Marcia Strykowski

Gluten Free Dining in New England

It’s amazing how much gluten free dining has improved over the last few years. I thought it might be fun to take a look at what various restaurants are offering. Below is just a sampling of great places to find tasty meals in New England. First we’ll head over to Burton’s Grill. When a manager always delivers gluten free meals separately, you know you’re in good hands.gf-burtons

burtons-comboNext, we’ll pop over to downtown Newburyport, MA to visit the Grog. Filled with history, art, music, and more, this place is always fun and they take careful consideration for those with allergies. After dinner, you can take a short stroll past all the fancy little shops and down to the pier to watch the boats coming and going.

grog-smallCan’t you almost taste these sweet potato fries from their dedicated gluten free fryer?gf-pic-1Not too far from Newburyport is a newer restaurant located right on the ocean at Salisbury Beach.

gf-pic-3gf-pic-4I have to admit the main attraction of the Seaglass Restaurant on Salisbury Beach isn’t the food, but the atmosphere. Order a corner table and this will be your view!
sea-glass-window-view-smallFlatbread Company can make just about any flavor pizza gluten free and their crust is pretty tasty. It would be hard to find someone in the area who hasn’t heard of this popular restaurant with over a dozen locations and growing. One of my favorite places is the original spot in North Conway, NH. Although they use dedicated ovens, do be aware there could still be a lot of gluten-filled flour floating around.

gf-pizza-flatbread-coThis carrot cake at Not Your Average Joe’s (many locations) is so sweet and delicious!
gf-pic-5Not a restaurant, but the Maine Pie Company makes all gluten free pies, from apple crumb, blueberry, pumpkin, to lemon and chocolate tortes. You’re sure to forget this brand is gluten free. Frozen pies ready for your oven can be found at many grocery stores, such as Hannaford and Whole Foods. maine-pie-coThere are way too many unique places to choose from, such as Silly’s in Portland, ME. Oh, and Federal Jack’s in scenic Kennebunk, ME has an extensive gluten free menu and a fun atmosphere, as well. But since many of you don’t live anywhere near most of these, here’s a few restaurant chain favorites you can always count on to have good gluten free options.
Ninety Nine Restaurant has locations throughout New England and beyond. Most can boast of well-trained staff in handling special orders.
Legal Sea Foods has more than 30 locations and just about all of their meals can be prepared gluten free. And they have a knowledgeable staff. Before ordering fried food, do ask if they use shared fryers.
P. F. Chang’s also has a good gluten free menu with lots of choices and locations throughout the world.
Seasons 52 has a large gluten free menu and quite a few locations—two in Massachusetts as well as handfuls in 18 other states.
British Beer Company with more than a dozen locations, also has a lot of gluten free options on their menu.
Thought I was done and then I remembered two more restaurants with plenty of gluten free offerings: Outback Steakhouse and Chilis. Both have many locations, not only in New England, but throughout the USA.

That’s my roundup of restaurants that do a good job with gluten free orders. Feel free to add more to this list in the comments. It just might keep new visitors to the area from going hungry. 🙂 I’d also love to learn of good places to dine in your own neck of the woods. Happy eating!

39 Comments

  1. It´s great that there are so many more options for gluten free meals! The food all looks so yummy too.

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    • Apparently there were hardly any options as little as ten years ago. Great how so many restaurants are stepping up to the challenge!

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  2. Thank you for this excellent round-up of restaurants. Perfect timing for school vacation week. Yum!

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  3. Great post Marcia. I was poking around the web after reading this and it looks like Open Table has quite the list of restaurants that have gluten free options. You can filter by region, cuisine, and price.

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    • Thanks, Art! Yes, there are quite a few lists available, although even then it’s sometimes surprisingly different in person. Reading reviews from Open Table and others is very helpful, too.

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  4. Ashley

    My cousin can’t eat gluten. Your list will make it easier for me to pick a place for us to eat, especially if I ever get to New England!! Thanks!!

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  5. The pizza looks fantastic! And the chocolate torte…What a yummy blog, Marcia! I love seeing so many healthy options that are becoming available. It makes eating out and especially travelling so much more pleasant. Thank you for whetting my appetite!

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    • Healthy and lots of desserts out there, too. Thanks for your comment, Colleen!

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  6. Hello Marcia, I had no idea there were so many gluten-free restaurants around. I was curious so Googled gluten-free restaurants in the UK and to my surprise there are lots. We requested gluten-free food for our grandson at Christmas and the hotel were very good but next time we will look for a more suitable venue. You always come up with the best things, thank you. All the food featured here looks delicious. I could happily eat a slice of pie right now! Have a lovely week. xx

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    • Oh, yes, there are a lot of places now. Sometimes hotels and other places say they can do gluten-free, but then you wonder how knowledgeable they are and if it’s really safe, sounds like it worked out well for you, good you did some research. I’m with you, let’s have pie! 🙂

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  7. It’s wonderful that there are tasty options!

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  8. Bette Norton

    It is wonderful they have so many gluten free options now! I love all your pictures of the different entrees and deserts! I will have to check some of these dishes out! I have had the carrot cake from Not Your Average Joe’s and it was the best I ever had!! Thank you for such an informative appetite pleasing post! 🙂

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    • I don’t usually order dessert, but that carrot cake is definitely one of the best for those times I can’t resist!

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  9. Oh my gosh! I want to come there! GF restaurants are a rare occasion around here. Ha!

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  10. Gluten free pie. This is my dream.

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    • Maybe you can try the Maine Pie Co., they ship to all over the country (which might be a little pricey, but to fulfill a dream…priceless)

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      • I’m in Australia. Customs here is pretty tough! I’ll keep dreaming though!

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        • Oh, Australia! I either didn’t realize that or I forgot. Must be quite mild there now, enjoy the season!

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          • We’re in the thick of summer and a bit of a heat wave. It’s lovely though! Is it still snowy in Maine?

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            • There’s still snow in MA, NH, & ME (I live in one, work in another, and visit the third 🙂 ), but it’s been mild lately, so it will soon be melted.

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  11. What a fun line up Marcia!! I’d like to take you to lunch at Grog– it looks so charming from the outside– and who doesn’t love sweet potato fries!! Fun to hear about so many new places. Happy weekend ahead Marcia!! what are you doing??

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    • Hi Rhonda! That would be wonderful to be at the Grog together. 🙂 Sorry it’s taken me so long to catch up on your always enjoyable posts, been on my mind for days. Before that I was in Florida for a while escaping from the cold. I’m hoping to get going on some blog reading this morning and then I’m off to open up the library for the day. xo

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      • Florida?!! That sounds like a great time away Marcia! Where did you stay? Did you get to sit and read on a beach?? Hope we get to see a bit of your travels coming up… Glad for your trip friend! xo

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        • No reading on the beach, but lots and lots of walking in perfect weather; stayed at the Wyndham in Jupiter–great central location. xo

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  12. The foods in the pictures all look divine. It’s wonderful how restaurants have become much more attentive to creating dishes that meet the needs of customers with a variety of dietary restrictions.

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    • I can attest to their tastiness! Some of the menus include vegan and paleo options, as well, such a great service to people.

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  13. Fernando

    I really like this post!

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  14. So many great looking meals and treats. I like that a lot of restaurants near my house also list the gluten free items (John’s Cafe, The Marketplace, Good News Cafe- to name a few). I think it is amazing how many restaurants are working to include meals that everyone can eat and enjoy. I hope to try some of the places you shared. I am quite obsessed with beet salad at the moment. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Great to hear there are a lot of GF options in your area. Funny, you’re the second one in a number of days to tell me how much they like beet salad. 🙂

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