Whether the aim is to eat healthier or avoid certain foods due to intolerance or allergies, more and more people in the U.S. are going gluten-free and vegan each year. Once upon a time, eliminating gluten or animal products from your diet meant severe restrictions on what you could eat, with things like cheese, pizza, pasta, beer, and sweets all but off the table.
Today, thanks to a growing understanding of what it means to be vegan or gluten-free and a new wave of gluten-free and vegan menus and products, these restrictions are a thing of the past. To find the best vegan and gluten-free food and restaurants, an expert panel has nominated their top picks across nine categories, from cider to gluten-free bakeries to vegan cheese.
Now, it’s your turn to vote for your favorites and decide the winners. Voting ends on Monday, October 16 at noon ET, and you can vote once per day, per category.
Click on each category below to vote:
Delicious cider is almost always gluten-free naturally — Photo courtesy of MurzikNata / iStock via Getty Images Plus
Versatile and tasty, cider is made from fermented apples, imbuing it with a sweet and fruity flavor. And that flavor can be enhanced with the addition of hops, spices, and fruits, totally transforming the taste. As an added bonus, cider is almost always naturally gluten-free.
From the dry to the sweet and the high ABV to the crushable, these 20 ciders have been selected by an expert panel as the best in the country for their unique and delicious flavor profiles. Which cider would you most like to drink?
Vote: Best Cider »
Hard cider production is on the rise in the U.S. — Photo courtesy of bhofack2 / iStock via Getty Images Plus
As more people have discovered the versatility of hard cider and looked for beer alternatives, the popularity of cider has exploded in the United States. According to the American Cider Association, there are more than 1,000 hard cideries across the country.
These 20 cideries, nominated by an expert panel as the best in the U.S., are using the freshest apples to produce innovative, unique, and delicious ciders. Which cidery is your favorite?
Vote: Best Cidery »
Best Gluten-Free Bakery
Find gluten-free goodies at these top gluten-free bakeries — Photo courtesy of Daisy-Daisy / iStock via Getty Images Plus
It used to be that sticking to a gluten-free diet meant forgoing breads, cupcakes, cookies, and other decadent desserts. Not anymore! Thanks to a wave of inventive gluten-free bakeries, those looking to avoid gluten have plenty of ways to satisfy a sweet tooth or bread craving.
These 20 bakeries have been nominated by an expert panel as the best in country for cooking up flourless desserts and baked goods that are just as indulgent as their traditional counterparts. Which gluten-free bakery would you most like to visit?
Vote: Best Gluten-Free Bakery »
Best Gluten-Free Beer
If you’re avoiding gluten, you can still enjoy these beers — Photo courtesy of photologica / iStock via Getty Images Plus
Wheat in the form of malted barley has long been one of four key ingredients in beer (along with water, hops, and yeast), but more and more breweries are catering to gluten-free drinkers with tasty brews made from alternative ingredients like sorghum, rice, millet, lentils, and nuts.
These beers brewed to be gluten-free or gluten-reduced were nominated by an expert panel as the best in the United States. Which beer would you most like to drink?
Vote: Best Gluten-Free Beer »
Best Gluten-Free Pizzeria
Pizza is possible for gluten-free diets at these pizzerias — Photo courtesy of LauriPatterson / iStock via Getty Images Plus
Gone are the days when going gluten-free meant a bleak future of tasteless meals. No matter the reason for forgoing wheat, diners can still tuck into one of the country’s most popular comfort foods — pizza — at these pizzerias that have been nominated by an expert panel as the best in the U.S. for their gluten-free pies. Which gluten-free pizzeria would you most like to dine at?
Vote: Best Gluten-Free Pizzeria »
Best Restaurant Chain for Vegans
Find yummy vegan options at these restaurant chains — Photo courtesy of Duygu Coban / iStock via Getty Images Plus
For vegans, eating out can be a challenge. Many restaurants have limited or no plant-based options, but that landscape is changing as more restaurant chains add vegan items to their menus.
These 20 restaurant chains have been nominated by an expert panel because they make it easy for vegan diners to enjoy a meal out with their omnivorous friends and family — without having to sacrifice on quality or choice. Which restaurant chain do you think has the best vegan options?
Vote: Best Restaurant Chain for Vegans »
Best Vegan Cheese
Plant-based cheese can be just as good as the dairy version — Photo courtesy of mikhailkhusid / iStock via Getty Images Plus
Made from plant-based ingredients, vegan cheese is a great alternative for people who want to enjoy cheese without consuming any animal products. Not to mention, it’s lower in cholesterol, saturated fat, and calories than dairy cheese, and it can be a good option for those with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies.
These 20 vegan cheese products have been nominated by an expert panel as the best on the market for how well they emulate the taste and texture of dairy cheese. Which vegan cheese is your go-to?
Vote: Best Vegan Cheese »
Best Vegan Ice Cream
Dairy-free ice cream is no longer a rare find — Photo courtesy of MmeEmil / E+
There are a ton of vegan ice creams on the market these days for those avoiding dairy. These plant-based frozen desserts — often made from almond milk, oat milk, and coconut cream — come in a variety of inventive flavors, providing vegan and dairy-free folks with a multitude of options.
These 20 vegan ice cream products have been selected by an expert panel as the best, both for how close they come to matching dairy ice creams and for their yummy flavors. Which vegan ice cream do you most like to snack on?
Vote: Best Vegan Ice Cream »
Best Vegan Pizza
Meatless toppings and plant-based cheese puts pizza on the menu for vegans — Photo courtesy of champpixs / iStock via Getty Images Plus
For a quick, convenient, and scrumptious plant-based meal, a pre-made or frozen pizza from the grocery store is a great option. Vegan diners can enjoy a vast variety of pies made with dairy-free cheese and meatless toppings.
From the classic Margherita or cheese and pepperoni to more adventurous combinations and flavor profiles, these 20 delicious vegan pizzas have been nominated by an expert panel as the best on the market. Which vegan pizza would you most like to eat?
Vote: Best Vegan Pizza »
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on Friday, October 27.