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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway is a bucketlist item for many. From the windy roads to the stunning ocean views it’s a drive that many look forward to making, especially the popular route between San Francisco and Los Angeles. However, road trips can be especially tricky when food allergies are involved, so we researched and tested 5 gluten-free places to stop at while you’re on the road!

Linn’s Restaurant

linn's restaurant

Location: 2277 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

#nimatested Dishes: Gluten-free Chicken Wrap

Notes: A great place to stop off the highway for lunch and to explore one of the many small towns along Highway 1. They have a variety of gluten-free options on the menu and very accommodating, friendly staff.

Apple Farm Inn

apple farm inn

Location: 2015 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

#nimatested Dishes: Gluten-free burger and red velvet cupcake

Notes: A cozy restaurant and bakery with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options on the menu! Although the burger came back gluten found, the restaurant staff was very helpful and accommodating to fix the mistake.

Ventana Grill

ventana grill

Location: 2575 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

#nimatested Dishes: Fish and Spinach Salad

Notes: A coastal sit-down restaurant with beautiful views of the water. This place is perfect to end your day of driving and have a nice meal with amazing views! They even have a separate gluten-free menu and were very accommodating to substituting dishes on the main menu to make them gluten-free.


Rising Hearts Bakery

rising hearts bakery

Location: 10836 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

#nimatested Dishes: Chocolate Cookie Sandwich

Notes: After long days of driving down the coast you’ll want to reward yourself with some treats at this bakery! They have gluten-free, vegan, and kosher options to choose from. It’s a great place to stop for a quick breakfast or treat as you head into Los Angeles.

Backyard Bowls

backyeard bowls

Location: 331 Motor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

#nimatested Dishes: Power Bowl

Notes: A healthy, quick bite while you’re on the road! Make sure to specify that you’re looking for gluten-free options and the staff is happy to accommodate. I tested a small piece of each ingredient in Nima and got a smile.

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