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Jun 14, 2017

Gluten-Free in the “Hub City”

From coffee shops to five-star restaurants to hidden local gems, one of my favorite things to do in any city is to explore the local fare, but navigating a city’s dining options while visiting can be equal parts adventure and challenge, especially when there are dietary restrictions to consider. Lubbock is home to almost 1,000 restaurants and counting, but with the help of our gluten-free friends, we’ve rounded up a few gluten-free favorites.

Capital Pizza
2705 26th Street
This local pizza place is home to some of the most satisfying pies in Lubbock. On their menu, they offer a gluten-free cheese pizza that can be customized any toppings your heart desires.
From the locals: “Their manager is super great about working with me on gluten-free! They have even ordered specific gluten-free beers for me when I request them.”

Evie Mae’s BBQ
217 US-62, Wolfforth, Texas
We continually sing the praises (and so does Texas Monthly) of this Lubbock area barbecue favorite, but did you know their ENTIRE menu (apart from the sandwich buns) is gluten-free? The pitmaster himself was diagnosed with celiac disease and knows what it means to cook for someone with an allergy. So, head out, indulge in fall-off-your-fork brisket, cornbread, beans and don’t miss the chocolate cake which, you guessed it, is gluten-free and completely delicious.

With the exception of the beer, everything you see here is gluten-free, including the cornbread.

Orlando’s Italian Restaurant
2402 Ave. Q | 6951 Indiana Ave.
Orlando’s is one of Lubbock’s go-to spots for good Italian fare with a Tex-Mex twist. They also offer their classic favorites – like the Green Chile Chicken Linguine – with brown rice noodles. The best part? There’s no extra charge for this gluten-free substitution!

Healthy Essentials
8008 Abbeville Ave.
If you’re looking for a lighter option, the menu items at Healthy Essentials are under 500 calories and gluten-free. Stop by and enjoy breakfast foods, wraps, sandwiches, soups and more.

Cocina De La Sirena
2610 Salem Ave.
Located in Cactus Alley, this local restaurant serves up coastal cuisine with a Latin flair. Here, you’ll find lots of tasty options. Almost everything on their menu is gluten-free and well-marked.
From the locals: “This is another thing that is difficult for a gluten-free eater – well-marked menus, and well-educated staff. La Sirena has taken care of both!”

Image: @lasirenacocina | Instagram

The West Table Kitchen & Bar
1204 Broadway St.
This downtown kitchen and bar is home to an ever-changing (but always tasty) seasonal menu. Even though their menu changes daily, they are always willing to accommodate.
From the locals: “[The owner] Cameron remembers me and my allergy as well, which is really nice for someone who has to worry about these things every time they eat out. He also remembers that the tater tots are one of my favorites on the menu.”

Have a favorite tip or gluten-free favorite we missed? Let us know how you like to eat gluten-free in the “Hub City!”