ALL THE BEST SPOTS FOR GLUTEN-FREE EATS IN BOSTON

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BETH HELLER

MAR 24, 2020

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It’s no secret that dining out for gluten-free eats can be stressful. Not only do you have to watch as your friends have free reign over the menu, but then you have to be that person, making all sorts of special requests to your server.

Thankfully, more and more gluten-free-friendly restaurants are starting to pop up in the city. From breakfast and lunch to dinner — we’ve got you covered with a list of Boston eateries that do sans gluten meals best.

From organic juices and smoothies to salads, grain bowls, and avocado toast — the entire menu at all three of Mother Juice’s brick-and-mortar locations (in Kendall Square, Newbury Street, and at the Boston Public Market) is both gluten-free and vegan. The only problem you have here is deciding what to order! But if you’re asking, we suggest the Taco Toast.

This fast-casual eatery in Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, and Prudential Center is all about build-your-own-bowls featuring locally-sourced farm-fresh ingredients. Choose from menu selections like classic brown rice, quinoa with preserved lemon and lime leaf, roasted sweet potatoes, Midnight Cauliflower, and Happy Valley Meatballs, to name a few. And while Dig Inn’s menu isn’t entirely gluten-free, with so many different mouth-watering options to choose from, it certainly feels like it is.

Home of create-your-own stir-frys and salads, everything at honeygrow in Seaport and Fenway is made from scratch and fully customizable. Which means their creative approach to nourishing foods makes eating here easy for those with gluten-intolerances (all gluten-free options are clearly labeled on their menu). Fill your bowl with delicious local and seasonal produce — all of their stir-fry bases (rice noodles, brown rice, and lettuce cups) are all gluten-friendly. Not in the mood to customize your meal? The Red Coconut Curry Stir-Fry and the Spiralized Beet Caesar Salad will surely not disappoint!

Over in the North End, Benevento’s is also serving up flavorful, gluten-free Italian cuisine. Do yourself a favor and start with their crispy GF breadsticks and Grilled Fig Salad. Oh, and their specialty pizzas like the Victoria (shrimp scampi), Vodka Classic, and Vanessa’s Pesto are all served hot and fresh on a gluten-free crust. Want a gluten-free pasta dish? They can do that, too. With a variety of specialty gluten-free pasta options like bolognese, primavera, carbonara, and puttanesca, you’ll never go hungry here!

For a creative, upscale Asian-inspired meal, head to Myers + Chang in the South End and order off their tasty gluten-free menu — it’s almost as expansive as their regular menu. And thanks to their family-style small plates, you can try a little bit of everything. Sink your fork into dishes like Garlic and Ginger Fried Rice and Chicken and Broccoli Chow Fun. Bring your entire crew — in addition to a gluten-free menu, they also offer vegetarian, shellfish-, and nut-free menus. For Asian-fusion at it’s finest, this tasty and accommodating restaurant is a must-try!

Enjoy a dining experience sans gluten at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. All five of their Boston-area locations—Boston, Chestnut Hill, Braintree, Foxborough, and Lynnfield— offer a completely separate gluten-free brunch, lunch, and dinner. This place is essentially a gluten-free eater's dream. Sink your fork into salads, pasta, chicken, steak, and more! They even have a raw bar. Really, it doesn’t get much better.

With seven locations throughout Boston and Cambridge, Flour is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without hurting your stomach. This bakery and cafe offers a full gluten-free menu that’s stocked with a variety of savory and sweet salads, sandwiches, cookies, cakes, and more. But it’s their sweet treats like crème brûlée, raspberry meringue, triple chocolate mousse cake, and caramel oreo cookies that are calling our name!

A friendly, funky quick-service spot in Cambridge, Brookline, Lowell, and Salem, Life Alive is your go-to for organic veggie/vegan bowls, salads, smoothies, and snacks, many of which are or can be made gluten-free. Aside from their selection of sans gluten dishes, what really makes this place a standout is their commitment to serving up meals made with fresh, delicious, and wholesome ingredients. Case in point: their warm bowls and salads — many of which available gluten-free. Order up The Adventurer grain bowl or The Mystic Mountain salad and wash it all down with a fresh juice or smoothie. You won’t regret it!

There’s a lot to love about Not Your Average Joe’s. This place offers a completely separate lunch and dinner menu for all the gluten-free foodies out there (and it’s almost as long as their regular menu). Choose from a variety of starters like Ahi Tuna Wontons and Forno-Baked Chicken Quesadilla or entrées like Herb Crusted Haddock and Spaghetti Squash Mushroom Bolognese. And if you order a salad, you won’t be munching on a bowl of dry lettuce — all their salads with come with your choice of gluten-free house-made dressings. Hit up one of their 14 locations throughout Massachusetts to get your hands on the goods.

At Sweetgreen, you can dig into farm-fresh signature salads and grain bowls or customize your own. Don’t worry about scrutinizing the menu in search of a gluten-free option — they’re all clearly labeled for you. And since they’re packed with healthy, locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients, these good-for-you dishes will energize you all day long. The best part? They’ve got tons of locations in and around Greater Boston, so no matter where you are in the city, you’re never too far from a healthy meal.

Since 1991, The Elephant Walk in the South End has been a staple in Boston serving up a unique blend of mouth-watering Cambodian-French cuisine to the delight of Bostonians everywhere. Sink your fork into a nutritious and innovative menu, packed with classic dishes and in-house creations. Come one, come all — this accommodating eatery has plenty of gluten-free options (vegan and vegetarian, too!) for everyone in your crew.

This Allston spot is committed to creating quick, delicious food that places veggies the center. And get this: their menu has so many gluten-free options that they only indicate which selections aren’t good for sans gluten eaters. Whole Heart Provisions is passionate about pleasing the planet, their communities, and our taste buds. Using the freshest produce and ingredients, this eatery serves up flavorful, healthy eats (like their Tazon Style or Seeta signature bowls) that will keep you coming back time and time again.

Say hello to Somerville’s True Bistro — an upscale vegan restaurant that’s also gluten-free-friendly. Labeled clearly for dietary restrictions, their menu changes frequently and seasonally, so their chefs get to experiment with new and different ingredients and and your taste buds get to reap the benefits. From salads to small and large plates, choose from a variety of delicious selections like Cucumber Spring Rolls, Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie, and FoMu ice cream for dessert.

Thanks to a 100% gluten- and dairy-free menu, you can enjoy a stress-free meal at one of Grainmaker’s two locations. And trust us — there is plenty to enjoy. Its seasonal menus are always offering up fresh takes on Southeast Asian street food. Think poke bowls brimming with fresh veggies, street tacos with cashew cream and Thai guacamole, and the signature Volcano Rice doused in miso-ginger sauce.

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