No Wheat Here: Best Dallas Restaurants with Gluten-Free Options
By Denise Brandenberg
Dallas Local Expert
Gluten-free diners in Dallas can relax - Big D has a wide variety of wonderful restaurants that feature gluten-free menus, and some even cater to gluten-free patrons! So no matter what you're in the mood for, you can find that healthy, gluten-free option in Dallas.
If you're looking for a completely, or almost exclusively, gluten-free menu, head on over to Kozy Kitchen. This healthy establishment specializes in gluten-free fare, from breakfast to dinner. The menu also features a wide variety of game, like buffalo burgers and wild-caught seafood. In the mood for breakfast? Now you can have it all again - pancakes, waffles and bagels - at Company Cafe on the Trail. This restaurant serves up all these sought-after items in gluten-free form.
In the mood for ethnic cuisine? Go to Iron Cactus in Downtown Dallas. Along with spectacular views of the beautiful downtown skyline, Iron Cactus features gluten-free Mexican food. If you're craving Asian food, there are two great restaurants in Dallas that offer gluten-free menu items - P.F. Chang's China Bistro and The Mint Asian Fusion Cafe. The latter even has a flourless chocolate cake for dessert. A few other ethnic options include The Bavarian Grill, which serves gluten-free German food, and Picasso's Pizza and Grill, which offers a gluten-free pizza crust.
10 Picasso's Pizza and Grill
Offering North Dallas diners a wide variety of gluten-free choices, Picasso's Pizza and Grill is the go-to gluten-free pizza joint in Dallas. Along with the popular pies, Picasso's also features salads, desserts and grilled items for patrons who follow a strict gluten-free diet. You can order any pizza on their gluten-free thin crust for $2 extra and available in their Small 10" size. Some of the most popular pizzas there include the Chicken Florentine (creamy Alfredo sauce topped with sliced chicken breast, Roma tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts in a hand-made thin crust stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, spinach and garlic) and the B.A.T. (Bacon Avocado Tomato, with smoked bacon and Canadian bacon, sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, garnished with fresh avocado slices and basil). ((972) 248-0011)
9 Mint Asian Fusion Cafe, The
The Mint serves up new Bangkok style cuisine combined with an Asian fused twist menu in Highland Park. This gluten-free favorite offers fresh ingredients in an everyday comfortable chic cafe coupled with hospitable Asian service. Some of the most popular items there include the signature Pad Thai in various versions, Specialty Sea Bass dishes, Full Bar, signature martinis, Organic Wines, and Asian fused desserts, like the Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce. Their menu denotes the gluten-free items in bold, like the fresh summer rolls, chicken satay, Larb Kai (minced chicken in a spicy lime sauce with cilantro, mint and scallions), and curry dishes. (2142196468)
8 La Duni Latin Cafe
This restaurant deftly mixes the feel and flavors of Latin America and Europe. Dishes like gaucho chicken breast and pan-roasted market fresh fish come alive with unexpected ingredients and skillful preparation. Other great gluten-free options there include the delicious salads, like the Tomate con Pollo and Palmitos (tomato, avocado, heart of palm, grilled chicken, queso fresco and balsamic vinaigrette), as well as the Carne Asada Arrachera (lime-garlic marinated and grilled 10 oz prime skirt steak, served with garlic Basmati rice, sweet plantains, black beans, duni onions, roasted poblano red bell pepper cheese rajas, fire roasted tomato salsa and mashed avocado). The house cocktails and desserts have swiftly earned a dedicated fan club as well. Regarding drinks, the Peruvian Pisco Sour and the Spanish Lemon 43 are must-tries. (214-520-7300)
7 Bavarian Grill
Located in the northern suburb of Plano, the Bavarian Grill has the best Schnitzel this side of the Atlantic Ocean! This family-friendly restaurant features authentic Bavarian food, bier, German wine and schnapps, and is the best place in town to get German specialties. Some of the most popular menu items there include the baked mushroom caps stuffed with Bratwurst, alderwood smoked, cured thin sliced salmon, and the Jaeger Schnitzel with mushroom-wine sauce. The Bavarian Grill also has a bier garten and a full bar with more than 50 different German beers and more than 20 German wines. This restaurant has won several prominent awards, such as the "Top 100 neighborhood restaurants" by D Magazine. It is also the highest-rated German restaurant in the Lone Star State by ZAGAT. (972-881-0705)
6 Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar
Located north of Dallas in Plano, just off the Tollway, Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar prides itself on serving up delicious farm-to-kitchen foods and drinks. In fact, most entrees are slow-cooked on a live wood grill or smoker, so it's the perfect place to indulge in some classic Texan fare. Some popular menu items include the mesquite-grilled redfish, mesquite-smoked duck breast, and open-pit grilled pork tenderloin. Some of the side dishes are spinach tomato orzo, sweet potato hash, and poblano and bacon grits. Diners can sit in the comfortable dining room or on the porch, and you can even relax in a classic rocking chair while you wait for your table. (972-993-2253)
5 Texas de Brazil
Few restaurants can compete with the atmosphere and, yes, the cuisine of this colorful chain of Brazilian-style churrascarias. A family-friendly ambiance pervades as diners enjoy a feast for the ages, one that features gaucho-wearing servers circling the South American-themed dining room with mouthwatering skewers of seasoned beef, chicken, lamb, pork, and Brazilian sausage. Just pick what you want, and they're happy to serve it up. Added temptations are Texas-sized side dishes like garlic mashed potatoes and sweet fried bananas, and the extravagant 50-60-item seasonal salad bar has been known to turn heads as well. This is a great place to take gluten-free diners who have Texas-size appetites. (972-385-1000)
4 P.F. Chang's China Bistro
This fashionable Chinese bistro gets high marks with North Dallas's trendier diners, who adore the contemporary interior and eclectic menu. Gluten-free diners can start off with do-it-yourself lettuce wraps - these alone are worth the trip, or Vietnamese crab salad. Afterwards, go any route you like, from Hunan to Cantonese. Some of the best gluten-free entrees there include the Shaking Beef (tender flank steak and broccolini, on fresh greens, tomatoes, and red onions, with zesty lime vinaigrette), Dali Chicken (spicy chicken dish served with sliced potatoes and leeks), and Pepper Steak (black pepper-garlic sauce marinated flank steak, onions and bell peppers). Finish off your meal with the delicious gluten-free flourless chocolate dome dessert. (972-818-3336)
3 Company Cafe on the Trail
Situated next to the Katy Trail in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, Company Cafe on the Trail is the perfect place to get your healthy grub on before or after an exhilarating run, walk or bike on the popular Dallas trail. Featuring a wide variety of gluten-free menu items, this cost-efficient, healthy restaurant is a favorite for healthy Dallas residents. Some of the most popular gluten-free items on the menu there include the pancakes and bagels, Urban Hippie Scramble (3 cage-free eggs scrambled with sauteed grass-fed beef, onion, squash and tomato topped with goat cheese, served with Texas toast and organic salsa), Company Salmon plate, and U-10 Scallops. It is a casual, cool atmosphere. ((214) 468-8721)
2 Iron Cactus - Dallas
Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, Iron Cactus is a sleek, trendy Mexican restaurant that's perfect for a night out on the town. This three-story building features outdoor patios with skyline views ideal for pleasant Dallas weather. The decor is modern and upscale, and the menu features a wide variety of Mexican dishes not found in regular Tex-Mex establishments. Some of the most popular menu items there include stacked enchiladas, chicken stuffed avocados, and fish or lobster tacos. There's a great botanas (appetizers) menu perfect to go along with the delicious cocktails, such as the Mexican Martini. Visitors on a gluten-free diet will be pleased that Iron Cactus has a special gluten-free menu with items like Chipotle Salmon. There's also a brunch menu on the weekends. (214-749-4766)
1 Kozy Kitchen
Located in the Uptown neighborhood, Kozy Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It specializes in comfort foods and bakery items that are almost entirely gluten-free. The ever-changing cuisine and menu there features grass-fed beef, wild game, buffalo, wild-caught seafood, and locally-grown organic produce. The desserts there are primarily gluten-free as well. Some of the most popular menu items at Kozy Kitchen include the buffalo burger and OMG! cake. Other crowd pleasers are the ginger pancakes, vegetable plate (which features a generous amount of delicious risotto), buffalo tacos and baked brie. The establishment has a BYOB policy without a cork fee. ((214) 219-5044)
About Denise Brandenberg
Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years. Denise started her career as an advertising agency copywriter, recruiter, and manager of online forums for an international meeting planning association. She ventured off on her own a few years ago, to start an adventurous career as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. Denise’s other work can be found at Global Road Warrior, USA Today, Chron.com, The Motley Fool, LovetoKnow, The Meeting Professional, and several other online publications.
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