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)
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
Jose’s Blue Sombrero – multiple locations – Mexican
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)
Sake Tumi – sushi
North Star American Bistro – Shorewood & Brookfield locations
Transfer Pizzeria – pizza, appetizers, GF beers and ciders
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
Il Mito East
Rustico Pizzeria – you can read of our horrible experience here. (they have closed = karma)
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! 😦
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.
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
Fayze’s – perfect for breakfast, omelets & fruit
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
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
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
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!
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.