For a small city, Chattanooga offers one of the best “alternative” dining scenes in the country. Whether you’re looking for simple, gluten-free snacks or gourmet, celiac-friendly eateries, you can find it here. These are our favorite gluten-friendly and some of the best gluten free restaurants in Chattanooga.
Best Gluten Free Restaurants in Chattanooga
109 N Market St / Chattanooga, TN
Taco Mamacita is more than just tacos! This funky, eclectic North Shore restaurant serves authentic, scratch-made Peruvian chicken, homemade salsa and guacamole, and bangin’ margaritas and sangria.
While they’re not a straight-up gluten-free restaurant, they are quite gluten-friendly. The filling of most of their signature tacos is already gluten-free. Just order a street-style corn tortilla instead of the standard flour, and you’re good to go. Bonus: many of their menu items can also be made dairy-free — just ask them to hold the cheese.
149 River St / Chattanooga, TN
At its core, Cashew is a plant-based vegan cafe with a focus on clean, healthy foods. Vegans and vegetarians will find no shortage of menu options here. But, there are also plenty of great choices for celiac sufferers and anyone in search of a gluten-free meal.
The menu changes frequently, but there are a few mainstays like their beet burger, jackfruit BBQ tacos, and buffalo bowl. Reviews from locals typically include some form of “best vegan meal I’ve ever had” and the like.
The Daily Ration
1220 Dartmouth St / Chattanooga, TN
Situated in North Chattanooga’s Riverview Neighborhood, The Daily Ration is casual and comfortable with a hint of sophistication. Since opening in 2016, it’s been a local favorite.
The food is inventive and creative — most dishes consist of classics (think pancakes and hearty sandwiches) with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. While there’s no dedicated gluten-free menu, the staff are friendly and well-versed in serving gluten-sensitive patrons. All sandwiches and egg dishes can be made gluten-free. There are other unique items like GF shrimp & grits and chickpea pancakes.
Sluggo’s North Vegetarian Cafe
505 Cherokee Blvd / Chattanooga, TN
Like Cashew, Sluggo’s is the sort of place that might make you rethink vegetarian/vegan dining. Their dishes are creative and thoughtful without trying too hard. The menu is vegetarian first and foremost. Gluten-sensitive patrons will want to look to the dedicated gluten-free page.
You’ll find the basics (garden salads and gluten free chili), but dig deeper and you’ll see more intriguing options like sweet potato enchiladas and panhandle tofu (tofu wrapped in Nori and grilled, drizzled with creamy dill sauce and topped with capers).
34 Frazier Avenue / Chattanooga, TN
Most of their dogs are gluten-free — just be sure to ask for a gluten-free bun too. It’s hard to imagine a hot dog stand to be one of “the best gluten free restaurants in Chattanooga,” but trust us this is no ordinary hot dog stand. Their Dutch Frite Dog, for example, includes Fritessaus, homemade curry ketchup, Dutch Gouda cheese, grilled peppers and onions, topped with housemade frites. The Brunch Dog is homemade garlic-herb cream cheese, lemon-dressed arugula, bacon/facon, tomato, and a poached egg.
Other Gluten-free Restaurant Options in Chattanooga
There are, of course, plenty of brand-name options for gluten-free dining in the area as well. P.F. Chang’s, Red Robin, Carrabba’s, and Bonefish Grill are all just a short drive from downtown. But, do you really want to eat at a chain with so much awesome locally made food in Chattanooga? ❤
What do you think are the best gluten free restaurants in Chattanooga?