GLUTEN FREE IN WISCONSIN and BEYOND!
NOTE: this page has not been updated for a long time… especially now with so many changes frequently, be sure to call ahead to make sure the places are even still open and if they still offer safe options.
Remember to ask questions and be an advocate for yourself for a safe meal! If something is fried, be sure they have a separate GF fryer. Is the kitchen knowledgeable? Stress and then stress again if you are a severely sensitive celiac like me, because GF has become so popular, there are many restaurants who say they have a GF menu, but aren’t prepared to serve those with serious, severe dietary needs. This list is a compilation of places I have personally been and places recommended by local GF friends — menus, staff, chefs all change over all the time, and as hard as I work to keep it current, ALWAYS ask questions, every single time!
Gluten Free in Milwaukee (and surrounding areas)
Wauwatiki – Wauwatosa – only dedicated GF (menu items, some bar drinks contain gluten) restaurant in the Milwaukee area
Cubanitas Cuban food, have a “Celiac Friendly” menu
Cafe Manna – Brookfield – vegetarian restaurant
Maxie’s – Milwaukee – “oysters, bbq, fresh fish”
Beans and Barley – east side, North Ave – don’t let the name fool you, they have all kinds of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. pesto eggs, toast & jam, burritos, cheesecake and other desserts, soups, salads, sandwiches. also have market in the restaurant with many GF choices.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries (multiple locations, no buns but only fries go into fryer)
Stack’d Burger Bar – Water Street/Third Ward – burgers, fries, tots, sandwiches, GF beer
Jose’s Blue Sombrero – multiple locations – Mexican *be sure to ask for corn tortillas to be warmed on clean surface!
North Star American Bistro – Shorewood & Brookfield locations
Transfer Pizzeria – pizza, appetizers, GF beers and ciders
Marty’s Pizza – Delafield location – pizza, garlic cheese bread, salads, pasta
Glass Nickel – Brookfield – pizza
Screaming Tuna Sushi & Asian Bistro – sushi, Asian fusion dishes *update: they now have a “Lil’ Tuna” location in the Mequon Public Market
Cooper’s Hawk – Brookfield – extensive menu, warm rolls!
The Rumpus Room – downtown Milwaukee (currently closed since covid)
Sala (across from UWM) (the best minestrone around!)
City Market – Shorewood, Whitefish Bay – salads, soups
Odd Duck – Bayview – small plates, farm fresh, interesting flavor combos, amazing!
Libby Montana – Mequon
Pacific Bistro – Delafield – Asian fusion dishes, curry, sushi
Zin – Delafield
Molly’s Gluten Free Bakery – dedicated gluten-free bakery with ALL the treats!
The Cheel – Thiensville – “fresh flavor altitude and farm-to-fork attitude, from the himalayas to the rockies” *unfortunately they had a horrible fire, but hoping to rebuild! (check out their Daily Taco cantina where they are still serving their GF fish fry)
Blooming Lotus Bakery – east side, near Whole Foods – healthified bakery treats
Urban Joe Cafe – West Allis
D.A.A. Smokehouse – Mukwonago – smoked BBQ, dedicated fryer, GF beers/ciders
Fork in the Road – Mukwonago
Espresso Love Coffee – Mukwonago – coffee/cafe food
Centro Cafe – River West
Onesto – Third Ward – “modern fresh Italian”
Rodizio Grill – downtown Milwaukee – Brazilian Steakhouse
Beerline Cafe – downtown Milwaukee/Hot Yoga building – “vegetarian fast-casual”
Lazy Susan – Bayview
Hello Falafel – Bayview
Fishbones – Delafield – cajun & creole
La Reve – Wauwatosa – French cooking with local twist and WI size portions AND macarons!
Twisted Willow – Port Washington
Jalapeño Loco – near MKE airport – Mexican
Tofte’s Table – Waukesha
Atlas BBQ – Grafton
MOR – dedicated GF bakery
Gluten Free in Madison, WI (and nearby)
Bunky’s Cafe – sadly they closed their restaurant biz in 2016, BUT still do catering and private events!
Charlie’s On Main – Oregon, WI (CLOSED, but check out their sister restaurant Lilliana’s)
Bloom Bake Shop – Monroe St in Madison (not dedicated, but they take gluten-free safety seriously)
Miko Poke GF and DF menu, also have Dole Whip!
Gluten Free in Wisconsin Dells
The Barn Restaurant – Baraboo (one of owners has celiac) separate fryer, most of the menu can be made GF, THREE kinds of fries, amazing! Right by Devil’s Lake. *a horrible fire took down the Barn… we are awaiting news of a rebuild hopefully!
Gluten Free in La Crosse, WI
Hackberry Bistro (above the food co-op) cute bistro, perfect for breakfast or lunch, fresh made bread for toast and sandwiches, pan potatoes, pancakes. *temporarily closed while deciding on their future plans…
Piggy’s – BBQ (we eat in the pub, not the fancy dining room, where you can order from both menus)
The Freight House – steak house
Gluten Free in Wausau
The Bar – all the bar food! pizza, wings, you name it
Gluten Free in Door County
Wild Tomato Pizza (MANY have gotten sick there)
Gluten Free in Green Bay, WI
Graystone Ale House – pizza and pub food
Hafenmeister Park – sandwiches, fries, pub food
Gluten Free in Appleton
Happy Bellies Bake Shop – dedicated, delicious bakery!
Gluten Free in Chicago area
Chicago’s Pizza (deep dish pizza)
Da Luciano – River Grove, IL – separate GF kitchen, AMAZING Italian, lasagna, pasta, chicken parm, fried mozzarella, and frozen foods you can take home. Italian cookies, Nutella filled cookies, desserts.
Weber Grill – multiple locations – extensive menu, burgers, sandwiches
Gluten Free in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Twin City Grill – in Mall of America – huge GF menu, warm rolls, many choices
Gluten Free in Las Vegas
Giada (inside the Cromwell)
Carmine’s (in Caesar’s Palace)
Gluten Free in Nashville
Mas Tacos Por Favor – little taco shack, go early, double check what’s GF, enJOY every bite!
Peg Leg Porker – amazing BBQ, we go every time we’re in Nashville
Vegan Vee – dedicated vegan and GF bakery
Wild Cow – vegan/vegetarian
Crema – coffee break!
Gluten Free in Boston
Legal Seafood – separate fryer for all things fried seafood and fries, knowledgeable staff, celiac safe protocol for handling orders and food prep
Papa Razzi – Italian – Separate menu, knowledgeable server, manager delivered food. Fried mozzarella, pasta, chicken parmesan, desserts.
Gluten Free in Washington, DC
Zaytina – small plates of BIG flavor, inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, and creative craft cocktails
La Colombe – coffee shop – get a “black & tan” latte
Rise Bakery – had some tasty treats, some a little crumbly, but a dedicated place that is 100% gluten free and also has dairy free, egg free, soy free, nut free options. They had croissants, which I wanted so badly, but they used Bob’s Red Mill oat flour and I’m avoiding any and all oat products except those grown via a purity protocol that are truly gluten-free
Olivia Macaron – I’ll take macarons over other sweet treats ANY day. These did not disappoint. Fun shopping and atmosphere in Georgetown.
Plan B Burger Bar in DC – wow. just wow. burgers & fries. amazing!
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana – came recommended by my girl Johnna as THE best margarita she had ever had. plenty of options and one heck of a margarita.