For some, eating gluten free is a fad or a way to control their diet, but for those who have Celiac’s or actual gluten sensitivity it is absolutely necessary.  Today we’ve rounded up some gluten free favorites in Knoxville – not an exhaustive list but this will get you started to some good eats all across town!

French Market

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Gluten-free dessert crepes from The French Market

1. French Market
The French Market has two locations, one downtown and the other in Farragut.  Expect to find crepes of both the sweet and savory variety.  Most of their crepes are made with flour imported from France, but they have an excellent buckwheat flour that is naturally gluten free and a gluten free batter – both made on separate griddles so you can eat without worry.  Check out the downtown menu.  Bon appetit!

Tomato Head

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Gluten free margarita pizza from Tomato Head

2. Tomato Head
You’ll see Tomato Head lots on these sorts of lists as their menu caters to veggie/vegans and other dietary needs.  They too have a downtown location and one in West Knoxville near West Town Mall.  Check out their menu which features a variety of salads, a gluten free pizza crust option, and gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

Sticky Rice Cafe

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Baked Chicken with a side of broth from the Sticky Rice Cafe

3. Sticky Rice Cafe
Sticky Rice is a Laotian restaurant with namesake sticky rice (which itself isn’t gluten free but many people can still eat it without issue), but their menu has helpful indicators of what is gluten free (or can be gluten free),  vegetarian (or can be), and even items that are spicy.  Try the fried quail or chicken laab for a sample of Southeast Asian cuisine from Laos.

Good Golly Tamale

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Good Golly serving station designed on a bike frame

4. Good Golly Tamale
Tamales are traditionally made with masa harina, a special type of corn flour that is naturally gluten-free.  Check out their menu to see what they’re rolling – we’d give a recommendation but it’d really end up being all of them which kind of defeats the purpose.  If you’re heading there for lunch, get in early because nothing is worse than when the tamale you want is sold out.  ::crying emoji::

Mama C’s Gluten Free

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Gluten free berry pies from Mama Cls

5. Mama C’s Gluten Free
Mama C's Gluten Free Goodies is a dedicated gluten free bakery in SoKno.  They have their own unique flour blend made in-house, and they also offer dairy and nut free items.  Think cinnamon rolls, quiche, cookies, cakes, pies, and more. 

Knox Mason

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Knox Mason Dining

6. Knox Mason
Knox Mason is a farm-to-table restaurant inside the downtown Embassy Suites hotel.  Their menu conveniently indicates vegetarian, vegan, and celiac friendly items.  Chef Matt Gallagher has a second restaurant in Market Square called Emilia which also features some gluten free items.

Benefit Your Life

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Baked gluten free desserts display at Benefit Your Life

7. Benefit Your Life
If you’re in west Knoxville or Farragut and you’re a stretch too far from Mama C’s and in need of a gluten free cupcake, Benefit your Life is coming in clutch.  They have a seasonal menu but a standard array of gluten free goodies to be enjoyed year-round.

Dazzo’s Pizzeria

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Custom gluten free pizza from Dazzo's Pizza

8. Dazzo’s Pizzeria
Gluten free pizza is not a problem at Dazzo’s.  This spot on Gay Street downtown has a special cauliflower crust – check it out here on their dinner menu.

Copper Cellar

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Copper Cellar - Bar

9. Copper Cellar
Y’all are gonna love Copper Cellar’s menu.  They have an entire page that is specifically dedicated to gluten-free!  No hunting for little symbols or getting confused by a menu guide here.  Check out this menu – it even includes Sunday Brunch options!

The Donut Theory

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Gluten free chocolate glazed donut from Donut Theory

10. The Donut Theory
It can be hard to find a gluten free donut, but The Donut Theory solves that problem.  Find their old-fashioned style glazed rings in various locations around Knoxville including Pratt’s Country Store in Powell, Jack’s of Knoxville, and Hey Bear Café.  Follow them on social to see where you can pick up.

Hope this inspired you to go on a hunt for some vintage goodies in Knoxville!