Healthy and Allergy-Friendly: Dining in Downtown Fishers
May 04, 2015 08:08PM
By Lanette Er
It isn’t always easy finding healthy food amidst the chain restaurant highways in the suburbs despite the fact that more and more people are searching for a more organic diet safe for food intolerances. Driving into the city isn’t always an option for a fast, healthy meal close to home. Starting this month, and over the next few issues, we’ll shine a light on various communities in the Indy metro area by highlighting establishments that are supporting the growing population of food-sensitive and health-minded individuals.
We begin with Fishers, where in recent months there has been significant growth in the downtown area, sparking an excitement in visiting the Nickel Plate Amphitheater for concerts and movies, local shops and of course dining establishments.
Puccini’s Smiling Teeth, known since its 1991 inception for innovative pizza and pasta, offers an entire gluten-free menu along with their regular offerings at all 14 of their locations. The Fishers location recently underwent a redesign, with a cool, cozy vibe. Gluten-sensitive and non-gluten-sensitive patrons alike enjoy a large array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and signature pizza and pasta selections. Along with 40-plus gluten-free pizza toppings, they offer a gluten-free children’s menu, and both wine and glutenfree beer options.
The owners of Fountain Square’s Pure Eatery have opened their second location in downtown Fishers. They feature impressive offerings for vegetarian and vegan compatriots, including vegan tacos, a red quinoa side, fruit cut fresh daily and soups made from scratch. Pure Eatery first opened in Fountain Square in 2010 with a sandwich- and wrap-heavy menu assembled in interesting ways, with vegetarian options and an array of adult beverages.
For a quick sandwich, salad or baked potato, McAlister’s Deli makes it easy for vegetarians and the gluten-sensitive to grab something on the go. McAlister’s now offers gluten-free bread and many vegetarian options, including veggiechili for a hearty and tasty addition to your spud. Supporting healthy lifestyle choices, they also feature Lite Choose Two menu selections, with over 250 combos that total 600 calories or less. In addition to the downtown Fishers establishment, there are 12 throughout the metro area.
Brixx: Wood Fired Pizza offers another pizza option for Fishers residents with food sensitivities. Their gluten-free crust offerings can be combined with vegan cheese and are prepared separately from their gluten offerings every step of the way. Pizzas are created in a different location and cooked on separate surfaces in the oven, in order to avoid gluten contamination for the most sensitive of individuals. For other allergy concerns, guests can refer to their allergen menu in order to choose the right ingredients for them.