten-free noodles so you can bite into their mac & cheese, and there are many types to try. Or you can have some of their gluten-free bread as a grilled cheese or with any of their cheese plates.
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500 J St.
A new fun spot in town is doing more than just providing games and a bowling alley. They’re also becoming one of the top spots for gluten-free in Sacramento. They keep their fryer gluten-free and with this rice flour based fried chicken you’ll leave wanting more. Their sloppy joes is also a fun treat on a gluten-free bun.
1420 16th St #100
A Bay Area favorite is officially in Sacramento! If you’re looking for a delicious sandwich be sure to swing by Ike’s. They have quirky loaded sandwiches with even better names like the Steve Jobs and Pirates of the Caribbean. Each one can come on a gluten-free bun. The advertised menu might look small but you can order just about anything you want as well as sandwiches from other stores. Check out some of the “secret” sandwiches to get an idea of what you can order.
2009 Matsui Alley
Hidden back in an alley you can pop into Federalist. It’s a great family, dog, gluten-free friendly pizza spot. You can order any of their wood-fired pizzas on a gluten-free crust that they make in-house. My favorites include the Fremont, an elevated take on a Hawaiin and the Chavez that is topped with carnitas.
A Gluten-Free Dinner Spots
2801 P Street
While gluten-free sushi isn’t hard to make in concept it can be hard to find in reality. And with the sauce loaded style found in Sacramento, it’s even more of a challenge. Thankfully, Midtown Sushi is working to change that. It’s also has a large vegetarian sushi selection. They used to be called Lou’s Sushi but don’t worry, it’s still the same folks and the same food. You’ll find Tamari right on every table. They have a wide variety of rolls that make good options, they will also substitute grilled shrimp instead of tempura for any roll, or you can craft your own roll and the chefs will be happy to make it. One of my go-to is a simple roll of salmon, avocado, and lemon. It’s just delicious!
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1806 Capitol Avenue
A good dish of pasta can be a must from time to time. If you’re looking for what tastes like a homecooked meal without any of the work, Paesanos is a perfect spot for a night out of takeout. Whether you enjoy a dish of gluten-free pasta or spaghetti squash you can enjoy just about every dish on the Paesanos menu. You can even enjoy the fettuccini alfredo since it’s made without a traditional rue.
1050 20th Street
When I was going low-low carb Lowbrau quickly became one of my favorite places to eat. All of their sausages are gluten-free (as they should be), and they have a variety of delicious sides you can enjoy as well. If you’re not avoiding carbs their duck fat fries are a must try. So tasty with a variety of dipping sauces.
1110 T Street
I don’t know about you but I love Thai food. I also love that many of our places around town make it so easy to eat gluten-free. Coconut on T is one of the best. They have an extensive menu and most everything is gluten-free including the noodle dishes. Their menu is clearly marked and you can enjoy some of my favorites. I’ve also recently discovered Boon Boon Cafe which is delicious and right in my neighborhood!
My Favorite Gluten-Free Treats in Sacramento
820 29th St
Just because you can’t enjoy gluten doesn’t mean you don’t want a sweet treat. There is no question that the best place to grab a gluten-free sweet in Sacramento is Puskin Bakery. You’ll find cookies, cupcakes, scones, muffins, tarts, bars, and more. They have classics and also make seasonal treats. Many of their treats are also vegan. Even if you can eat gluten they are still one of the best bakeries in town. If you have a special occasion you can also order gluten-free cakes and they make a variety of pies for holidays like Thanksgiving. Definitely, a must visit stop for any gluten-free visitor.
1801 L St #60
Another great spot if you have a sweet tooth is Ginger Elizabeth. They are known for their chocolate and macarons, almost all of which are gluten-free. Make sure to ask but you will always find a wide selection of choices to enjoy. These treats make a great gift as well if you’re looking to bring something back from a trip to Sacramento.
4311 Attawa Ave #300
If you’re looking for a different type of treat you might want to check out Two Rivers, our local hard cider company. We have a ton of breweries in town but none seem to offer gluten-free beer. Luckily you can find the same kind of vibe at Two Rivers tasting room. Play some games, enjoy a bite at one of the local food trucks that are normally parked out front, and taste your way through their delicious selection. They have 18 different ciders on tap. You can enjoy their original, fruity flavors like strawberry jam or pomegranate, their traditional dry ciders, or twists like their triple hop cider.
A Town Where Gluten-Free Isn’t a Challenge
Whatever type of meal your craving you’ll likely be able to find what you’re looking for and find an option that is friendly gluten-free in Sacramento. Overall, our farm to fork approach across the city seems to go hand in hand with understanding different dietary needs. Even for restaurants that don’t necessarily offer gluten-free bread options, you’ll see them happy to accommodate to make your plate work for you.
On top of that, while eating gluten-free in Sacramento you’ll still have a chance to enjoy some of the best food that makes up this city.
Featured photo from VisualHunt.com.