Can't eat gluten? No problem. More and more Dallas restaurants have taken gluten-free eating to a deliciously new level. In fact, gluten-adverse gourmands no longer have to settle for a menu of steamed vegetables and dry salads when they can indulge in the likes of pasta, pizzas, pancakes and even fried chicken.
At Taverna restaurant on Knox Street, diners can indulge in a modern Italian menu full of gluten-free options, including risotto, pasta and authentic wood fired pizza. Speaking of pizza, one of Dallas' best pizza spots–Fireside Pies–makes a point of catering to celiacs and non-celiacs alike by offering its heavenly hand-crafted pies regular style as well as gluten-free.
Burger-fiends will be happy to know that HopDoddy Burger Bar (there's several Dallas area locations) can convert just about any of its gourmet burgers into a gluten-free option by serving it up on house-made GF buns.
More non-gluten delicacies can be found at The Woolworth, a trendy hot-spot located in downtown Dallas. Its menu is packed with gourmet options that are either gluten-free or can be easily tweaked to suite most any dietary requirement.
And who can say no to French toast? Or for that matter, cake? At Kozy Kitchen, a popular cafe in Uptown, almost nothing on the menu is off limits. That includes, French toast and cake–as well as everything from burgers to pasta to sandwiches and tacos.
But Dallas' gluten-free meals hardly stop there, just be sure to keep these ten establishments at the top of your list. Also, note that most of these places do not have separate gluten-free kitchens, so those with serious allergies may want to contact the individual restaurants for more details.
Unleavened Fresh Kitchen
This fast-casual Lakewood haunt has cornered the market, or should we say, wrapped up the market–by serving gluten-free wraps crammed full of incredibly flavored goodies. The Havana, filled with guava-glazed pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese and chopped horseradish pickle is legendary, but the Weekender ( buttermilk fried chicken, pepper bacon, greens, Boursin spread and ranch)– is nothing short of pure soul-food heaven. And every wrap comes with a complementary side, which can include anything from grilled corn (with shallot, garlic crema, and cotija) to broccoli slaw or quinoa salad. Speaking of salad, all of the wraps can be made into salad form or served atop potato hash. Another reason to come? Kids 12 and under can eat free after 4 p.m.– every day. (214-828-8700)
Grilled salmon curry, chicken satay, fresh spring rolls and pad Thai galore, all are some of our favorite things, and all ideal options for gluten-intolerant diners to enjoy. This beloved Asian fusion spot may not bill itself as a gluten-free restaurant, but for gluten-sensitive diners there's lots of choice: About 75 percent of the menu is either gluten-free or can be tweaked to suit celiacs (all items that are marked with a "G" can be made GF). And not only does Asian Mint offer an extensive selection of Thai-inspired dishes, but it also features sushi and sashimi specialties that can be served with gluten-free soy sauce. They serve gluten-free sake too. Just make sure to order the Junmai Daiginjo, it's the only premium sake they have that is rated GF. But it doesn't stop there. Desserts– including jasmine creme brulee and flour-less chocolate cake– are definitely worth saving space for. (214-363-6655)
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
No need for gluten-intolerant burgerphiles to go bun-less anymore. At least not at this Austin-based burger phenom, where most of the ingredients are locally sourced, the meat is hormone and antibiotic-free, and the buns– including the gluten-free ones– are made in-house from scratch everyday. Burger options run the gamut from bison with apple-smoked bacon and blue cheese to Ahi tuna topped with sprouts, nori chips and pickled ginger. Rachel Ray says that the Primetime burger (kobe beef topped with melted brie, truffle oil-flavored mayo, arugula, caramelized onions and steak sauce) is one of the best in America. But our personal favorite is the spicy El Diablo angus beef burger–loaded with two types of chilies, salsa roja, pepperjack cheese, caramelized onions and a slathering of chipotle mayo. Whatever you do, be sure to order the truffle fries. Don't skip the milkshakes either–they're outrageous. (214-363-2337)
This rustic Henderson hotspot is as well-known for its ridiculously good wood-fired pies as it is for the long wait time it takes to score a seat. But don't let the lines deter you, especially if you're craving a gluten-free pizza that doesn't taste like a cardboard Frisbee. And though the dough occasionally runs out of stock on high-demand days (call ahead before you come to make sure they have any), you can usually order the GF pies just like you would any other. The funghi, with exotic mushrooms and truffled porcini mushroom sauce is an excellent option, but it's the balsamic roasted chicken pie, topped with blue cheese, tomatoes and spinach– that has us coming back time and time again. Don't skip the apps either, the Alaskan snow crab claws are worthy of a trip here on their own. (214-370-3916)
Sundown At Granada
Tucked in next to the historic Granada Theater, this rustic, wood-clad restaurant and beer garden turns out an eclectic roster of farm-to-table food and inspiring cocktails, plus a terrific selection of beer– that includes at least sixty varieties by the bottle. And it's a popular spot, not just for dining before a concert next door, but also with families and in-the-know locals– thanks to its oasis-like feel, welcoming staff and refreshingly friendly prices. Plus there's an enormous rooftop patio and free live music on tap every night of the week. Ambience aside, the focus is on healthy eating with a menu (non-GMO and mostly organic) that offers something for everyone– ranging from salads and fully loaded flat breads to southwestern veggie chili, blackened wild salmon and grass-fed burgers. They don't forget about gluten-intolerant folks either: Gluten-free dishes (all clearly marked on the menu) are wide-ranging, from southwest quinoa salad and chicken-sausage gumbo to blackened wild salmon risotto. Plus there's gluten-free beer and cider too. (214-823-8305)
Origin Kitchen + Bar
Having started life as a coffee shop offering take-away healthy meals, Origin Kitchen is now a full-fledged restaurant serving a seriously delicious lineup of rustic California-inspired cuisine. Best of all, there's lots of choice for gluten-intolerant diners. From a salad of warm shaved Brussels sprouts with a mustard poppy seed vinaigrette to glazed Duroc pork tenderloin and build-your-own hash bowls, there's plenty here to tempt. And that doesn't even cover what's on tap for brunch. Think: sticky black rice porridge with coconut and fruit; bacon laced meatball sandwiches with an over-easy egg on a GF bun, and gluten-free vanilla French toast with rum spiced caramel, grilled banana and sea salt almond butter mousse. As far as the bar, not only do they have craft beer, wine and cocktails, they also crank out house-made spirits like dragon fruit-raspberry vodka. Oh, and did we mention the paleo chocolate mousse with marshmallow fluff? Now you're talking. (214-484-3970)
Situated in the building which originally housed a Woolworth five-and-dime, this sleek downtown drinking den
is as popular for its crafted cocktails as it is for its crowd-pleasing menu of creative food. But what most people may not be aware of is that the Woolworth makes it easy for folks to eat deliciously, despite dietary restrictions or intolerances. Along with a lineup of non-gluten gastronomic gems (all clearly marked on the menu), think crab nachos on taro chips, truffled fries, coffee crusted filet mignon and veggie enchiladas, almost 90 % of the menu can be tweaked to be rid of gluten. And it doesn't stop at food. There's libations on offer for gluten-free imbibers too, including the Smoke and Spice, a spicy margarita-style cocktail that comes served up in a billowing haze of smoke. (214-814-0588)
Taverna By Lombardi
Pizza and pasta are probably two of the foods that gluten-intolerant foodies yearn for the most. So it's good news that this highly popular Italian spot specializes in gluten-free versions of both. In fact, most of the restaurants signature dishes can be made to be non-gluten, and we're not talking about just a few options. Expect to find around six varieties of risotto and eleven types of pastas, plus nine different wood-fired pizza offerings. And if that's not enough to get you drooling, then the fritto misto (fried, garbanzo flour coated calamari and shrimp) and veal saltimbocca– should do the trick. You can't go wrong with the creme brulee here either, it's to die for. (214-520-9933)
Spiral Diner & Bakery
Organic, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free –they know their food here at this retro-style health-eating mecca. Located near Bishop Arts in Oak Cliff, the diner is best known for its reinvented American and Tex-Mex classics. All of the food is 100% vegan and much of the menu is also gluten-free. The options include everything from cashew cheese nachos to veggie wraps, burritos and even pasta primavera. It also bears noting that the desserts here are top-notch. They're famous for their cakes, but don't miss their ice cream sundaes and chocolate pudding either–both are heavenly. (214-948-4747)
This charming Uptown cafe is so dedicated to producing sumptuous, from-scratch dishes, that you'd never know that almost everything on the menu is completely gluten-free. And we're not talking salads, though there certainly are plenty of those. They also whip up everything from Cajun pasta with venison sausage and pan-seared wild salmon on risotto– to buffalo tacos, sandwiches, omelets, pancakes and even stuffed French toast. And then there's dessert, one of which includes a Nutella cake (soaked with espresso and filled with a Nutella cream cheese frosting) that's out of this world. Another bonus: the restaurant offers most of its breakfast items all day, and it's also BYOB. (214-219-5044)
About Ilene Jacobs
As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after spending 10 years as a university student in Paris where she spent most of her time eating her way around France.
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