Best Restaurants for Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Food

Dining out when a member of the fam is on a vegan diet or has food allergies no longer has to be a tall order! We’ve taken the guesswork out of where to go for the best vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food around town. The following 12 restaurants offer clearly notated delicious menu options to help you order up healthy food that meets your dietary needs. We’ve found everything from vegan, gluten-free Thai food, vegan carne asada and vegan donuts to gluten-free pot pies and a plant based drive-thru restaurant!

Healthy Creations Cafe

Find gluten-free paradise in this unassuming small cafe in Encinitas. Everything is gluten-free, so celiacs can eat without worry of cross contamination. Their motto: “Basically we use the good stuff and don’t cut corners.” The extensive menu features homemade gluten-free bread including multigrain, paleo rosemary, ciabatta and wraps. For ultimate gluten-free dining, select their best-selling sandwich, the Mediterranean chicken panini filled with pesto, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and house-made focaccia. Many paleo, vegetarian and vegan choices are also available. Guests rave about their quinoa and acai bowls and kombucha on tap. Gluten-free kiddos can chow down on sandwiches, chicken strips, or quesadillas. There is even a small grocery area where you’ll find treasures like unique gluten-free snacks and baking mixes. Dining tip: Order online and pick up if you’re in a hurry.

376 N El Camino Real
Encinitas, Ca 92024

Photo: Healthy Creations

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