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Must visit gluten free friendly restaurants in LA

  1. @tasteonmelrose.  I scoured through Trip Advisor for the best restaurants near E.P & L.P (which is a great rooftop bar by the way) in Beverly Hills, and found this positively reviewed gem. What stood out to me was that the gluten free meals on their menus are very clearly marked. On top of that, they have an option of a 2 or 3 course set menu that is extremely well priced. The interior of the place is very elegant but rustic and we dined in their alfresco area, which is a little courtyard in the middle of their restaurant.  We opted for the 2 course menu. To start, I devoured roasted cauliflower which was full of flavour, and a little crunchy which I liked. For the main, I chose a pasta dish. A huge positive was that you could substitute normal pasta for brown rice pasta in all their pasta dishes. There are a few different pasta dishes on the menu and the one that stood out to me was the meatball pasta, which thankfully was on their set menu. The meatballs had raisins and pinenuts in them which I was sceptical about, but made the meat so tender, moist and delicious. The meatballs and pasta were tossed in a creamy cheese fondue. Two courses each, alongside a cheeky Aperol Spritz for me and a Beer for him to accompany our meal, came to a very modest $90 including tip. Open for lunch and dinner Monday – Friday, and brunch, lunch and dinner on the weekends. 

  2. @urrthcaffe. They have various locations across LA which makes them very easy to pop into. This is a good thing as they are extremely popular, so more chance of getting a table! We arrived at the Beverly Hills branch to a small line and were distributed a menu, to decide what we wanted during the wait, then had to make the order at the counter. Initially, I thought to myself that their menu is so big and full of pancakes and sandwiches, that I wasn’t going to be able to eat anything, being gluten free. I was so wrong! Up until this visit to Urrth Caffe, I was very envious every time my boyfriend ordered pancakes on our Californian trip. As soon as I saw their gluten free white corn pancakes I had to get them. These pancakes were served with whipped butter with honey, banana, sweet corn and a side of syrup. They were so thick, fluffy and tasted amazing. We both ordered pancakes, an orange juice for him and a filter coffee for me and it came to $36.96. It is open from breakfast through til dinner, Monday – Sunday

  3. @tasturamen. Just a little story of our experience..we were greeted by a long line of people upon arrival and the suggested wait time was 90 minutes. There were still people lining up after us not phased by this lengthy wait and we thought they were mad! Living in London, we have lined up for a fair few restaurants, but never for 90 minutes! We could have easily left but by the time we had ‘ummed’ and ‘ahhed’ 10 minutes had past. We then convinced ourselves we were too deep in the wait to leave. Moral of the story – please do not let the line put you off, its merely a reflection of how good the food is! You have to order from iPads before you are greeted by a waiter to take you to your table, which cuts down the wait time inside. The iPads start by giving the option of normal ramen noodles or gluten free noodles, which I was very pleased with, as I thought I would have to let someone know.  From then, the iPad only give you choices of a ramen broth that is gluten free. On top of all this excitement, the ramen came with free sweet corn should you want to add it to your order!!! The ramen itself was full of flavour. I ordered the Bold Ramen (which was gf) and my boyfriend the Red Ramen.  The only thing I would say is that for the price, the portions are a little small, and the gluten free noodles were a whopping $6 for the substitution. It came to $38.88 which was purely for 2 bowls of ramen, no drinks or sides. 

    I hope you enjoyed my 3 recommendations, please let me know on Instagram @foodfondles if you checked any out!

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