Dining out with friends and family is so central to our lives. And for most people, bread is too. If you’re avoiding the G-word, that often means you have to have “the talk” with your friends or server. It’s clear being gluten-free can be tough, especially when you just want the same meals as everyone else.
No worries — here in Baltimore there are a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars that offer so many gluten-intolerant-friendly options that are equally, if not more, delicious.
Sweet 27 Bakery and Restaurant
This sweet spot in Remington will give you something to taco’bout. Sweet 27 is a kitchen dedicated to a gluten-free lifestyle, so besides ordering their raved-about vegetarian tacos, end your meal with a sweet treat: their version of a hostess cupcake. You won’t even know it’s not the real thing.
Another staple within the common space of R.House, White Envelope is a stall serving up the goods — authentic Venezuelan food. Their arepas (it’s like a pocket pita) are gluten-free, so don’t miss out on the “Vegano Venezolano” (“Venezuela does Vegan”). It’s a beet arepa with spicy butternut squash purée. If that doesn’t spice up your typical gluten-free meal, then we don’t know what else will!
Fed Hill now has a pizza our hearts. This gourmet pizza joint does the job right when it comes to gluten-free crust. Build your own masterpiece or choose from one of their hits, like the Salad Pizza. Because let’s be honest — we all like the idea of a salad but truly want that slice of pizza — it’s the best of both worlds.
Abbey Burger Bistro
A burger joint so popular in Fed Hill that Fells Point got jealous and begged to bring a second location across the Harbor. Abbey Burger Bistro, a known soccer (or fútbol) bar, provides gluten-free buns per request. Here, you can build your own burger or try their monthly meat — and during the Easter season, they have rabbit on the menu. Most popular of all, try the Peanut Butter Burger. It Sounds weird, but believe us — you’ll want to sink your teeth into the gooey goodness.
Nestled in Hampden, Birroteca is a gluten-intolerant dream come true. Craving pizza or pasta? You got it—pick any pasta dish on the menu and just request their gluten-free corn pasta! But we can’t allow you to leave the restaurant without trying their Duck Duck Goose pizza. Enjoy gluten-free crust, duck confit, fig-onion jam, balsamic, fontina & asiago cheese, and to top it off, duck egg. So, have you made your reservation yet?
Earth Wood & Fire
Who says chicken wings aren’t gluten-free? Earth Wood & Fire, in Mt. Washington and up north in Fallston, has mastered the chicken wing game — and they’re 100% gluten-free, obviously. They’re the most popular item on the menu (famed amongst Baltimore locals), baked then grilled to crispy perfection in their Josper oven. Top them off with a choice of bleu cheese or ranch, or spice things up with their wasabi sauce.
Le Bistro Du Village
Holy crepe! This quaint French bistro in Mount Washington offers gluten-free crepes upon request. Satisfy any craving—from sweet (try a cookie speculoos spread with fresh strawberries and ice cream) to savory—you absolutely have to try the Crepe Deauville (the works of sauteed shrimp, scallops, lump crab, cream sauce, onion, Brussels sprouts and parm).
M&T Bank Stadium
It’s often difficult to find safe food at football stadiums besides choosing to avoid the bun. But gluten-free soft pretzels have touched down in section 130 at M&T Bank Stadium! Now, you can satisfy that salty carb craving with no fear and even pair it with one of the gluten-free beer options. We’ll cheers to that!
Step in line at Boog’s BBQ in Oriole Park at Camden Yards for some quality ballpark food. While it may seem unbelievable that this mouth-watering BBQ stand offers gluten-free options, listen up. When you step up to order, state you are gluten-free—they will shout down the line of cooks so they all change gloves, open an individually wrapped gluten-free bun, and top the bun with delicious pit beef. That’s a win for the night even if the Orioles don’t.
Donut worry — your sweet tooth can still be satisfied at Harmony Bakery, a 100% gluten-free bakery in Hampden. But get in line along with everyone else for their famed donuts —the Lemon Coconut (a lemon glazed donut covered with coconut flakes) has us all scrambling for the last crumb. And better yet, gluten-free BAGELS (seriously, you’re going to do a double-take of the menu). Here, there’s no sacrificing the doughy goodness of your favorite morning baked good.
In Remington’s upscale food hall, R.House, Amano Taco is serving up a completely gluten-free menu of Mexican — because food allergies can’t stop the love for tacos. Amano offers tacos, bowls, and side dishes including choices with antibiotic-free chicken, vegetarian charred poblano and onion, and shrimp. And no flour here — corn tortillas all around.
One Dish Cuisine Cafe, Deli and Bakery
One Dish Cuisine in Ellicott City makes choosing diet-friendly foods easier than ever. They’re entirely free of gluten, oats, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, sesame, peanut, and tree nuts (except coconut). Their “green kitchen” menu contains milk products, and their “blue kitchen” menu does not contain milk, dairy, lactose, or whey products. You may be thinking the choices must be limited with all those dietary restrictions, but One Dish’s menu is stocked full of sandwiches, pizzas, soups, baked goods, and more.
**Updated by Alison Sallitt, August 2018