“We have to set up our own set of standards,” Wilder said.
The restaurant employs a baker who has developed several gluten and nut-free recipes including a birthday cake and an arepa made with yucca flour, and many dishes are made using Wilder family recipes.
KarmaFarm operates as a “meat and three” or “protein and three” with a counter-service line with various options, as well as an extensive selection of carry-out items. Everything is priced individually and ranges from $2.50-$7.50.
The menu -- which changes often depending on what’s in season -- features a variety of salads and soups including avocado truffle salad and curry turmeric chickpea salad; proteins including sustainable Norwegian Steelhead trout filet and braised Springer Mountain herbed chicken breast; sides including ginger cabbage and corn and red pepper sautee; arepas; desserts and drinks.
Wilder said she’s already had many repeat customers, including those who don’t normally eat a gluten-free diet.
She said that while it’s a lot of work to keep on top of making sure the restaurant is completely gluten-free, it’s worth it when customers
“You can see people’s smiles while they’re eating,” she said. “It’s work, but we also know we’ve made a difference. If you’re gluten-free, we’re making it safe for you. You can have some fun and don’t have to worry.”
KarmaFarm adjoins bakery and cafe Karma Daisy, which the couple opened earlier this year in the former Cookie Studio space. For every meal purchased at KarmaFarm, the restaurant donates a meal to a child in need through organizations including No Child Hungry, and for every meal purchased at Karma Daisy, a meal is donated to a pet in need.
The restaurant is currently open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday -Saturday, but will extend its hours until 9 p.m. after Jan. 3.
54 Pharr Road NW, Atlanta. 404-812-0477, eatkarmafarm.com/
Read more stories like this by liking Atlanta Restaurant Scene on Facebook, following @ATLDiningNews on Twitter and @ajcdining on Instagram.