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Going against the grain
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Every delicious item on Posana’s menu is gluten free.|Photo via Posana
Whether it’s a personal or health-related choice, a lot of people are looking to eat gluten free these days — and navigating a menu at the spur of the moment can be tricky.

We picked some Asheville restaurants to help you out as you craft your perfect plate. From pizza and pastries to barbecue and beyond, here are 30 local spots that skip on gluten, but not on flavor.

Fully gluten free

Posana Restaurant, 1 Biltmore Ave.
The contemporary American spot’s menu has remained gluten free and celiac-friendly since it opened in 2009. “Best overall and high-end with a 100% gluten-free and celiac-friendly kitchen,” reader Matthew F. said.

Gluten-free options + substitutions

Corner Kitchen, 3 Boston Way
Dishes like bacon-wrapped scallops and massaman curry are gluten free, but others like Airline Chicken Panzanella can easily be made gluten free.

Wild Ginger Noodle Bar, 1950 Hendersonville Rd., Ste. 12
Slurp up a hot bowl of pho, or opt for one of the other gluten-free items, like vermicelli rice noodle salad, lemongrass beef satay, or miso-glazed salmon.

Breakfast + brunch

All Day Darling, 102 Montford Ave.
You’ll be spoiled with gluten-free choices, from pancakes to quiche to a lox plate to a fried chicken bowl.

Well Bred Bakery, Various locations
After you finish the gluten-free spinach feta quiche, end brunch on a sweet note with a gluten-free brownie.

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All pizzas, like the Carly Marie, can be made on a gluten-free crust.

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Photo via Strada

Pizza + pasta

Gemelli, 70 Westgate Pkwy.
Most of this menu is safe for gluten-sensitive diners or can be swapped for gluten-sensitive options, like pastas, pizza crusts, or fluffy focaccia.

Strada, 27 Broadway St.
Most of the menu at this Italian restaurant is gluten free or can be made gluten free, right down to the house-made focaccia.
 
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Events
 
Wednesday, June 12
  • Upbeat: An Intro to Drumming and Rhythm | Wednesday, June 12 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., Asheville | Free | No experience is necessary to be a part of this guided drum session — just be sure to register if you want to use one of the provided djembes.
  • Trivia Night | Wednesday, June 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing Production Facility + Taproom, 2A Huntsman Pl., Asheville | Free | Gather a group and test your knowledge of science, current events, music, and more for the chance to win Hi-Wire gift cards.
  • Asheville Jazz Collective | Wednesday, June 12 | 7-9:30 p.m. | The Foundry Hotel, 51 S. Market St., Asheville | Free | Hear the group of musicians play a fresh take on jazz standards and original music at this weekly residency.
Thursday, June 13
  • AVL Digital Nomads Turns Three | Thursday, June 13 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Wedge Brewery at Foundation, 5 Foundy St., Asheville | Free | Celebrate the birthday of this impactful meetup group for remote workers, with 2,800 members and growing.
  • Bromeliad Mounting Workshop | Thursday, June 13 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | PlantHouse, 2 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville | $20-$30 | Learn how to mount and display bromeliads with guidance from staff — you’ll leave with some gorgeous living artwork to display on your wall.
Friday, June 14
  • East Asheville Tailgate Market | Friday, June 14 | 3-6 p.m. | Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Rd., Asheville | Free | Browse offerings from 30+ local vendors to find tasty cheeses, fresh veggies, flaky baked goods, and more.
  • Movies in the Park | Friday, June 14 | 7-11 p.m. | Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, Asheville | Free | Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a family-friendly screening of “Barbie.”
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News Notes
 
Open
  • BattleCat Coffee Bar has opened an East Asheville location at 885 Tunnel Rd. Stop by BattleCat Beverly Hills Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., for coffee and fresh-baked pastries. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Development
  • Signed, sealed, and almost delivered. The contract for Woodfin’s Wave and Riverside Park expansion project has been signed and construction will begin on Friday, June 21 with a groundbreaking ceremony. Learn more about the project as you get ready to ride the Whitewater Wave.
Community
  • In response to its potential displacement, Southside Community Farm has launched a new Community Impact Timeline detailing the history of the farm and its fight for food justice. Part one, “Southside Behind the Red Line,” is up now, with part two, “Resilience in the Face of a Food Apartheid,” coming soon.
Coming Soon
  • The WNC Nature Center has begun construction on its Gateway to the Southern Appalachians exhibit, tearing down the building that formerly housed Henrietta the elephant. The new exhibit, which features a butterfly garden, is slated to be finished by May of next year. See what other renovations are in store. (WLOS)
Biz
  • On Saturday, June 29, the City of Asheville Business Inclusion Office is hosting a community outreach and networking event for existing or aspiring BIPOC and women business owners. RSVP by Monday, June 24 to see presentations and get resources on economic development.
Traffic
  • Tonight, June 12, is the last of three overnight closures on I-26 this week. I-26 East from Brevard Road to Long Shoals Road will close no earlier than 8 p.m. and reopen by 6 a.m., with detours to direct traffic.
Featured Home
  • Soaring atop a hillside ridge, Sunledge is truly a sight to see. This timber frame masterpiece features black walnut floors, high-end finishes throughout + an organic garden — oh, and one of the best views in Black Mountain.*
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Drink
 
Slow-burn beverages
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The book features the recipe for this spring mulberry smash.|Photo by Katie Childs
Danny Childs recently won a 2024 James Beard Foundation Book Award for his book “Slow Drinks: A Field Guide to Foraging and Fermenting Seasonal Sodas, Botanical Cocktails, Homemade Wines, and More.” And now, the author/ethnobotanist/bartender is bringing his backyard mixology expertise to Asheville with a series of special events.

Childs’ Asheville tour begins on Saturday, June 29 at Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins with an Amaro Adventure, where Childs will lead a foraging tour, letting you gather goods to create your own amaro, followed by a party with live music and a food truck.

On Monday, July 1, Childs will take over the bar at Chai Pani and MG Mini to serve up drinks from his book, including new cocktails and a nonalcoholic soda that bridges the flavors of Appalachia and India.
 
The Buy
 
Strut your stuff this summer with accessories from Designed For Joy. The Birdie purse comes in various colorways and features a scarf detail on the handle – perfect for a summer date night.
 
 
The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Scrolling through Instagram, I stopped in my tracks to marvel at this glorious bacon, egg, and cheese from Zella’s Deli. Just look at that melty cheese. Needless to say, I know exactly where I’m getting breakfast from this morning.
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