Dining Gluten- and Allergy-Free: On the Go in Indy
As the number of Americans with allergies to gluten and dairy grows and people become more mindful of what is in their food, the food service industry is adapting menus to accommodate those with special diets. Glutenand lactose-free options, as well as vegan and vegetarian menu items, are becoming commonplace. Where allergyfree, vegetarian and vegan options are not offered, most restaurants encourage patrons to share their restrictions so chefs can tailor dishes to meet those specifications.
When time is too short for a more leisurely restaurant meal or you just want to stay home and cook, there are options all over the city that combine a quick carry-out meal while planning the next healthy dish at home.
On the Southeast side, Pogue’s Run Grocer is part of the Indy Food Cooperative, which seeks to offer a full-service, natural products grocery store with affordable, fresh, healthy foods and locally produced goods. There’s no need to shop hungry, though—Pogue’s Run offers a number of vegan and vegetarian sandwiches and wraps on its deli menu.
On the West side of the city, visit Georgetown Market for a large selection of organic produce, natural groceries and nutritional supplements. While there, grab a quick gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan or diabetic menu item from The Market Eatery, where good food and good health come together. The full-service eatery is focused on the purest products available and houses Indy’s original raw juice bar, offering a createyour- own organic juice and smoothie menu.
On the Northside, Ingredients provides a selection of healthy foods for home cooks. They also offer nutritious eat-in or take-home meals for busy professionals and families with and without dietary restrictions, and a schedule of cooking classes that inform on the utilization of local and organic food items.
For vegan and gluten-free bakery options, visit the The Flying Cupcake at their Indianapolis, Carmel and Greenwood locations. All store locations offer a gluten-free or a vegan cupcake option daily. The Flying Cupcake RAW, at 5617 North Illinois Street, features a dedicated bakery on site, supporting an entire menu of gluten- and dairy-free and vegan options in a separate display case ready to take home when you get there.