Going out to eat with a celiac allergy can often become a frustrating and time consuming scavenger hunt. Luckily, in recent years, as celiac disease and gluten intolerance become more prevalent, gluten-free options and menus are becoming more readily available in the Boston area. Whether you’re looking for pizza, seafood, asian cuisine, or a burger, there are options in the Greater Boston area without hidden traces of gluten or cross contamination. Here are our top 5 favorite celiac-friendly restaurants in the Greater Boston Area.
Walnut Grille, Newton
Located in the center of the Newton Highlands, Walnut Grille is a perfect choice for those who are vegan, vegetarian, and/or gluten free. Each day they offer daily specials for Lunch and Dinner all inspired by seasonal flavors. Every menu item is clearly labeled to allow for easy decision making. And if you’re dining with little ones, they have a menu just for kids. Some of their gluten free delights include: the Mezze Platter, Polenta Napoleon, and Vegetable Lasagna. As you enjoy your meal, be sure to check out their selection of organic wines!
Atlantic Fish Company, Boston
Boston’s own Atlantic Fish Co., located right on Boylston Street in the center of the city, features seafood fresh out of the local waters. This well-known eatery is a fourth-generation family business which opened its doors in 1906. Enjoy the catch of the day without any symptoms associated with your gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Seafood poses a low risk for those looking for gluten-free options, although its important to beware of unwanted breadcrumbs and stuffings.
Atlantic Fish Co. offers a ‘build your own gluten free meal’ option and provides a gluten free menu for those who ask.
Dig Inn, Boston
Dig Inn is a popular chain restaurant from New York City that has made its way to the Boston area. Dig Inn works with 102 farmers and partners to bring their vibrant recipes to life. They buy produce from minority-run and small-scale farms to support sustainable growing practices and invest in the future of farming. The menu is almost entirely gluten-free and all items are clearly labeled leaving little room for error. Dig Inn features build your own ‘market bowls’ along with cold and hot sides. The drink and snack section of the menu offers many juices, coffees and chips including, but not limited to, the fresh ginger mint lemonade and a kitchen sink cookie.
Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe, Waltham
If you’re looking for a gluten free meal without going into the city, Gustazo in Waltham is a perfect choice. Their menu offers yummy, authentic Cuban Cuisine choices which are very clearly marked as gluten-free (or not). Their menu offers a wide variety of choices from a Quinoa-Lentil bowl, to Mango Salmon, and Seafood Stew. Their funky atmosphere, modern Cuban decor and thoughtfully prepared dishes make for a fun and delicious dining experience.
Myers + Chang, Boston
Want to savor all of the flavors Asia has to offer? If so, Myers and Change in the South End is a safe bet! Myers and Chang, self-described as a funky indie diner, offers their interpretation on Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese specialties. With a completely separate gluten-free menu for both lunch and dinner, you can delight in Pan-Roasted Soy Glazed Salmon, Green Fried Rice, and more.
Flour Bakery and Cafe, Cambridge
Flour Bakery and Café is perhaps the most ironically named restaurant on the top 5 celiac-friendly list. The bakery offers a separate gluten-free menu that ranges from sweet to savory. Raspberry Meringue, Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, and a Chopped Greek Salad are a few of the items that can be enjoyed off of the gluten free menu. Additionally, any of the restaurant’s sandwiches can be made into either salad or put on gluten-free bread. Stop by any of the 8 locations in Boston, Cambridge and Allston for a gluten-free treat.
Let's wrap this up
Having a gluten intolerance or celiac disease does not mean you can’t enjoy going out for a meal. Boston and the surrounding areas have a number of gluten-free restaurant options to help make sure your dining experience is a great one!