Saturday, November 28, 2009


Updated 3/2013

The following are some restaurants in the Greater Boston area that either have gluten free menus, or where we have had luck ordering gluten free.

Burtons Grill (GF menu) --Burlington, Hingham, North Andover, other locations.  Great gluten free menu
Walnut Street Grille (GF choices listed on menu) -- vegetarian restaurant with lots of gluten free options.  Lunch, dinner and brunch.  Newton Highlands
Not Your Average Joes (GF menu) -- Watertown, Needham, other locations too
Legal Seafoods (GF menu) -- numerous locations
PF Changs (GF menu) -- downtown Boston, Natick, other locations
The British Beer Company (GF menu) -- Framingham, other locations
Wild Willy's Burgers -- Needham location has a gluten free menu, including burgers, chicken, gf buns, fries and Redbridge beer; Worcester location might also have a gf menu
Woodmans of Essex (Seafood, Clambake) Clam Shack -- Essex (no specific gluten free menu, but per their website their menu items are gluten free except for sandwiches, clamcakes and onion rings)
UBurger -- Kenmore Square (no gf menu, but per the manager, the fries and burger itself are do not contain gluten and the fries are fried separately from onion rings); other Boston locations now open, I haven't checked with them as yet
B. Good -- Harvard Square, Dedham, Newbury Street, several other downtown/ Back Bay locations, Hingham (there is a book which lists allergens; per this book, burger and fries do not contain gluten) (now offering gluten free buns -- this is confirmed at the Dedham and Brookline locations -- call to confirm at the other locations too)
Stone Hearth Pizza (GF menu) -- Needham, Porter Square Cambridge, Belmont
Zaftigs Delicatessen -- Coolidge Corner Brookline (no gf menu, but are willing to accommodate gluten free; apparently now have gluten free bagels)
Fire and Ice -- Harvard Square, Newbury Street (no gf menu, but can have items prepared separately, with gf sauce)
Rice Barn (Thai) (GF menu) -- Needham
The Elephant Walk (Cambodian, French) (GF menu) -- Boston/Brookline, Watertown, Cambridge  Extensive gluten free menu
Fresh City (GF menu) -- Newton, Kenmore, other locations
Five Guys Burgers and Fries -- Dedham, other locations (no gf menu, but per company, the fries and burgers themselves do not contain gluten)
Nebo (GF menu) -- North End Boston
Red Lentil Vegetarian Restaraunt (GF items indicated on menu) -- Watertown
Myers+Chang (GF menu) -- South End Boston
Bertucci's (GF menu) -- Newton, other locations
Rialto (GF menu) -- Cambridge (upscale, many dishes are gluten free, kitchen is willing to modify others)
Peace o' Pie -- Allston -- gluten free pizza on Thursdays
Abby Park -- Milton -- modern American, gluten free menu (upscale)
Om Restaurant -- Cambridge -- trendy Asian fusion, gluten free menu
The Friendly Toast -- Cambridge (Kendall Square) -- gluten free pancakes (also eggs, salads)
The Fireplace -- Brookline, upscale, gluten free menu (see positive reader comment, below)
Al Dente  -- North End Boston, aparently has a gluten free menu
Beneventos -- North End Boston, apparently has gluten free pizza and pasta
Four Burgers -- Cambridge, theatre district Boston, locally sourced burgers, veggie and fish options, fries, gluten free buns

Thursday, November 26, 2009


We've now had a primarily gluten free household for 3 years and have definitely developed some preferences. The following are suggestions about some of our (totally subjective) recommendations for gluten free specialty items (some of which buy in bulk form Amazon, as noted):

Places to buy GF food
  • A New Leaf -- Needham -- this health food store has a fantastic selection of gluten free food, and the owner is very accommodating and willing to special order items
  • Whole Foods
  • Trader Joes
  • Stop and Shop -- Newton, Watertown -- Stop and Shop seems to have some of the best prices around for the gluten free items that they stock
  • Amazon -- many gluten free items are available via Amazon, although usually you must order 6 or so packages, so you should make sure you like it first. If you use the Subscribe and Save option, there is an additional discount and the shipping is free
  • Shaws -- although Shaws does seem to have higher prices on gluten free foods than Stop and Shop and Whole Foods, sometimes they sell items that aren't available in other mainstream supermarkets. For example, the Auburndale Shaws sells Conte brand stuffed gluten free ravioli (frozen)

  • Vans frozen waffles
  • Pamela's Baking Mix (for pancakes) (Amazon)
  • Trader Joes Gluten Free Granola (also, Bakery on Main)
  • Homemade muffins (we use Better Batter flour, which subs for regular wheat flour in recipes; we've also had success with Gluten Free Pantry (or Whole Foods brand) muffin mix, or Namaste mix if you are avoiding other allergens too)
  • Chex cereal

  • Tinkyada Pasta
  • Thai Kitchen rice pastas
  • Contes gluten free ravioli
  • Bell and Evans gluten free frozen chicken products (tenders, nuggets, patties)
  • Against the Grain pizza crust
  • Amys gf mac and cheese (frozen)
  • Glutinos gf mac and cheese (frozen)
  • Annies gf mac and cheese (box) (Amazon)
  • Lundenberg rissotto mix
  • Qinoa (instead of couscous)
  • Kettle Cuisine frozen soups and chiles
  • Udi's pizza crusts

Breads/ crackers
  • Pamela amazing wheat free bread mix (Amazon)
  • Bread mixes by Anna
  • Udi's sandwich bread
  • Udi's bagels
  • Rudi's sandwich bread
  • Against the Grain frozen rolls and baguettes
  • Joans Great Bakes Bagels, English Muffins and Italian Bread
  • French Meadow tortillas
  • Nut Thins (especially plain almond)
  • Marys Gone Crackers
  • Corn Thins
  • Chebe brand frozen breadsticks, mini rolls and pizza crusts

Baked goods and snacks
  • Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse pie crusts
  • French Meadow prepackaged brownies
  • Homemade cookies and cakes (using Better Batter flour)
  • Trader Joes brown rice marshmallow treats
  • Trader Joes (or Namastes) gf brownie Mix
  • Gluten Free Pantry or Pamela's brownie mix
  • Betty Crocker Brownie mix (Amazon)
  • Hains brand mini cheddar rice cakes
  • Glutino pretzels
  • Green Mountain tortilla strips

Sunday, November 1, 2009

British Beer Company (Boston area)

We had dinner tonight at the British Beer Company, a small chain of restaurants with locations in Massachusetts, including Framingham (the location we visited). It is a casual, reasonably priced restaurant, with a British "pub"style ambiance; the menu includes American and British favorites, such as burgers, salads, pizzas, fish and chips, bangers and mash, pasties, steaks, fish, etc. Their gluten free menu is quite extensive, and includes pizza (with toppings!), ribs, a number of salads, burgers (no buns, alas), fish, steak and -- most unusually -- gluten free wrap sandwiches. The manager brought out the gluten free dish we had ordered herself, and without prompting offered an explanation of the extra care that they take with the gluten free orders, starting from the time that someone requests the gluten free menu. It made for a very relaxed restaurant experience (and the food was good too!)

A teen and her family's experiences living gluten-free.