The best of gluten free Albuquerque, from a celiac. Gluten free breakfast , gluten free bakeries, Gluten Free Dinner, and gluten free pizza in Albuquerque New Mexico!
If you are ever in Albuquerque, either passing through, moving, or planning a vacation, here is the best gluten free Albuquerque has to offer, from a local.
Be sure to check out the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta while you are here. It is a bucket-list worthy event.
I've been writing this post in my head for at least four years.
As someone who is very sensitive to cross contact, I'm very careful and choosy about where I eat.
I also love eating out and am a self-labeled "foodie".
It is about time I tell you...
the best places to eat gluten free in Albuquerque
Be sure to use your best judgement when eating out. These are my experiences, and just because I dined safely doesn't necessary mean that you will. Ingredients change, and employees are different. Ask questions to help avoid cross contact. I've shared only the best of the best of gluten free albuquerque in the post, and all of the places listed below I have had fabulous experiences at. I'm not liable or responsible for your experience eating out.
You might also find my post about Eating Gluten Free at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort helpful. Just a little bit outside of Albuquerque, they have great gluten free options for both those staying as guests, as well as those who just love good food.
GLUTEN FREE BAKERY- ALBUQUERQUE
Believe it or not, even Albuquerque has a few dedicated bakeries! Most of them can be found at a few of the local growers markets on the weekends, and some also have storefronts or are available at local coffee shops.
BEST GLUTEN FREE BREAKFAST- ALBUQUERQUE
If I’m in the mood for just coffee and a donut or something light and sweet, there are lots of coffee shops that serve Planty Sweet’s gluten free vegan donuts and mini bundts. (see above)
It is is Saturday morning, head to the Los Ranchos Growers Market for a gluten free waffle from Sweet Nothings. (see above)
I’ll occasionally try Flying Star, but I’ve found that their kitchen practices create lots of opportunities for cross contact and I’ve gotten an upset stomach after eating there a few times. Never violently ill, but enough that I dine cautiously and always ask lots of questions. I do enjoy their Spanish frittata and they have gluten free pancakes, be sure to ask them to cook on a clean surface to reduce the risk of cross contact. DO NOT eat their “gluten-friendly” baked goods or cakes from the case if you have celiac or are sensitive.
BEST DINNER GLUTEN FREE RESTAURANTS-ALBUQUERQUE
There are lots of restaurants with gluten-free options, but whether or not they are celiac friendly is an entirely different thing. These are all restaurants I eat at somewhat regularly at, and that I've had great experiences at.
Gluten Free New Mexican Food & Tacos in Albuquerque
At all New Mexican restaurants, be sure to ask a few specific questions. A lot of New Mexican food *should* be gluten-free, but isn't because of the way it is prepared in the kitchen. There are lots of opportunities for cross contact, so be sure to ask:
Is their chile thickened with flour? (that is how chile sauce is traditionally made, though many places have either red or green chile that is gluten-free) -This is especially important if their chile is included as an ingredient in one of their braised meats.
Do their chips go in the same fryer as sopapillas, or chile rellenos?
Do they toast their rice in the fryer? (cross contact issue, if other items that have gluten are being fried)
Do they add flour to the corn tortillas?
Do they warm corn tortillas in the fryer before making into enchiladas or tacos or are they steamed?
Are their calabacitas (a yummy combo of summer squash, onions, and corn) cooked or heated in pasta water?
GLUTEN FREE PIZZA IN ALBUQUERQUE
I want to preface this by reminding you that pizza is one of the most difficult dishes to prepare without cross contact. Lots of places offer a gluten-free crust, but don't have proper procedures in place to prevent cross contact, so while they may have started with a gluten-free pizza crust, the pizzas are definitely not gluten-free.
Always ask if they cook their gluten-free pizzas on the same surface as their regular pizzas.
There is only one restaurant that I wholly trust to do gluten-free pizza the right way, and that is Paisanos.
I do not feel comfortable eating gluten free pizza from Slice Parlor, Amore Neapolitan Pizza at Green Jeans, Pizza Nine, Papa Johns, or any other Albuquerque Pizza place. They simply aren't safe for those with celiac, there is almost a guarantee of cross contact with gluten.
I do occasionally get gluten free pizza at papa murphy's, but only when I watch them make it to ensure they are following their procedure of grabbing sauce and ingredients from fresh containers. And that is take & bake pizza, so at that point I'd almost rather buy some Sonoma Flatbreads from Costco and pop them in my oven at home.