5 of the best gluten-free options in Birmingham

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Delicious comfort food and completely gluten-free.
Delicious comfort food and completely gluten-free. Photo via EATS Highland’s Facebook.

Whether you have a gluten intolerance, are starting a new summer diet, or are just curious to see if gluten-free items can taste as good, or even better, as the real deal, there are several options in the Birmingham area worth checking out. Let us guide you to some of our favorite gluten-free spots.

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1. The Joyful Food Co.

The Joyful Food Co. is Alabama's only 100% Paleo destination.
The Joyful Food Co. is Alabama’s only 100% Paleo destination. Photo via The Joyful Food Co.

With the Whole30 lifestyle in mind, this bake shop offers more than just tasty treats. They have many options for clean eating, such as grab-and-go lunch and dinner boxes. Their baked goods are fully gluten-free and Paleo, but their entire kitchen is completely free of wheat, corn, soy, peanuts, lactose, and casein.

  • Location: 4500 Montevallo Rd. Suite E104 Birmingham, AL 35210
  • Hours: Monday-Friday: 10AM-5:30PM, Saturday: 10AM-4PM, Sunday: 12PM-4PM
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram

2. Real and Rosemary

Be sure to try their new summer salad made with fresh watermelon, peaches, and heirloom tomatoes.
Be sure to try their new summer salad made with fresh watermelon, peaches, and heirloom tomatoes. Photo via Real and Rosemary’s Instagram.

Located in the heart of Homewood and now at The Summit, this family-owned restaurant takes pride in their “real food” meals, made purely with fresh and clean ingredients. They even have healthy kid’s options along with extensive gluten-free choices.

  • Locations: Homewood: 1922 29th Ave South, Summit: 323 Summit Blvd
  • Hours: Homewood: Tuesday-Sunday: 11AM-8PM, The Summit: Monday-Saturday: 11AM-8PM, Sunday: 11AM-3PM
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
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3. EATS Highland

We're drooling over this delicious plate.
We’re drooling over this delicious plate. Photo via EATS Highland’s Facebook.

EATS Highland is a restaurant with both Southern cooking and Cuban-inspired Latin cuisine. All preparation, cooking, etc. is performed in their dedicated gluten-free facility. Which means everything on the menu is completely free of gluten, including an imported gluten-free beer from Belgium.

  • Location: 2608 Highland Ave Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 11AM-2PM, Saturday: 11AM-3PM, Sunday & Monday: Closed
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

4. Delta Blues Hot Tamales

Sit out on the patio in nice weather while enjoying their savory and spicy food.
Sit out on the patio in nice weather while enjoying their savory and spicy food. Photo via Delta Blue’s Facebook.

The owners, Adam and Fawn Freis, opened this one-of-a-kind restaurant after Fawn was diagnosed with celiac disease. They quickly realized there weren’t many establishments that offered options for those who were facing a variety of allergies, restrictions, and food choices. Their entire menu is naturally gluten-free. Yes, even their fried chicken tenders and catfish.

  • Location: 3569 Pelham Pkwy Pelham, AL 35124
  • Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday: 11AM-8PM, Thursday: 11AM-9PM, Friday & Saturday: 11AM-10PM, Sunday: 11:30AM-3PM
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

5. Yo Mama’s

Order the chicken and waffles from Yo Mama's. Both are gluten-free. Photo via Yo' Mama's Facebook.
Order the chicken and waffles from Yo Mama’s. Both are gluten-free. Photo via Yo’ Mama’s Facebook.

Stop everything you are doing and head to Yo Mama’s for breakfast or brunch. Who knew you could make amazing comfort food without gluten? Their menu consists of Southern soul food with a ton of gluten-free options like fried shrimp, fried chicken, and our favorite, fried Oreos. YUM.

  • Location: 2328 2nd Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Monday-Friday: 8AM-2:30PM, every 2nd and last Saturday: 9AM-1PM
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
There are so many other Birmingham restaurants that offer gluten-free menu options. Check these out!

Slice Pizza & Brew

Baha Burger

Galley and Garden

Food Bar

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