Celiac-Friendly Restaurants in Boston

Filed in Food & Dining by on June 8, 2009 0 Comments

elephant_walk_bostonFew things are more satisfying than the soft, spongey texture of freshly baked bread. Unless, of course, you have Celiac Disease and your body can’t handle gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and more food products than you could imagine. This post is dedicated to those readers who follow a gluten-free diet and need to know where to eat in Boston.

As with any health issue, it’s important to be your own advocate and perhaps call the restaurant ahead to confirm that they can accomodate your dietary needs. But these restaurants reportedly offer gluten-free menu options (and in some cases, a dedicated gluten-free menu). Celiac sufferers, eat your heart out!

The Elephant Walk: This French-Cambodian restaurant has three Boston-area locations (the Beacon Street branch is pictured above), all with a special gluten-free menu. Menu options include pan-roasted haddock, shrimp curry, trout marinated in lime juice, and roasted bone-in chicken breast. The sunny, exotic decor lends itself to a special occasion.

Stone Hearth Pizza: This thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizzeria recently introduced a gluten-free menu. With locations in Cambridge, Belmont, and Needham, Stone Hearth Pizza focuses on premium organic and sustainable ingredients. It was also named Boston of Best by Boston Magazine in 2007.

Zing! Pizza and Roti: This Porter Square pizzeria also offers gluten-free pizza. The menu offerings change frequently, but their website has the most up-to-date info. GF diners can also specify if they would like bleu cheese or feta. The pepperoni is all-natural beef that is gluten and casein free.

Wagamama: A favorite among Europeans, this nifty noodle stand migrated across the pond and opened its first North American location in Boston’s Faneuil Hall a few years ago. Now there are other locations in Harvard Square and Prudential Center, and many of its menu items are available sans gluten.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro: Located near Boston’s Theater District, this Chinese bistro offers a dedicated gluten-free menu with dishes like garlic snap peas, Moo Goo Gai Pan, and wild Alaskan salmon steamed with ginger. There’s even a flourless chocolate dome!

Zocolo Cocina Mexicana: Most of the gluten-free options seem to be Asian-influenced, but this colorful, casual Brighton restaurant actually servces food from Oaxaca and Veracruz, Mexico. They offer vegetarian and gluten-free menus.

BostonCeliac.com also has an interactive map showing other celiac-friendly restaurants.

Your turn! If you follow a gluten-free (or other special) diet, then leave a comment and let us know about your favorite eateries!

 See also: Boston’s Best Vegetarian Restaurants.

Flickr photo courtesy of angkorianboy

Tags: , ,

About the Author ()

A contributing writer/blogger for DirectoryofBoston.com, Susan Johnston lives and writes near Fenway Park. She loves exploring the city and has also contributed to The Boston Globe, DailyCandy.com, and many other places.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.