Dining Out

GLUTEN FREE IN WISCONSIN and BEYOND!

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)

Bacchus

Belair Cantina – Tosa, Milwaukee, Downer Ave *ASK QUESTIONS — there seem to be inconsistent answers at times, always have them double check with the kitchen!

Cubanitas – downtown Milwaukee – Cuban food – SO good, have a “Celiac Friendly” menu

Hinterland – Third Ward – “American gastropub featuring seasonal plates”

Coquette Cafe – Third Ward – casual French bistro fare

Cafe Manna – Brookfield – vegetarian restaurant with options galore

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)

Stack’d Burger Bar – Water Street/Third Ward – burgers, fries, (make sure they use the GF fryer!) sandwiches, GF beer

Wolf Peach

Tess

Maggiano’s

P.F. Chang’s

Jose’s Blue Sombrero  – multiple locations – Mexican

Good Harvest Market 

Tony Maronni’s  – Sussex – pizza

Cafe Hollander (have had good luck at the Downer Ave location, not so much in Tosa, and others are saying they aren’t on top of GF at the new Mequon location)

Cafe Benelux

Balzaac

Crazy Water

Loaf & Jug

Whole Foods

Chancery

Chipotle

Sake Tumi – sushi

North Star American Bistro – Shorewood & Brookfield locations

Transfer Pizzeria – pizza, appetizers, GF beers and ciders

Lake Park Bistro

Sanford

Motor Bar and Restaurant @ Harley Davidson Museum

Branded at Iron Horse Hotel

Melting Pot – fondue!

bd’s Mongolian Grill @ Bayshore Town Center – make your own stir fry, have allergy station

Stir Crazy – Brookfield – stir fry

Marty’s Pizza – Delafield location – pizza, garlic cheese bread, salads, pasta

Glass Nickel – Brookfield – pizza

Screaming Tuna Sushi & Asian Bistro – sushi, Asian fusion dishes

Cooper’s Hawk – Brookfield – extensive menu, warm rolls!

The Rumpus Room – downtown Milwaukee

Water Buffalo – Third Ward

Smoke Shack  – Third War – BBQ

Swig – Third Ward

Sala (across from UWM) (the best minestrone around and they now have pizza!)

City Market  – Shorewood, Whitefish Bay – salads, soups

Odd Duck – Bayview – small plates, farm fresh, interesting flavor combos, amazing!

Red Robin – Brookfield – burgers & fries

Libby Montana – Mequon – pizza and other pub goodness

Delafield BrewHaus  – Delafield – brew pub food, sandwiches, pizza, homemade potato chips

Pacific Bistro – Delafield – Asian fusion dishes, curry, sushi

Zin – Delafield

Molly’s Gluten Free Bakery – dedicated gluten-free bakery with ALL the treats!

Erbert & Gerbert’s (Multiple locations throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest — REAL subs on soft hoagie-style bun! They have specific “completely gluten-free” options where they get all new ingredients, or they can do any of the sandwiches on GF bread if you aren’t concerned with CC. They have a separate area to make sandwiches with separate utensils and the bread is sealed.)

The Cheel – Thiensville – “fresh flavor altitude and farm-to-fork attitude, from the himalayas to the rockies”  (they have a shared fryer, so the fish fry or any fried items aren’t safe for celiacs)

Blooming Lotus Bakery  – east side, near Whole Foods – healthified bakery treats

Tre Rivali  – Third Ward

Bonefish Grill – Brookfield

Urban Joe Cafe – West Allis

D.A.A. Smokehouse – Mukwonago – smoked BBQ

Fork in the Road – Mukwonago – mac ‘n cheese! (and other things too) 😉

Espresso Love Coffee – Mukwonago – coffee/cafe food

Centro Cafe  – River West

Engine Company No. 3 – Walker’s Point

Alitoa’s   – fish fry!

Onesto – Third Ward – “modern fresh Italian”

Chef Paz – West Allis

Rodizio Grill – downtown Milwaukee – Brazilian Steakhouse

Beerline Cafe – downtown Milwaukee/Hot Yoga building – “vegetarian fast-casual”

Lazy Susan – Bayview

Hello Falafel – Bayview

The Fox and Hounds – Hubertus

Zesti – Hartland

Fishbones – Delafield – cajun & creole

La Reve – Wauwatosa – French cooking with local twist and WI size portions AND macarons!

Juniper 61 – Wauwatosa – “contemporary American”

Twisted Willow – Port Washington

Jalapeño Loco – near MKE airport – Mexican

Tofte’s Table – Waukesha (old Key Westconsin)

Atlas BBQ – Grafton

Wauwatiki – Wauwatosa (entire menu is GF!)

 


RESTAURANTS THAT SOME GF FRIENDS LOVE AND OTHERS HAVE GOTTEN SICK

225 So./ Mia Famiglia – Waukesha – fresh pasta, Italian goodness, tiramisu, but also have burgers and fries

Blue’s Egg – MANY recommend this, but several people have reported getting sick here

Pizza Man – some have eaten there and loved it (they use a crust with quinoa that you can purchase at Good Harvest) but a few have gotten sick

Parkside 23 – used to be a favorite but at our recent GF Get Together, several of us were served gluten and their response was horrible

 


 

RESTAURANTS WHERE GF FRIENDS HAVE BEEN GLUTENED (or just don’t get it) 

Tom + Chee – they used to have a safer protocol, but seems they are inconsistent with using it and some have now been told they can’t even do “allergy” orders when they are busy

Cafe Perrin

Il Mito

Il Mito East

Rustico Pizzeria – you can read of our horrible experience here.  (they have closed = karma) 

Pizzeria Piccola

Grill Junkies  — this used to be one of my absolute favorites, but sadly there have been way too many mistakes made lately and friends have gotten sick! 😦

Cheesecake Factory

 

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!

Jacs  – “neighborhood bistro serving classic & gluten-free French fare” – separate fryer for fries and cheese curds at the dinner hour, tasty salads, sandwiches, GF beers

The Silly Yak Bakery – – separate GF kitchen

Charlie’s On Main – Oregon, WI

Bloom Bake Shop – Middleton, WI (not dedicated, but they take gluten-free safety seriously and are opening another location on Monroe St.)

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.

Buffalo Phil’s

Moose Jaw

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.

Kate’s Amore Pizza – PIZZA!

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

Charmant Hotel

Fayze’s – perfect for breakfast, omelets & fruit

4 Sisters Wine Bar & Tapas

The Waterfront

Le Chateau

Gluten Free in Wausau

The Bar – all the bar food! pizza, wings, you name it

The Mint Cafe

Wausau Mine Co. 

Gluten Free in Door County

The Cookery

Wickman House

Whitegull Inn

Get Real Cafe

Julie’s Cafe

Chef’s Hat

Chop

Grasse’s Grill

Island Orhard Cider House and Tasting Room

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

Plae Bistro

S.A.L.T.

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

Do-Rite Donuts

Check out my friend Betsy’s list:  http://www.glutenfreebetsy.com/p/gf-chicago-restaurants.html?m=1

Gluten Free in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Pizzeria Lola

Brasa

Twin City Grill – in Mall of America – huge GF menu, warm rolls, many choices

Mill Valley Kitchen

Rincón 38

Victor’s 1959 Cafe

Hell’s Kitchen

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe 

Spoon River 

Gluten Free in Las Vegas

Veggie House

Giada  (inside the Cromwell)

Olives (Italian)

Prime Steakhouse

Carmine’s (in Caesar’s Palace)

Gluten Free in Nashville

AMOT – A Matter of Taste – although they don’t advertise as such, their entire menu is GF (I had to triple check) apple fritters, waffles & fried chicken, falafel sandwich, nachos, so much to choose from!

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!

Acme Feed and Seed

Josephine’s

The Yellow Porch

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

Boston Public Market – all kinds of fresh food finds and my favorite cookie of the trip was from Jennifer Lee’s Allergen Free Gourmet Bakery 

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.

34 thoughts on “Dining Out

  1. There’s a restaurant in Appleton called Osorio’s Latin Fusion that recently catered a party for a friend and they had 5 gluten free items at the party. When asked they said they had more items on the menu and will work with you to get you what you want.

  2. If you’re every down in the Chicago suburbs, I’d love for you to visit the Gluten Free Co-Op Bakery I am now a part of. The bakery is Sweet Natalie’s (228 S. 3rd St. Lower Level, Geneva IL 60134). My brand is Rejuveneating and my products are gluten free as well as paleo, dairy free, egg free, naturally sweet, soy free, and some vegan options. You can check out all the products at http://www.rejuveneating.com/store. 🙂

    Geneva is a beautifully charming town, enjoying a nutritious treat while strolling downtown is absolutely wonderful!

  3. Screaming Tuna. I have had great experiences here…so far. A few weeks ago we went on Monday night because they have a half off sushi menu. It’s a special menu that doesn’t have the GF items in a special color. Anyway, I told my waitress I had celiac, she went through the options with me. I ended up order kani kame, which is fake crab. In the depths of my mind I might remember that this is often not gluten free, but in 5 years I have never had it and forgot. Anyway, we went back last week and I went to order the same thing and the waitress said it is definitely NOT gluten free. She was super apologetic. I talked to the owner the following day and he said they had all had a meeting about the episode. And they were in the process of making new special menus (for sunday and monday) and were going to use the same color coding system on them. I thought their prompt action to resolve the issue was really great. He even mentioned how Celiac in the City had written them up, and they work really hard not to have issues like this. Just thought I would make everyone aware!
    Nicole

  4. Simmer Cafe at 718 N. Water St. Is delicious and VERY Gluten-friendly. Husband and wife owners, Steve and Jennifer are so kind and helpful when I eat here. Jennifer has Celiac, so she is aware of how important GF menu choices are. She bakes the GF bread! They have the most delicious soups! Also great salads and Panini’s with GF bread (I have not tried because there is not dedicated panini maker for GF bread so they have recommended not taking a chance!). Give them a try, you can feel safe and will be so happy with their food. They also have a food truck in the summer!

  5. Tried Hotel Metro recently–had a great experience and was well-taken-care-of on the GF front. I used online reservations, let them know I was gluten free AND had a coupon. They were waiting for me and my hubby with a table set up, special menus ready, and no attitude, no issues with the LivingSocial deal. I will be going back there for sure. I had the salmon and my hubby had a bleu cheese crusted filet. They had a lovely dark choco/berry torte as well. SO delicious! I want to go back and try the full menu soon. I can’t get over how many restaurants serve GF and am still grateful for the exceptional experiences.

  6. Ubeer Gastropub in St. Francis is wonderful for gluten free! We have eaten there multiple times without any problems. They have gluten free bread/bun options with no upcharge! The staff are super knowledgeable about all things gluten-free. It’s become our new favorite place.

    • This is so exciting! I’m in Bay View and always looking for good, safe places to eat nearby. Is the selection pretty good? I tried to view their website but it wasn’t working. Thanks for posting this!

      • I have to second and third Becky’s comment. Ubeer is the ONLY place I go for burger and fries gluten free. It irks me to be offered a “gluten free burger” for the same menu price WITH NO BUN OR BREAD! The burgers are fantastic, and there are multiple salads and entrees, including beer can pulled chicken…you can get a nice grilled chicken breast instead of the burger, if you want. They have good gluten free bread and a safe fryer for delicious, crispy fries. They always have at least a couple of special ciders on tap, too–like one with blue agave or a pumpkin-apple blend or one of the dry-hopped varieties I love. I’ve tried so many I’ve lost track. I get tired of the sweet-sweet ciders because I have to drink cider rather than beer and get easily over-sweetened, and I just can’t stomach Magner’s and Strongbow so much anymore. Ubeer’s manager actually gets it and orders for cider drinkers who don’t necessarily want a mouthful of sugar water. When they can get local, they do. The staff is wonderful and welcoming, and the regulars–among whom I include myself now–are lovely and learn your name. I look forward to going every week. Yep. EVERY week. You will be treated like family, and not a single server or bartender will curl their lip at your gluten free needs. It’s just too bad that it’s getting too late in the year for you to try the GF food AND sit on the patio, which looks out onto Lake Michigan just north of the condos in St. Francis. Your non-gf loves will enjoy it there, too, because of the great dishes and outstanding beer menu. I take ALL picky people to Ubeer because everyone will get delicious food and great service in a homey, beautifully traditional wooden pub atmosphere.

        PS I’m glad to have found your site and will be back to see what else is new!

  7. For the commenter above asking about Dr. Dawg I work nearby and eat there on occasion and it is an AWESOME place for people with Celiac. They are knowledgable about cc and even the cupcakes are GF! Separate fryer for fries and GF bun options for everything. Highly recommend them!

    Another place I have really been excited about lately is Ian’s pizza on North Ave. They have a GF crust that they can make with any of their regular pizza toppings (I usually get smoky the bandit). The first time I found out about the crust I asked some questions about CC and I was satisfied with the answers (however, I would always encourage someone to ask for yourself before just taking my word for it). They told me they use a clean cutter for all GF pizzas.

  8. Have you ever been to or do you know anything about Jackson Grill on the south side? It’s on Mitchell St. Ate there before being diagnosed and the food is excellent. Would like to go back.

      • I ended up going to Jackson’s Grill and had a positive experience. The waitress was knowledgable and after I asked her questions the woman at the table next to me informed me she is GF and eats there all the time. I am newer to my Celiac diagnosis so I’m still a bit sheepish at times about asking about cc issues but with the waitresses willingness to talk to the chef about anything and the women next to me being so enthusiastic I decided to not worry too much. (I know the woman may have just been GF and not Celiac, and I realize I was taking a risk, I’m still learning). I had a great experience and the food is always amazing there (used to eat there before diagnosis). I don’t feel comfortable vouching for the CC issues but I think they would be accommodating as they were very helpful with all of my questions. And the food is fabulous. It’s mostly steak and veggies. They have a few soups and salad dressings that would be a risk but the menu is pretty simple.

  9. Oooo! I see Chipotle on your list. I haven’t had it in 3 months because I’ve been nervous! Which location do you go to? Because I will be going.. 🙂 Thanks!

    • Hi Stephanie — I’ve eaten safely at the Chipotle on the east side, on Ogden I believe. And also at the one by Mayfair. I just tell them I have an “allergy” (I know, celiac isn’t an allergy, but they GET that.) 😉 and to please change their gloves and have the same person handle my order all the way through the line, rather than switching for the condiments. It has always worked well and they are happy to do it. I’ve eat at Chipotle while traveling in other states as well, both CO and AZ successfully.

  10. Has anyone tried Dr. Dawg on Port Washington Road in Glendale? I was doing some investigating since I have seminar near there next week. I called and the gal was super nice. She happily rattled off GF: Hamburger buns, hot dog buns, burgers, brats, dogs, italians, kolby beef and salami. (all sausage is homemade.) And FRIES! She said they are awesome, home made, soaked in water and deep fried in dedicated fryer. People who are GF stop in to purchase them by the ‘bag’ (yes they sell them cooked by the bag full!) I will see if they have a seperate GF menu. Made my day!

    PS Any “typo’s” I had – is just because I am so excited to have found this site. 🙂

  11. Hui’s chinese is Wauwatosa does not have a GF menu. Rose and her brother are very familiar with GF. I bring my own GF soy sauce and have never had a reaction. Chicken and shrimp is safe. Pork and beef is marinated in regular soy sauce. And nothing deep fried is safe. They have great Saturday lunch plates.

    Hui’s Cantonese & American
    (414) 475-5150
    8818 W North Ave
    Wauwatosa, WI 53226

  12. Mo’s in Tosa…has good food. Be leary of the GF menu. They’ve told me they can NOT guarantee the GF foods not getting cross contaminated. Server was nice, but, again uneducated — I can’t take the chance.

    • Mo’s didn’t make my list because of the issues with their “GF” menu. Some gluten intolerant friends eat there, but after hearing from them about their own concerns with keeping things GF, I’ve skipped it and had a cider instead. 😉

  13. Sarah – I am so happy my friends saw your great write up in the Cue Food section. I have celiac disease..Easter will be 3 yrs. your recipes and blog have given me my enthusiasm to cook back!
    You have a restaurant listed that you have NOT tried. I have, love the place and the people, but last 3 visits my GF dinner left me sick. Last lunch I ended up in the ER. Besides being sick for Christmas, having a large medical bill I’ve been torn on what to do with the restaurant…I do NOT want others to get sick.

    Hope to talk more. Thanks so much,
    Jennifer

  14. Just ate at Casa Di Gorgio in Franklin yesterday. Great pasta dish. However was not impressed with their pizza. My current favorite pizza is at Classic Slice in Bay View or Mia Famiglia

  15. Mo’s Irish Pub downtown has a gluten free menu. I am not sure about Wauwatosa, though. I am also not sure about the fryer situation, but they do have gluten free bread for burgers and sandwiches.

    El Fuego (on Layton by the airport) has a gluten free menu. They do note on their menu that their cheese is not gluten free.

    Kil@wat does not have a gluten free menu, but will work with you. Same with Ward’s House of Prime and Mason Street Grill downtown.

    • Thanks for the tips, Stacie — word of caution… Mo’s has a big disclaimer on their menu that their main ingredients listed do not contain gluten, but other ingredients may, it wasn’t enough for me to feel safe to eat there.

    • I ate at MO’s down town and loved it. no issues, friendly staff – manager came out… the whole nine yards

      Went to Tosa and not only did I get extremely sick, but they were rude and for a place that has a DEDICATED G-F menu, were EXTREMELY uneducated even the manager came up to me and rudely said what are you complaining about all our breads are gluten free, and 20 min later came back and said sorry I am from ohio where we ONLY serve gluten free breads and did not know Wisconsin does- but his TONE of sorry was condescending and he was just a plain ASS.

      • Thanks for letting me know. I have not had a problem downtown, but I haven’t eaten at the one in Tosa. Downtown has a dedicated fryer. Kil@wat now has a gluten free menu, but it’s basically taking items from their regular menu that are gluten free. They totally work with you to subsitute whatever you want. Their menu changes often enough, too, kind of like Tess.

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