I giggled writing this entry’s title–not because it is at all funny, but because, I must confess, I can’t spell restaurant without spell-check help to save my life. Seriously, I have no idea how I became a book editor with that handicap! Another confession: I LOVE eating out. I absolutely adore going to a restaurant, sitting somewhere comfy, and having a nice waiter bring me anything I want. You’d think working in restaurants as a teenager would have cured me, but I am still an eat-out addict. It just makes me happy. However, gluten-free dining out can often be more challenging than pleasurable. So, with that in mind, I’m going to give you the skinny on all my favorite dining establishments (now, that I can spell!) in and out of Nashville!
First up is East Nashville’s The Wild Cow, a vegetarian restaurant. Let me preface this by saying that I am a meat lover, but I am a frequent Wild Cow visitor anyway because the food is just that good. They have an entire gluten-free menu (just ask for it instead of the regular one) and are very helpful when it comes to accommodating my other food allergies as well.
- The Wild Cow is open everyday for lunch and dinner except Tuesdays.
- They are located in a cute shopping center right next to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (yum!).
- The restaurant has a laid-back, casual vibe so no need to get dressed up for dinner here.
- They offer gluten-free appetizers, salads, entrees, and delicious desserts. You can check out the menu here!
The Prince Fielder Sandwich: Marinated & grilled tempeh or tofu, avocado, tomato, sprouts, cucumbers, shredded carrots, onions, vegenaise, & spicy mustard on gluten-free bread; served with one side item. The gluten-free bread is light and fluffy with a nutty texture and the spicy mustard is delicious!
The Buffalo Grinder: Marinated & grilled tempeh or tofu, lettuce, tomato, shredded carrots, ranch dressing, & our homemade zesty buffalo sauce on gluten-free bread; served with one side item. The sauce has a nice kick to it, but it isn’t too spicy and the ranch dressing is really good and tangy!
Veggie & Quinoa Bowl: Grilled vegetable mix (includes cauliflower, broccoli, and onions) over organic quinoa; drizzled with our garlic aioli, ginger miso or green goddess dressing. I LOVE their garlic aioli and you can add grilled tofu or tempeh for a little extra protein. I’ve heard good things about each of the different sauces. One thing to note is that the veggies are pre-mixed, so you can’t ask for “no onions.”
I also highly recommend any and all of their gluten-free desserts. They change out the flavors of their cakes and cupcakes regularly, and they are all delicious. I’m an especially big fan of their strawberry cupcakes!
Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake
So next time you are craving an especially delicious and healthy meat-free meal, head on over to the Wild Cow. Just do yourself a favor, and save room for dessert!