Gluten-Free Goodness

Carrie Bell
Vegan Gluten-Free Pancakes from Batter Up Pancakes

While fewer than one percent of Americans need to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet out of medical necessity due to a celiac diagnosis, one in six U.S. citizens avoid the substance found most commonly in grains like wheat, spelt, and barley. Whether you’re cutting carbs by choice or passing on pasta due to a sensitivity, allergy, or a celiac diagnosis, these Fresno businesses ensure that the convenience of food delivered to your door and the ability to live the gluten-free good life are not mutually exclusive.


The Annex Kitchen

This popular Italian-inspired bistro has an entirely separate menu dedicated to pleasing GF palates.

Italian Chopped Salad

This antipasti-inspired salad features iceberg lettuce, radicchio, soppressata, provolone, tomato, pepperoncini, and oregano vinaigrette.

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Braised Beef Short Rib

The dinner-only beef dish is complemented by horseradish and served with polenta.

The Patio Café

A Fig Garden favorite serving farm-fresh breakfast and lunch since 1998, this cafe offers gluten-free toast and can make all egg dishes conform to that diet restriction as well.

Gluten-Free Avocado Smash Toast

A single slice of grilled gluten-free toast is topped with smashed avocado, arugula, goat cheese, and pine nuts. Add a poached egg to add protein.

Spinach & Pine Nut Egg-White Frittata

The egg-white frittata contains organic baby spinach sautéed in garlic and olive oil, toasted Parmesan cheese, and toasted pine nuts. Served with fresh fruit.

Batter Up Pancakes

A longtime neighborhood breakfast joint remembers not everyone wants their flour-filled wares. 

Vegan Gluten-free Pancakes

Order low (one pancake), short (two pancakes), and tall (three pancakes) stacks made using gluten-free batter formula, but know that they are prepared on the same surface as standard pancakes.

Me-N-Ed’s Pizza

Although the original oven was flipped on in Sacramento in 1958, the pizza parlor next expanded to Fresno, worked with a local baker to perfect its signature thin crust, and quickly became a beloved local institution. 

Build Your Own (10-inch pizza)

Create the California-style pie of your dreams atop a highly recommended gluten-free dough. Choose from 28 toppings, from anchovies to zucchini, including three kinds of pepperoni. The GF option is only available in a small 10-inch size.

Donut Fantasy

Fresno’s first fancy fritter shop (try to say that five times fast!) makes self-proclaimed “gluten-friendly” goodies made in house daily, although warns cross-contamination with gluten could occur, so it’s best to pass up these pastries if you have celiac disease or extreme gluten/wheat allergies.

Chocolate Iced 

A reduced-gluten vanilla cake donut with chocolate icing.

Maple Iced

A reduced-gluten vanilla cake donut with maple icing.

Ike’s Love & Sandwiches

Order gluten-free hoagies made with heart (just select “gluten-free bread” for $1 extra). 

Matt Cain

The sub that won ESPN’s Fanwich award for best sports sandwich boasts beef salami, roast beef, turkey, provolone cheese, and godfather sauce. Served hot unless requested otherwise.


Celebrate Thanksgiving all year long with turkey or vegan turkey, cranberry sauce, sriracha, and cheddar on gluten-free bread.

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