12 Best Gluten-Free Restaurants in Phoenix 2018

12 Best Gluten-Free Restaurants in Phoenix 2018

Best Gluten-Free Restaurants Phoenix 2018

Phoenix is best known for perpetual sunshine, desert horizons, and some of the best southwestern-inspired cuisine in the U.S. While spending your days by the pool, on the golf course, hiking the mountains, or indoor conferencing, you’ll no doubt build up an appetite for delicious gluten-free eats. Stop into these places to curb your gf cravings and hunger. These are the best dedicated gluten-free and gluten-free friendly restaurants Phoenix (Glendale & Scottsdale too) has to offer.

Best Dedicated Gluten-Free

100% dedicated gluten-free restaurants in Phoenix. Considered the gold standard for diners with Celiac Disease.

Jewel’s Bakery & Cafe

Jewel’s Bakery & Cafe offers the best of American comfort food, 100% gluten-free. Owner Julie Moreno knows just how important it is to serve safe meals that taste delicious after her daughter, Sophia, developed severe allergies to gluten and other allergens. Now, using fresh, organic and local ingredients, Jewel’s homemade family recipes are sure to please celiac and gluten-sensitive diners alike.

Jewel’s Bakery | Facebook

Enjoy some of the classics for breakfast and brunch like warm cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy, or eggs with a side of bacon or sausage.  Want to make it interesting and extra delicious? Go with the regular or hot chicken and waffles with buttermilk syrup.

Jewel’s Bakery | Facebook

Other favorites include the maple bacon French toast or lemon raspberry pancakes with ricotta, fresh raspberries, and powdered sugar.

Jewel’s Bakery | Facebook

Cinnamon rolls and cheese danishes are a hit!

Jewel’s Bakery | Facebook

For lunch, pick from sandwiches, burgers, tacos, bowls, salads, and mac n’ cheese. How about a BBQ brisket sandwich with collard greens and potato salad?!

Also accommodates: dairy-free, vegan

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Gluten Free Creations Bakery

Gluten Free Creations | Facebook

As the name implies, 100% gluten-free goodness is what you’ll find at this dedicated gluten-free and allergen-friendly bakery in both Phoenix and Scottsdale. What kind of creations can you expect from breakfast through lunch? Take a look.

Gluten Free Creations | Facebook

For breakfast, an array of scones, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, donuts, and dairy-free muffins await you. Yummy breads, buttermilk biscuits, and English muffins, as well as a variety of bagels like cinnamon raisin and jalapeno cheese.

Gluten Free Creations | Facebook

If there’s still room, be sure to grab a brownie, a slice of pie, and a few of the many cookie flavors like peanut butter, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, or any of the other delicious creations.

Also accommodates: corn-free, egg-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, yeast-free, grain-free

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Best Gluten-Free Friendly

Not dedicated gluten-free restaurants but have taken steps to ensure a safer gluten-free dining experience.

Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen

Picazzo’s | Facebook

In the mood for health-centric Italian cuisine made with clean ingredients and big flavors? Picazzo’s has what you’re looking for. This casual dine in Italian Kitchen takes a fusion approach to modern-Italian cuisine that sprinkles in the bold flavors of Asian, Mediterranean and Mexican ingredients, into a menu of salads, entrees, pasta and pizza. The best part…nearly everything on the menu is either gluten-free or can be prepared to be so. Though not a dedicated gf facility, the staff, food, and options are as good as they come for gluten-free friendly restaurants.

Picazzo’s | @katherineparskephotography

Start off the meal with baked brie and housemade gf focaccia (tapioca and rice flour), hot artichoke spinach dip, or gf avocado toast. Plenty of soups and small plates and fresh, organic salads.

Picazzo’s | Facebook

Certified gluten-free pasta or zucchini noodles are used in dishes like chicken picata, bigoli and meatballs, pesto ravioli, and Bolognese. Chicken and eggplant parm are also popular.

Picazzo’s | Facebook

Gluten-free pizza is a key feature on the menu and is actually baked in dedicated gluten-free stone deck ovens to ensure no cross-contamination takes place.

Picazzo’s | Facebook

Try one of the hot or chilled quinoa bowls like the spicy thai peanut or the buddha with avocado, sliced almonds, creamy feta, and succulent sautéed shrimp.

Picazzo’s | Facebook

Finish off the meal with one of the many gf dessert options like tiramisu, New York style cheesecake, or the ultimate brownie served with vanilla bean or coconut ice cream and organic chocolate, raspberry or salted caramel sauce. Delicious!

Also accommodates: vegan, vegetarian

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My Gal Sal Bakery and Catering

Looking for a bakery café that offers not only delicious gluten-free baked goods but also breakfast and lunch sandwiches, gf breakfast burritos, soups, and salads? In north Phoenix, My Gal Sal Bakery is the place to go. Though not a dedicated gluten-free facility, all gluten-free items are “prepped in a separate room and baked in a designated oven to avoid cross contamination.” The staff are warm and welcoming and are always willing to help you find and create the perfect, safe, gluten-free meal.

Here’s a sampling of what customers really enjoy: breakfast burritos with homemade gf tortillas, chicken paninis, club sandwiches, and sinfully delicious pastries.

My Gal Sal | Facebook

Get one of the fresh gf cinnamon rolls right out of the oven!

My Gal Sal | Facebook

If you’re craving yummy gf donuts (fried) be sure to call ahead if you need orders of 2 or more AND if you need them dairy free.

My Gal Sal | Facebook

The gluten-free vegan cake is moist, sold by the slice, and comes in lemon, white, chocolate and chocolate coffee.

My Gal Sal | Facebook

Eclairs are out of this world and a must try.

My Gal Sal | Facebook

Gluten free tres leches cake in a mason jar is a treat for the road.

Whatever you choose, you’re in for a real treat and a satisfying gluten-free meal. Enjoy!

Also accommodates: dairy-free, most allergies

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Beckett’s Table

Beckett’s Table | Facebook

For sophisticated comfort food, warm hospitality, a hand-picked wine selection, and a menu with most options gluten-free, gather round at Beckett’s Table. In the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, one of the Valley’s most talented and creative chefs, Justin Beckett, serves up signature dishes and local flavors with unique twists. For social hours and dinner, here’s an idea of the kind of gluten-free cuisine you can expect:

Beckett’s Table | Facebook

Appetizers likes duck confit and poached pear, crow’s dairy feta, and roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, apples, shallots, and lemon vinaigrette. You’ll also have plenty of fresh salad options too. For the main course, how about one of these gluten-free dishes:

Beckett’s Table | Facebook

Tenderbelly pork chop with summer succotash, squash, black eyed peas, corn, peppers, baby chard, and tomatillo salsa verde.

Beckett’s Table | Facebook

Pan seared scallops with green beans, potato, spinach, chorizo, almond, and creme fraiche.

Beckett’s Table | Facebook

Shrimp, sausage, and super creamy local grits with smoked onions, braised greens, and mustard tomato jus.

Beckett’s Table | Facebook

Top it all off with a slice of chocolate dipped bacon s’mores, vanilla bean crème brulee, or chocolate flourless cake with coffee butterscotch sauce and whipped cream (if there was a mic to drop, it would have been dropped). Beckett’s Table is no doubt a cornerstone of the Phoenix culinary scene. Fortunately for us, they know how to take care of the gluten-free community.

Also accommodates: vegan

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Flower Child

At its multiple locations around phoenix, Flower Child serves up farm-fresh, healthy fast-casual with plenty of gf options. Here you’ll find veggie-forward dishes (with meat and fish options) that will no doubt nourish the mind, body and soul.

Flower Child | Facebook

Some of the popular gluten-free salads include the Mediterranean quinoa salad with cauliflower, cucumber, tomato, sweet pepper, pistachio, feta, and harissa yogurt.

Flower Child | Facebook

Or the Vietnamese crunch with quinoa, tomato, bell pepper, pineapple, avocado, cashew, herbs, and a spicy lemongrass vinaigrette.

Flower Child | Facebook

Get a plate of sautéed spinach, smashed potatoes, gluten-free mac n cheese, or Indian spiced cauliflower with turmeric, date, and almond. Bowls like the Thai cashew quinoa, vegan poke, and madras curry are also popular choices.

Flower Child | Facebook

Close out your meal with gluten-free cookies, brownies, or muffins!

Also accommodates: dairy-free, paleo, sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian

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True Food Kitchen

What happens when you bring together integrative medicine expert, Dr. Andrew Weil, and award-winning chef, Sam Fox, to create a restaurant for foodies with an anti-inflammatory focus? True Food Kitchen. That’s what. This seasonal kitchen and scratch bar offers a variety of clearly marked gluten-free options for brunch, lunch, and dinner using real food ingredients that change with the season.

True Food Kitchen | Official

With so many gluten-free dishes on this flavor-forward menu, you may be wondering where to start. True Food’s management says the inside out quinoa burger is one of its most popular creations. Quinoa is shaped into two patties and filled with a blend of hummus, tzatziki, tomato, butter lettuce, cucumber, red onion, avocado, and feta.

True Food Kitchen | Official

Grilled fish or steak tacos are another favorite served on organic corn tortillas with smashed avocado, pico de gallo and cotija cheese.

True Food Kitchen | Official

Customers also love the gluten-free spaghetti squash casserole—a delicious blend of roasted spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, zucchini and caramelized onions baked in a casserole dish with fresh mozzarella, garnished with herb mix and grana padano cheese.

True Food Kitchen was founded on the basic principle that food should make you feel better—not  worse. And you shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste to live a healthier lifestyle. No doubt they’ve achieved that with their gf options. Find True Food at its multiple locations around Phoenix.

Also accommodates: vegan, vegetarian, paleo, dairy-free, whole-30

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U.S. Egg

Rise and shine then stay for gluten-free breakfast and lunch options at U.S. Egg. No surprise that plenty of egg and omelette dishes are available for breakfast on a separate gluten-free menu. If you want to venture beyond just eggs, you absolutely can and should.

U.S. Egg | Facebook

Go with the traditional eggs benedict with honey cured ham, hash browns, and gf toast or the spinach florentine with gf hollandaise. Not feeling eggs for breakfast? Not a problem. Try one of the options below:

U.S. Egg | Facebook

The bay area gf french toast topped with sliced bananas and strawberries! One bite of this scrumptious dish and you’ll be one happy camper.

U.S. Egg | Facebook

The stars and stripes gf waffle topped with blueberries, strawberry sauce, and whipped cream.

U.S. Egg | Facebook

Head there for lunch and you’ll find a menu with a nice selection of tasty gluten-free sandwiches and burgers served on gf toast, salads, and bottled gluten-free beer and cider.

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Chelsea’s Kitchen

At its locations in both Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (OBK-Terminal 4 Level 3) and in Paradise Valley, Chelsea’s Kitchen serves up American comfort fare with plenty of gluten-free options. Stop in for lunch through dinner on weekdays and brunch through dinner on weekends. Gf options on the menu are clearly marked and indicate that an item is either gluten-free or can be prepared to be so. Staff is knowledgeable and take great care to ensure a positive dining experience. Here are a few of the gluten-free customer favorites you can expect to enjoy:

Chelsea’s Kitchen | Facebook

“Real” gf cornbread with green chiles made in house. Deviled eggs. Plenty of burgers and sandwiches like the Howie burger with havarti and red onions or the grilled salmon sandwich. While they don’t offer gluten-free buns, you can have your burgers wrapped in lettuce. The shredded kale and quinoa salad is another favorite with sunflower seeds, grapes, and parmesan. Be sure to get a side of fresh made French fries prepared in a dedicated gf fryer.

Chelsea’s Kitchen | Facebook

The most popular dish by far—the braised short rib tacos on homemade corn tortillas served with guacamole and pico de gallo. Close out the meal with a few scoops of gluten-free gelato.

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Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar

In the mood for delicious gf burgers, fries, and wine in a modern and fun atmosphere. If so, head to one of Zinburger’s multiple locations around Phoenix for a mouthwatering selection of gourmet burgers, salads and sides, and a carefully crafted selection of wine.

The staff here are knowledgeable and accommodating to the needs of celiacs and gluten-sensitive patrons. On most burgers, Udi’s gluten-free buns are available and all gf fries are prepared in a dedicated gf fryer.

Zinburger | Facebook

Who says you can’t eat healthy and indulge at the same? Try the farm salad with red quinoa, roasted corn, avocado, feta, and fresh veggies and a side of gf fries.

Zinburger | Facebook

Or try one of the beautiful burgers like the wagyu burger with cheddar and mushrooms, the samburger with applewood smoked bacon, or a grilled chicken on a gluten-free bun.

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Grabbagreen

Grabbagreen | Facebook

If you’re in downtown Phoenix and looking for healthy food fast with plenty of gluten-free veggie and protein options, Grabbagreen is a great choice. Breakfast through dinner you can enjoy simple, fresh, farm to table eats in bowls, wraps, soups, smoothies and more. Though not dedicated gluten-free, the only items on the menu that aren’t gf are some of the chips and the tortilla wraps. To prevent cross-contamination with the tortilla wraps, team members will change their gloves and prepare tortillas on a piece of foil so as not to contaminate other surfaces. Here’s an idea of what you can expect at Grabbagreen:

Grabbagreen | Facebook

The fab and fruity smoothie with a blend of agave, banana, mango, strawberry, and coconut water.

Grabbagreen | Facebook

The Patagonia bowl with steak, black beans, corn, red onions, red pepper, served on quinoa or spring mix, and topped off with an awesome Chimichurri sauce.

Grabbagreen | Facebook

Creamy Morrocan mac and cheese with chicken, parsley, cheddar jack, feta, quinoa noodles, and harissa sauce.

Also accommodates: dairy-free, vegan, most allergies

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Blazin’ Mongolian BBQ

Blazin’ Mongolian BBQ | Facebook

Mongolian BBQ probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think delicious gluten-free eats…But it can be now! Just outside the metro center near Glendale, you’ll find Blazin’ Mongolian BBQ—healthy, made-to-order Mongolian stir-fries in a casual atmosphere.

Blazin’ Mongolian BBQ | Facebook

Build your own bowl by choosing your meats, fresh cut veggies, gf sauces (gf soy, garlic, lemon, ginger and sweet & sour). Choose rice or gf rice noodles cooked in separate water as your base. Then watch it stir-fried on one of two separate grills right in front of you. Be sure to mention to the cashier that you have gluten-sensitivity, and they’ll inform the chef to clean one of the grills before preparing your meal.

Also accommodates: dairy-free

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2018-06-22T12:48:39+00:00 4 Comments

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We're on a mission to improve the lives of the millions of people living with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity through food, travel, and well-being. We're laying the foundation for what we hope will one day be the world's most trusted gluten-free brand with products and services specifically catering to celiacs and the gluten intolerant. We hope you’ll join us on the journey.   – Kevin, Celiac & Founder of Me & Gfree

4 Comments

  1. Erica June 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    If I were a celiac living in Phoenix, which I am, I would only stick to the dedicated joints, the bakeries that have a separate prep and bake area, and the Fox Restaurant Concept restaurants that are trained. While many restaurants in Phoenix offer GF, not many of them really understand the prep that goes into a safe place. Separate pots pans skillets utensils and a separate toaster and waffle iron that is dedicated! I hope all restaurants on here have been vetted and they understand that.

    • Kevin Ellis
      Kevin Ellis June 22, 2018 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Great insight, Erica! Thanks for sharing. We always break out the dedicated gluten-free and gluten-free friendly to make it easier for celiacs. Even under gluten-free friendly we try to share what processes the restaurants have in place to prevent cross-contamination. Since our readers are both Celiac and gluten sensitive it’s always great to hear additional input.

  2. Erica June 22, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    PIcazzo’s is great! Most of the menu is already gluten-free and they can make a gluten-free or a gluten-free and vegan pizza for you. Just make sure to tell them that you’re celiac, and confirm when picking up the pizza (or getting it delivered to your table) that it’s gluten-free. Great, safe place that has been Nima Sensor tested!

    • Kevin Ellis
      Kevin Ellis June 22, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      That’s great! Picazzo’s is actually going to be serving its pizzas at the upcoming GFAF Expo in Glendale, so that will be great for celiac and gluten sensitive patrons to try if they can’t make it out to their locations.

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