It seems we are forever talking about food restrictions these days (don't believe me? Check out this, this, this, this, and this) and, as the number of people with food intolerances grows, it's becoming more and more important to know just what you're putting in your mouth.
We recently received an email from a lovely reader who is frustrated about the limited number of places that she can take her young daughter (who is celiac) to eat safely. So, never ones to shy away from a challenge, we went on a hunt for kid-friendly, gluten-free meals in Brisbane.
Here are our top picks. Let us know what we've missed!
One of our favourite Italian restaurants in Brisbane, we love Colle Rosso even more for their superb range of gluten-free pastas and pizzas. And your littlie won't even know the difference!
Lots of kids love sushi, and Fresh Sushi Co. does some of the best in town. And the fact that it's gluten free is a bonus!
Fish and chips has got to be one of the all-time top kids meals, and Seagrill does theirs particularly well. Plus, they offer gluten-free fish and chips, which are absolutely delish.
Arguably one of the best Japanese restaurants in Brisbane, Little Tokyo's teppanyaki is great if your kids like a bit of theatre with their meal. They have gluten-free options, too, so everyone's happy.
Gino's is a Brisbane institution and has been in the family since 1980. The meals are well-priced and hearty, and the gluten-free options are excellent. Pizza, pasta, and lots of other menu items can all be made gluten-free upon request, without sacrificing taste.
We love Fundies' breakfasts, and, happily, all bread items can be substituted for GF alternatives. Take your tike in for some toast with avocado, washed down with one of their famous smoothies.
100% Paleo (and 100% gluten-free by default), Primal Pantry is a safe option when you're after a healthy, delicious bite. While they don't have a specific kids menu, there are lots of child-friendly options that are sure to impress even the most discerning critic. We predict the cinnamon pancakes will be a winner, and the Monkey Fuel smoothie should go down without a fight.
A hit with the locals for its excellent coffee and delicious menu, Pod Espresso in Stafford is also gaining a following for its gluten-free menu options as well. Kids will love the great range of yummy choices, washed down with a babycino or two. Bonus points for the wonderful organic, Pod Organics & Wholefoods store next door, which houses an impressive selection of gluten-free goodies, including take-home meals, when eating out (or cooking) is not on the agenda.
A popular vegan foodie spot, The Banana Lounge in West End has something to suit almost every dietary requirement out there (except, erm . . . meat eaters). Kids will cheer for the gluten-free nachos and tacos, and the raw chocolate mousse is a no brainer.
Dealing with a bit of a sweet tooth? We love Vanilla Pod in Ascot for their excellent range of cakes and desserts (and so many are free of the G word!). Particular shout out to the GF cupcakes (the red velvet are out of this world). Failing that, if a gluten-free chocolate crackle doesn't satisfy them, we give up!
Paddington stalwart, Sassafras is well on the gluten-free bandwagon, with a heap of options for celiacs. Healthy kids will love the grilled chicken with salad, or the gluten-free toast.
A French restaurant is probably not the first place you think of when brainstorming places to take your kids for dinner, but Baguette has an open-door policy when it comes to little ones. They also have plenty of gluten-free options on the menu, and are happy to accommodate additional requests wherever possible. For your junior diner, we recommend the minute steak with green salad and pomme frites (yes, they're GF!).