Don’t Feel Like Cooking? Try These Gluten Free Restaurants!

By: Suzanne Wolke

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s date night, the girls are getting together, or you simply don’t feel like cooking tonight, the search for restaurants with (edible) gluten free options commences. Not only do you want to verify they have something for you to eat besides a measly piece of lettuce, you also want to ensure that they staff knows how to avoid any possible cross- contamination and safely handle your food.

 

But fear not! Thankfully countless culinary establishments throughout the country now do offer more and more delicious gluten-free dishes that are worthy of your distinguished palate and are safe to eat. Although, we didn’t have room to list them all, below are just a few of our suggestions for your next night out.

 

Remember, even though menu items are listed as gluten free, always ask how they are prepared and if they are safe for those with Celiac Disease. In addition, before you make the trip to any of the restaurants we’ve mentioned, please take a moment to read our previous blog post on Dining Out While Gluten Free. It’s full of helpful tips & tricks to make sure your experience is a pleasant one.

 

Don’t forget to add your own favorite gluten free restaurants in the comments below!

 


Beau Jo’s Pizza

Bea Jo’s is a Colorado favorite and well known for its decadent pizzas and fresh, high-quality ingredients. They take their gluten free menu very seriously and even have published their Gluten Free Philosophy on their website. Due to lifelong friendships with several people that are gluten intolerant, Beau Jo’s has become a pro in handling gluten free dishes, which they are confident are 100% safe (and delicious). Their gluten free pizzas, sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts are all prepared off site to their specifications and they have strictly followed procedures for preparation. Find a location near you here.

 

Red Robin

A great example of how larger chains are starting to accommodate the gluten free demand, Red Robin offers a fairly extensive gluten free menu that includes Udi’s Gluten Free buns as a substitution for their burgers and sandwiches. Many celiac bloggers (and friends) have been very complimentary about Red Robin’s gluten free options and applauded their separate fryers and color coded food baskets. However, even Red Robin still includes a mandatory disclaimer that there is no 100% guarantee there has not been contact in their kitchen with possible gluten-containing equipment so make sure to talk to you server before you order.

 

Donatos Pizzas Subs & Salads

Donatos recently launched their new gluten free pizza line in Central Ohio (with more locations coming soon). Using Udi’s Gluten Free pizza crust, they actually offer two different gluten free options. You can either create your favorite Donatos Pizza on a gluten free crust in the restaurant or enjoy their Certified Gluten-Free Take & Bake Pizza at home. For anyone with Celiac Disease, Donatos recommends their certified take & bake pizzas because they are made in a certified gluten-free facility to be baked in your own home, worry free.  The pizzas made on gluten-free curst in their restaurants are prepared in a common kitchen alongside items containing gluten.  Learn more about their complete gluten free menu here.

 

Burger Lounge

If you’re in the California area and craving a grass-fed burger, Burger Lounge’s Gluten Free Menu is a great option. They have delicious beef and turkey burgers that they’ll serve either on an Udi’s Gluten Free bun or in a lettuce wrap. Not in the mood for a burger? Try their vegetable or quinoa salad. They do have a disclaimer that they cannot guarantee with 100% certainty that cross-contact between ingredients will not occur so if you’re Celiac you’ll want to call your location and talk to the staff to see if it’s safe for you.

 

Johnny Carino’s

If you’re craving some Italian, Johnny Carino’s is definitely a great option. They have an extensive gluten free menu, including soups, salads, pastas, and countless mouthwatering entrees. They have also recently started using Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crust for their pizza option. For those with additional food sensitivities, you can find their Food Allergen Guide here.

 

Jason’s Deli

An advocate of fresh food and natural ingredients, Jason’s Deli has always been a leader in healthy food options. They have a separate Gluten-Sensitive Menu that includes soups, salads, potatoes, and build-your-own sandwiches that are served on Udi’s Gluten Free bread.  However, Jason’s Deli does have a disclaimer that does not recommend their GF menu for people with Celiac Disease.  Since their foods are prepared in a common kitchen they cannot guarantee that cross-contact with other gluten-containing products will not occur. Their gluten-free offerings are designed for those with minor gluten sensitivities or those who prefer to avoid gluten for nutritional reasons.

 

P.F. Chang’s

If you’re craving a Asian, many in the gluten free community would recommend P.F. Chang’s as a safe restaurant to enjoy a meal. They too have a separate Gluten Free Menu that is quite extensive. All gluten free items are served on a special plate and the staff is well trained on handling special dietary needs and food allergies. They do prepare items containing gluten in their kitchens so make sure to talk to your waiter to ensure they will separate your dish to avoid cross contamination.

Don’t forget to add your own favorite gluten free restaurants in the comments below!

 

 

 

149 Responses to “Don’t Feel Like Cooking? Try These Gluten Free Restaurants!”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Picazzos’ Organic Italian Kitchen with various locations around Phoenix, AZ and Portland, OR have a great gluten free menu. Their gluten free pizza is the gold standard that I measure all other gluten free pizzas against.

  2. Linda Steele says:

    Uno’s has a pretty good gluten free pizza.

  3. kris says:

    Finbars Grill & Pub in Rehoboth Beach, Del.~ Delish gf crabcakes & crab soup; as well as other gf items on menu. http://www.finbarspub.com/

  4. Erik’s Deli in N. CA has fantastic sandwiches on huge Udi’s bread! They also have a menu which includes soups that are GF. Yum!

  5. Julie Hoefling says:

    Erik’s Deli in Northern CA & Nevada serves gigantic Udi’s sandwiches, as well as a list of soups, etc. that are GF. Yum!

  6. Carolynn says:

    A great Atlanta GF restaurant is Fuego Mundo in Sandy Springs. All entrees and sides are naturally gluten and dairy free. Delicious food!

  7. Kurt says:

    In the Denver area, St. Bon’s Cafe is a 100% gluten-free restaurant. No risks of cross-contamination as there is no gluten in the establishment. Awesome food too.

  8. Julie says:

    In Lincoln, NE and other Midwest locations: Sam & Louie’s Neighborhood Restaurant and Pizzeria. Pleasantly surprised at my first restaurant meal in the two months since my Gluten Intolerance diagnosis. They were listed on findmeglutenfree.com and have many items marked as GF. Almost all the pizzas were GF and so their normal crust must be wheat-free. The staff have been trained well. Excellent experience. I highly recommend Sam & Louie’s.

  9. Rachel says:

    We had a great experiences with Chili’s. They have several menus for food allergies. My son has issues with gluten and dairy. I was able to find something that he liked that was listed in both gluten free and dairy free menus. We dined in once and ordered take out another time and have had no issues. They were very nice and accommodating.

  10. Paige says:

    Maggiano’s has a dedicated gluten-free kitchen (and they are careful about avoiding cross-contamination). My daughter is sensitive to 4 foods (corn, gluten, soy and dairy). They send a chef to the table and she chooses her preferred protein, veggie etc…which makes her feel special in a good way. It’s wonderful! I highly recommend it.

  11. Sally Misialek says:

    Traversos restaurant in Orland Park,IL & in Naperville,IL has the best GF pizza EVER!

  12. Anna S says:

    Tazikis Mediteranean Café in Cery, NC is great!!! I have not been sick once and I have eaten there quite a few times.

  13. Jeanne Doll says:

    Maggianos Little Italy in Richmond Heights, MO gets 5 stars for serving gluten free. The chef comes to speak with you and you can order exactly what you want. We had a banquet there and they server ONLY gluten free food. Only one of us was celiac and ALL thought the food was fabulous, as was the service and treatment of our guests. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Check it out! : )

  14. Jeanne Doll says:

    Chef is very sensitive to gluten free diets. Tell them there is someone with a gluten allergy when you make reservation. Tell the waitress/waiter you need gluten free and no cross contamination. Very willing to serve gluten free diners.

  15. Jeanne Doll says:

    New Day Gluten Free, 15622 Manchester Rd Ellisville, MO 63011 is a totally gluten free cafe. It’s an eat in cafe or items can be bought to take home and freeze for later, too. Very delicious sub sandwiches and soups, along with meatballs and pasta, etc. and breakfast items all day. Worth it to check it out. Can’t go wrong at New Day, no worries of cross contamination. One word of caution to those thinking ordering a salad at a regular restaurant is gluten free, is that we found they can cut the lettuce on a cutting board and/or with a knife that has cut gluten bread items or a cutting board that is used to make gluten sandwiches. It is very difficult with cross contamination.

  16. The red robin menu does not show any gluten free burger buns. Are we sure they offer?

  17. Red Robin does not list any GF buns on their website – even on the link to their menu. Are we sure they offer this? Hope so. Thanks

  18. Great food here! I love their muffins and turkey sandwiches!

  19. Soni C. says:

    Seriously, can we declare a moratorium on negative, fear-mongering comments on this and every other gluten-free related website? As a celiac, I fully understand that all it takes is one accidental glutening to be turned off by the idea of eating out. Any meal you didn’t prepare yourself is risky, including those made by loving friends and relatives who care about your health. Even asking servers 100 questions doesn’t guarantee your safety…how do you know they’re not lying through their teeth just to get you off their backs? You take your life in your hands when you drive. Are you going to quit your job and not socialize to avoid driving? And if you stay home, you’d better avoid bathtubs and stairs. A life lived in fear is not a life worth living. People come to these sites to exchange ideas and offer support and reassurance, not to be overwhelmed and frightened. The fear mongering has got to stop.

    That said, we just got back from vacation in Arizona and had the most amazing lunch at the Gluten-Free Cafe and Bakery in Scottsdale. A little pricey but well worth it.

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