a gluten-free pizza at Moondog in Key West — toppings are Kalamata olives, basil pesto, artichoke, parmesan, and feta

Moondog Cafe & Bakery in Key West: Gluten-Free Nirvana

a margarita with a Tajin rim
A spicy margarita at Moondog Cafe and Bakery in Key West.
Photo by Cathy Salustri

Moondog Cafe Key West: gluten-free pastry, pizza, and other choices.

I love to eat, and I love to try new foods. This is why a relatively recent (eight years) celiac diagnosis hit me hard. No more strolling into a seafood restaurant and ordering the most exotic preparation of something. No, now I have to start off every order with, “I have celiac, so I need to ask a few questions.”

A Few Favorite Keys Restaurants with Gluten-Free Options

I travel to the Florida Keys enough that I’ve found a few places that reliably serve tasty gluten-free food. The pizza at No Name Pub, for example, is consistently good.  In Islamorada, Midway Cafe has an abundance of gluten-free choices. Also in Islamorada, Lazy Days doesn’t have a specific gluten-free menu but the staff has knowledge about celiac and the menu has enough variety that I can always find something good.  And, of course, I recently dove face-down into some great fish dip at Big Pine Rooster.

Moondog Cafe Key West

I’ll add Moondog Cafe & Bakery in Key West to that list of places I love to eat in the Florida Keys.  They don’t have the gluten-free bread like Midway, or the fresh fish like Lazy Days, but they do have gluten-free pizza and an abundance of gluten-free pastries.

a gluten-free pizza at Moondog in Key West — toppings are Kalamata olives, basil pesto, artichoke, parmesan, and feta
Pizza is good even when it’s bad, and this pizza at Moondog in Key West was definitely the opposite of bad.
Photo by Cathy Salustri

We had some time to kill in Key West while we waited for our Amazon delivery to arrive at The UPS Store and we were hungry, so we grabbed a table with the dogs at the patio at Moondog. They have a robust menu and an almost equally robust gluten-free menu. They do not have gluten-free buns or bread, but the choices they do have more than make up for it.

After some deliberation, I ordered the gluten-free pizza of the day. It came topped with artichokes, Kalamata olives, peppers, feta, and parmesan. It was delicious and I ate far more than I should have (and still had plenty left for dinner that night and breakfast the next day.)

Moondog Cafe & Bakery in Key West serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’ll definitely return to try  more of their food.

Check out Moondog Cafe Key West

Moondog Cafe & Bakery, 823 Whitehead St., Key West. Daily, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.  305-741-7699; moondogcafe.com.