Let’s Have a Picnik


Willa Roberts, Staff Writer

Is your health something you value? Do you eat either gluten-free, peanut-free, corn-free, and or soy-free foods only? Do you enjoy indulging in tasty food while still being conscious about your health? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Picnik is perfect for you. Picnik is a restaurant in Austin that first started out as a food truck, but recently opened a shop on Burnet Road. It is unique and features an entirely gluten-free, corn-free, peanut-free, and soy-free menu, as well as many vegan and paleo options. Founder Naomi Seifter wanted to provide “a fun dining experience for everyone regardless of if they have food allergies or not.”

For me, someone with celiac disease which causes the inability to eat gluten, it’s difficult to find gluten-free options at restaurants. Even if an item at a regular restaurant is ‘gluten-free’ there is always the issue of cross contamination and airborne gluten. But at Picnik, everything is gluten-free so that’s not a problem. I don’t have to hesitate about what to order or choose from the very little options that other restaurants provide. If you have any type of food allergy, I would strongly recommend Picnik to alleviate the concerns you’ve previously had eating out.

Picnik’s motivation is to make “good food that is also good for you.” They serve “kicked-up, nutritionally-dense flavor variations to mimic standard coffee shop favorites, but with better ingredients.” The menu has everything you might be craving from french toast to butter blondies to chicken tenders to salads to brussels sprouts to fish tacos and much, much more. The food is so delicious it’ll make you question if it truly is gluten free.