Gluten-Free Finds on the North Shore
When you have dietary restrictions, dining out can be more work than eating at home. Or, you'll discover you only have a few options to choose from, none of which are very exciting. Fortunately, many restaurants have started to cater to more diners, including those who need gluten-free options. Here are some of the restaurants around Chicago's North Shore that are serving up tasty gluten-free fare.
Please note that not all of these restaurants are a gluten-free environment. Call ahead or discuss the cooking process with your server to make sure your needs can be accommodated.
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Evanston is a dining mecca, which means it's easy to find fare for all dietary needs. For gluten-free finds, start at Ten Mile House (1700 Central St.). This restaurant serves "thoughtful comfort food and beverages," many of which can be made gluten free. Best of all, the TMH Ice Cream Float (with your choice of six beverage options) and Amanda's Chocolate Brownie are gluten-free desserts. Or, if you're in the mood for traditional Thai food, head to NaKorn (1622 Orrington Ave.). Gluten-free options here include bites like Meatballs of Chicken and Crab Cake Bite and entrees like Rainbow Trout, Pan Seared Sea Scallop, and New York Strip Steak. And don't forget about Blind Faith Cafe (525 Dempster St., Evanston), which serves "globally inspired vegetarian cuisine." There's a large selection of gluten-free options, but must-try dishes include Spicy Fried Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Fries, Yellow Coconut Curry, Thai Peanut Noodles, and Enchiladas Verdes. For a sweet treat, DB3 Donuts (1704 Central St.) offers gluten-sensitive doughnuts. Flavors change every month, but you'll find Maple Glazed and Cocoa Powdered Sugar in September.
L: NaKorn, Evanston; R: DB3 Donuts, Evanston
Everyone needs a go-to coffee shop, so make yours Hometown Coffee & Juice (700 Vernon Ave.). This neighborhood hangout offers gluten-free toast, which you can substitute in when you order one of their toasts or sandwiches. Of course, don't forget a coffee, tea, or cold pressed juice.
Don't miss out on baked goods and desserts thanks to Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery (1107 Waukegan Road). From brownies, cookies, muffins, and pastries to breads, pizza dough, and pasta, you'll find everything you need for your next celebration or family dinner — and it's all delicious! Sweet Ali's is certified gluten free, and you can also find their products at a variety of restaurants and grocery stores in the area. And if you're in the mood for sushi, visit Mozu (1669 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview), a contemporary sushi and izakaya restaurant, where the team will work with you to remove items with gluten from any entree you order.
Hometown Coffee & Juice, Glencoe
After a day of shopping, relax at Di Pescara (2124 Northbrook Court). This seafood and steak restaurant features a gluten-free menu, off of which you can order Grilled Artichoke or Classic Shrimp Cocktail to start before moving on to Broiled Whitefish, Chicken Limone, Skirt Steak, a Hamburger on a house-made gluten-free bun, and more. Gluten-free items are served with house-made gluten-free bread and sweet cream butter or olive oil and parmesan. For Italian fare, head to Francesca’s North (1145 Church St.). Their gluten-free menu features the Italian Wedge Salad, Pizza Margherita, Salmone Aqua Pazza, Pasta Al Pomodoro, and more. You can also enjoy gluten-free Italian dishes with a side of bowling and bocce at Pinstripes (1150 Willow Road). Try the Sausage & Peppers Pizza made with gluten-free pizza dough or Pomodoro or Marinara gluten-free pasta.
Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery, Glenview
At Westfield Old Orchard, you'll find delicious dining options alongside shopping destinations, including Nando's PERi-PERi Chicken and The Hampton Social. At Nando's, order PERi-PERi Wings with one of these sides: Mixed Green Side Salad, Coleslaw, Macho Peas, or Flame-Grilled Corn on the Cob. And for dessert, try the new Dole Whip. At The Hampton Social, a popular Chicago spot with East Coast vibes that opened in Skokie this year, try a gluten-free version of their handmade pizzas for an extra $2.
Di Pescara, Northbrook
City Works (365 W. Dundee Road), an "‘eatery and pour house’ style restaurant," opened this past August and is the perfect option the next time you're looking for a place to watch the game. Best of all, you won't miss out on classic game-day fare with items like Smoked Chicken Wings, City Works Burger, Smoked BBQ Ribs, and Buffalo Chicken Dip on the gluten-free menu. For Italian, Tuscany (550 S. Milwaukee Ave.) serves gluten-free starters like Caprese (tomato, Bufala mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic, and pesto), salads like Barbe Rosse (roasted red beets, hazelnuts, citrus, goat cheese, frisee, butter lettuce, and sherry vinaigrette), and gluten-free pasta for an extra $2.
Hampton Social, Skokie
L: City Works Restaurant, Wheeling; R: Tuscany, Wheeling
For your next pizza night, turn to Grateful Bites Pizza Shoppe (899 Green Bay Road). Order red pizzas like Margherita (red sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, extra virgin olive oil, and basil) or white pizzas like Arugula (oil, mozzarella, arugula, and fresh lemon juice) on a gluten-free crust (an extra $4). Or opt for an evening at Fred's Garage (574 Green Bay Road). Servers here know all the modifications needed to make any dish gluten free and are eager to help you find your perfect meal. And this restaurant has been awarded Best Outdoor Dining by the 2019 North Shore Choice Awards, so hurry in before the weather turns.
Grateful Bites Pizza Shoppe, Winnetka
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