You'd think that gluten sensitivity and celiac disease would greatly diminish the enjoyment of eating out here in New Orleans. No beignets! No fried oyster poboy on french bread! No bread pudding! But honestly, there are a number of places in the city that make it very easy to eat gluten-free.
First of all, a number of fine dining restaurants, from Commander's Palace to Patois to Coquette and many more, are more than happy to accommodate food sensitivities and allergies. Just ask your server politely about options and you may just end up getting a special dish that all the gluten gluttons at your table will openly covet.
Second, the diversity of styles of cuisine helps enormously. Obviously, Vietnamese dishes with rice, rice noodles, or rice paper are great for the gluten-free. The increasing number of Mexican restaurants in the area offer corn tortillas instead of flour. If you skip the pita, Mediterranean food relies on chickpea flour instead of wheat.
It's important to note that for people with severe celiac disease and allergies, these restaurants (with the exception of The Peacebaker) will and do have cross-contamination risks, since they work with gluten in the same kitchen.Read More