While the debate continues as to whether or not eating gluten-free really makes any difference for those with no medical conditions, many people continue to seek out GF alternatives to their favorite food staples. Today, just about anything can be made without gluten, from pastries, to pastas, to pizza. Greenville is quickly becoming one of the more popular foodie destinations in the South. While gluten-free options are still limited, there are a handful of restaurants which do offer enticing options.
Featured below are 10 restaurants which serve a variety of gluten-free dishes. Be aware that cross contamination is always a risk. Consider contacting the restaurant to learn more about safety precautions taken in the kitchen, as well as a full listing of gluten-free options available.
GF options: Biscuit, Espresso Red Eye Gravy, Sweet Potato coconut gravy, Smoked Totato Creole Gravy, Quinoa Scramble, Housemade granola
What to try: The Half Breakfast special which includes 2 eggs, a side, and a biscuit ($1 extra for GF)
For gluten-free breakfast fare in Greenville, Biscuit Head is one of your best bets. This southern style breakfast chain, which started in Asheville in 2013 and has expanded all over the Southeast, offers a gluten-free/vegan version of their popular cathead biscuits. The biscuits here are so delicious and filling. You have the option of ordering a gravy flight or topping your biscuit with various jams, butters, and honeys via a self service bar.
Pomegranate on Main
GF options: All entrees
What to try: Any of the Kabobs (served with basmati rice)
This international Persian inspired restaurant offers numerous an abundance of options for those dining gluten-free. In fact, almost every entree is naturally gluten free. Kabobs (chicken, beef, seafood, & veg available) served with basmati rice are the perfect healthy naturally gluten-free choice. Additionally, all of the beef, lamb, and vegetarian entrees, as well as the salads, are GF. The patio here is beautiful, service is always great, and the pricing is quite affordable.
GF option: A millet/flax sourdough GF bagel is available
What to try: Any gluten-free bagel sandwich
Sully’s is a great little bagel place downtown which offers a rather large menu of steamed sandwiches. One of the most unique breakfast choices in Greenville, Sully’s is well-known for their famous steamed bagel sandwiches. Lots of variety on the menu here, for veggie lovers, carnivores, and breakfast lovers. Try the Green Vegas with the flax/millet sourdough GF bagel.
GF options: Most everything with the exception of naan and some appetizers. Check with staff to go over options on the buffet.
What to try: The Lunch Buffet
Indian cuisine is naturally a good option for those seeking gluten-free fare as dishes are rice based and sauces are naturally free of gluten. The affordable afternoon buffet here includes an assortment of some of the best Indian dishes. From veggie korma, to aloo gobi, to fresh basmati rice, there’s plenty of gluten-free fare to indulge in. With all the wonderful naturally gluten-free options, you won’t even miss the naan and samosas.
GF options: Salad bar, Pizza, Seafood, Omelets
What to try: Harvest lunch table
Roost, a trendy farm-to-table restaurant inside the Hyatt Regency on Main, is a perfect choice for health conscious diners. They offer a fresh weekday lunch buffet featuring a large salad bar and two daily soups. The majority of toppings on the bar are naturally gluten-free and one of the soups is always gluten-free. Additionally, many of the apps (poblano queso dip), entrees (shrimp and grits, GF pizza) are also good choices. The menu is conveniently marked so you do not have to guess!
GF options: Most entrees (some can be modified to be GF)
What to try: The Sunday Brunch Buffet
For a new twist on traditional Southern style fare, plan for a stop at Soby’s. This place is well known for their Sunday brunch buffet. Fortunately, there are plenty of gluten-free foods to indulge in including a made-to-order omelet bar, as well as numerous salads, sides, entrees, and desserts. A server will gladly take you on a quick tour of the buffet going over your options. Best of all, the staff is super friendly and will bring out gluten-free substitutions if requested.
GF options: Spring rolls, lettuce wraps, Fried rice dishes, Thai Red Curry, Green Curry bowl, Garlic Eggplant, Dynamite Salmon
What to try: Mixed vegetables with garlic sauce
Yellow Ginger is a highly regarded Asian fusion restaurant offering many entrees which are naturally gluten-free. Here you can try cuisine from all different regions of Southeast Asian including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. A gluten-free menu can be requested.
In terms of appetizers, both the spring rolls and lettuce wraps are gluten-free. Many entrees are also GF including the Singapore Rice noodles, Thai Red Curry bowl, and Southeast Asian fried rice. Try the delicious Mixed Vegetables Plate pictured above – it’s healthy, light, and free of gluten.
GF options: Most breakfast dishes with GF toast sub, Salads without pita or croutons, Low Country Shrimp and Grits,
What to try: Any of the delicious breakfast skillets/omelets with GF toast
Stax Omega is a traditional American style diner which is super popular with the weekend brunch crowd. The great food and homey ambiance has landed it on Food Network’s list of 50 best diners. This is your traditional old-school diner with the seemingly endless menu, only with the added benefit of allergen friendly substitutions.
Gluten-free bread can be requested for toast/sandwiches. Breakfast offers numerous naturally gluten-free skillets, omelets, and smoothies. Try the delicious Garden Skillet which is loaded with sauteed veggies, cheddar cheese, potatoes, and topped with 2 eggs.
GF options: Various pastries and macaroons
What to try: Any gluten-free pastry
Out of all the coffeehouses lining Main Street, Methodical continues to receive much praise in the coffee industry. This premier roaster uses high end equipment, hires skilled baristas, and sources the best possible beans. Food & Wine even placed them amongst the top coffeehouses in America! Methodical also serves great pastries, including at least one GF option. Try the cinnamon roll pictured above if available.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe
GF options: Donuts, Brazilian cheese puff, pizza, smoothies, sandwiches (request GF bread), various salads
What to try: The GF/vegan donut
Swamp Rabbit is the best place in town to enjoy healthier home baked pastries. Not only do they serve the freshest baked goods in town, this is also the place to go to pick up fresh fruits and veggies. While most of the pastries contain gluten, there are a few exceptions. Every day there is a delicious donut on the lineup which is both gluten and dairy free (try the strawberry pictured above, if available)! And while you are here, you must try their delicious coffee.
A few more delicious options
Tandem Creperie – Sweet and savory crepes. GF option.
Southern Pressed Juicery – Tasty smoothies and decadent acai bowls.
Mellow Mushroom – Great chain which serves excellent GF pizza.
Jason’s Deli – Popular chain with an amazing salad bar. Also several soups are GF, plus baked potatoes and sandwiches (ask for GF bread).
Sidewalk Pizza – Popular local pizza joint serving GF pizza.
Chocolate Moose – GF cupcakes available. Also serving tea and coffee. Cute bookshop on-site.
Passerelle French Bistro – Numerous GF selections including a flourless chocolate torte. Great views of the waterfall.
Nose Dive – Popular Main St hub for pub grub and craft beer. Tons of GF options include apps, fish n chips, mac & cheese, grilled cheese, and so much more.