The Best Gluten-Free Goodies in L.A.
For when you absolutely must have pizza or a brownie
You can get anything to eat in Los Angeles, even gluten-free goods that actually taste amazing, not like a flat photocopy of a real cookie.
So where to nab the gluten-free grail? Here are our tips for the best wheat-free dishes, whether you have celiac disease or just want to trim down.
Family-owned WeHo joint EVO Kitchen not only has a delish pizza with a chewy rice, potato and tapioca-flour crust, the place is super-careful to use separate utensils for the gluten-free food prep. Enjoy the pepperoni ($11) with one of four gluten-free beers.
EVO Kitchen, 7950 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood; 323-375-3390 or evokitchenla.com
Let’s say you were to swap almond flour for wheat flour--and never use the fryer--would you still even have a doughnut? No, you would have a Fonut, the cake-with-a-hole sold at the bakery of the same name. The wheat-free varieties come in flavors like peanut-butter chocolate, coconut passion fruit and lemon.
Fonuts, 8104 W. Third St.; 323-592-3075 or fonuts.com
Mac and Cheese
Cheese made with green chiles and brown-rice pasta. For maximum flavor, order it with chorizo or pancetta--or go classic with just lots of melty cheese.
The Misfit, 225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-656-9800 or themisfitbar.com
All the baked goods--including breads, cakes and cookies--at Breakaway Baker in Culver City are gluten-free and many of them are also vegan. Our favorite is the vegan oatmeal-cranberry chocolate-chip cookie, which has a hearty chew that makes us swear (wrongly) that it contains our old nemesis wheat flour.
Breakaway Bakery, 5264 W. Pico Blvd.; 310-968-9380 or breakawaybakery.com
Everything at Babycakes is gluten-free, so hyper-sensitive celiac sufferers don’t have to be worried about cross-contamination. Chef Erin McKenna swears by Bob’s Red Mill flour, a blend of garbanzo beans, agave nectar and evaporated cane juice as sweeteners for a light-fluffy cake and frosting that isn’t cloyingly sweet.
Babycakes, 236 N. Larchmont Blvd.; 855-462-2292 or erinmckennasbakery.com