Food sensitivities can make it difficult to dine out, but Corpus Christi has some great spots for gluten-sensitive travelers. Read on to find out some of the best restaurants and cafes to swing by for a delicious and gluten-free dining experience in the Gulf Coast Capital.
Hester’s Café and Coffee Shop
Although Hester’s doesn’t have a dedicated gluten-free menu, they do carry gluten-free bread that can be substituted on any of their delicious selection of sandwiches. The staff there is friendly and helpful – you’ll feel like family while designing the perfect gluten-free meal without compromising your experience.
Swing by Ginger Café for a bite of the Mediterranean, with a variety of gluten-free items, from appetizers to main dishes. The chefs here pride themselves on the authenticity of every dish that leaves their kitchen and how well each one represents international cuisine from Greece to the Indian subcontinent. Gluten-free items are conveniently labeled on their menu but ask questions if you’re unsure.
BKK Thai Kitchen & Bar
This stylish establishment offers a delicious twist on classic Thai dishes, and they’ve got gluten-free options, too. Customize your curry, fried rice, noodles, and more from a variety of combinations. BKK's gluten-free dishes are conveniently labeled on their menu, but feel free to ask their waitstaff if you have any specific questions.
Sal’s Bronx Pizza
If you’re looking for fresh, hand-tossed, New York-style pizza made in a stone brick oven, then Sal’s is the place you want to be. Don’t miss out on a variety of authentic Italian toppings and combinations or build your own pizza. Make sure you ask for the 12” Cauliflower Crust for a 6-slice gluten-free delicacy. If you prefer pasta, try their gluten-free pasta dishes and Spinach Gnocchi.
Zambra Fusion Café
At Zambra, they believe that the cleaner the ingredients, the better the taste. Enjoy unique house-made dishes with gluten-free options. Choose from delicious soups, salads, and an assortment of gluten-free add-ons to customize your meal to your liking. They even have gluten-free hot and cold brew blended coffee with a natural sweetener for a pick me up.
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
This Southside favorite has a dedicated menu section for gluten-free items. Choose from delicious soups and salads for the perfect lunch time pick me up. BJ's fan favorite: the Broccoli Cheddar Soup.
Vine Juice Co.
For the visitor on the go, stop by Vine Juice for raw, natural, cold-pressed juices. Try one of the 5 main juices – Pearfection, Carrot Top, The Garden, Romaine Calm, and Heart Beet – each with 3-5 pounds of raw fruits and veggies with zero additives. Also try their selection of smoothies, fruit bowls, salads, and more for items that are healthy but don’t sacrifice flavor.
Located in the Omni Hotel in Downtown Corpus Christi, the Glass Pavilion fulfills the Omni’s belief that breakfast should be a stimulating and healthy start to your day. With something for everyone, guests can enjoy gluten-free options, as well. Choose from gluten-free bread, cereal, and add select meats and fresh fruits to your spread.
For fresh seafood and house-made delicacies, swing by the Blue Clove and check out their gluten-free menu items. Choose from Shrimp Campechana, various salads with fresh seafood, grilled mango salmon, or Sweet Asian Sesame Tuna Steak. The father and son chef duo love creating new dishes in the kitchen, so don’t hesitate to ask if they have any gluten-free specials available.