Living gluten-free is hard. The mere sight of menu can induce sudden anxiety, waiters are constantly rolling their eyes as they answer your questions and it takes you twice as long to order because you have read every last ingredient. It's rough out here for the gluten free. Whether you have this dietary restriction due to a health condition or by choice, it can make going out to eat feel like a chore. That's why we've got ten spots that have your back when it comes to gluten-free options. Places where you can really enjoy the "good stuff" like pizza, pasta, beer, pancakes, cupcakes, and more. Have your cake, and digest it comfortably too.
Who's Gluten Free
An ENTIRE gluten-free menu and kitchen, no cross-contamination worries here, that's for sure. The chef is a Celiac herself. Enjoy all your favorite carbs; bagels, flatbreads, trail mix, cookies, cupcakes, and more. When it comes to your options the limit does not exist. Stop in for snacks, breakfast, and lunch Wednesday to Sunday. 80 Mallory Ave.
Subia's Organic Cafe
With a reputation for being gluten-free and vegan friendly it is no surprise Subia's makes the cut. All sandwiches available at the cafe come with an option for gluten-free bread. If that's not gluten friendly, IDK what is! There are other GF selections like chicken nuggets and buffalo strips. Oh, and all their waffles are sans gluten too. 506 Jersey Ave.
Many people living gluten-free lives, are also living beer-free lives. And no one wants to live a beer-free life. Departed Soles is a Celiac-friendly brewery. While their beer list rotates, the gluten-free options are clearly marked in their own separate category, #glutenfree. Enjoy IPAs, ales, and stouts. Departed Soles is a cool urban beer lover's paradise, for the gluten tolerant and intolerant alike. 150 Bay St, Ste 2A
We know right? A bakery making the gluten-free list? Score! Satisfy your sweet tooth with their delicious gluten-free desserts. Freshly baked oatmeal cookies and even gluten-free cupcakes, oh my! Furthermore, Cocoa Bakery has a separate menu with all GF items, so there is no need to ask about every option. Bless the places that go the extra mile to do this. 275 Grand St.
Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory
Yup, this pancake powerhouse does not leave the GF out in the cold. All of their pancake dishes are available gluten-free. There are other menu options for Celiacs as well, yet another reason to love this classic Jersey City hotspot. 426 Jersey Ave.
Pizza lovers rejoice! (And by pizza lovers, we mean everybody.) Can't a Celiac get a slice around here? Better yet, you can get your very own personal pie. Choose your own toppings, make your own creation. John's Pizzeria goes the extra mile to avoid cross-contamination, even though there is still a disclaimer on their menu. With all the gluten that's around, they cook the GF pies in a clean separate pan. The gluten-free dough is their very own recipe. 87 Sussex St.
This hip Mexican spot is a cool place to chill with friends. And you can chill when it comes to the taco selection too. All are served in a traditional corn tortillas, and there is a lettuce wrap option upon request. Gluten-free items are kindly marked with a GF so reading the menu won't be like reading a book. 12 Coles St.
At a place that serves predominantly protein, it's safe to assume there are plenty of gluten-free items. The wait staff here is happy to lead you in the right direction. With sides, salads, and barbeque meats ranging from brisket to pork to turkey, you're sure to find something gluten-free and satisfying. 247 10th St.
Roman Nose is known for serving delicious and fresh Italian food. And yes, the pasta dishes are the big-ticket items on the menu. But the gluten intolerant fret not, for they have a quinoa pasta sub. The GF pasta can be used in majority of the dishes they offer. This is yet another place that clearly marks all the gluten-free items, although the menu will still be a bit difficult to read because it's practically all in Italian. 125 Newark Ave.
Left Bank Burger Bar
Being gluten free doesn't mean you have to miss out on eating a juicy burger or sub it for a healthy, albeit not as exciting, lettuce bun. At Left Bank, you can get any burger on a gluten-free bun! Plus, they have a whole create-your-own section of the menu that also includes veggie burgers and grilled chicken so you can get all kinds of sandwich happy! 194 Newark Ave.
Written by Kaitlyn De Leonardis
Jersey City born, Kait loves how the city has flourished since her childhood, and the fact that she can now enjoy it as an adult. She can often be found running by the waterfront, in the local vintage shops or killing it on the foosball table at South House. Her hobbies include brunch, shopping, and Instagram. What like those aren't hobbies? Follow her outfits and antics @outfittedand_about!