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Joel Bernstein

26 Philly Restaurants With Great Gluten-Free Options

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Funnel cake at Fox & Son Fancy Corn Dogs in Reading Terminal Market
| Joel Bernstein

Going out to eat can be complicated for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities. Sure, plain old meat and vegetables are available on most menus, but does the restaurant know how to avoid cross-contamination with glutenous products? And does it still feel like a meal without carbs in the form of bread, pizza crust, or croutons?

Luckily for gluten avoiders, Philly’s restaurants have answered the call. Burger and sandwich shops offer gluten-free bread. Pizza places are baking gluten-free crust and bakeries are focusing on allergen-free sweets and breads. Restaurants serving some South and Central American and Asian cuisines often meet gluten-free needs too, thanks to their use of corn- and rice-based products.

If you have a serious gluten allergy, use this list as a guide to restaurants that can accommodate you, but alert your server regardless. With a few exceptions, these restaurants are not entirely gluten-free.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Slice Pizza (multiple locations)

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431 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-1555
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Pizza shop Slice, which has two locations in Philly and one in New Jersey, prepares and cooks its 10-inch thin-crust gluten-free pies separate from other pizza products. Vegan cheeses and meats are available as toppings alongside a long list of regular cheeses, meats, and veggies.

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2. Sazon

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941 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 763-2500
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Spring Garden Street’s Sazon gives gluten-free food the Venezuelan touch. Arepas come topped with meat, tofu, or veggies — making the restaurant a good spot for vegan options, too. It’s BYOB and cash-only.

3. Prohibition Taproom

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501 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 238-1818
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Every Tuesday, it’s gluten-free fried chicken night at Prohibition Taproom. The meal comes with gluten-free sides and the bar always has ciders available.

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4. Fox & Son Fancy Corn Dogs

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 372-7935
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Get in the carnival spirit at this Reading Terminal Market spot for corn dogs, poutine, funnel cake, and hand-cut fries. It’s all naturally gluten-free. Go with a traditional corn dog topped with chili and cheese or try something different like one fried in sweet potato batter.

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5. El Merkury

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2104 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 457-5952
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Everything on the menu except the churros at Central American specialist El Merkury is gluten-free. Choose from a variety of taquitos, papusas, and tostadas. Rumor has it they’re even working on a gluten-free version of those popular churros.

6. Veda

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1920 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 519-2001
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A large portion of the menu at this modern Indian restaurant in Center City is free of gluten, including its popular cauliflower in a tangy red sauce, chicken tikka, and the rice dish biryani.

7. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (multiple locations)

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1150 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 507-7365
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Iron Hill’s 16 locations — including the new one in Center City — cater to guests with gluten sensitivity (note: the kitchens are not gluten-free, so cross-contamination could occur) with a large menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, seafood, ice cream, and even beer. There is also a gluten-free kids menu that comes with a drink, side dish, and ice cream for $7.

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8. Harp & Crown

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1525 Samson Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 330-2800
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Besides the pizzas and pastas, Harp & Crown’s menu is largely friendly for gluten-free eaters, with several options for both entrees and sides.

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9. Honeygrow (multiple locations)

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110 S 16th St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 279-7724
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Homegrown hero Honeygrow’s empire is expanding — and that’s a good thing. The salads at this fast-casual chain are fully customizable, as are the stir fry options, which include rice noodles and a few gluten-free sauces (spicy garlic and red coconut curry).

10. Bar Bombon

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133 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 606-6612
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Bar Bombon isn’t just 100-percent vegan — it offers more than a dozen dishes that can be served sans gluten, making it a good choice for a group with strict dietary restrictions. The Puerto Rican-influenced menu includes gluten-free buffalo cauliflower tacos, nachos, and several vegetable dishes.

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11. Revolution Taco

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2015 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 639-5681
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The bulk of Revolution Taco’s menu is safe for gluten-free eaters, including several tacos and burrito bowls topped with a choice of meat, smoked mushrooms, or chickpea veggie burger.

12. Oyster House

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1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 567-7683
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Thanks to a raw bar and a menu of simply prepared seafood, most of Oyster House’s dishes are naturally gluten-free, or can be made that way.

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13. Mission Taqueria

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1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Gluten-free diners will find plenty of options at Mission Taqueria, which pumps out corn tortillas by the dozens for tacos with chicken mole, braised lamb, grilled mushrooms, and more.

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14. Lolita

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106 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 546-7100
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Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s modern Mexican spot offers an entirely gluten-free dinner menu. Yes, that means everything — from chips and guac to carne asada — is safe. At lunch, everything except the tortas is gluten-free too.

15. Scarpetta

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210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 558-4199
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Upscale Italian restaurant Scarpetta on Rittenhouse Square offers a gluten-free menu that includes a few pastas, such as the signature tomato basil spaghetti.

16. Double Knot

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120 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 631-3868
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Nearly everything — upstairs and downstairs — at Michael Schulson’s Double Knot can be prepared without gluten. Think: fried rice, sushi, and grilled skewers.

17. Lacroix

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210 W Rittenhouse Sq
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 790-2533
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The elegant Lacroix at the Rittenhouse hotel can adjust any menu to meet gluten-free needs. Chef Jon Cichon even has practice creating gluten-free versions of the restaurant’s five-course tasting menu. Bonus: All of the hotel’s dining options, including the afternoon tea, offer gluten-free options.

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18. Sampan

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124 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 732-3501
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A big portion of Sampan’s pan-Asian menu is gluten-free, including Wagyu beef satay, hamachi crudo, Peking duck, fried rice, and pad thai. A dedicated menu lays it all out.

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19. P.S. & Co.

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1706 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 985-1706
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P.S. & Co. is 100-percent vegan and gluten-free. The creative menu offers versions of dishes from several different cuisines, like tacos, summer rolls, pad thai, veggie burgers, and ramen, along with cookies, cakes, and pies.

20. Rex 1516

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1516 South St
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 319-1366
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South Street’s Rex 1516 offers a full gluten-free dinner menu that includes mussels with gluten-free toast for dipping and a burger served with spicy pimento cheese and bacon on a gluten-free bun. The Southern restaurant recently added gluten-free brunch options, including shrimp and grits, and the bar offers two hard ciders. The kitchen uses a separate fryer for fried gluten-free food.

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21. Puyero Venezuelan Flavor

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524 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 928-4584
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Just off South Street, Venezuelan counter-service spot Puyero boasts an almost entirely gluten-free menu, including arepas (sandwiches with a corn-based dough), patacones (sandwiches with fried plantains instead of bread), and sides.

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22. Emmy Squared - Queen Village

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632 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 551-3669
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For an extra $4, make any of Emmy Squared’s pizzas gluten-free. The Queen Village outpost of this New York-based restaurant employs Cup4Cup gluten-free all-purpose flour in its pies, such as the spicy Roni Supreme with pepperoni and the Tony Luke, Jr. with broccoli rabe and provolone.

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23. Cry Baby Pasta

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627 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 972-9496
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At Cry Baby Pasta in Queen Village, diners can sub in gluten-free pasta for $2. On the menu: basil pesto, cacio e pepe, pomodoro, and other sauces.

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24. Taffet's Bakery

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1024 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 551-5511
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In honor of co-owner Omer Taffet’s mother, who has celiac disease, he and his wife, Natasha, created their namesake bakery to provide gluten-free breads and pastries. The Italian Market shop produces pretzels, muffins, sourdough boules, pizza crust, bagels, baguettes, cookies, brownies…the list goes on.

25. P'unk Burger

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1823 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 468-7865
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At East Passyunk Avenue’s P’unk Burger, gluten-free buns are an option for all of the burgers (the patties are also gluten-free). Sauces and gluten-free toppings are available too, and there are rotating gluten-free specials. Note that the kitchen works to avoid cross-contamination, but gluten-free items are prepared in the same kitchen as items with gluten.

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26. Sweet Freedom Bakery

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1039 Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 527-7323
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Sweet Freedom in Bryn Mawr is an allergen-free powerhouse. Everything in the bakery — the cupcakes, muffins, cookies, breads, and more — is gluten-free, vegan, and kosher, with no corn, soy, peanuts, or refined sugar. Note that the Center City location is closed.

1. Slice Pizza (multiple locations)

431 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
slice pizza Slice Pizza [official]

Pizza shop Slice, which has two locations in Philly and one in New Jersey, prepares and cooks its 10-inch thin-crust gluten-free pies separate from other pizza products. Vegan cheeses and meats are available as toppings alongside a long list of regular cheeses, meats, and veggies.

431 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

2. Sazon

941 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA

Spring Garden Street’s Sazon gives gluten-free food the Venezuelan touch. Arepas come topped with meat, tofu, or veggies — making the restaurant a good spot for vegan options, too. It’s BYOB and cash-only.

941 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA

3. Prohibition Taproom

501 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Prohibition Taproom [official]

Every Tuesday, it’s gluten-free fried chicken night at Prohibition Taproom. The meal comes with gluten-free sides and the bar always has ciders available.

501 N 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

4. Fox & Son Fancy Corn Dogs

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Joel Bernstein

Get in the carnival spirit at this Reading Terminal Market spot for corn dogs, poutine, funnel cake, and hand-cut fries. It’s all naturally gluten-free. Go with a traditional corn dog topped with chili and cheese or try something different like one fried in sweet potato batter.

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. El Merkury

2104 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Everything on the menu except the churros at Central American specialist El Merkury is gluten-free. Choose from a variety of taquitos, papusas, and tostadas. Rumor has it they’re even working on a gluten-free version of those popular churros.

2104 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Veda

1920 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

A large portion of the menu at this modern Indian restaurant in Center City is free of gluten, including its popular cauliflower in a tangy red sauce, chicken tikka, and the rice dish biryani.

1920 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (multiple locations)

1150 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Iron Hill [official]

Iron Hill’s 16 locations — including the new one in Center City — cater to guests with gluten sensitivity (note: the kitchens are not gluten-free, so cross-contamination could occur) with a large menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, seafood, ice cream, and even beer. There is also a gluten-free kids menu that comes with a drink, side dish, and ice cream for $7.

1150 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Harp & Crown

1525 Samson Street, Philadelphia, PA
harp & crown Hillary Messman

Besides the pizzas and pastas, Harp & Crown’s menu is largely friendly for gluten-free eaters, with several options for both entrees and sides.

1525 Samson Street
Philadelphia, PA

9. Honeygrow (multiple locations)

110 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA

Homegrown hero Honeygrow’s empire is expanding — and that’s a good thing. The salads at this fast-casual chain are fully customizable, as are the stir fry options, which include rice noodles and a few gluten-free sauces (spicy garlic and red coconut curry).

110 S 16th St
Philadelphia, PA

10. Bar Bombon

133 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA
Bar Bombon [official photo]

Bar Bombon isn’t just 100-percent vegan — it offers more than a dozen dishes that can be served sans gluten, making it a good choice for a group with strict dietary restrictions. The Puerto Rican-influenced menu includes gluten-free buffalo cauliflower tacos, nachos, and several vegetable dishes.

133 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA

11. Revolution Taco

2015 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The bulk of Revolution Taco’s menu is safe for gluten-free eaters, including several tacos and burrito bowls topped with a choice of meat, smoked mushrooms, or chickpea veggie burger.

2015 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

12. Oyster House

1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA
platter of oysters Jason Varney

Thanks to a raw bar and a menu of simply prepared seafood, most of Oyster House’s dishes are naturally gluten-free, or can be made that way.

1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA

13. Mission Taqueria

1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Neal Santos

Gluten-free diners will find plenty of options at Mission Taqueria, which pumps out corn tortillas by the dozens for tacos with chicken mole, braised lamb, grilled mushrooms, and more.

1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

14. Lolita

106 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s modern Mexican spot offers an entirely gluten-free dinner menu. Yes, that means everything — from chips and guac to carne asada — is safe. At lunch, everything except the tortas is gluten-free too.

106 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA

15. Scarpetta

210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Upscale Italian restaurant Scarpetta on Rittenhouse Square offers a gluten-free menu that includes a few pastas, such as the signature tomato basil spaghetti.

210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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16. Double Knot

120 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA

Nearly everything — upstairs and downstairs — at Michael Schulson’s Double Knot can be prepared without gluten. Think: fried rice, sushi, and grilled skewers.

120 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA

17. Lacroix

210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA
Lacroix [official]

The elegant Lacroix at the Rittenhouse hotel can adjust any menu to meet gluten-free needs. Chef Jon Cichon even has practice creating gluten-free versions of the restaurant’s five-course tasting menu. Bonus: All of the hotel’s dining options, including the afternoon tea, offer gluten-free options.

210 W Rittenhouse Sq
Philadelphia, PA

18. Sampan

124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA
Sampan [official]

A big portion of Sampan’s pan-Asian menu is gluten-free, including Wagyu beef satay, hamachi crudo, Peking duck, fried rice, and pad thai. A dedicated menu lays it all out.

124 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA

19. P.S. & Co.

1706 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

P.S. & Co. is 100-percent vegan and gluten-free. The creative menu offers versions of dishes from several different cuisines, like tacos, summer rolls, pad thai, veggie burgers, and ramen, along with cookies, cakes, and pies.

1706 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

20. Rex 1516

1516 South St, Philadelphia, PA
Rex 1516 [official]

South Street’s Rex 1516 offers a full gluten-free dinner menu that includes mussels with gluten-free toast for dipping and a burger served with spicy pimento cheese and bacon on a gluten-free bun. The Southern restaurant recently added gluten-free brunch options, including shrimp and grits, and the bar offers two hard ciders. The kitchen uses a separate fryer for fried gluten-free food.

1516 South St
Philadelphia, PA

21. Puyero Venezuelan Flavor

524 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA
Puyero Venezuelan Flavor [official]

Just off South Street, Venezuelan counter-service spot Puyero boasts an almost entirely gluten-free menu, including arepas (sandwiches with a corn-based dough), patacones (sandwiches with fried plantains instead of bread), and sides.

524 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA

22. Emmy Squared - Queen Village

632 S 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
pan pizza with slice taken out Emmy Squared [official]

For an extra $4, make any of Emmy Squared’s pizzas gluten-free. The Queen Village outpost of this New York-based restaurant employs Cup4Cup gluten-free all-purpose flour in its pies, such as the spicy Roni Supreme with pepperoni and the Tony Luke, Jr. with broccoli rabe and provolone.

632 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

23. Cry Baby Pasta

627 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Society Hill Films

At Cry Baby Pasta in Queen Village, diners can sub in gluten-free pasta for $2. On the menu: basil pesto, cacio e pepe, pomodoro, and other sauces.

627 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

24. Taffet's Bakery

1024 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA

In honor of co-owner Omer Taffet’s mother, who has celiac disease, he and his wife, Natasha, created their namesake bakery to provide gluten-free breads and pastries. The Italian Market shop produces pretzels, muffins, sourdough boules, pizza crust, bagels, baguettes, cookies, brownies…the list goes on.

1024 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA

25. P'unk Burger

1823 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA
P’unk Burger [official]

At East Passyunk Avenue’s P’unk Burger, gluten-free buns are an option for all of the burgers (the patties are also gluten-free). Sauces and gluten-free toppings are available too, and there are rotating gluten-free specials. Note that the kitchen works to avoid cross-contamination, but gluten-free items are prepared in the same kitchen as items with gluten.

1823 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA

26. Sweet Freedom Bakery

1039 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Sweet Freedom in Bryn Mawr is an allergen-free powerhouse. Everything in the bakery — the cupcakes, muffins, cookies, breads, and more — is gluten-free, vegan, and kosher, with no corn, soy, peanuts, or refined sugar. Note that the Center City location is closed.

1039 Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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