Philadelphia food is nearly as popular as our historic district, and flocks of out-of-towners come to Philly each year to explore our cultural cuisine. For the many visitors who require or prefer gluten-free tastings, the task of finding gf versions of Philadelphia favorites can seem daunting or impossible. We’ve listed the best locations to taste some of Philadelphia’s authentic foods. (And once you’re done with these, head to our blog on Gluten-Free Reading Terminal Eats or check out our Chestnut Hill Food Tour, which has gluten-free Philadelphia foods available at each stop).
Cheesesteaks – Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop
Known as one of the best places for a Cheesesteak in Philadelphia, Joe’s also stands out as one of the only cheesesteak shops in Philly that consistently stock gluten-free rolls for their gluten-sensitive customers.
The Roast Pork – Paesano’s Philly Style
Locals will tell you that Philadelphia’s roast pork sandwich is as famous or even more representative of Philadelphia’s cultural foods than the cheesesteak, (gasp!). With layers of savory pork, delicately-prepared broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone, this Italian-inspired sandwich has been a favorite Philadelphia food for decades. Paesano’s has an excellent version, called the Arista, available on a gluten-free hoagie roll by request.
Hoagies – Campo’s Deli
Campo’s Deli was one of the first in Philadelphia to consistently stock gluten-free hoagie rolls. Hoagies, cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches and even Vegan and vegetarian versions are on the menu. And if you’re not able to visit their location in person, they also ship Philadelphia foods for your enjoyment.
Tomato Pie – Sweet Freedom Bakery
A dedicated gluten-free facility, Sweet Freedom Bakery is also allergen-friendly and entirely Vegan. They’ve got a popular gluten-free tomato pie, amongst a full menu of other gluten-free Philadelphia treats. (Pro Tip: Call in the morning to reserve a few items if you’re not able to visit the shop until later.)
Soft Pretzels – Taffett’s Bakery
Taffett’s specializes in gluten-free breads of all kinds – sandwich bread, hoagie rolls, kaiser rolls and more. They’re also one of the only local spots where you can pick up gluten-free Philadelphia soft pretzels.
Pizza – Slice
Organic, and about as healthy as pizza can get, Slice is known as one of the best pizza joints in the city – and they’ve got a full menu of gluten-free pizzas available at their Philadelphia locations.
Burgers – Lucky’s Last Chance
Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Burger Brawl, and recognized by Delish as having the Best Bacon Burger in Pennsylvania, you know they’re killing the burger game. Lucky’s is also fully stocked with gluten-free burger buns to create the optimal burger eating experience.
Cupcakes – The Night Kitchen Bakery
Decadent flourless chocolate cupcakes and full cakes are available regularly at this award-winning Chestnut Hill bakery, which has been featured on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes and has an adorable, welcoming atmosphere to boot. (If you’re looking a little closer to Center City, Reading Terminal has gluten-free Philadelphia foods & baked goods as well.)
Ice Cream – Weckerly’s
Organic cream from grass-fed cows at local Seven Stars Farm forms the base for this exquisitely unique French-style ice cream, arguably the best in Philadelphia. And for those preferring gluten-free, they’ve got plenty of flavors available – and even ice cream sandwiches nestled on flourless chocolate brownies, (that’s right – a classic ice cream sandwich done gluten-free).
DID YOU KNOW: Our Chestnut Hill Food Tour is optimal for gluten-free eaters, with carefully selected gluten-free Philadelphia foods at each and every stop. Learn more on our Chestnut Hill Food Tour page.