Julia K.

Celiac

About Me


Diagnosed with celiac disease in July 2013 and completely GF ever since! My younger sister and boyfriend also both have celiac disease, and we are always looking for new (and celiac friendly) restaurants to try out.

Reviews


  • Sky

    5 starsSeptember 22, 2014

    1369 Boston-Providence Turnpike, Norwood, MA 02062

    Possibly my favorite GF menu in the area. It's on the pricy side, but the food is SO good. There's a wide variety of GF options, including pizza, sandwiches, and other entrees/appetizers. They bring GF bread before your meal and are very careful about allergies. Some GF options (pizza, pasta, sandwiches) cost slightly more than non-GF counterparts but that's fairly common. Everything I've eaten here has been excellent!

  • Bistro du Midi

    5 starsSeptember 22, 2014

    272 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

    This is a very fancy French restaurant, so expect it to be on the expensive side (~$30 for an entree). However, there are a lot of great gluten free options here, and as with many upscale places, the staff is very knowledgeable. All of the entrees were gluten free or could be modified, and many of the appetizers and desserts (including chocolate souffle) are safe as well. Since there is no GF menu, just ask the waiter for options.

  • Tavern in the Square

    5 starsSeptember 19, 2014

    161 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

    Great gluten free menu with a lot of options, including burgers. They also have several ciders, including one I'd never heard of....I forget the name of it, but it was delicious! The manager also came over to verify whether my gluten free meal was for an allergy or preference, which was nice.

  • The Lite Choice

    5 starsSeptember 19, 2014

    121 Market St, PA 19426

    This place is a great find! ALL of their scoopable ice cream and soft serve is GF, and they even have GF ice cream cones upon request (only ice cream place I know that has them). Some toppings are not GF so there could be a small risk of cross contamination if you want toppings with your ice cream, but I've never had a reaction after eating here.

  • ICED by Betsy

    5 starsSeptember 19, 2014

    145 Main Street, Royersford, PA 19468

    I've never been to the actual Royersford bakery BUT I used to see them at the Collegeville Farmers Market when I lived in the area. They would usually have 5 or 6 flavors available at the market and always had 1 or 2 that were available GF. The GF flavors always changed each week and they were always really delicious, and they were the same size and price as the normal cupcakes. One time when I purchased cupcakes, the man who sold them to me (Betsy's husband, maybe?) mentioned that he cannot eat gluten either, which may be why they consistently have so many great GF options. UPDATE: I was recently in the area for a for a friend's wedding, and my friend had emailed me prior to the big day to let me know that the cake provider (she and her husband did cupcakes instead of traditional wedding cake) was going to make me a GF cupcake. The cake provider turned out to be ICED! When the cupcakes were brought out, one of the caterers brought me my cupcake - it was in its own plastic package and had a sticker with my name on it. And it was chocolate with chocolate frosting and vanilla filling...yum! I had assumed the wedding cake would be off limits for me, so getting my own DELICIOUS cupcake was really exciting!

  • British Beer Company

    4 starsSeptember 19, 2014

    85 Providence Hwy, East Walpole, MA 02032

    I was pretty impressed with the GF menu. There's GF beer as well as a selection of burgers, sandwiches, pizza, etc. I had the chicken quesadilla app, which was great, and the mahi sandwich, also pretty good. The rolls taste similar to Udi's hamburger buns, but they're bigger, which I was happy about--so many restaurants use smaller, flimsy GF substitutes for things like hamburger rolls. Downsides: no GF fries (shared fryer) and they do acknowledge on their GF menu that their kitchen is not a 100% GF environment, so there's a small risk of cross contamination. However, my sister, boyfriend, and I all have celiac disease and have not been sick after eating here.

  • Town Spa Pizza

    5 starsSeptember 19, 2014

    1119 Massachusetts 138, Stoughton, MA 02072

    I was SO excited to find out Town Spa did GF pizza and it did not disappoint. The pizza doesn't really look any different than the "normal" pizzas; it's pretty standard bar pizza, so nothing fancy, but still delicious if that's what you're in the mood for. The menu only lists "GF cheese" but you can also request additional toppings. I love that there is no additional charge for the GF crust - an individual GF cheese pizza costs less than $10. My waiter was very helpful, and they use separate plates and utensils when preparing the pizza. I've gotten sick from cross-contaminated pizza before, but I've been here twice and felt fine both times. Also, their super yummy honey mustard sauce is also GF!

  • California Pizza Kitchen

    5 starsSeptember 19, 2014

    800 Boylston St., #155, Boston, MA

    All pizzas can technically be GF, and they offer 4 (Margarita, Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken, and Mushroom/Sausage I think) that are guaranteed to be prepared according to strict safety measures/without cross contamination. The manager brings out GF orders and it's always great. In my opinion, CPK is definitely up there with the best GF pizza. They also have a few GF "small plates." Biggest downside is that there IS an additional charge for the GF pizza.

  • The Tea Leaf

    5 starsSeptember 19, 2014

    487 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

    My sister and I (both celiac) took my mom (not GF) here as a birthday present because we'd heard they could accomodate for gluten free. It was great! It's a tiny little place run by one woman, and if you want GF you need to call at least a day ahead so she has time to prepare food for you. When I went we did the "Afternoon Tea" with is about $25 a person I think (so a little pricey). Each of us picked a different flavor tea, which was brought out in tea kettles. Then we each got 2 scones, served with cream and jam. The GF scones were different flavors than the normal ones...my mom got lemon and coconut/chocolate, I believe, and my sister and I got blueberry and something else...cranberry maybe? Following that, we got little sandwich trays containing 5 different finger sandwiches for each of us. The flavors were the same for GF/non-GF, but the GF sandwiches were served on GF bread. Finally, we each got a small dessert tray with 5 mini desserts on it. As with the scones, the GF desserts were different than the non-GF desserts. My sister and I each got a chocolate covered strawberry, a small brownie, a small cookie with a PB cup in it, etc. My mom got the strawberry but her other desserts were different. I don't know of any other tea houses offering such extensive gluten free options - I was very impressed and would definitely recommend it!

  • Jake n Joes

    4 starsSeptember 18, 2014

    25 Foxborough Boulevard, Foxboro, MA 02035

    I really like the GF menu here! It's nice to find a laid-back, family-friendly, moderately priced GF option. There's GF beer and a good selection of GF pizza, burgers, and pasta. They are very safe about cross-contamination. I usually get the pizza--it's not the best I've ever had, but I like it. My biggest complaint is that the restaurant can be very noisy around dinnertime--but this is a sports bar, so it's to be expected I guess!

  • Papa Razzi

    5 starsSeptember 18, 2014

    159 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

    I think Papa Razzi is great! Went here with my cousin and my sister (who is also celiac). My sister got GF pasta and I got a pizza. Both were really good - all of their GF stuff is homemade, which I really appreciate. The pizza was pretty big, especially for a GF pizza, and I had plenty left over. I got the quattro formaggio and loved it, some of the best GF pizza I've had. I would definitely come back.

  • Boloco

    3 starsSeptember 18, 2014

    50 Congress St, Boston, MA 02109

    Went here for one of their free burrito days, and it's okay. Not as good as Chipotle, and not as many GF options, but still enough that you won't be hungry. They have a list online of what is GF (rice, most of their proteins like chicken, most of the salsas, etc.) and you can also ask the staff.

  • The Fireplace Restaurant

    5 starsSeptember 18, 2014

    1634 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

    A little pricy, but worth it! I've been here twice now and both times have really enjoyed it. They take gluten free seriously, and it's very nice place with an extensive GF menu that changes seasonally. They also bring out GF bread before your meal, which was really nice!

  • Tavolino

    5 starsSeptember 18, 2014

    274 Patriot Pl, Foxborough, MA 02035

    Tavolino has a really great GF menu with a wide variety of options, including pasta and GF beer. I was most excited to try the pizza (of all of their many creative flavors, all but 2 can be done gluten free). I got Gorgonzola & Grape pizza, and my boyfriend (also celiac) got the House Special (bacon, spinach, walnuts, carmelized onions). Both of them were so good, and there are a bunch of other kinds of pizza that I can't wait to try. They also have a few GF dessert options, including creme brulee (!!), but sadly we were too full to try those.

  • Chipotle

    5 starsSeptember 18, 2014

    1415 Boston-Providence Turnpike, Norwood, MA 02062

    I'm a big Chipotle fan. In my opinion, Chipotle is the best GF "fast food" sort of chain. The food is great and very safe for people who can't eat gluten. Staff are willing to change gloves, and everything is GF except for the flour tortillas (for burritos). So tacos and burrito bowls of all kinds are completely safe!

  • Applebee's

    2 starsSeptember 18, 2014

    990 Providence Hwy, Sharon, MA 02067

    Applebee's does have a limited gluten free menu on their website, but their offerings are pretty disappointing. I went there for drinks and appetizers (not a meal, so can't comment on whether the GF meals are good) and couldn't get anything to eat because they don't have a separate fryer. No appetizers are safe, not even the chips and queso (because the chips are fried). I don't get the impression that they are allergy-friendly, especially because they list chips and queso and fries on their GF menu...but since these items are fried in a shared fryer, they aren't safe for anyone with more than a mild intolerance. I'd be hesitant to eat any of the food here.

  • Red Robin

    5 starsSeptember 12, 2014

    290 Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 02035

    The last 3 times I've been to this Red Robin location (all in the last year) gluten free buns were available and the staff assured me that fries were fried in a separate fryer. (I didn't have any reaction after eating them so I assume this is true.) Red Robin has a really helpful gluten free menu online now that lists all foods that can be made GF and what substitutions beyond the bun need to be made (if any). I was so excited to be able to eat their Bruschetta Chicken Sandwich again!

  • Twist Bakery & Cafe

    5 starsAugust 05, 2014

    30 Milliston Rd, Millis, MA 02054

    Amazing. Would recommend to anyone on a GF diet. Safe for allergies/celiac disease. Everything I've eaten here has been so good, and there is absolutely no worry about cross contamination!

  • The Carriage House Pizzeria

    1 starsAugust 05, 2014

    21 S Main St, Sharon, MA 02067

    Their menu lists GF pizza and sandwich options. I ordered a GF pizza a few weeks ago, and first of all, I was disappointed at how tiny it was compared to the normal pizzas--especially because it cost more! It definitely would not feed more than one person. The pizza was only okay. And then I got REALLY sick within an hour or two of eating it, so obviously they've got cross contamination issues. Might be okay if you're GF by preference or have mild sensitivity, but if you have celiac disease or a more severe sensitivity, I would strongly recommend you to stay away.

  • Thai Boo Cuisine

    5 starsAugust 05, 2014

    712 Washington Street, Norwood, MA 02062

    Small GF menu but very very good! I've tried the pad thai, chicken satay, and red curry and I was impressed.

  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

    4 starsAugust 05, 2014

    95 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021

    Pretty good frozen yogurt. Toppings are marked with "GF" if they are gluten free.

  • Alice's Mandarin Taste

    5 starsAugust 05, 2014

    37 Pond St, Sharon, MA 02067

    It can be really hard to find GF Chinese food, so I was really excited to find some so close to home! There are a LOT of options here, and everything I've had has been delicious. Everyone here seems to take gluten allergies pretty seriously, and I've never gotten sick from the food in all of the (many) times I've eaten it. When you order food for takeout here, they even mark boxes containing GF food with little "Gluten Free" stickers, so if you placed a large order with GF and non-GF food, you know exactly which ones are GF.

  • All Hands in the Cookie Jar

    5 starsAugust 05, 2014

    Collegeville, PA 19426

    No location that you can actually visit, but she delivers orders to your home and is at several local farmers' markets during the summertime. Hands down, the BEST GF desserts you can get in the area. She can also accommodate other allergies like dairy and nuts. I have never tasted something from this baker that isn't delicious. Her mint brownies are so so good, and I also loved her pumpkin recipes (especially the muffins) that she made last fall. Highly recommend!!!

  • Thai Basil Bistro

    4 starsAugust 05, 2014

    305 2nd Ave, Collegeville, PA 19426

    No gluten free menu here, but the owner/staff are pretty knowledgeable about wheat and gluten and can modify many dishes to be gluten free. I've had pad thai and pineapple fried rice modified, and both were quite good.

  • Red Robin

    5 starsAugust 05, 2014

    Providence Town Center, 140 Market St, Collegeville, PA 19426

    I'm a big fan of Red Robin's new GF menu. The last time I went to this location, the menu had been "digitized," so you can either look it up on a smartphone or request the restaurant's iPad, which I found a lot easier. The new online menu allows you to filter all menu items by dietary restrictions. Then it tells you exactly what needs to be changed for each item (most burgers, for example, tell you to substitute the bun for GF bun, and some might tell you to take off a certain sauce). The GF bun is pretty standard (and costs an extra dollar or 2) but there are plenty of delicious burgers and salads to choose from. The last time I was there, I also learned that they do have an allergen-safe fryer, but I think you have to specify that you want allergen-free fries when you order because it sounded like they have a non-GF fryer as well.

  • Sublime Cupcakes

    4 starsAugust 05, 2014

    141 Market Street #1, Providence Town Center, Collegeville, PA 19426

    They offer 2 GF flavors (black & white, and PB cup) on Sundays. As far as I know, they're prepared separately from other cupcakes--I have celiac and I've never gotten sick. Only real complaint is lack of variety...the GF cupcake flavors never change and they look a little boring when you see them laid out next to all of the cool non-GF flavors. Not quite as good as the GF options at ICED by Betsy in Royersford, but still tasty and it's a very convenient location (Providence Town Center).

  • California Pizza Kitchen

    5 starsAugust 05, 2014

    470 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA 19406

    No idea why the rating for this is so low. CPK now offers GF pizza and it is possibly the best I've ever had. 4 pizza flavors (including BBQ chicken and margherita) can be prepared in a separate area and are celiac safe. The manager handles all orders for those with allergies. These GF pizzas cost a little more than the non-GF but they are about the same size (pretty big, I can usually only eat about half). A few other GF appetizers are marked on the normal menu, including their white corn guac and chips, which was great. Furthermore, ALL of their pizzas can actually be prepared on GF crust--they just can't prepare these in a separate area. So if you have a milder intolerance rather than celiac disease, you'd have even more pizza options.

  • Elevation Burger

    5 starsAugust 05, 2014

    201 Plaza Dr, Collegeville, PA 19426

    Their burgers are DELICIOUS and can always be ordered in a lettuce wrap. As far as I know, all toppings are GF (you might have to double check on the "Elevation sauce"). Their fries are GF as well since they're the only thing the fryer is used for.

  • Wegmans

    5 starsAugust 05, 2014

    600 Commerce Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426

    The most amazing GF selection of any grocery store I've ever been to, I absolutely 100% recommend...I just wish they had one closer to where I live now! If you go there for a meal, their pre-cooked food section also clearly marks food items not containing gluten. However, the signs always state that there are "no gluten ingredients" and imply that most of the food is prepared in shared prep areas. I've never gotten sick after eating there, but definitely something for those with high sensitivity to watch out for.

  • Kiwi Frozen Yogurt

    4 starsAugust 05, 2014

    250 Plaza Dr, Collegeville, PA 19426

    One of my favorite frozen yogurt places. Most of the flavors are GF and are marked as such. Many toppings are GF too, although they are unmarked and kept in a shared area, so there's obviously a risk of CC. I've never had a problem eating there, though.

  • Zoes Kitchen

    4 starsAugust 05, 2014

    Suite 6, 161 Market Street, Pennsylvania 19426

    Great Mediterranean food! Good gluten free selection (including kabobs, salads, and sides) and everything gluten free is clearly marked on the menu. Some GF selections originally come with pita bread on the side so you have to clarify that you want it GF. They are generally knowledgeable and accomodating if you say you have an allergy/celiac. Only reason for 4 stars instead of 5: I once ordered a GF meal for pickup, my boyfriend went to get our food and when he returned, I realized that instead of what I had ordered, I had been given a wrap (obviously not what I ordered since it had gluten). When we went back, they reimbursed us for the meal and gave me a free souvenir cup along with my new meal. They dealt with it appropriately, but a little frustrating nonetheless.