Gluten Free in Florida- Tampa

A few weeks ago, while all of Dallas was iced in and closed down for the first time this year, I was enjoying some lovely weather in Tampa. I was asked to be there for a meeting and had no problem saying, “Yes, yes, yes!”

One of my best friends just got engaged, so I flew down early to spend some time with her…and the best dog ever.

Blalock
Gotta love a great dane!

Since it can be a little tough to find gluten free grub while traveling, I though I’d share some info on my new favorite restaurants. Enter- Ciccio Restaurant Group.

Ciccio Cali was my first taste of this greatness.

Ciccio Cali

I love the white/green crisp color combo of the place. It naturally makes you think of a fresh and healthy restaurant. The menu is a good size with plenty of options to change things up. Best of all, it’s clearly marked with DF and GF for dairy free and gluten free items. Love.

Ciccio Cali Menu

 I went with the citrus bowl with brown rice.

Citrus BowlChicken, red onion, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, citrus aioli and avocado (<<my favorite)

It was perfect- fresh and filling. I ended up eating at this location twice and also had the Mexican bowl. No complaints there either. Its like a healthy and much more fresh version of Chipotle. The cool thing about all of the bowls is that you can change things up by getting spaghetti squash or greens instead of brown rice.

The service was good and they have some food and drink specials as well. They have a casual bar if you just feel like grabbing a drink. Oh, and cupcakes! They have gluten free cupcakes, but I was too full to try that.

Thankfully, it didn’t stop there. The restaurant group has a total of six different restaurants. I got to try one more, Daily Eats, the night before heading home to snow.

Daily Eats is small and looks like a cute little diner you’d see in a movie. I’ve heard the breakfast is absolutely amazing, but the gluten free options are limited to mostly egg-based meals at that time. Since I was there for dinner, I had more options.

Ciccios1

This time I went with the Cali bowl- chicken, shredded lettuce, cucumber, tomato, carrots, white balsamic vinaigrette and guacamole. I left off the goat cheese and had quinoa as a base this time.

Again, the service was great. Our waitress was really sweet and happy to tell us more about some of the items on the menu, and everything was labeled just like they had been at Ciccio Cali. Highly recommend! Did I mention I found another spot for my inspirational signage collection?

You are beautifulI found this little gem right outside of Daily Eats and couldn’t resist a photo.

I’m heading back to Tampa this summer and will definitely be trying out more of the restaurants owned by this group. Happy belly, happy girl.

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