When it comes to food, USC students appreciate two things — convenience and a good price. With food delivery apps like Tapingo, GrubHub and Postmates, getting “fast” food delivered to their doorstep has never been easier. Yet for Trojans who are gluten-free, getting a quick bite to eat is not so easy.
Los Angeles is famous for its health-consciousness and trendy food culture, and like the many food fads before it, the “gluten-free” lifestyle has found its place here. But “gluten-free” isn’t just another Hollywood A-lister’s new swanky diet.
Today, 1 in 333 Americans have celiac disease, a statistic that is growing as diagnostic methods improve. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that is activated by gluten consumption. The best treatment for celiac disease is living gluten-free, which can get even harder in college. Luckily, L.A. offers many gluten free delivery options, to make life a little easier for the gluten-intolerant. Here are a few that are both reasonably priced and convenient:
- Lucifers Pizza
After taking two midterms in one day last week, the only thing I wanted was a good nap and pizza. California Pizza Kitchen at TCC, my go to stop, however, does not offer gluten-free options at its location at USC. Lucifers Pizza offers a similar selection of pizzas and price range (of around $8 for a personal pizza), with the added bonus of being gluten-free. They deliver to campus and stay open until 11 p.m.
The Amazebowls truck, which is often parked near the finger fountain, offers acai bowls and smoothies that are gluten-free. Amazebowls is the perfect post-midterm pick-me-up for days when you want something light but sweet. And, with the no-delivery-charge promotion on Tapingo delivery app, the total cost of an Amazebowl order is around $5.
- Azla Ethiopian
If you’re looking to mix things up, check out Azla Ethiopian, located off Grand Avenue. With a gluten-free kitchen, everything Azla serves is up for grabs, including spicy Ethiopian curry. Add a side of flatbread and order with a friend and you will easily meet the $20 delivery minimum.
While living gluten-free requires research and planning ahead, the gluten-free options near campus are not confined to just the dining halls. Getting gluten-free food can be easy and affordable if you find for the right place and take advantage of food delivery apps!