Dining out when a member of the fam is on a vegan diet or has food allergies no longer has to be a tall order! We’ve taken the guesswork out of where to go for the best vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free food around town. The following 12 restaurants offer clearly notated delicious menu options to help you order up healthy food that meets your dietary needs. We’ve found everything from vegan, gluten-free Thai food, vegan carne asada and vegan donuts to gluten-free pot pies and a plant based drive-thru restaurant!

Flower Child

Feel your inner child smile brightly as you sit among the flowers on one of two patios at this new(ish) Del Mar establishment. Order at the counter and select from the many organic, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options on a mix ‘n’ match style menu. The sweet potato, brown rice, eggplant bowl (pictured) is brimming with savory Asian flavors and is gluten-free and vegan! Meat eating friends and family will be happy to join you (plenty of healthy protein choices abound) and they’re sure to polish off their veggies when they come in choices like broccoli with parmesan. Kids will flip for the gluten- free mac and cheese- so creamy and delicious! Don’t miss the fantastic selection of seasonal, house-made lemonades and teas in yummy flavors.

Read our full review of Flower Child here.

2690 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, Ca 92014
858-314-6818
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; also open for breakfast Sat. & Sun. from 8-11 a.m.
Online: iamaflowerchild.com

Photo: Flower Child 

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Where do you dine out on an alternative diet? Please share in the comments.

–– Cherie Gough