Corrections and Clarifications: A previous version of this article incorrectly included My Gal Sal Bakery in Phoenix, which has closed permanently.
From freshly baked donuts and fluffy Belgian waffles to delicious gourmet pizzas and fresh pastas, it’s hard to believe the dishes at these Phoenix metro restaurants are gluten-free. Over the past decade, chefs have upped their games when it comes to catering to those on a gluten-free diet, and these places offer some of the best menu options in town.
Not all of the restaurants on this list operate a 100% certified gluten-free kitchen, so if you have a strong gluten allergy, it’s best to check with your server about their cooking practices before ordering.
Here are 10 good places to enjoy a delicious gluten-free meal in the Valley.
Bijou Bakery Cafe
This 100% gluten-free restaurant began with chef-owner Julie Moreno’s quest to feed her daughter foods that looked like the real deals after she was diagnosed with celiac disease.
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It has since become a favorite spot for people with gluten sensitivities. The lengthy menu covers breakfast and lunch with tastes of Belgian waffles and eggs ($8.99), hearty sandwiches stuffed with slow-roasted pork, coleslaw and crispy onion straws (16 $.99) and cinnamon donuts ($3).
Details: 4041 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. 602-714-5243, jewelsgfcafemenu.com.
Satisfy cravings for southern comfort food safely at this NOLA-inspired spot where about half the dishes can be made gluten-free. Popular options include slow-cooked collard greens, bacon and hot sauce ($9), apple and butternut squash cakes ($12), creamy shrimp and oatmeal ($26), and a cheeseburger dish at homemade ground beef base and topped with bacon, charred onions and American cottage cheese served on a gluten-free homemade sesame brioche bun ($17). Finish your meal with a chocolate brownie topped with peanut butter mousse, candied pecans and bourbon caramel ($10).
Details: 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-200-0085, southernrailaz.com.
Give Coffee Tree
This spot ticks a lot of boxes: 100% gluten-free, 100% vegan, 99% organic and 99% homemade. The all-day breakfast includes a buckwheat crepe served with maple syrup and macadamia butter ($9) and a vegan quiche filled with spinach, caramelized onions and vegan cashew cheese in an almond crust ($12). For later in the day, the pizza menu includes a pie topped with BBQ jackfruit and pineapple ($13), a vegan seafood gumbo ($13), and a salty lentil crepe platter loaded with spicy vegan cheese. , chutney, coconut raita, veggies and microgreens ($12).
Details: 2024 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 480-630-0200, givingtreecafe.com.
It’s easy to refuel with a gluten-free bowl filled with spicy sweet potato noodles, bok choy, zucchini and shiitake mushrooms with coconut milk and sunflower butter ($9.95) or teriyaki shrimp and avocado ($15.50). All ten side dishes are gluten-free and can be added to your choice of protein ($11.95-$15.50) or your own meal by choosing three ($12.95). Sides include macaroni and cheese, red chili glazed sweet potato, grilled Italian eggplant with roasted tomatoes, sweet corn and quinoa, and green goddess asparagus with golden potatoes and an egg.
Details: 5013 N. 44th St., Phoenix. 602-429-6222. Also, 10460 N. 90th St. Scottsdale. 480-240-4400. Other locations on iamaflowerchild.com.
Choose from dozens of gluten-free breakfast and lunch options, from toast and hash browns to western scramble, made with ham, onions, green peppers, and jack and cheddar cheeses ( $15.89) or spinach florentine with gluten-free Hollandaise sauce ($15.89). The AZ burger with avocado and jackfruit comes on a gluten-free bun ($15.99) and the gluten-free toast is the vehicle for sandwiches like the California Chicken Melt ($14.99) and the BLT (12, $49).
Details: 7119 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-443-5558. Also 5840 W. Chandler Blvd. Chandler. 480-705-0868. Other locations on useggrestaurant.com.
real food kitchen
Don’t skip starters like charred cauliflower with harissa tahini ($10) before moving on to gluten-free entrees like spicy Panang curry with forbidden rice and a cornucopia of vegetables in a Thai curry broth ($16 $), spaghetti squash casserole ($14.50), poke bowl ($22.50) and lasagna bolognese with fennel chicken sausage ($17). Pizzas can be made on gluten-free crusts ($16-$19.50), while sandwiches like the vegan double cheeseburger come on gluten-free buns ($19.50) or, as with the chicken wrap and avocado, in a gluten-free pita ($16.50).
Details: 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-774-3488. Also, 15191 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-265-4500, truefoodkitchen.com.
This casual brasserie offers lettuce wraps and gluten-free bun options for all burgers and sandwiches. The green chili burger ($14.50 with a lettuce wrap, $15.50 with a gluten-free bun) combines hatching peppers and American jalapeño cheese with a smoked paprika aioli. The Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich ($14, $15) includes grilled chicken breast, hot sauce, pickles, mayonnaise and coleslaw. Get the Mediterranean board ($16) with hummus, baba ganoush, feta, radishes, baby carrots, roasts, cauliflower, cucumbers and marinated olives with gluten-free pitas or a plate of vegan cauliflower wings ($5 for half a pound, $9 a pound) with your choice of sauce for the table. And Pedal Haus Pils is one of three gluten-reduced draft beers.
Details: 95 W. Boston St., Chandler. 480-656-1639. Also, 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-314-2337, pedalhausbrewery.com.
Healthy Italian cuisine from Picazzo
When COO Chris Disney made it his mission to create gluten-free recipes for Italian comfort food that even the most diehard fans would love, it led to creative homemade concoctions like a gluten-free vegan pizza crust. gluten that gets its je ne sais quoi from applesauce. Choose from three different gluten-free crusts as a vehicle for pies like elote ($20) made with garlic butter sauce, mozzarella, corn, parmesan, and a spicy chipotle drizzle or honey hot, fig and salami ($21) or create your own ($14) choosing from dozens of accessories ($1-$3 extra). Linguine and meatballs ($20) are among seven gluten-free fresh pasta dishes on offer. Or you can try one of the house favorites: Chicken Parmesan with gluten-free breaded chicken breast, marinara, mozzarella, and Parmesan and Romano cheeses served with linguine and mixed vegetables.
Details: 884 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert. 480-780-2200. Also 8280 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale. 623-466-0228. Other locations on picazzos.com.
All but three of the two dozen dishes at this vegan restaurant are gluten-free or offer a gluten-free option. Brunch dishes like the country burrito ($15) are stuffed with tofu (an egg option is available for an additional $1), vegan sausage and cheese, sweet potatoes, pico de gallo and guacamole. Bring a friend to share the Mediterranean Quesadilla ($16), a spinach tortilla topped with plant-based cheese, olives, pepita pesto, cherry tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, spinach and salad. avocado served with golden hummus. As for entrees, consider the Lucky Dragon Bowl ($15) sautéed broccoli with sweet chili tamari, Thai almond sauce, and your choice of protein like jackfruit or walnut chorizo, as well. than a choice of grains such as quinoa or kelp noodles. Lemon “Parmesan” cauliflower steaks are another winner, served over gluten-free linguini with alfredo sauce ($16.50).
Details: 4025 E. Chandler Blvd. #28, Phoenix. 480-706-7472, pomegranatecafe.com.
Start with Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus ($6.59, $8.79), Classic Grilled Chicken Hummus ($12.99) or Beef Kafta ($12.99) – ground beef mixed with minced onions, jalapeno, parsley, Mediterranean seasoning and pomegranate molasses. Then order a sandwich with a gluten-free wrap or pita ($2.09 extra).
Spicy pesto gives the turkey wrap ($11.99) a kick of flavor and the paleo keto platter ($12.99) covers many bases with grilled marinated chicken breast served with broccoli, super greens in kale, cauliflower rice with turmeric, garlic, herbs, lemon juice and tahini. The wood-fired lavash pizza on a gluten-free crust ($2.69 extra) comes in savory combinations like spinach and pesto ($11.99) or kafta beef, tomatoes, fire-roasted jalapenos , pine nuts and mozzarella with a drizzle of yogurt sauce ($12.99).
Details: 7530 W. Bell Road, Glendale. 623-486-2615. Also, 1652 S. Val Vista Drive, Mesa. 480-339-3595. Other locations on pitajungle.com.
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Gluten-Free Dinners in Metro Phoenix: Donuts, Pasta, Pizza and More