Gluten Free Dining Options

Lemon Halibut at Pacific Beach Fish Shop in San Diego, CA
Lemon Halibut at Pacific Beach Fish Shop (courtesy photo)

January 13th is National Gluten Free Day and whether you have a gluten intolerance or just feel better without it, there are plenty places to eat in San Diego. Stop into any of these top spots and celebrate National Gluten Free Day with these delectable dishes.

City Tacos, with locations in North Park and La Mesa, offer some of the most unique, delicious and innovative bites, including their vegetarian and gluten-free Coliflor taco. Sautéed spinach, cauliflower, green beans, arugula and garlic, come topped with tomato and cilantro, all on a crunchy jicama root tortilla. Flavorful and packed with veggies, this is one taco you can take a bite into on January 13th.

When you think gluten free, pizza might not be the first meal that comes to mind – but Woodstock’s is here to change that! The pizzeria, located in both Pacific Beach and near SDSU, allows guests to customize their own pies by choosing their crust, sauce and toppings. Opt for Woodstock’s specialty gluten-free crust, cover with zesty red sauce and add toppings like garlic, broccoli, onions and tomatoes, to your heart’s content.

Lazy Hippo is a Gaslamp District breakfast spot where you can start your morning off on the right foot with a healthy dish, or simply enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee. And National Gluten-Free Day is no exception! The quaint and cozy joint offers a gluten-free pancake that is so yummy you’ll be tempted to order more than one. Pair with a house coffee or fresh pressed juice, and you’ll be ready to tackle the day ahead.

All four Fish Shop locations, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Encinitas and Hermosa Beach, invite diners to taste the freshest seafood and highest quality ingredients, paired with handmade seasonings and sauces! And if you’re avoiding gluten, no need to worry – each location has plenty of scrumptious menu items ideal for January 13th. You can even build your own custom meal, like a Grilled Halibut plate with seasonal veggies. Other gluten free side dish options include mixed green salad and seaweed salad!

Miss B’s Coconut Club, a Mission Beach staple for locals and visitors to San Diego, recently updated their menu to include even more delicious island-inspired bites. Many of the authentic plates are or can be prepared gluten-free, including the BBQ Chipotle Ribs and Jerk Chicken topped with mango chutney and chimichurri, served with stewed greens and seasoned black beans. Another tasty gluten-free option is the Whole Market Fish cooked to order in roasted pepper and lemon butter, seasoned with herb smoked salt, and paired with cauliflower broccolini blend.

Fig Tree Café’s menu presents diners with the depths of California’s culinary culture, serving authentic and mouthwatering dishes at reasonable neighborhood prices. With three locations – in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty Station – the great tasting plates at Fig Tree are never too far away. For National Gluten-Free Day, check out the eatery’s GF Portobello Sandwich, made up of gluten-free bread crumb crusted mushroom, wild arugula, hummus, goat and jack cheese and balsamic glaze all on multigrain bread (that’s gluten-free). You’ll feel fully satisfied after enjoying this delicious sandwich!

There is no better place to steer clear of gluten than Mission Valley’s Wood Ranch, which features a full menu of gluten-free starters, salads, signature barbecue dishes, seafood, steaks, burgers and sandwiches, and even sides. The award-winning restaurant makes their own gluten-free BBQ sauce, so you can dive into a plate of dry-rubbed and smoked Double R Ranch Brisket smothered in chipotle-cherry sauce. Wood Ranch even offers a gluten-free dessert, for those with a sweet tooth. The Warm Chocolate Cake is a Flourless Guittard chocolate cake with candied pecans, topped with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream.