118 Highland St, Worcester, MA 01609
So, I am one of probably two people in Worcester who isn't a huge fan of the Sole. It is a wildly popular restaurant here in the city, and it is generally packed to the gills (heh). I've always found that my experience here is rushed and crowded, and I've never really gotten a dish that I just love, loved. Prior to my diagnosis, I did really enjoy the chowder (which is made with wheat flour), but beyond that, the Sole was always toward the bottom of my list of places to go. But like I said, I'm rare -- most everyone I know loves the Sole and goes there on special occasions or for business lunches, and certainly it isn't a bad restaurant at all. BUT, for this review, specifically on GF options, I think three stars is fair. For a seafood restaurant, I would think there would be more options, but they do have a separate gf menu and several choices (although not nearly as extensive as the regular menu -- I guess they do a lot of breading of their seafood). I'd put Sole as average for GF options. You won't find special bread, separate fryers, GF soy sauce for the sushi, etc.... All those things that are a nice touch from a regular restaurant. However, the servers are knowledgeable and you'll be able to eat something for an app, entree and dessert no problem. Just be prepared to be shoved out the door as soon as possible so they can use your table for the long line of people waiting to get in :)
117 Highland St, Worcester, MA 01609
The Boynton is a great place for a GF diner. I believe one of the chef's relations was diagnosed as celiac a long time ago, and they have had gf crust options for years. Not only do they have the crust, but they have a handful of specialty pizzas to order on the crust as well. They seem to be very safe about cross contamination, although they do make regular pizza there as well. Once I tried to get bacon on my pizza, and the server told me that I could have it, but that they can't certify it as GF so he wouldn't recommend it. I have no idea how bacon wouldn't be GF (unless it was bacon bits or something) but I appreciated the attention to detail. The Boynton is one of those great places you can go with non-GF people and feel completely at home, and your friends/family will be happy too. They have a huge selection of beer and food for the "normals," and they have a decent number of gf beers and ciders for us. I used to eat here a lot prior to my diagnosis and always enjoyed it, but now it is at the top of my list. A really great choice.
89 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604
Via is one of my go-to places in Worcester for GF. Dinner can be a bit pricey, but lunch is really affordable and a good option. They have a separate GF menu, so ask before your server sits you down if you remember. I've eaten here at least a dozen times and never had trouble. Servers seem to be knowledgeable and there are plenty of options to eat. You won't feel sad with your piece of grilled chicken and plain salad here. I always get the bolognese sauce, except on my birthday when I'll get the surf, turf and pasta, which is steak, lobster and bolognese, haha. You can tell the pasta is gf, but it is very good quality and frankly I like that, because I feel more confident that it is safe.