Five of Dallas' Best Places to Eat Gluten-Free, Because My Doctor Said So

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Patrick Michels
Not everything's GF at Asian Mint, but they make knowing what is as easy as possible.
Story by Beth Erickson

Do you want to hear a really sad story? It's all about the time when about four days before Christmas I ended up in the hospital and my doctor told me I couldn't have gluten (and a bunch of other really nice things like ice cream and mushrooms) if I wanted to not do something horrific in a stomachly area sort of way to myself anymore.

I've spent the ensuing months learning to eat without gluten, and learning to do it in places my gluten-ous friends and family can eat, too. Here are my five favorites.

Pie 5 Pizza Co.
Many locations in the dee eff dub, but I am a fan of the super-friendly Greenville location. You can build your own pie, choose one of their recipes or even order a salad. First visit I ordered (gingerly) a build-your-own with a gluten-free crust. (Common among restaurants that cater to GF and non-GF customers, the gluten free option is $2 more). Most gluten-free folk will tell you that pizza crusts and pasta are the most iffy, either pretty good/"wait, this was GF?" or something that has you wishing for a tongue transplant. But this crust? Good. Light, slightly thin, crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle. A little thin for the kitchen sink, but my pepperoni and sausage was fine.

I am fairly certain you could even pass this pie off as a regular pie and nobody would know. But you don't have to, because the pies are individual, so everyone can get their own. This crust is the only one not made onsite; to cut down on cross contamination issues, it's pre-made and sealed. Upon ordering, the prep area is wiped down, and the pizza maker puts on new gloves. A dedicated board and cutter are used on the cooked GF pies, and it can be slipped immediately into a box if you are super worried about cross contamination.

Asian Mint
In some restaurants offering a gluten-free menu and a regular menu, you have to ask a lot of questions, because it's not clearly marked, or you are told that items can be made gluten-free but you have to speak to a manager. This is work. If I have to make a production of ordering food, I will probably just make it myself.

Asian Mint figured out that we'd like to just order like normal people and bolded everything in the menu that is gluten free. And there is a lot. Curries, pad thai, salads, fried rice, some sushi, and even some desserts. When I first started looking for places my whole tribe would enjoy, I was told "real Thai" places don't use gluten. My guts told me (after I believed this) that this is not a good yardstick. So thank you, Asian Mint, for just telling me what I can eat, and then making it taste delicious.

Unrefined Bakery
There are three locations -- Frisco, Greenville Ave. and North Buckner Boulevard. I'm a habitue of the Buckner location, where you can choose to eat al fresco. It's a dedicated GF, mostly allergen-free facility, but it's still a good place to a) drop in for lunch with a friend, even if said friend can eat all the gluten she wants, or b) drop in to pick up items for home like pizza crusts, quiches, granola bars, muffins and/or desserts.

If you love someone who can't eat gluten, you should buy them a cupcake. Or a whole cake. You will probably get a hug, and possibly sex. The sandwiches offer several choices for breads; I'm a fan of the paleo version, which is dense, slightly nutty, and very much like bread. It does not taste like a piece of sad you have to toast just to get it to not fill your mouth and expand like caulk. Even people who don't have to eat this bread on purpose will like it. So meet a friend for lunch and have sandwiches. Because you can.

Location Info

Kozy Kitchen

4433 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pie Five Pizza Co.

4447 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Asian Mint

11617 N. Central Expwy, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Start

4814 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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OverinformedVoter
OverinformedVoter

Gluten allergy is a joke.  Try being allergic to citrus & evergreen and actually eating ANYTHING...


*ss Hats don't bother putting that info on the menu.

valu2006
valu2006

Great List!  Also Matt's Rancho Martinez on Skillman has converted nearly the entire menu to gluten-free, they have dedicated fryer for chips, fantastic mexican food!

Also love GF Fried Chicken at Max's Wine Dive in Uptown, served over collard greens and mashed potatoes.

j_eagan
j_eagan

Oh, and Company Cafe on Greenville.

j_eagan
j_eagan

Jason's Deli offers gluten free menu, too.

flamencofestivaldall
flamencofestivaldall

I'm curious how you missed Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs and they are next door to the Observer building.  90% of the menu is Gluten Free and made entirely from scratch! Just saying...

vramzo
vramzo

Company Cafe should ABSOLUTELY be on this list!!

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

how in the world do you mention the cardboard pizza of Pie Five and omit the well crafted oven cooked pizza of Fireside Pies?

No mention of Company Cafe, who not only have a great menu filled with gluten free dishes but also have an extensive selection of deserts? it's the only restaurant in town that I can think of that offers multiple gluten free cakes every single day.

if you are looking for pasta Penne Pomodoro offers gluten free with a variety of sauces.

janerleblanc
janerleblanc

As the girlfriend of someone with Krohn's disease, this list is awesome. Thanks!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

If I have to hear from another person that suffers from peanut, gluten, and/or seafood allergies...............how did we ever exist prior to these maladies becoming popular cruitches?  Methinks to most people, this a just a a badge, like those Ecig people that smoke everywhere; it just screams "LOOK AT ME!". 


Look at me; I work at a job, and I don't make enough, and my wife doesn't like me, and I don't ever do anything but drink on a silly patio in Dallas......my ideal is a plastic vacation in Mexico, with everybody else that's just like me.  I ride my bike in the street to be different, and I wear full Lance Armstrong outfit, replete with one of those overtly dumb backpacks with the straw in it. 

valu2006
valu2006

@kergo1spaceship How about I eat a bunch of gluten and you can come over and clean my toilet for the next 2 weeks-then we will see if it is just a badge-go sign up for some sensitivity training!

Daniel
Daniel

@kergo1spaceship  Why are you reprinting your dating profile at City of Ate?


Also, get any nibbles? My own profile -- "Look at me; I'm a poor, smelly man who likes to roast his head all the live-long day and live beyond his means, preferably off a European duchess or some such (I'm flexible) whose intelligence is only exceeded by her breasts. Please be real clean and fancy-looking and and if you stop on the way for a 12-pack (something classy, like Coors) and a King-Size Snickers, I'll pay you back" -- has worked out pretty well overall. I got my first flirt in 18 seconds!     

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

@kergo1spaceship  I thought you were writing about me until you got past the wife not liking me part...nevermind, doesn't sound like me at all Kergs!

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