Gluten-free dining options have come a long way in recent years, but it can still be tricky finding somewhere that will cater for everyone.
Here’s Tropic’s guide to the local eateries that offer the best gluten-free menus.
One of our favourite Japanese eateries, Wawawa has earned a name for delicious, street-food style food.
Quite a few dishes are also gluten-free, and some vegan!
TRY: ‘KFC’ with Jappyslaw
GO THERE: 92 Lake Street
Samgasat Thai Cuisine
One of the city’s worst kept secrets, Samgasat serves some seriously tasty, authentic Thai food.
A large part of its menu is gluten-free, including some of the restaurant’s new takeaway lunch packs.
TRY: Poached chicken and crab salad
GO THERE: 271 Pease Street, Edge Hill
Owner Oliver James is all about inclusivity and his varied menus match that ethos.
His award-winning Cairns North establishment has a huge gluten-free selection, or meals can be adjusted to suit.
TRY: Good Morning Vietnam
GO THERE: Cnr Smith Street and the Esplanade
Dundees at the Aquarium
There are two Dundees restaurants in Cairns and both have gluten-free options, but the Aquarium venue has the most choice.
TRY: Native peppered kangaroo loin
GO THERE: 5 Florence Street
One of Cairns’ most authentic Middle Eastern eateries, Falafellicious has moved from its humble Kuranda beginnings to Smithfield, and now, to our delight, the Cairns CBD.
While their pita isn’t gluten-free, the falafel is and all but one of their flavour-packed salads.
Everything’s 100 per cent vegan too!
TRY: Leaf falafel
GO THERE: 49 Grafton Street
100 per cent gluten-free, it’s open for breakfast and lunch right in the heart of the CBD.
You can also pick up ready-made meals.
TRY: Wagyu burger
GO THERE: 15/62 Grafton Street
All entrees are gluten-free, plus most mains, including homemade gnocchi.
TRY: Any one of their specialised gnocchi dishes
GO THERE: Shop G9, Pier Point Road
Everything on the menu can be converted to gluten-free.
TRY: Zucchini, corn and chickpea fritters
GO THERE: 41 Shields Street
Known for its unique take on native ingredients, this popular marina-side venue also has a huge range of gluten-free food.
TRY: Salt and pepper quail, fresh chilli, compressed watermelon, finger lime
GO THERE: 6/1 Marlin Parade
Tropic's northern quick picks
Seabean Tapas Bar
TRY: One of their four paella dishes (or all of them)
GO THERE: 3/28 Wharf Street, Port Douglas
The Little Larder
TRY: Zucchini and halloumi falafel
Tropic's southern quick picks
Health Healing & Harmony
TRY: Rice paper rolls or walnut sushi
GO THERE: 46 Rankin Street, Innisfail