These Jersey Shore places offer gluten-free options, from tacos to pizza and cheesecake

These Jersey Shore places offer gluten-free options, from tacos to pizza and cheesecake

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What does a delicious meal like steak with garlic, brown butter, and shallots look like? Or seared local scallops with sesame cucumber salad, daikon and chili miso aioli?

Find them at Cavé Bistro, 515 Sylvania Ave., in Avon-by-the-Sea, a 100% gluten-free, farm-to-table restaurant that uses primarily organic produce and grass-fed and pasture-raised meats. Game and poultry from Silver Fern Farms in New Zealand — and fish, shrimp and more from Local 130 Seafood in Asbury Park.

“Eat well, feel your best” is how they put it on

Of course, the restaurant is not the only restaurant serving food on the beach for those with dietary restrictions. Many restaurants, ice cream shops and bakeries offer gluten-free dishes. From double chocolate cakes to pizza to buffalo wings, there are plenty of options.

Here are a few. While this list is not meant to be comprehensive, if we missed your favorite gluten-free spot, let us know.

Anna’s Banana Bakery, Manahawkin

This bakery has a plethora of gluten-free options from cupcakes, birthday cakes, and custom pies to cheesecake with an almond crust and French macarons. These pig nut cookies are gluten-free, plus a swirl cupcake flavor (this week it’s a mint chocolate chip).

Also try their gluten-free biscuit sandwiches.

He goes: 657 E. Bay Ave. Ward 4; 609-488-2323,

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Clock U, Manasquan

This Cluck U location only has a fryer designated for gluten-free foods, which prevents cross-contamination. Most chicken, wings, empanadas and wraps can be made gluten-free, including the ranchero wrap with chicken, lettuce, bacon and ranch dressing; Or a balsamic chicken wrap with chicken, lettuce, roasted red peppers, and balsamic sauce.

There are also gluten-free appetizers, such as fried pickle chips.

He goes: 2241 Route 35; 732-800-3131,

Crust & Crumble Pizza, Asbury Park

It’s rare for a pizzeria to have a full menu of gluten-free options. Here, you can order anything from salads and appetizers; Pasta such as grilled chicken or shrimp bruschetta with fresh tomato basil, pan sauce and fresh mozzarella; And the pizza is like veggies with mushrooms, jalapenos, red peppers, pineapple, scallions, red onions, portobello, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata, presto, broccoli, artichoke hearts and caramelized onions.

He goes: 633 Lake Ave. 732-776-7767,

Cookman Creamery, Asbury Park

Most of the ice cream available at Cookman Creamery is gluten-free, but they also have vegan options made using dairy alternatives like organic coconut cream, almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, or oat milk. Try flavors like Almond Butter-Based Salted Chocolate, or Coconut Cream-Based Organic Strawberry. The Creamery will also be offering homemade gluten-free vegan waffle cones.

Many of the cakes available, including carrot cake, are also gluten-free.

He goes: 711 Cookman Street; 732-361-5215,

Good Karma Cafe, Red Bank

This vegetarian restaurant has plenty of gluten-free options, including a gado gado salad with romaine lettuce, cabbage, and carrots, topped with smoked tofu slices, a sesame seed mix, and toasted peanuts, with a cilantro-peanut dressing.

Want something a little more filling? Try the kimchi bowl with brown rice, black beans, and baked tofu slices, topped with fresh arugula, pickled daikon, carrots, cucumber, and house-made kimchi, and drizzled with Sriracha hot sauce.

He goes: 17 E Front Street; 732-450-8344,

Papa ganache, matawan

This vegan and gluten-free bakery offers a plethora of options. Try desserts like blueberry-lemon muffins or double chocolate muffins, or savory dishes like homemade soup and eggplant parmigiana.

Papa Ganache also makes whole cakes, such as a black-and-white vanilla cake with chocolate frosting inside and out, or a carrot cake filled with cream cheese or vanilla frosting.

He goes: 106 Main Street; 732-217-1750,

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Mensa, Long Beach

This Mexican restaurant prides itself on being the only 100% gluten-free restaurant on Long Beach Island. The menu is your oysters. Try tacos like The Birdie, with braised chicken, Brussels sprouts and chipotle crema, or The Hippie, with roasted cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, raw shredded carrots and chimichurri.

The restaurant also serves dishes of braised chicken, short rib, pork, or grilled vegetables with rice, beans, and a choice of sides; And also sandwiches. Try the Lotta Beef Inside Sandwich, with braised short rib, slices of pig’s head around a London roast, and glazed onions on an Italian baguette, served with homemade cornflakes.

He goes: 13410 Long Beach Blvd. 609-661-7466,

More gluten-free spots

Luck Cats is a vegan bakery in Neptune City They have plenty of gluten-free desserts, from custom cakes to pastries. But the menu also offers gluten-free foods like a biscuit-filled breakfast casserole topped with potatoes, vegan eggs, country gravy, coconut bacon, cheddar cheese, and scallions. and tofu or scrambled eggs with vegetables, cheese, beans and hash browns. He goes: 140 Steiner Street; 732-361-7294,

Pulp in Asbury Park It’s a juice bar, but they also have gluten-free meals like bagels or toast like the Thyme Cucumber with cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, hemp seeds, and thyme seasoning, and homemade toast. He goes: 516 Summerfield Street; 732-361-3744,

Tallulah in Asbury Park It’s known for its gluten-free options like the Tiffiti Salad with local spring greens mix, snap peas, English peas, peas, cucumbers, radishes, feta, and Green Gods Dressing. They also serve gluten-free meals, like Detroit-style deep dish pizza, at Alternate Ending Beer Co. In Aberdeen. He goes: 550 Cookman Street, Suite 108; 732-455-3003,

Living on vegetables at Manahawkin It has a full gluten-free breakfast and lunch menu, including options like the Knuckle Sandwich with steamed tofu, bacon, tomato, vegan cheese sauce, ketchup, salt, pepper, and vegan mayonnaise; and a barbecue portabella wrap with brown rice, black beans, portabella peppers, onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado, homemade salsa, and cabbage. He goes: 657E. Bay Avenue, Suite 3; 609-891-2383,

While this list is not meant to be comprehensive, if we missed your favorite gluten-free spot, let us know!

Gabriela L. Laracca joined USA Today Network New Jersey in 2021 and eagerly brings her passion for cuisine and culture to our readers. Send restaurant tips to Follow on Instagram at Jersey Shore Eats And sign up for the Jersey Shore Eats newsletter.

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