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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


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


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


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


A slice of “I am Awakening,” the key-lime pie ($9) from Café Gratitude, is a creamy avocado-lime custard topped with coconut meringue in a pecan-and-macadamia nut crust.

Café Gratitude, 639 N. Larchmont Blvd.; 323-580-6383 or


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


Culver City’s Rising Hearts bakery makes big, moist brownies rich with chunky chocolate bits that you can really taste when you bite into them.

Rising Hearts Bakery, 10836 ½ Washington Blvd., Culver City; 310-815-1800 or

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