Austin, Texas is one of my favorite gluten-free cities out there. How many times have you visited a city and known that each restaurant you visit will be safe? It's not very often! That's why myself and Nima Sensor teamed up to test a ton of different restaurants in Austin, Texas. We did all of the hard work for you and spent a whole weekend testing the most recommended gluten-free restaurants in the city. Our goal was to determine if these top gluten-free restaurants were really safe for those with celiac disease. We happily got a lot of smileys which means the food we tested was under 20 ppm of gluten. That is huge! That being said, here are the gluten-free restaurants we visited in Austin, Texas plus a video for some tips on dining out while being gluten-free shared by myself and Celiac and the Beast.
Erica from Celiac and the Beast + Taylor from GlutenAway Talk Dining Out with Nima Sensor
The Nima Sensor can definitely make dining out easier but we are still left with the awkward situation when our food actually comes back with gluten. Erica Dermer and myself share our personal experiences on dining out with the Nima Sensor plus some tips to dine out safely while gluten-free.
Best Places to Eat That Are Nima Sensor Tested & Approved
This place was my favorite gluten-free restaurant in Austin. The entire restaurant is gluten-free which means you can order everything on the menu! The items range from breakfast Cassava Flour pancakes to a chicken and curry dish. I have to say that each item from here was the best food I have eaten in a very long time. The meals were all seasoned extremely well and everything we tested came back under 20 ppm too, thanks to Nima Sensor. :) I absolutely would put Picnik Austin at the top of your list for places to visit. They are accommodating to dairy free too.
El Naranjo Traditional Mexican Cuisine
If you're in the mood for traditional Mexican food while you're in Austin, Texas then this is definitely the place to go. All of the food was a little starchy but definitely delicious. We enjoyed gluten-free enchiladas, tacos, and mainly chilaquiles! All of it tested under 20 ppm and it gave all of us no problems. Best of all, the entire restaurant is gluten free and the staff was extremely accommodating to the food allergies that we had.
Wild Wood Bakehouse
Whenever you're in the mood for some sweets or a good gluten-free sandwich, Wild Wood Bakehouse is the spot to go. They have an entire dedicated gluten-free bakery that's always full of the most delicious cookies, cakes, cupcakes and more! Not to mention, they're breakfast items and they're lunch items are delicious too. My mom got an Avocado BLT on a huge gluten-free bun. I decided to get breakfast tacos on corn tortillas and yes, once again, it all came back under 20 ppm.
Sweet Ritual Vegan Ice Cream
Of course, we couldn't end our trip without stopping to get some ice cream! It can be hard to enjoy these things in daily life when you are both gluten-free and dairy free like Erica Dermer and myself. That's why we had to stop by Sweet Ritual to get some vegan ice cream that was gluten-free too. 14 out of the 16 flavors were gluten-free and they even had gluten-free ice cream cones to go along with it! I have to say that it is some of the best hand made ice cream that I have tried. This is definitely a place that you have to visit if you are ever in Austin, Texas.
Nima Sensor is a small little portable device that allows you to test your food for gluten. All you have to do is put a small sample of your food in the capsule, twist the cap, put the capsule in the device, press the button, and wait! Once it's done, it will show you if your food you tested is under 20 ppm of gluten or not. It's truly a life safer when traveling or dining out away from home. As someone who travels a lot for work, it's been a huge help when trying to keep gluten-free the whole trip. I have used the device many times and recommend it to anyone who wants to dine out safely when on-the-go.
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Have you been to Austin, Texas before? What was your favorite restaurant? Comment below!