The world of a gluten intolerant person can sometimes be cold and lonesome. A person bound to this category is strictly confined to food selections that have no gluten in them. For those of you who are unaware, gluten is in basically everything** (not everything but , especially bread. Without some research it can be difficult to just show up to a restaurant and hope that they have tasty foods you can eat.
We recognize that many people in the area (and even in our office) are gluten intolerant so we did an extensive investigation to come up with a list of some great gluten free options around the area. The list below is not all inclusive but should get you through the week.
It is no secret that this hipster Mecca has great and unique food but did you know that a ton of it is gluten free? In addition to breakfast and lunch Marie’s also features a deli where you can even get your gluten free fix when you are on the go. A quick scan of their menu will reveal over 20 awesome options labeled “GF”. Vegan and other options available as well.
Bonefish has its own gluten free menu with some serious good eats. They have a variety of grilled fish and in particular, the Chilean sea bass, which is always a high priority. This menu also contains a variety of chicken and steaks. The sides, however, are where the party gets bumping. Sides such as steamed asparagus and garlic whipped mashed potatoes will deliver the just vindication your appetite deserves.
Uccello’s is a bar and grill style restaurant that always has a friendly, laid back vibe. In addition, they have an entire gluten free menu that is legitimately larger than most regular menus at other restaurants. This menu has got everything too: various pizzas, sauce-dowsed wings, beefy burgers, colorful salads, creative appetizers, everything. They even have gluten free water. Best part? There are Uccello’s on almost every side of town in West MI.
Here we have one of the most unique and fun eating destinations in all of the U.S. The restaurant is set up basically as a raw buffet (perfect for lazy hunter gatherers). Once you have gathered your food from the buffet, bring it to the circular grill where there are 4-6 extremely entertaining and friendly grillers waiting to cook your meal to perfection. Oh yeah, and all the veggies and spices are gluten free, while nearly all of the meats are as well.
This low-key family-owned authentic Mexican restaurant deals chips n queso to the likes of which you have never witnessed in your entire life. The combo will leave you salivating for days. Plus they’re gluten free. Along with the chips, you can sub any flour tortilla option with a corn tortilla (gluten free) instead. One crowd pleasing dish is the fajita plate. Sub some corn tortillas in and you’re set for a spectacular meal.
The building itself is absolutely breathtaking. The patio of the restaurant is encapsulated within an assemblage of flowers that overlooks the glistening lake. The menu is complemented with a multitude of gluten free dishes. Some mighty attractive preparations are the hot queso dip, NY Strip, and Chocolate torte. These are sure to furnish your taste buds with the gluttonous contentment they so desire.
Other Restaurants in Grand Rapids/West MI with tasty gluten free options.
1. San Chez Bistro
2. The Green Well
3. Electric Cheetah
5. Graydon’s Crossing
7. Osteria Rossa (makes GF pasta daily!!)
8. Wealthy Street Bakery
9. 616 at the JW
10. Tokyo Grill