Even if you have food allergies or sensitivities you CAN eat out and support local businesses. These are the gluten-free friendly places where I eat and some of the gluten-free vendors I’ve met at farmers markets. I hope this list serves you, and I ask that you pass it on to anyone newly diagnosed with celiac, food allergies, IBS, leaky gut and the like. This goes without saying but gluten-free treats and sweets should always be balanced out with more alkaline fruits and veggies. Get your dark leafy greens I mean!
P.S. I’m not celiac so I don’t have to follow rigid gluten free guidelines. I have a sensitivity to gluten…so I try to avoid it as much as possible.
Twist, Millis, MA. Ever wanted to walk into a restaurant and know that EVERYTHING is gluten free. This is that place come to life! Sandwiches, gluten-free Boar’s Head meats, whoopie pies, croutons. Oh yum!
The Elephant Walk, Boston, MA (but very close to the Brookline line), Cambridge, MA and Waltham, MA. This family-owned restaurant trifecta definitely makes special menus a focus, “The Cambodian and French dishes at The Elephant Walk include a broad range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. We never cook with MSG and our chefs strive to create healthy, nutritious and creative cuisines.” Scroll down this link for a list of gluten-free options.
The Friendly Toast, Kendall Square – Cambridge, MA and Portsmouth, NH. You HAVE TO try the gluten-free pancakes. Delicious, delicious, delicious!
Life Alive, Cambridge, MA, Lowell, MA and Salem, MA. Life Alive is excellent. The juices and smoothies draw crazy crowds as do the meals. In their own words, “All of our meals are made fresh to order from organic produce delivered daily. Our living sauces enliven each dish with flavorful enzymes to help you digest and assimilate your nutritious meal.”
Root, Allston, MA. Simple twists on high vibe food, plus juices! I regretted what I ordered here (I just didn’t pay enough attention to ingredients and my food allergies). For my second trip. I’d get the sweet potato quesadilla “small bite” and if I was going to sneak in some gluten the LA Wrap would do it!
Stone Hearth Pizza (Needham, Cambridge, Allston). I don’t typically eat gluten OR cheese, but every once in awhile my stomach allows me to have a gluten-free pizza from Stone Hearth, made with local cheese of course.
Bill’s Pizzeria (and bill’s pizzeria), Natick, MA, Newton, MA. Bill’s was a classic part of my Boston College experience, but as a student I was never able to enjoy their pizza. I haven’t yet had a chance to try their gluten-free pizza crust, but I do know that they offer it. Based on their reputation, I’m betting it’s pretty good!
A New Leaf, Needham, MA. This is one of my all-time favorite places, EVER! It’s a family-owned natural food store specializing in gluten-free products. It’s loaded with gluten-free options, everything from banana bread to pie crusts.
Treat Cupcake Bar, Needham, MA. None of the junk in these cupcakes – GLUTEN/DAIRY/EGG-FREE/SOY-FREE TREATS. For birthday and special occasions I will often place my special occasion orders with Treat. #GF and vegan flavors are listed here.
R&S Bakery, Bellingham, MA. I first met Sarah who owns R&S Bakery while walking in the gluten-free aisle at the Shaw’s in Medfield. She was really sweet and made a joke about not having a lot of options. I have since visited Sarah MANY Saturdays at the Natick Farmers Market.
Julie Z’s Breads, Medway, MA. Oh happy day. Delicious gluten-free zucchini bread. Julie Z’s was also often at the summer Natick Farmers Market (looks like they are at the Winter Market too). I tried a few flavors of her breads, and they were flavorful + fluffy.
The Rice Barn, Needham, MA. This Thai restaurant has a great gluten-free menu, and I love their Pad Thai.
Wicked Restaurant, Dedham, MA. Gluten-free pizza, sweet potato buns for burgers, delish flatbread, and yummyy gluten-free brownie sundae.
Taza Chocolate, based out of Somerville, MA. Taza Chocolate is LOCAL, gluten-free, dairy free and soy free. You can tour the factory in Somerville or buy many of their flavors at your nearby Whole Foods Market.
Revitalive Cafe and Juice Bar, Newburyport, MA. The entire menu is free of dairy, gluten, soy, preservatives and msg. They were voted Best of Boston in 2011, and they definitely live up to their reputation. The juices and smoothies are top notch (with amazing add-on options (like chlorella, algae, and super greens) as are the dessert options w/ no refined sugar…think raw chocolate bark and almond butter power balls. If it’s a meal you’re after I love their macro bowl with brown rice, kale, black beans, broccoli and sauerkraut with a savory sunflower sauce.
Wildflour Vegan Bakery and Juice Bar + Garden Grille Cafe (a vegetarian restaurant). Under the same ownership, Wildflour and Garden Grille are located in the same plaza, and it’s easy to visit both in one trip. Wildflour was born out of Garden Grille’s tremendous popularity, “With its success and the local need for vegan, gluten-free, raw foods and a complete fresh juice and nutrition bar, we [the owners] offer Wildflour.”
The Juicery, Portsmouth NH. The Juicery’s menu has a handful of gluten-free options on their small (but delicious) menu. The shop has a cool vibe, open air kitchen (watch your food get made why don’t ya) and the focus is most definitely on the out of this world smoothies, juices, and the delicious superfood add-ins at your fingertips.