Now open: Gluten-free trailer Picnik opens restaurant in Central Austin

Gluten-free pancakes. (Credit: Sarah Doliver)

Gluten-free pancakes. (Credit: Sarah Doliver)

One of Austin’s most popular paleo-centric dining options is expanding. Picnik, which has operated out of a re-purposed shipping container at 1700 S. Lamar Blvd. since 2013, opened a brick-and-mortar location at 4801 Burnet Road (in the former Fork & Taco space, next to Noble Sandwich Co.). Naomi Seifter founded Picnik in 2013, inspired in part by her battle with food allergies.

“It was nearly impossible for me to find food to eat unless I made it myself,” Seifter said in a release. “Picnik started as a solution to the dietary struggles in my own life and as a way to provide a fun dining experience for everyone – regardless of whether they have food allergies or not. We wanted to take the guesswork out of safe, nutritious, readily accessible food.”

The Picnik restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, expands on the trailer’s grab-and-go menu of gluten-free, corn-free and soy-free food items, as well as bone broth, juices and butter coffee. The menu includes breakfast risotto, quiche Lorraine, tacos, chicken tenders, fried Brussels sprouts and several salads.

The restaurant, designed by McCray & Co. (Lenoir, Leaf), will offer indoor and outdoor table services, as well as grab-and-go purchases and a counter for their trademark butter coffee, which is made with grass-fed butter, MCT oil, maple syrup and collagen . Picnik will also serve wine and gluten-free beer because even health nuts need a little booze now and then.

The new Picnik is open Sunday-Thursday from 7 am. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m., and the trailer will continue top operate daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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