By Mike Walters
For those confronted with the need for a gluten-free diet, the food scene in Chicago can be more than a little intimidating. From classic Mom and Pop sandwich shops to gourmet dining experiences, it can seem impossible to find places where you can eat worry-free. Whether you are traveling through Chicago for a short while or you are a resident looking for a few favorite spots to dine out, there are several establishments that cater to the celiac-challenged.
Specialty Shops and Cafe’s
Rose’s Bakery, located at 2901 Central St. in Evanston, is an established bakery and cafe serving up some of the city’s finest gluten-free baked goods and meals. Some of the highlights include fresh breads, brownies, cookies, cakes and pizza crusts made with the best gluten-free flour. Savor tasty treats like tea breads and muffins, all made fresh daily by dedicated bakers.
Grind on Lincoln Square is a favorite coffee shop for Chicago locals. In addition to free Wi-Fi and a casual laid-back atmosphere, Grind Cafe offers gluten-free breakfasts and lunches, plus baked goods to complement their gourmet coffee selections. So, grab your favorite book and head downtown for some downtime, any time.
For a stress-free grocery shopping experience, nothing beats a trip to Whole Foods in Chicago. There are 3 locations to serve you, which make it more convenient for grabbing gluten-free meals on the go. Check out their full line of gluten-free grocery items, such as pastas and dinners. Their fresh salad and soup bar makes for a great lunch. Or choose some of their freshly baked, gluten-free breads, pastries and rolls anytime.
Looking for a delicious, gluten-free hamburger experience? Then you won’t want to miss a visit to Wildfire Restaurant, which offers a tasty gluten-free burger on a gluten-free bun, complete with a side of the best scalloped potatoes this side of the Mississippi. They even offer mouth-watering steaks and seafood. You will want to save room for their yummy gluten-free chocolate cake.
The Berghoff, located on17 West Adams, is a Chicago classic restaurant, with all the fun you would expect in the windy city. The best part is that they offer custom gluten-free menu items to suit any taste. If you are planning an event in Chicago, they even handle the catering with freshly prepared meals that are perfect for gluten-free dieters.
In the mood for some real Chicago-style pizza? Lou Malnati’s has some of the best deep dish, gluten-free pizza available, and at a reasonable price too! Take it home for watching the Bears game with friends, or dine in one of their multiple locations around Chicago for a fun family night.
Whenever you decide to visit Chicago, be sure to head for these gluten-free hot spots for some good food and atmosphere like none other. You’ll find the food and company to be just what you need for a relaxing experience anytime you stop by the cafes, stores, and restaurants in Chicago.
About the Author: When Mike Walters isn’t busy reviewing the best in class corporate wellness plans around the country, he is fully immersed in the blogosphere covering a wide range of health and fitness related topics.