June 2013 Update: I’m sorry to report that FiddleCakes has closed. I will leave this post active as a thank you note to the owners. They were among the first restauranteurs to offer Gluten-Free menu items in Nashville.
For Gluten-Free baked goods in Nashville, try Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery. Vivi has supplied scrumptious and memorable (my friends still talk about them more than a year later) GF Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes for several events I’ve hosted now. I highly recommend her. Her bakery is now 100% Gluten-Free and Vegan. Visit her new website to see the growing list of local restaurants and cafes that offer her out-of-this-world baked goods.
For another accommodating GF-Friendly alternative to FiddleCakes, visit Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant in Nashville. (Bonus: They also sell Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery items.)
Thanks so much to Heather Brooke Whaley (now Heather O’Dell), of 52 Weeks of Sweets in Nashville, Tennessee, for recommending FiddleCakes to me. Hearing about a Cafe with Gluten-Free baked goods was music to my ears.
Where: FiddleCakes Bakery, Cafe, and Coffee – 2 Locations: 2206 8th Avenue S. and 300A 10th Ave. S., Nashville, TN
GF Menu: YES! FiddleCakes takes the guesswork out of the menu options for you. They print “gf” next to all safe items.
The in-store menu explains, “All sandwiches, paninis, and salads can be made gluten-free.”
Additionally, they offer fresh GF cupcakes, cookies, scones, muffins, and lemon bars. Loaves of GF bread are available by pre-order.
On the FiddleCakes menu page, Co-owners Tasha Ross and Lindsay Beckner describe their vision:
“From the moment you walk through our doors, your nose will tell you we are no ordinary bakery! We offer an array of baked goods and most of the “ordinary baked items” have a gluten-free or vegan variation! So rest assured that there is something here for everyone. Everything from the cookies and scones to the quiche and sandwiches are made fresh every day and we only use the highest quality ingredients, including local, organic, and all-natural products. We also offer a full catering menu, boxed lunches, custom ordering, and will try to accommodate any allergy friendly or special request that you may have.”
What I ate: GF “You Soy Crazy” Sandwich and a GF “Little Italy” Panini
How to order it: Check the menu for items marked with a “gf”. As additional insurance, be sure to tell your server that you would like the GF variation of your order.
What it looks like:
The “You Soy Crazy” sandwich featured a savory vegan patty, served with vegan cheddar, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, avocado, and veganaise, and topped with fresh-baked GF bread. I also ordered a side serving of their daily special quinoa salad.
The “Little Italy” panini offered the classic combination of mozzarella, tomato, basil, and pesto on lightly-grilled GF bread.
Rumor has it that FiddleCakes carries a GF Tiramisu. Oh, yes, I’ll be back for dessert!
Green Note: FiddleCakes offers gift items made by local artists. Their FAQ Page explains,
“[W]e support local artists by showcasing their creations – photography and jewelry made by the talented Shelbi Lavender and fantastically unique pottery sculpted by Audry Deal-McEver. Everything they create is made with love and attention to detail! At our 10th Avenue location, we carry Shelbi Lavender’s jewelry and we host amazing art work from some of our employees – Sarah Parsons and Casey Pierce. We love to support our Fiddle family! So, make sure to take some time to peruse our gift selections for something extra special.”