Pictures of Different Gluten-Free and Vegan Dining Options in Jacksonville FL
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Allergy-Friendly Restaurants in Jacksonville, FL

From the Saturday Farmer’s Market with several gluten-free and vegan vendors to the restaurants around town with menu items marked “vegan” and “gluten-free” scattered throughout, this city is definitely catering to those with food restrictions, especially vegans! There are so many allergy-friendly restaurants in Jacksonville, FL!

Kaleb and I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days in Jacksonville, FL. (More on our adventures around the city in this post).

Are There Any Allergy-Friendly Restaurants in Jacksonville?

I have several food allergies and intolerances. So, when we travel, my first thought is, “Which restaurants can accommodate my food restrictions?” This is usually my biggest concern, reasonably so.

For those of you who don’t know, I follow a pretty strict diet where I avoid gluten and dairy and try to avoid corn and soy. My husband can’t have shellfish or mushrooms. So I know how difficult it can be to find restaurants that cater to food allergies, food intolerances, or diets of any kind.

My friend Lauren, a vegan who is also soy-free, showed us around town. She’s lived in Jacksonville for years and knows Jacksonville like the back of her hand, so she was the perfect person to serve as our tour guide!

I hadn’t been to Jacksonville in about 10 years. And, while the positive changes to the city impressed me greatly, I was most impressed by the city’s emphasis on serving those with food restrictions.


Traveling and eating gluten and dairy-free? Check out these posts on allergy-friendly restaurants in Indianapolis, IN, Washington DC, or Savannah, GA.


**This information is not meant to circumvent medical advice or to identify what foods bother you personally. Each person is different and responds differently to things in their environment. This blog shares Kaleb and Alicia’s experiences and options you may want to try if you are trying to live a healthier life and avoid similar things. Please do your research, speak with your healthcare professional, learn what bothers you and helps you personally, and take the steps needed from there. Also, please remember that menus change, so you will need to look at the current menu.


Our List of Allergy-Free Restaurants in Jacksonville, FL

Fla. Juice & Bowl

Florida Juice and Bowl, great for food allergies

This was our first stop after getting off of our flight. Located on San Marco Blvd. in San Marco, Fla. Juice & Bowl serves smoothies, acai bowls, and poke bowls.

We opted for the smoothies, as it was after lunch but not time for dinner yet. I would have loved to have tried a few other things on their menu, but it really wasn’t the right time.

Kaleb and Lauren went for the Tropics smoothie, a blend of banana, mango, pineapple juice, ginger, and coconut milk. I decided to be a little more daring and went for the Cocoa Acai smoothie, a blend of acai, banana, cacao powder, and cashew milk. I think the acai was a little much for my taste. It had a bit of a chalky/earthy taste to it that I wasn’t expecting to be so strong. But I, admittedly, don’t have much experience with acai. And I still drank it up!

But Lauren and Kaleb (and me because I snuck a sip of Kaleb’s!) agree that the Tropics smoothie was a ten!

Florida Juice & Bowl, an allergy-friendly restaurant in Jacksonville
Florida Juice & Bowl Smoothie, a great allergy-friendly snack in Jacksonville, FL

I would love to try their Acai bowls or Poke bowls another time though. (Their Acai bowls looked AMAZING!!) Lauren had only good things to say about this restaurant!

Delish Kabobs Brazilian Street Food Food Truck

On our first night in town, we went to an outdoor music concert on the lawn downtown. Honestly, we didn’t have too many expectations for the food there. We were there for the music, not the food.

But, wow! Delish Kabobs Brazilian Food Truck lives up to its name! It was Delish!

In fact, it was actually my husband Kaleb’s favorite meal during our time in Jacksonville! He got the steak kabobs while Lauren and I got the veggie ones (you may have to ask for the veggie ones. They often aren’t on the menu).

I know the sauce did not contain soy (because I confirmed it with them), but whatever it did have was phenomenal!

The kabobs are served with your choice of rice or french fries.

Allergy-Friendly Jacksonville Food Trucks and Concert Events

Each kabob meal was a little more than $10 per person, and the portions were generous enough to fill us up.

First meal down, and we were already impressed!

Southern Grounds- A Great Option for Allergy-Friendly Restaurants in Jacksonville!

Southern Grounds, has three locations in Jacksonville, one in San Marco, one in Avondale, and one in Neptune Beach.

Southern Grounds, an allergy-friendly Jacksonville, FL
Southern Grounds, an allergy-friendly Jacksonville, FL restaurant

Southern Grounds has started to jump on the vegan train that seems to be all over Jacksonville. The restaurant had a few vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. And they had several options that could be adapted for food restrictions.

I got the veggie tacos with sweet potatoes, black beans, pickled red onions, and avocado and put it on a bed of lettuce without the corn salsa (since corn is on my “no” list). It tasted great! My husband got the Korean steak and wasn’t a huge fan of it, but he definitely wasn’t complaining. We just had some other great food in Jacksonville that was higher on his list.

This place definitely looked like a great place for breakfast if you aren’t gluten-free. There were a few baked goods (breads, bagels, muffins, etc) and a parfait on the breakfast menu. It all sounded great!

Also, while most of the baked goods at the front of the store wouldn’t have been an option for someone with a food allergy, they did have two gluten-free and vegan muffins: Blueberry and Morning Glory.

True Food Kitchen- Our Favorite Choice for Allergy-Friendly Restaurants in Jacksonville!

My Top Pick

If this post was a countdown, True Food Kitchen would be my top pick! Located also in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, and a few other states, I’m not sure how I’d missed this restaurant even existed!

I’d never heard of it before, but this restaurant far exceeded my expectations. The waitress knew the menu well and quickly threw out ideas that would fit my dietary restrictions, the kitchen staff placed my meal apart from others to prevent cross-contamination (we could see into the kitchen from our seats), and the manager brought the food over and welcomed us to the restaurant.

We were thoroughly impressed!

True Food Jacksonville, a great option for allergy-friendly restaurants in Jacksonville
True Food Kitchen is one of many great allergy-friendly restaurants
True Food Jacksonville, My favorite choice for allergy-friendly restaurants in Jacksonville

True Food Kitchen is located on the Southeastern side of the city where 202 and 295 intersect. The decor was casual and so inviting and the staff was great, but what really set this place apart was the food.

My Experience

I ordered the gluten-free, vegan, spinach and mushroom pizza with caramelized onions and almond ricotta cheese. You guys! I haven’t had pizza at a restaurant in SO LONG! If a pizzeria has a gluten-free crust, I often get that without the cheese (bbq sometimes works to hold it together).

But I had been missing real pizza for a long time.

True Food's Dairy-free Pizza
True Food’s dairy-free and gluten-free pizza was delicious! Carmelized onion, mushrooms, spinach and almond ricotta cheese on top!

I couldn’t have been more pleased both with the taste and texture of the crust and with the flavor of the pizza. The crust tasted like regular thin crust pizza, and the dollops of almond ricotta made me feel like I was finally getting a real cheese pizza!

I feared it would taste bland, but it was anything but bland! The almond ricotta cheese was the star of the dish with the caramelized onion paring with the spinach and mushrooms so well.

To end our meal on a great note, Kaleb and I shared vegan, gluten-free cookies and ice cream. Yum!

Riverside Arts Market (RAM)

Okay, I know this isn’t a restaurant. It’s an arts and farmer’s market. But it’s worth being on this list of best Jacksonville eats for those with food restrictions.

The vendors of this arts and farmer’s market were very focused on natural health. At one stand, I got some natural calming shampoo for our dog who has a fear of storms. At another, I grabbed some dairy-free and soy-free cheese that was packed full of flavor.

Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville, Florida- a Jacksonville Attraction
Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville, Florida provides great options for those on a diet
Dairy-free in Jacksonville, Florida
Lots of gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and keto options!

The Riverside Arts Market, also mentioned in our Jacksonville Attractions post, is located under the I-95 bridge and is only open on Saturday mornings.

There were probably 40-50 vendors that day in April when we visited (not including food trucks). Of those vendors, the majority were selling arts and crafts. However, there were probably 10 or more vendors that day carrying allergy-friendly foods and an additional ten or so carrying either fresh fruits and vegetables or allergy-friendly skin and beauty products.

So while this isn’t a restaurant, it’s still worth the stop. Pop in like we did and grab some veggies for cooking with later, some gluten-free and vegan baked goods, some vegan and soy-free cheese, or even some glass artwork or macrame wall hangings, among other things.

I promise there’s something there for everyone!

Fusion Food Truck at RAM is Even an Allergy-Friendly Restaurant in Jacksonville, FL!

Fusion Food Truck in Jacksonville, a great allergy-friendly Jacksonville restaurant

The Riverside Arts Market had about eight to ten food trucks lining the edge of the market the day were there. I noticed one called Kra Vegan and another called Guanabana that may be worth looking into if you are planning to be in the area. They both looked like they could accommodate food restrictions.

Lauren and I opted for Fusion, a food truck known for its blend of Indian, Thai, and Mediterranean food. They had four gluten-free and vegan curry options. After confirming their curry was also corn and soy-free, I ordered the banana curry with chicken added. I’ve never had banana curry and found it to be a great mix of flavors. I would definitely order that again!

Sweet Pete’s Candy Shop

Sweet Pete's Candy Shop- One of many Jacksonville Attractions
The showstopping main entryway to the candy shop.

Okay, so this is not a “restaurant”, but it still needed to be on our list of allergy-friendly eats.

Sweet Pete’s Candy Shop, located in the heart of the city on Hogan street, had surprises left and right! Not only does this 3 story mansion-turned-into-candy shop boast an ice cream parlor, a chocolate shop, and some elaborate decorations, but it also surprised us with a wall full of vegan options as well! If you follow a vegan or dairy-free diet, you’re sure to find a few great options here!

Sweet Pete's Candy Shop
The entrance to Sweet Pete’s!
Sweet Pete's Candy Shop
Sweet Pete’s candy shop in Jacksonville, Florida has great vegan options!

Because I am gluten and dairy-free but also try to avoid soy and corn, I was unable to find something that worked with all four of my dietary restrictions. (The vegan chocolate contained soy, and I couldn’t find candy without corn syrup). But I think this would be a great option for someone with a sweet tooth who’s looking for some allergy-free options, depending on the food restriction.


There are So Many Allergy-Friendly Restaurants in Jacksonville!

Jacksonville’s ability to cater to those with food restrictions set it apart from so many other cities. I was thoroughly impressed at their conscious desire to create dishes that provide creative and delicious options to people of all diets but especially gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

If you have a food allergy or intolerance, Jacksonville, Florida should be on your list of cities to visit! Even if just passing through the area, it’s worth a stop around lunch or dinner time. There are so many allergy-friendly restaurants in Jacksonville, FL!

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Tammy Horvath
2 years ago

I love to buy organic food when available, and I love to shop at Farmer’s Markets. The Kabobs Brazilian Street Food Truck sounds amazing.

Megan
2 years ago

These restaurants sound amazing! I love any kind of juice bar serving up acai

elaina
elaina
2 years ago

SO many good choices you found! That pizza looks amazing. Love that there is starting to be so many more options for those of us who have restrictions.

Stephanie
2 years ago

Wonderful post. I found a lot of “must try” items for my travel list. I love True Food as well, I have never had a bad dish there. Thanks for all the tips and recommendations!

Holly B
2 years ago

Great post I always like to find places to eat that have amazing foods that even people on special diets can eat!

Lisa Manderino
Lisa Manderino
2 years ago

Jacksonville looks like such a fun town.

Danielle Ardizzone
2 years ago

These look great! I love scoring unique finds off food trucks – it’s one of my favorite things about our local farmer’s market.

Keirsten
2 years ago

That pizza with the almond ricotta from True Foods Kitchen is right up my alley. Looks delicious. Definitely could get down with a bunch of the places you visited. Always love a good healthy smoothie spot too.

Alexis Farmer
2 years ago

That pizza looks awesome!

Marianne
Marianne
2 years ago

As someone who suffers from a slew of food sensitivites including dairy, this list is great! I will be book marking for future travel! Much appreciated!

Cindy
2 years ago

It’s so nice to find gems like these on travels.

Chelsea
Chelsea
2 years ago

Wow! Look at all the vegan eats! That’s my worry when I travel. I do research ahead of time so I know where the heck to eat at since we don’t eat meat or dairy. Thanks for sharing loads of yummy places to check out in Jacksonville!

Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog
Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog
2 years ago

These sound fabulous! We love a good Farmer’s Market!

danielle nieman
2 years ago

Wow! The food looks awesome! Thanks for sharing these specific places!

Larissa Li
Larissa Li
2 years ago

Great list and sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I love to visit friends. Some of them are super useful 🤪

Christy
2 years ago

I live in Colorado and have never heard of the True Food Kitchen! I need to check it out.

Tiffany
Tiffany
2 years ago

I used to live there and somehow never got to any of these…they look delicious!

Emi Sorensen
2 years ago

A three-story mansion candy shop!? That’s what dreams are made of. Ha ha! I’ve never been to Jacksonville, but it seems like a great place to travel to since they have a nice foodie scene. Glad there were plenty of options for you to try. The pizza looks phenomenal.

Kristin
2 years ago

These restaurants all look so hip! I’m going to try to find the True Food Kitchen in CO!

Kendra
2 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information. I’m so glad you found some great food that fits your needs. I have a gluten and dairy intolerance, and it can definitely be tricky to eat out. I’ll have to look up the True Food Kitchen here in Colorado.