Gluten Free Eating Options 

Nicole Palmieri, currently studying Dietetics at the University of Dayton, shared with Healthy Lombard that…

We are seeing more and more people developing gluten allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities in society today. A gluten allergy, or Celiac Disease, is an autoimmune and digestive disorder that damages the villi lining of the small intestine when consuming gluten. A sensitivity or an intolerance to gluten is not the same as Celiac Disease, as it is not as severe, but can be highly uncomfortable. Always consult your doctor to confirm if you think you may have gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease.

For those that know they need to consume a gluten-free diet, below is a list of local fast-casual and sit-down restaurants that have gluten-free options, upgrades, or menu items. If you do have Celiac Disease, be sure to let your server know, so the kitchen can be sure to avoid any cross-contamination.

I have highlighted some (though not all) of their popular choices as well!


Local Fast Casual Dining Places

Panera: watermelon feta salad, Fuji apple salad, a gluten-conscious monster cookie with nuts

Chipotle: burrito bowl, tacos with corn tortillas

Labriola: gluten-free penne and gnocchi

Green Healthy Café: gluten-free wraps and smoothies

Blackberry Market: gluten-free cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies, and more!

The Patio: an entire gluten-free menu, kabobs, rice pilaf, tzatziki dipping sauce


Local Sit-Down Restaurants

Gia Mia: gluten-free pasta and pizzas available

Fire and Wine: gluten-free pasta available

Honey Berry Pancakes and Café: avocado toast, rice waffles

California Pizza Kitchen: gluten-free pizzas such as pepperoni, Margherita, and BBQ chicken

Bricks Wood Fired Pizza: gluten-free crusts available

P.F. Chang’s: chicken lettuce wraps, Singapore street noodles

Yard House: an entire gluten-sensitive menu, cheeseburger, carnitas, tomato bisque

Harry Carey’s Italian Steakhouse: an entire gluten-free menu, Chicken Vesuvius, marinated skirt steak, chopped chicken salad

Outback Steakhouse: an entire gluten-free menu, pineapple, and pork medallions, tilapia, and many steak choices



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