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Question and Answer: Gluten-Free Near the Hyatt Downtown

Question: I happened upon your blog when looking for GF restaurants in Jacksonville, where I will be for a week the end of the month. I will be attending a conference for work at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Can you offer any suggestions close to the Hyatt as I will not have a car? But other suggestions for dinner would also be welcomed or anything else I shouldn’t pass up!

Answer: While there are not many options too close to the Hyatt there are some that are a either a long walk or quick cab ride. You may want to contact the hotel ahead of time to give them a heads up about your gluten-free needs, they are pretty good at accommodating a gluten-free diet.  The Hyatt is located in Downtown Jacksonville right on the St. Johns River.  It is conveniently located close to charming neighborhoods such as San Marco, 5 points and Riverside/Avondale all either a long walk or short cab ride away.  Here are some of my recommendations:

Downtown:
Indochine (walking distance)- thai food,  great for lunch or dinner
Cafe Nola inside MOCA (walking distance)- great for lunch or dinner, check their website they are not open every night
Koja Sushi at the Landing (walking distance)- open for lunch or dinner.  No gluten-free soy sauce but sushi is pretty good.
Chart House (cab or long walk)- good place for dinner, mostly seafood, they have a gluten-free menu
Olio Market (walking distance) – good lunch spot
Pho A Noodle Bar (long walk)-  gluten free options available, good lunch spot

gluten free roast beef sub european street jacksonville, fl

European Street Roast Beef Sandwich on Gluten-Free Bun

San Marco:
bb’s (cab or long walk)-  gluten free menu, good for lunch, dinner or brunch on weekends
European Street (cab) – gluten free bread for sandwiches from Cookie Momsters, gluten free beer and good happy hour 
Taverna (cab) – Chef has a gluten- allergy, they are very knowledgeable.  Good for dinner, somewhat fancy
Pulp (cab) – smoothie shop
Hightide Burrito (cab)-  fast food mexican locally owned and fresh

Avondale: 
Mellow Mushroom (coming soon) (cab): gluten free pizza and beer!
The Brick (cab): gluten free menu

Riverside:
Sweet Theory Bakery (cab)- they close every night at 6 but it is worth it, there is nothing like it in Jacksonville. They are gluten-free and dairy free.

Chocolate Chip Cookie sandwich with vanilla frosting in the middle sweet theory baking co

Chocolate Chip Cookie sandwich with vanilla frosting in the middle from Sweet Theory Baking Co.

5 points:
Larry’s Giant Subs (cab)-  is a local chain sandwich shop with a few locations and gluten free sub rolls from Cookie Momsters and wraps
Sushi Cafe (cab)-  pretty good sushi, no gluten-free soy sauce but delicious none-the-less
Black Sheep (cab)- best roof top in town, farm to table concept
Grassroots Natural Market (cab)- plenty of gluten-free snacks, prepared foods, smoothies, etc. Convenient to center of 5 points.

Food Trucks:
Corner Taco (location varies)- make their own corn tortillas and use cornmeal for fried foods. Blog post

tempeh and carnitas tacos from Corner Taco

Tempeh and Carnitas tacos from Corner Taco

Special events:
Riverside Arts Market– Almost every Saturday
The Cummer- Free Tuesdays and First Saturday of the Month
Art Walk- First Wednesday of the Month
Museum of Contemporary Art Free Saturday and Sunday for Bank of America Card Holders

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Where Can I Get Gluten-free Beer in Jacksonville?

From Redbridge to New Planet, to Bards, to Greens, to New Grist, to Omission, to Dogfish Head Tweason’ale there are numerous gluten-free beers out there.  Yes, I know cider is gluten-free, however this is just a listing for gluten-free beers.  Almost all of these places have cider as well.  Redbridge is the beer I find most readily available, however New Planet is slowly becoming readily available and rightly so, they have 4 different flavors.

tweason'ale gluten free beer jacksonvilleRestaurants

  • BJ’s Brew House (Town Center) Typically Redbridge is available here
  • Royal Palm Village Wine and Tapas (Atlantic Beach) they have a HUGE selection.  I have seen New Planet, Dogfish Head Tweason’ale, Omission and Daruma here. In addition to ordering with your meal they are also a retail shop.
  • Kickbacks (Park and King Area) I have had Dogfish Head Tweason’ale, New Planet, Redbridge, and Greens; they usually have the best selection.
  • Mellow Mushroom– (Beaches and Southside) typically just Bards and New Planet.  I have better luck with the MM at the beach.
  • European Street (Beach, Southside, San Marco, Riverside) I have had New Planet here, but they typically have more than one option.

Greens beer gluten free jacksonville

Bars

  • Engine 15– (Beaches)  I have heard that they occasionally have gluten-free beer on tap.  I have had Omission in the bottle there.
  • Burro Bar– (Downtown) not sure if it is there all of the time, but I have had a Redbridge here before.

Retail

  • Beer:30 (Park and King)  Tons of gluten-free beers here from Omission, to New Planet to Greens and more.  They are very friendly and if you call ahead they will chill your beer for you.
  • Total Wine (Town Center) Always has an assortment.  They had a selection of New Planet, Greens, New Grist

Grocery

Other

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Royal Palms Village Wine and Tapas a Gluten-Free Beer and Tapas Paradise!

A few weeks ago I joined some of my favorite girlfriends at Royal Palms Village Wine and Tapas in Atlantic Beach.  We try to get together to catch up on each other’s lives and share a bottle (or two) of wine.  Every time we get together someone has just gotten married, just adopted a baby, is pregnant, just broke up with someone, just got back together with someone or just finished a successful event they had been planning.  It is so nice to have friends you can just be yourself around.  While we are all super busy, it is hard to get together on a regular basis so the time we can get together is cherished.

Royal Palms Village Wine and Tapas is a great place.  I have suggested it to numerous people looking for gluten-free in the beaches area. It looks like a little European bistro and they are known for their awesome beer and wine selection.  In addition, their chef is well versed in food allergies and safe preparation techniques.  They have a great menu which is perfect for sharing and is easily customizable depending on your needs.

Prior to ordering, I had to indulge in one of their over 8 gluten-free beer/cider options.  I had the Dogfish Head Tweason’ Ale, which is my new favorite.  I love the soft undertones of strawberry.  They have other gluten-free beers like Redbridge, New Planet and New Grist.

While I am also dairy-free I thought I would share that they have awesome cheese and meat plates for those of you who can tolerate dairy.

As my first course I had the Chorizo al Vino.  It was delicious and nicely sized.

Next I had two helpings of the Angus Churrasco Bibb Lettuce Wraps.  I loved how colorful this dish was, the carmelized onions added great flavor and decoration.  The Bibb Lettuce was so soft and fresh, these were my favorite.

A great night night was had by all.  We had such a great time, that we kept the employees there past closing time because we had to share that last great story.  I can’t wait to go back.

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Matt’s Gluten Free Beer Tasting

A friend of mine (who is not Gluten free) recently had a Gluten free tasting with some of his friends. I thought I should share his point of view.

The beers tasted were : Daura, Green’s Amber Ale, St. Paulis, Green’s Double Dark and Bards.

Daura was the best, but it has 6ppm gluten so i guess it’s not technically gluten free.  It’s the only one of the beers made with barley malt, and then the gluten is “removed”.  All the others are made with sorghum malt.  The Green’s Amber Ale and St. Paulis Sorghum Beer were the best.  I was hoping the Green’s Dubble Dark would be like a Guinness but no luck.  If anything, it’s like a snakebite; dark beer with a bit of a cidery tang.  Bard’s was added just so people could sample what a bad GF beer tastes like. 

All of these (plus one more Green’s, a Belgian ale) are available at Grass Roots in Five Points, and the guy I talked to had tasted them all and seemed fairly knowledgeable about what’s available.

Thanks for sharing Matt!

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