Dallas' Ten Essential Restaurants for Gluten-Free Foodies

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.
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
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Unleavened Fresh Kitchen pushes the boundaries when it comes to wraps. And 90% of the menu is gluten-free.

Ilene's expert tip: Receive a 10% off discount by checking in on Yelp when you go.

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Asian Mint
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Asian Mint serves some the best gluten-free Thai and sushi dishes in Dallas.

Ilene's expert tip: Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and includes $4 bar bites, $3 beers and house wines and $2 off appetizers, soups and salads for dine-in customers. There is also another location (The Mint) on Oak Lawn Avenue.

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Fireside Pies
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Fireside Pies cranks out the best wood-fired, gluten-free pizzas in town.

Ilene's expert tip: You can also find Fireside Pies on Inwood Road in Dallas, as well as in Plano and Grapevine. Avoid a long wait by coming on Mondays and Tuesdays around 5-6 p.m.

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Flower Child
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All too often eating healthy translates into a meal of tasteless limp salads, but thankfully that isn't the case at Flower Child, a buzzy eatery specializing in delicious organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes. The menu runs the gamut from salads and mix-n- match veggies bowls (which can be topped with proteins) to whole wheat or flax & chia seed wraps filled with everything from spicy tofu to grass-fed steak. Portion sizes are good and the prices are reasonable, too, with most entrees priced under $20. Plus they have kombucha on tap and house-made lemonade in flavors like rose petal.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: This is the place to go when you want a delicious and healthy meal, regardless of what type of diet regimen you're following.

Ilene's expert tip: Sign up for the EBites membership on the website and score $10 off of $20 for new members as well as special discounts and free birthday treats.

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The Woolworth
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: The Woolworth not only is a terrific place to drink, it offers an innovative menu with a full range of Gluten-free items.

Ilene's expert tip: The Woolworth has one of the best all-day happy hours in town, offered Monday through Saturday from 11-7 p.m.

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Taverna By Lombardi
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Taverna is one of Knox Street's most lively restaurants and the food is terrific as well as reasonably priced.

Ilene's expert tip: Take note that the restaurant only takes reservations for groups of six and up. There's also a happy hour from 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Origin Kitchen + Bar
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Origin serves terrific upscale food without the upscale price tag.

Ilene's expert tip: Happy Hour Monday-Friday 5-7pm: $3 off Specialty Cocktails, $2 off glass of wine and $1 off Beer. Look for parking in the lot behind the restaurant.

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Lowest Greenville Avenue
Company Cafe
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Bananas foster pancakes, sour cream coffee cake, French dip sandwiches and chicken fried steak with garlic mash and honey jalapeno gravy– all gluten-free? You betcha. This casual Greenville Avenue eatery has made its mark on Dallas' healthy-eating food map thanks to a menu of organic, gluten-free dishes that don't compromise on taste. In fact, it was one of the first restaurants to embrace the concept when it opened in 2011, and even with all the competition, the place is just as popular as ever. And there's a reason for that: Not only does Company Cafe actively cater to gluten-adverse folks, it also caters to all, meaning anything on the menu can be made with gluten as well as without. Ditto for cocktails and desserts. Plus, you can eat-in or have them pack everything up to-go. Speaking of to-go, the owners also run Liteful Foods, an online bakery that cranks out fresh gluten-free goodies (biscuits, bread, coconut macaroons and cakes) to be delivered straight to your door. By the way, we hear the CinnFul Cake Bites here are truly sinful.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: No need to scan the menu for gluten-free items at Company Cafe, everything is tweaked for celiac sufferers.

Ilene's expert tip: Coupons for both Company Cafe and Liteful Foods can often be found on Groupon.

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Spiral Diner & Bakery
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: This Oak Cliff fixture serves up a wide range of vegetarian fare and gluten-free options.

Ilene's expert tip: Follow on Facebook to find out about daily food specials.

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Kozy Kitchen
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Kozy Kitchen offers a creative menu that doesn't burn a hole in your wallet.

Ilene's expert tip: Kozy Kitchen's Bowl of Doom (sweet potato hash with two eggs, avocado, salsa and choice of meat) is a favorite off-menu item.

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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. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene