Eating Gluten-Free on Florida's Space Coast
For those who have food allergies, dining on vacation can present a challenge. Thankfully, it has become a bit more common to find restaurants that feature enticing eats that cater to food allergies.Here on Florida’s Space Coast, we have many restaurants that serve gluten-free options and provide a wide-variety of items to choose from. Forget the boring salads and pull up a seat to some of the best gluten-free dining the Space Coast has to offer.
Located in the heart of Cocoa Village, Pub Americana is a casual pub with a local-focused menu that features farm-to-table or all local organic-centered ingredients. What’s great about Pub Americana’s menu is that it includes gluten-free eats and it’s not limited to the typical salad-only option. Enjoy a burger your way and add a gluten-free bun, or enjoy the “Hangover Cure” burger that comes with Monterey jack, bacon, fried egg, avocado-relish, and tomato. Not to mention, their pizzettes (individual pizzas) can be made gluten-free, and gluten-free pasta can be substituted in their pasta dishes. 401 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa | PubAmericana.com
Offering a fairly simplistic menu for the gluten-free eater, the menu is far from lacking flavor. Their 15+ fruit and veggie smoothies are some of the best in town. Surfinista also offers gluten-free granola in their acai bowls. Come for a refreshing, real fruit smoothie. Stay for the relaxed, surfer-centric ambiance - you’ll feel at home. 86 N. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach | Facebook.com/TheSurfinista
If you’re looking for a place that captures the upscale vibe of Cocoa Beach, look no further than Florida’s Fresh Grill. Their menu specializes in fresh seafood, steaks, award winning soups, and much more. What we especially love about their menu is the gluten-free items are clearly marked and the options seem endless. Chilean sea bass, rib eye, and lobster tail are just a few examples of gluten-free options; their fresh, gluten-free sides include vegetables, rice, and mashed potatoes. And the dessert options? Delicious! It was hard to choose between the chocolate torte, seasonal sorbet and the crème brulee. 2039 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach | FloridasFreshGrill.com
For some of the best gluten-free pizza on the Space Coast, get to Pizza Gallery and Grill in the Avenue Viera. This laid-back pizzeria serves pizza, pasta and other signature entrees surrounded by art by local artists in a casual space. Additional gluten-free items are marked on the menu and includes items like seared ahi tuna, the “paleo plate” and risotto. 2250 Town Center Ave., Viera | PizzaGalleryAndGrill.com
Burger 21 offers a unique variety of craveable burger creations that provide burger lovers a taste experience beyond the better burger. This fast-casual franchise concept offers 21 unique burger creations with a separate menu dedicated to gluten-free options. The Black & Bleu burger features lettuce, tomato, Applewood-smoked bacon, bleu cheese spread and crumbles. Oh, and we love the fact that their fries can be ordered gluten-free too. 7171 Lake Andrew Dr. #102, Viera | Burger21.com
There’s only one word that describes this French culinary experience – YUM! Stop in for savory crêpes, a very thin, grilled pancake, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and top off your meal with a dessert crêpe. As a main dish, it can be filled with a variety of meats, vegetables, cheese and sauces. We recommend the “Parisian,” a savory crêpe made up of smoked turkey, sliced apples, glazed walnuts, brie and honey. Crêpes at La Crepe de France are made from white flour or organic buckwheat, which is nuttier in texture but is 100 percent gluten-free. 707 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne | LaCrepeMelbourne.com
This restaurant is truly 100 percent gluten-free. Not to mention, they have dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free options available too. The most popular item on the menu includes the waffle pizzas, but they also have sandwiches, salads and desserts. Our favorite menu item is the V-Club with avocado, onion, spinach, and hummus. Add turkey to make it heartier. The restaurant has limited hours, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday. 1280 Sarno Road, Melbourne | Facebook.com/TheBaldStrawberry
Some Additional Places to Check Out:
- Long Doggers: Cracked peppercorn seared tuna, rice bowls, and tacos served on corn tortillas to name a few gluten-free menu items. Locations include: Cocoa Beach, Viera, Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Palm Bay, and Indialantic.
- A N.Y. Pizza House: Both gluten-free pizza and pasta are available at this pizza house. Ask for a gluten-free menu. Locations include: Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.
- The Cove: Many of the restaurants inside The Cove at Port Canaveral offer gluten-free, seafood options. Restaurants include: Grills Seafood and Fishlips.
- Florida Beer Company: So they don’t serve gluten-free beer, but they do offer a variety of Caribe Cider. Flavors include: Pineapple, Key Lime, and Blood Orange.
- Backwater: Make your own gluten-free, pancakes over a griddle table and enjoy the dining experience together.
- Matt’s Casbah: A variety of gluten-free options on an eclectic global menu await you.
This is just a taste of the gluten-free options available on Florida’s Space Coast. There’s a vast variety of places to choose from, so be sure to ask your server if they have a gluten-free menu. Bon appétit! To see all the dining options available on the Space Coast, click here.