More to Say on G-F Beer…….

It’s March!  The month of St. Patrick’s celebrations! And, what is St. Patrick’s day without the opportunity to share beers with friends? And, lots of strangers too!  But, if you have CD you may be finding that all of the places you like to gather don’t have any offerings for you to enjoy.
It’s a bummer.  Plain and Simple and Irritating.  
While I was cruising information sites today in search of news on G-F beers I came across this post (link below) from GLUTENDUDE.COM that somehow I missed previously.  So, I thought I’d share it up here.

At the same time I’m asking the community of friends to our website to share where they are finding their favorite G-F beers in their neighborhood bars and restaurants so that we can create a guide list/map to assist us all in our search!

I’ll start us off with what I know….        

The Fairmount in Cleveland Hts., Cedar Hill area, offers Bard’s
Harvest Kitchen in Solon offers Bard’s and also has Glutenberg listed on their menu.
Jilly’s Music Room in Akron offers Bard’s
Skye Bistro in Mentor offers Redbridge
Lopez on Lee in Cleveland Hts. offers Green’s

Additionally, I’d like to shout out to all our readers to open a discussion with their thoughts about how we can promote more establishments to offer legitimate G-F beers to their guests.  Petitions, phone calls, personal requests when dining, letters, emails, notes left at your table???  Any others!


Cafe Avalaun – News, Notes, and Events

Looking for a Lenten Fish Fry ? You have two more opportunities to indulge in the Friday Fish Dinners –  March 17th and March 31st.

Usborne Books Story Time – Thursday, March 23

The cooking classes at Cafe Avalaun have become one of the popular offerings on the events calendar.  They sell out fast so make sure you get your reservation in if you are interested in what’s coming up…..

Anti Inflammatory – Sunday, April 9th and April 30th
Thai Favorites – Sunday, April 23th

Every week you’ll receive:
2 portions of 3 paleo style dinners based on your 3 choices. 
Typically each meal consist of a 6 ounce of locally sourced Free range/grass-fed protein and about 2 cups (approx 10 oz) of 2 sides per meal.
Some meals are more like a one pot wonder with a side salad. 

Philomena Bake Shop at Phoenix Coffee – Coventry

When your next trip to Coventry Village in Cleveland Hts. guides you to have breakfast/lunch/dinner at Tommy’s, browse books at Mac’s Backs, grab a laugh at Big Fun, check out music at Record Revolution, consignment share or get a haircut/tattoo/piercing make sure to leave yourself time for a stop at Phoenix Coffee!  The pastry case now carries baked goods from Philomena Bake Shop.

Today’s options included 3 varieties of cookies – Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Sugar, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk as well as 2 muffin options – Sweet Potato Fudge and Apple Streusel.



Minus – G Baked Goods at Starfish and Coffee – Painesville

Starfish and Coffee in Painesville, OH

coffee / tea
crystals / incense
jewelry / accessories
chill / engage

Cute little coffee shop with FLAIR!!

Offering pour over coffees, teas and packaged baked goods from Minus-G

Making Choices for Beer on a G-F Diet

“Gluten-Removed” Beer May Be Unsafe for People with Celiac Disease

{Watch the Webinar} Gluten-Free vs. Gluten-Removed Beer: A Study

Recently the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) ran a study comparing the reactions of individuals, based on Celiac Antibody results, following the consumption of gluten-reduced beers vs. gluten-free beers.

What led to this research being done is the concern that current testing methods being used by manufacturers of gluten-reduced beers are not sufficient for measuring the existence of proteins following the various processes that are being used in the manufacture of these gluten-reduced beers.

The testing results indicated the there are some reactions to gluten-reduced beers.  These reactions are as varied as the individuals included in the study. What is not certain is what triggers the reactions and so further testing will be needed to confirm the findings.

At this point the final analysis of the study was to issue a statement that gluten-removed beers may be unsafe for people with CD.

You can read the statement from GIG at the above link.

Dining Out G-F in NEO

March, 2017.

The nice weather of February was a welcome respite from our typical windy deep freeze with piles of snow and icy streets. This early ‘spring teaser’ allowed for ease of travel and increased dining out opportunities! Never one to shy away from gathering around a table with friends and family I can report that I made the best of the invites!  From breakfast to dinner and late night snacks there was much to appreciate.

I had the opportunity to dine at both locations of Original Pancake House this past month.  It is such a treat to be able to order pancakes with a bacon and eggs breakfast!  At one of the breakfasts I tried the Bacon Pancakes instead of having the bacon and eggs. They were super but I’ll confess that I missed my eggs.  For some reason I’ve missed the pancake options on the menu in earlier visits but I noted this past time that there are options for blueberry, strawberry, bacon, chocolate chip….. I asked if they would do the g-f pancakes as ‘Pigs in the Blanket’ option and was assured that they could do that as well. I didn’t have them on this visit but……… next time:)  Oh yeah, and don’t neglect to get yourself a frequent dining punch card.  I only just found out about this feature and am now one punch towards a free pancake breakfast:)

This months dining out included two visits to Skye Bistro in Mentor – MENTOR’S BEST KEPT SECRET

As is often the case for those of us needing a g-f diet the option of where to dine will often fall to us.  I was thrilled to choose Skye Bistro for its large selection of gluten-free options that accommodate a g-f diet.  The regular menu options offered in g-f preparation were varied in all categories, apps/salads/entrees/sides/and desserts! They even offer Redbridge – a Budweiser brew that is a fully g-f beer! The dining room is comfortable, the staff is skilled and attentive. On my first visit this month a family celebration brought us to dinner. I was thrilled to have the options of Crispy Calamari and Shrimp Tempura from the appetizer menu – by adding one of the entree style salads I rounded out my dinner options.  On my second visit to Skye our server was Steve, who is friendly and knowledgeable and who has been a part of the Skye staff for it’s many transformations.  I chose to start with Beet Salad with maple dijon dressing on the side. The salad was perfect! It is a large salad, as it is an entree salad, but it fit perfectly with my entree choice.  The evening of our visit the special options for the evening included Fish and Chips which were offered in a g-f option. The fish was excellent, the kettle chips crisp and perfectly salted.   My meal was accompanied by an ice cold Redbridge beer.  My fellow diner enjoyed the Seared Scallop entree with a side green beans and almonds.  We finished our meal by sharing a chocolate dessert that was just lovely!

I’ve written about Harvest Kitchen in previous posts at our site but I really cannot stress enough how much I appreciate the menu, the preparation and the service of Harvest Kitchen staff!  Truly, it is the best kept secret in Solon.  This month my husband and I celebrated our 37th Anniversary and we chose Harvest as our destination to celebrate.  I am so very grateful for the opportunity to enjoy the bountiful offerings at Harvest and include in my selections a cold Bard’s beer.  On this particular evening the kitchen was offering a range of special menu items – three of which were gluten-free including Poutine and Duck Confit.  So, what can I say, if you ever dine with me you know that I adore Poutine (which is nearly impossible to access in a g-f version in Cleveland) and I always order Duck Confit when it is available to me.  This was a dilemma easily solved – I ordered both!  My husband, who is ever so gracious when it comes to dining within the confines of my g-f diet, shared the Poutine with me as an appetizer! Solution realized – I was able to fully enjoy the Duck Confit served with brussels sprouts and an amazingly flavorful rice preparation.  Tim chose the Hangar Steak (very rare and perfectly prepared and also a g-f menu option) served with a side of asparagus.  While we were definitely full enough we decided to indulge in dessert and shared the g-f waffle with salted caramel gelato.  The entire meal was extraordinary!  Just to note: the third option for the specials selections for the evening was a Pan Seared Trout accompanied with rapini.

As I’ve mentioned before, but which is never out of date to mention, always be your own advocate in every dining out setting.  Make your needs clear and ask about anything you are not sure of!  

Let’s Cook! Lemon Curd Cake

Note from the Chef:

I’ve made this cake twice now, both times with excellent flavor.
The first time I made the cake a day ahead, cooled it and refrigerated it overnight, so when I served the cake the curd was beautifully set and the cake nice and spongelike.  
The second time I made the cake I was cleaning up the kitchen and just by habit I inverted the cake to the serving dish.  I figured it would finish cooling as it sat, plus I wanted a slice – NOW!
Ooooops!  The curd layer on top was still hot and not sufficiently set –
whoa! that was a mess.  It was still delicious – but very messy!  
So, if you want to serve this cake in slices, allow the cake its cooling time and you will be happy you did!

Lemon Curd Cake
g-f adaptation by Chef Mariann

3 large eggs, separated
1 cup whole milk
2 organic lemons
zested to yield 2 tsp.
juiced to yield 6 Tbl.
2 Tbl. butter, unsalted and melted
1/4 tsp salt
6 T g-f flour blend
1 cup sugar
Fresh berries and confectioner’s sugar to top

You will need:
6 – 6oz ramekins OR1 – 8 inch fluted cake pan – lightly buttered.
9×13 baking pan and water.

Preheat oven to 350.

Set the baking rack to the middle of the oven.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar.

Add the flour/sugar mixture to the egg mixture.

Whisk until smooth.

In the bowl of electric mixer, beat the egg whites to form soft peaks.

Spoon 1/4 of the soft egg whites to the batter and whisk to smooth.

Using a rubber spatula, add the remainder of the egg whites to the batter, folding in gently to combine.

The batter will be light and foamy and liquidy.

Gently transfer the batter to the prepared baking dishes which will be filled to the top.  

Place the baking dish into the 9×13 pan on the oven shelf and add water to the 9×13 pan.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes – cake top will be puffy and lightly golden.

When done baking remove the baking dishes to a rack to cool.

Some sinking of the cake will occur during cooling but allow the cake to cool in the pan(s).

Ramekins can be served warm, as is, from the cups topped with berries, confectioner’s sugar or whipped cream.  If baked in the fluted pan, after cooling completely, invert the pan to a serving plate and serve with choice of toppings.

This recipe has been adapted to be gluten-free by Chef Mariann.  – original recipe by Chef Jenn Segall from Once Upon a Chef.

Let’s Cook! Making Stocks

recipe by Chef Mariann

For a basic stock, you will need:

a large pot or dutch oven with a lid

water  – 12 cups/3 quarts
celery – a full head
onion  – one large or two medium
carrots – 6/8 
     other vegetable options – garlic, fennel, parsnips,                                                       leeks, shallots
fresh thyme and parsley – 6/8 stalks of each
bay leaves (2)
peppercorns (6)

To the soup pot, on low heat, add the water.

Rinse and trim all vegetables to remove any sandy parts or damaged parts…… 

Remove the bottom of the head of celery  and discard.
Trim the stalks of any damaged parts – rough chop the stalks, include the leaves and add to the pot.

Trim the tops from the carrots, discard or save for other uses – scrub them clean, rough chop the carrots, add to the pot.

Remove the skin from the onion, rough chop, add to the pot.

Add the herbs to the pot.

Cover the pot and allow the stock to simmer about an hour to an hour and a half.  Vegetables will be tender and limp when done.

When done: remove the solids from the pot.  *Strain the hot stock into separate containers to allow it to cool before storing in the fridge or freezer.  I freeze in quart size containers.  If you like you can freeze in cup size or even ice cube trays for smaller recipe uses.

*NOTE:  You should be storing the stock in the fridge within two hours of taking it off the heat.  I ladle it into separate 6 cup glass baking dishes to allow it to cool faster.  

When I want a protein based stock I will add to the pot, along with the vegetables, the remains of a couple of roasted chickens, or a ham bone, or beef soup bones that I get from the butcher and roast to use in the stock.   I save the chicken bones after roasting whole chickens and reserving the meat for other dishes.  The bones are bagged and frozen for use when I am ready to make a stock.  This recipe could use two reserved chickens or a single ham bone from a 12 lb. ham or 5-6 beef soup bones.

Increase the simmering time to 2-3 hours or more for the protein based stocks – the longer you can simmer them – some chefs simmer them for 24 plus hours – the better for flavor and nutrient values.  


Let’s Cook! Polenta Soup

Polenta Soup – 4 servings
adaptation by Chef Mariann

6 cups of your favorite stock
I used ham stock (stock recipe posted at site)
1/2 cup ground cornmeal
1 can chickpeas
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
1 head of escarole well rinsed and chopped to bite size pieces
(you can sub other favorite greens like kale or spinach)
salt and pepper to taste

In a soup pot or dutch oven, over medium heat, bring the stock to a simmer.

Sprinkle the cornmeal into the hot stock whisking to combine so that the cornmeal does not clump.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the chickpeas to the pot and gently whisk the cheese into the pot.

Add the greens to the pot (or place the greens in your serving bowl and serve hot soup over the raw greens to allow them to lightly wilt)

Simmer an additional 10 minutes to heat everything through.

Serve with your favorite g-f crackers or bread.

This recipe has been adapted from Edible Cleveland Magazine
original recipe and food styling by Melissa McClelland
Winter 2016

So Sweet! Bakery


Contact via phone – 216-513-3074

Contact via email –

Ashley writes:

We are a family inspired bakery that specializes in gluten free products that satisfy your cravings without sacrificing your health.

 Mariann writes:
I was shopping the Saturday morning Farm Market on Shaker Sq. and stepped into Dewey’s Coffee shop where I saw the ‘So Sweet!’ packaged cookies and apple walnut bread.  Both were amazing.  The staff at Dewey’s mentioned that there had been pumpkin bread but it was so good that the staff bought it all and ate it.  Good reason to get back there this weekend and see what the offerings will be…….  stay tuned:)

New Event: Cooking Classes at Cafe Avalaun!

Chef Brian writes:

Classes at Cafe Avalaun has been a dream of mine for some time. We envision all types of educational opportunities to develop. Why I want to do this is simple; build community through sharing information and ideas for the good of all. Our first class on Feb 26th is all about Anti-inflammatory dietary guidelines. A primer for this powerful lifestyle change that is easier than you think! This dietary focus was the turning point for Chef Brian and his wife Jennifer when we embarked on our journey towards better health. The other class we have on the calendar is a lecture/demo on transitioning to a Paleo style diet on 3/12. 

OH! BTW, we have a really fun kids story time in partnership with Usborne books. Registration is free and managed by Usborne. Here is the eventbrite

And here is the FB event

The Faithful Little Cupcake

Orrville, OH and Wooster, OH

email at –

Multiple Locations: Phone for all locations: 330-683-2253

116 N. Main St.
Orrville, OH  44667


135 w. Liberty St.
Wooster, OH 44691


4146 Burbank St.
Wooster, OH 44691

Custom Cakes – Cookies – Treats – Weddings – Birthdays – Celebrations

Michael Angelo’s Bakery

Broadview Heights

Michael Angelo’s Bakery
8035 Broadview Rd
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

(440) 526-0499

From the webpage:  
Saturday morning treats and a new cookie our amaretti cookie is made with almond flour, egg whites and sugar!  pictured above

Eileen writes:

Michael Angelo’s Bakery is the biggest most amazing Bakery I’ve ever seen. They even had popcorn covered in caramel and chocolate that I was able to eat. They also had the rich delicious gluten free chocolate pecan cookies that were outstanding. 

Cafe Avalaun ‘Fresh Meals’ Club

Warrensville Hts.
4640 Richmond Road
Suite 200
Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
(216) 245-6666

From Cafe Avalaun’s site:

Every week you’ll receive 2 portions of 3 paleo style dinners based on your 3 choices.
Typically each meal consist of a 6 ounce of locally sourced Free range/grass-fed protein and about 2 cups (approx 10 oz) of 2 sides per meal.
Some meals are more like a one pot wonder with a side salad.
If you’re worried that there won’t be selections you’ll like or can eat due to other restrictions we offer alternatives.
So, if you can’t eat pork then  just get another beef or chicken dish.

Mariann writes:

I round out my weekly cooking with Fresh Meals.  Order ahead for meals that are prepared and packaged with instructions on heating and serving at home.  Your order will provide you with 2 portions of three options. Orders are due by Fridays at 5:00 and ready for pickup after noon on Tuesdays. Chef Brian Doyle is now offering a monthly menu where you pick 3 of about 10 entree options.  This past week we picked up Cioppino (italian seafood stew), Roasted Chicken with roasted garlic cauliflower mashers, and Pork Chops with chili whipped sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts.  All were voted to be excellent!

NOTE:  Cafe Avalaun has a fully gluten-free kitchen – no gluten ever – where they also accommodate vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, and soy free diners.

Dining Out G-F in NEO

I cook at home every day so it’s pretty amazing how much dining out I did over the past eight weeks.  Happily most of my experiences have resulted in great meals.  There were some little glitches along the way – mostly due to my personal dining quirks but on the whole I, and the rest of my party, was pleased.

Pura Vida – Euclid Ave. Downtown CLE 

Pura Vida is a frequent ‘go to’ place when our family is in town as it provides a nice selection of options covering all dietary issues.  Our group typically includes traditional diners, gluten-free diners, vegetarian, and/or vegan – sometimes these overlap.  We like the creative menu at Pura Vida, the range of options, their care of preparation, the bar and wine menu and the dessert options.  Sadly they no longer offer a g-f beer option.  For this dining experience I enjoyed the Butternut Squash Bisque, the Simple Salad and the Braised Beef Short Rib.  Our table shared Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes both g-f options.  To finish I had the house made marshmallow gelato !

Harvest Kitchen – Solon    

There are a multitude g-f options to choose from on the ‘Winter’ Harvest Kitchen Menu. Options change with season so there is always something new and appealing being offered.  This winter I have enjoyed sharing with my table mates the Artisinal Cheese Platter (bring your own crackers), Oysters, Kale Salad, and the Hot Peppers.  My entree selections have included the Burger (minus the bun), Hangar Steak and the Grilled Rain Crow Ranch Pork Chop.  With these dishes the diner chooses two sides among the many offerings including roasted carrots or asparagus, brussels sprouts, cheddar grits, and spaghetti squash.  On one of the nights we dined the special was sauteed rapini, a favorite!

It is important to note that the kitchen preparation is traditional – not fully g-f so please be your own advocate and discuss your needs with your server.  My experience has been positive in their attention to detail.

Barroco Grill – Lakewood

This was our first time dining at Barroco.  One of our house guests found Barroco after an on-line search for Arepas.  After a call to the restaurant confirmed that gluten-free options are available we headed over to do a test run on the menu.  We were not disappointed.  Our choices included guacamole, a vegetarian version of the cheese dip, Arepas Mexicana, Arepas Burger, Vegetable filled Arepa, savory plantains and sweet plantains, yucca fries, and really great margaritas.  If I remember correctly they do not offer a true gluten-free beer on the menu.  The restaurant is pretty tiny but the back patio is enclosed and heated and we were comfortable.  The guitarist playing background music added to the festive atmosphere without being overwhelming to conversation.

Anatolia Cafe – Cleveland Hts.

Before this past December my last visit to Anatolia was about 2011.  At the time I was struggling to eat in restaurants because of my g-f requirement and while I was able to cobble together a meal at Anatolia it was not very g-f friendly or knowledgeable.  All that has changed in the past 6 years.  Anatolia was recommended to me recently by someone who was dining there, saw a the notations on the menu of g-f options and thought about my needs.  To start our party of four shared hummus, bean salad, stuffed grape leaves and olives with feta cheese.  Entrees included Lamb Adana, Stuffed Eggplant, Okra and Lamb, Stuffed Cabbage, Vegetarian Stew and Falafel.  Rice was served on the side to accompany my g-f tastings.  The consensus around the table was that each dish was wonderful.   Our server was knowledgeable and attentive.  While everyone enjoyed their cocktails I had to be satisfied with my club soda and lime since there is no g-f beer option on the menu.  The next time I dine there however I will ask them to allow me to cross the street and bring some beer from The Wine Spot.  If that is not an option, we’ll get our dinners to go and eat them at The Wine Spot so I can have my Bard’s with dinner.

The Fairmount – Cleveland Hts.

The cold Bard’s (g-f) beer offered at The Fairmount is just one of the many reasons to dine there if you have g-f dietary needs where one of those needs includes beer!  The staff is welcoming, helpful, and super friendly.  The food is amazing!  Some of my favorite menu items to start include the cast iron brussels sprouts, cheese and meat platters (bring your crackers or order an accompanying g-f flat bread), numerous options for salads (add a protein).  For entrees I like the flatiron steak (no frites – no dedicated fryer), grilled lamb lollipops, The Fairmount’s amazing burger (no bun – lettuce wrap available), tacos in corn tortilla (or lettuce wrap), and g-f flatbread options round out the menu!

Once again, as is really always the case, make yourself known to the staffer serving you so that they can address your personal needs! ADVOCATE for you:)  

Lopez on Lee – Cleveland Hts.

Ahhhhh,  Mexican!!  What can I say —- I love mexican food maybe best of all options and Lopez offers some truly amazing delectables.  You can get a frosty cold bottle of Green’s beer or a margarita to accompany your guacamole, chips, and escabeche!  Try the escabeche – ‘pickly’ vegetables – just the right amount of crispness and tartness!  Start with shrimp and grits or charred caesar salad (other salads too) and continue on with g-f options among the tacos, fajitas, or Big Plates.

Flying Fig – Ohio City, Cleveland west side

I was so excited to dine at Flying Fig.  We were meeting up with an amazing group of people we had not seen for awhile and everyone except me had been to dine there previously and loved it!  I made the reservation, inquired about g-f options and was assured that the kitchen at FF could accommodate.  It was suggested I let my server know what I was interested in having so that he could assist my choices.  Unfortunately, the server was not well informed about this before hand nor was he very knowledgeable in the needs.  As it turned out the accommodations included my being able to order a burger without a bun, a steak or the grilled salmon.   This was unexpected and disappointing but I figured it was coming from the kitchen of FF and would be one of the best of each of those options that I’d ever eat.  Well, not so much.  I chose the burger (no bun).  My burger was served on the plate with wimpy lettuce, cheese and bacon. Since I could not have fries I ordered a couple of sides that are indicated on the menu as g-f.  What was most disappointing to me was the lack of presentation to the dish.  Given the care and lovely presentations given to all the dishes presented to our table I assumed that they would at the very least attend to the dish they were serving me too. I was wrong.

Paladar – Woodmere

Paladar has been providing for the needs of g-f diners practically since opening – if not from the very beginning.  For as long as I have been choosing Paladar as an option it has never failed to provide tasty options. Service at Paladar has also always been remarkable and the atmosphere of the dining room is bustling.  There is not a beer option (not for lack of my promoting it) but I enjoy their margaritas and caipirinhas – or just club soda with lime.  Paladar has a separate menu for their g-f offerings with starters, sides, soups, salads, tacos, and entrees. You can dine at Paladar for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Happy Hour.

Because Paladar does not have a dedicated fryer the chips for the guacamole are off limits – but the veggie plate is a great option to accommodate.  

Tommy’s on Coventry

At Tommy’s the fare is hearty and healthy with just a bit of indulgence thrown in for good measure – try the unbelievably amazing fries and milkshakes.  Tommy’s offers breakfast items (til 11:00 daily, later on Sat. and Sun.)  There is a g-f bread option available for wonderful grilled cheese sandwiches and BLT’s.  The burgers are phenomenal as are the falafel.  And, did I mention the fries and the milkshakes?

At Tommy’s the kitchen takes great care in the preparation of the g-f options but it is a shared kitchen – advocate, advocate, advocate – let them know you needs. Their disclaimer does not state ‘gluten-free’ rather it reads that care is taken but that they consider their menu items to be ‘gluten sensitive’.  

Cafe Avalaun – Warrensville Hts.  

The Fresh Meals Program at Cafe Avalaun rounds out my weekly meal planning.  With Fresh Meals you order ahead for meals that are prepared and packaged with instructions on heating and serving at home.  Your order will provide you with 2 portions of three options. Orders are due by Fridays at 5:00 and ready for pickup after noon on Tuesdays. Chef Brian Doyle is now offering a monthly menu where you pick 3 of about 10 entree options.  This past week we picked up Cioppino (italian seafood stew), Roasted Chicken with roasted garlic cauliflower mashers, and Pork Chops with chili whipped sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. At Cafe Avalaun there are also Friday ‘pop-up’ dinners that are offered with a theme that varies from the typical everyday menu.  Some of the Friday options that have been offered include Burger Night, Italian Night, Chinese Night, Southern Fried Night, Pizza Night and more!!

Cafe Avalaun has a fully gluten-free kitchen – no gluten ever – where they also accommodate vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, and soy free diners.


Barocco Grill Lakewood


12906 Madison Ave.
Lakewood,  OH  44107


From Barocco’s website:

We can think of nothing better than creating fantastic and creative latin fare for you and your friends. We specialize in the art of Arepa Making.  Arepas are white hominy corn grilled pockets made in house and stuffed with a variety of ingredients you get to choose. Our Colombian inspired menu also contains a fusion of other dishes from around Latin America.





Cafe Avalaun – Holiday Baking Orders

Warrensville Hts–events/holiday-cookie-orders-2016

Holidays can be a bit stressful sometimes. Gluten-Free baking takes even more effort than standard baking. Let us do all the work and you just enjoy the sweet rewards of our delicious cookies, muffins and cakes.
Holiday cookies can be ordered any time with a 5 day lead for when you want to have them. If you’re ordering for Christmas we ask that you place your oder by 3 pm December 20, 2016 for a pick up on December 24 by 3 pm.
The assorted mini cookies by the pound are a great way to satisfy all taste preferences. Those cookies will be about half the size of our standard cookies you see in our case every day.
If you have any questions regarding these offerings feel free to email us at or call the cafe at 216-245-6666.

The Bakery at Morning Mist Farms


Message from the baker Lindsey Schrock-
I am a celiac living in the Canton/Akron area of Ohio.
I have recently partnered with a  registered dietician and created The Bakery at Morning Mist Farm, a home bakery that produces gluten free cakes for the holiday season.
All of our cakes are baked in a dedicated gluten free facility.
Please note that our bakery is pick-up only; orders can be placed online but the cakes must be picked up on our designated pick-up dates.


Philomena Bake Shop

Cleveland Area

Happy gluten-free holidays Cleveland!


Gift Bags ($40) for yourself or for your favorite GF person include:
• 1 take out box of vanilla bean marshmallows
• 1 clear gift box of five macarons
• 6 Cinnamon Sugar cookies
• 4 Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
• 1 Glittery Box of your choice of caramels: Vanilla, Chocolate, or Italian Bacon!

Free delivery for orders over $40 within Cleveland, $5 extra for Shaker/University/Cleveland Heights and Lakewood. $10 extra beyond. I’ll also be popping up at The Wine Spot on Lee Road on DECEMBER 23rd for last minute goodie shopping!

To order call Caitlin at 216-543-9769


Bouche Bakery


11823 Detroit Rd.
Lakewood, OH  44107

Dessert Shop and Bakery offering cupcakes, scones both sweet and savory, muffins, whoopie pies and bread and rolls!  All gluten-free!!

Mariann writes 11/12/2016:

On this beautiful November Saturday our drive to the west side of Cleveland took us to the Lakewood neighborhood to check out the offerings at the newly opened Bouche Bakery and their g-f baked goods!

Our samplings for today included the savory cheddar jalapeno scone (5 stars according to my husband), vanilla frosted chocolate cupcake (beyond doubt the best chocolate cupcake we have ever tried and the buttercream frosting was extraordinary) and finally we even finished a slice of an amazing cinnamon bar (basically a nice thick slice of glazed cinnamon pecan bread).  We also brought home some blueberry muffins to taste test later in the week.  


Nuevo Modern Mexican


1000 E. 9th St.   (at the 9th St. Pier)
Cleveland, OH  44114

(216) 737-1000

“Nuevo is rooted in the traditional, using several modern ingredients and techniques to create a whole new cuisine.”

From Mariann 10-16
     Offering a gluten-free menu!
     Knowledgeable Staff!
     Lots of options!

Nuevo is super busy, (reservations recommended) being right alongside the Rock Hall and the Browns Stadium, the GoodtimeIII dock and overlooking Lake Erie. Outdoor dining is available in the summer months. 






Minus G : Gluten-Free Bakery

Chardon, Farmers Markets – check website for current locations

Hand crafted baking mixes as well as baked goods (baked goods vary from market to market depending on ingredients available)

Preservative free, Allergy friendly, Whole Grains,
Surprisingly Gluten-Free

Katherine Krage is the founder and product formulator of Minus G
baking mixes.  Currently operating out of her home but seeking a commercial kitchen to accommodate her company’s expected growth.

Products currently at Shaker Farm Market on Saturday mornings at Shaker Sq. and Thurs. at Public Sq. and Sage’s Farm in Chardon.

from Mariann 10-15-16:
We sampled the sliced bread and pizza – really good stuff!
We bought and shared a Pecan Sticky Roll – super yummy!  It will be even yummier if we can be patient enough to get it home and heat it up a bit;)



Pamela’s Products

Post by Mariann:

Last week I decided to clean out my pantry – getting excited about and contemplating the upcoming baking season it was time for an inventory.  There wasn’t much in there to contemplate except for a couple of packages of things I never used last holiday season – things like corn syrup, raisins and some holiday sprinkles.

What I did have was a bag of Pamela’s Pancake and Baking Mix left from my daughter’s last visit home in June, a variety of chocolate chips – white, dark and milk, dark brown sugar and some flaked coconut left from a recent catering gig.  I also knew that I had some walnuts in the freezer from said same gig so it seemed pretty clear I should mix up some chocolate chip cookies!  Having never used the Pamela’s Baking Mix for such an endeavor and not feeling in the mood to experiment I jumped on-line to the Pamela’s site (above) to see what the options might be for pulling off a batch of cookies.  The recipe was listed under the Baking and Pancake Mix option and the cookies that came from this recipe were one of the best chocolate chip cookies we have ever made.  Full disclosure on our cookie preferences – we are crispy cookie family and these were crispy good!

I love that there are a vast number of recipes at the webpage allowing for searches by product, meals, ingredients, dietary needs, Holiday etc.  As well there are tips for baking, how-to’s, and informative videos!!   A treasure trove of options.

In the past I have used and been a fan of the All-Purpose Artisan Flour Blend and I have found it to be a great product.  My children, who enjoy pancakes and waffles love the Baking and Pancake Mix for the obvious use but also for making scones, muffins, dumplings, and biscuits.  A favorite in our house is our ‘Tailgate Biscuit’ that includes browned and crumbled Italian sausage and Fontina cheese.

There are lots of products on the market.  Many claim a one-for- one use.  I have never found one that I can use in such a fashion so unless you are interested in running test kitchen on your ingredients (which we do lots of in our kitchen but I’m a Chef so test kitchen is my daily hobby) this site is a great place to get the basic recipe and then you can modify to suit your family’s tastes. With the costs of g-f ingredients what they are this is a super helpful way to avoid waste and failed options.


King Arthur Flour and Baking Mixes

Here’s the link for King Arthur Flour and Baking Products.

from Mariann:
Some of these you can find in our local stores – Whole Foods, Heinens, Giant Eagle, Sur La Table,  etc…  BUT ….. their availability is often unreliable.

Some of the products you may need to order direct.

My experience with multiple direct orders has been positive as has my experience with using these products.

Happy Baking:)thumb

Cafe Avalaun Friday Night Specials

Warrensville Heights

4640 Richmond Road
Suite 200
Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
(216) 245-6666
If you have not had the opportunity to make it to Cafe Avalaun for the Friday Night Special Dinners you are missing the best fully g-f fare and allergen friendly fare in NEOhio!!  The spring fish fries were amazing.  Burger nights a blast. Southern Fried, oh so tasty and tantalizing,  just the right amount of spice. Everyday there are lots of great options at the Cafe for your breakfast, lunch and dinner options but the Friday Night Specials really offer the chance to sample up some really tasty treats!!

Italian Night
Friday, Dec. 16th
Preorder for pickup OR call now to make your reservations!–events/italian-night-121316
Mark your calendar and then get your reservation in!

Crooked River BBQ

East Suburban and Lake County

5100 Mayfield Rd.
Lyndhurst, OH 44124

9110 Mentor Av.
Mentor,  OH  44060

A site guest, Mitch, shares:

The manager, Joseph, was extremely nice and helpful. He brought their recipe book out and read off ingredients for the sides I was interested in. Almost everything is made fresh on site. The fries are off limits since they don’t have a dedicated fryer, but there is a nice variety of items to choose from. I tried the apple slaw and garlic mashed potatoes. Very good. The one downside was that they have only one safe sauce. They get the others ready made in bags with no ingredient labels. He said he was going to ask about that. It was an excellent meal. I am new to gluten-free dining so I might have missed asking everything I should have, but I had a good experience. We did go late and were the only diners. The manager was aware that this is serious and not just a fad so I would expect them to be helpful other times too. .



Jets Pizza

West and East Cleveland Suburbs and Multiple locations Nationally

Additional Locations Nationally

UPDATE:  3/2016
Notice from Jet Pizza – this is a NEOCN edited version of the message received……
“While we take meticulous care in creating pizza for our gluten-free guests, our kitchens are not free from cross contamination, therefore we do not recommend our pizza for consumption by individuals with Celiac Disease and we caution guests with intolerance that they ‘eat at their own risk’!

2/2016:Our guest, Michelle writes:
Jet’s Pizza in Middleburg Heights just started serving gluten free pizza last week. I had one last night and it was delicious!
They have their own pans, utensils and toppings for the gluten free pizza.
It is a must try!!


4th and Prospect

2079 E 4th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115


reservations via

Mariann writes:
A Zack Bruell restaurant specializing in Italian delectables.  No gluten-free menu but pasta menu includes a vegan dish with a corn pasta.  There are a number of pasta dishes on the menu where gluten is not present and that can have the corn pasta substituted.  Some entrees also are gluten-free or can be tweaked to make them available to a gluten- free diner.   Our table shared mussels and asparagus for appetizers – both gluten-free.  My choice of entree was a Pork Osso Buco with Poltenta – perfectly done, beautifully presented and very tasty.  The kitchen also offers a g-f bread option.


Mad Batter Bakery – Online



An online bakery in Canton, OH that is %100 gluten free.

At Mad Batter Cupcakery every ingredient that goes in to our baked goods is reviewed multiple times to ensure the safety of our customers.

Not a single product includes gluten.

From cupcakes to fully decorated cakes, we work with the customer to deliver a delicious and safe product!

Jennifer’s Way Bakery – NYC

New York City and mailorder

63 E 10th St,
New York, NY 10009
(646) 682-9501



10/2015    Our member Alexis writes:
I recently had a very positive mail-order experience on an entire metric ton of bagels (ok, I may be slightly exaggerating on the quantity.  But only slightly.).

Pizza Fire

Multiple Locations – Akron, Downtown Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls

Akron, Downtown Cleveland and Cuyahoga Falls

9-10-15  Dan shares:
Have not eaten here yet but just opened downtown is Pizza Fire.
The website says for $1 more you can get the GF crust!!
More locations opening soon in Rocky River, Strongsville and further south.

Finally got to try it out.  When you choose the gluten-free dough it comes out in a special pan.  The preparer put on new gloves when putting my toppings on.  And there also was a separate knife for cutting the pizza up.   And very delicious!!!!!!!!!

9-21-15  Diane writes:
Ate at Pizza Fire yesterday.  The pizza maker was well informed and, at my request, agreed to use fresh “from the back” ingredients for toppings.  She said the GF crust is frozen and is baked in its own pan and cut using a separate cutter.  They will take care to change gloves.  The GF crust costs an extra $1 and was a thin crust which arrived crisp from the oven.  However the toppings were wet and soon soaked in making the crust soggy. I had the Authentic Neapolitan Red Sauce and 3 veggie toppings.   I found the flavors bland, but perhaps a different choice of sauce or toppings would offer an improvement.  From order to eating was under 10 minutes.   It’s a great fast GF choice, though not the best GF pizza.

Fresco Mexican Grill and Salsa Bar

Multiple Locations/ Rocky River and Kent

19310 Detroit Rd,
Rocky River, OH 44116
(216) 795-5050

100 E Erie St Suite 112,
Kent, OH 44240
(330) 677-2588

9/2015   Our guest Kimberly shares:
Tons of gluten-free options at Fresco!

10/2015   Our guest T.J. shares:
The menu at Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar, in Kent and Rocky River, is highly devoted to guests with Celiac. They offer a complimentary salsa bar, featuring 8 daily homemade salsas, as well as rotating seasonal salsas, all of which are prepared gluten free. There are two separate fryers, one, solely dedicated to frying gluten free chips and taco shells. Over 75% of the menu has gluten free options.

Cafe Avalaun

Warrensville Heights

also locate at


4640 Richmond Rd.  (just past Emery Rd.)
Suite 200
Warrensville Heights,  OH  44128

Open 7-3 pm
Mon. thru Fri.
Also by Appointment

!!!100 % GLUTEN FREE Restaurant and Bakery!!!

Serving Breakfast, Omelets, Yogurt and Fruit, Toast, Biscuits,
English Muffins, and Assorted Pastries,
as well as both Sweet and Savory Crepes.
Beverages also served – Assorted Coffees, Teas and Hot Chocolate

J’s Pizza Market


NOTE:   J’s is a “Take and Make or Make and Take” style pizzeria

7404 Center St,
Mentor, OH 44060
(440) 974-0919

e-mail –

Our NEOCN guest Marianne L writes:
Thanks Marianne!

J’s Pizza Market in Mentor has an awesome gluten free pizza as a take and bake to avoid cross contamination.     It should be on your list.


Carrie Cerinos

North Royalton

8922 Ridge Rd,
North Royalton, OH 44133
440 237-3434


Our guest Sarah writes:   Just an FYI if you want to add it to your restaurant list,
Carrie Cerino’s Ristorante in North Royalton has a ton of gluten free options on their menu.
They mark the items that are, or can be made, Gf with an asterisk.
The food is great, too.
They just need to add more Gf dessert options – as of now, we can only get ice cream.

Longo’s Pizza – Mentor



7314 Lakeshore Blvd.
Mentor,  OH  44060


8907 Mentor Ave.
Mentor,  OH  44060

Our guest Monica writes:
Longo’s has a gluten-free menu with pasta, sandwiches, pizza and more.
Their burger’s GF bun was awesome, and their pizza is the best!
My hubby needs to eat GF, but I prefer their GF pizza to their regular stuff by far.

Also, they barely charge anything additional for ordering gluten-free. The burger was only $0.50 more for the bun, and the 12-inch gluten-free pizza is the same price as their 13-inch regular pizza.

Their GF menu includes:
Grilled Chicken Wings • Chicken Tenders • Chicken Tender Platter • Potato Skins
Salads (All dressings gluten-free) • Pizza • Burgers • All Chicken Sandwiches
Chicken Parmigiana • Chicken Florentine • Chicken Broccolini • Baked Penne
Pasta Feast • Penne Pasta with GF Meatballs • Pasta • Penne Pasta with Sausage
Penne Pasta with Mushroom Sauce • Penne Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce

Stanley Park Pavilion

Vancouver, BC Canada

Stanley’s Bar and Grille
610 Pipeline Rd
Vancouver, BC
V6G 1Z4, Canada

+1 604-602-3088

Mariann writes:  Notes on My Summer Vacation

Stanley Park is the second largest urban green space park on the North American Continent – second only to Central Park in NYC!!  It is quite lovely! 

At the Pavilion in the Rose Garden is a wonderful Bar and Grille with g-f friendly food options and a well informed staff to serve your every need:)   

We were seated on the quiet and quite lovely deck overlooking the gardens where I relished the Smoked Fresh Tomato Soup and the Poutine along with my Bard’s Beer.  The soup was hot, thick and super flavorful, the Poutine was covered in thick and aromatic mushroom gravy with chewy and salty chef-made cheese curd!  The Bard’s was Cold, Crisp and totally Craved!  Our server was a delight – friendly, attentive and knowledegable – which based on others diners experiences, as we witnessed, was typical for the venue! 

Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery

Vancouver, BC Canada

“A gluten free bakery in Vancouver BC Canada. We supply gluten free, dairy free, and vegan baked goods”

3385 Cambie St.
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W6

1 604-873-9993

Mariann shares:  Notes from My Summer Vacation

Searching for gluten-free options while in Vancouver BC led me to Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery and some of the most amazing sweet treats I have ever had in my entire life!  Often I feel cheated after visiting gluten-free bakeries since so many of the treats I sample don’t present themselves well in terms of flavor or texture BUT!!  not here!!  oh no, not at Lemonade. 

Tim and I went in a search for sweet treats for breakfast and we were not disappointed. We also could not pick so we just had to have what our hearts called out for……..  On the spot we sampled the Profiterole, Cinnamon Danish, Pear Almond Brioche, Berry Muffin, and Chocolate Croissant – while taking a bag for later of seeded breads and buns!

Everything we ate was Simply Divine with the seeded breads making our dinner at the harbor later that evening the Perfect Vacation Finale!


Edible Canada at the Market

Vancouver, BC Canada

212-1551 Johnston St.
Granville Island,  Vancouver
British Columbia. CANADA

A Note from Mariann – June 2015 – My Summer Vacation:)

In June I traveled to the Pacific Northwest, specifically Olympia WA, Puget Sound San Juan Islands, finishing up in Vancouver, BC, Canada! 

The following commentary relates to our meal at Edible Canada at the Market on Granville Island!

We had a wonderful encounter in Vancouver while visiting Granville Market.  After repeated attempts to find a place to enjoy an evening cocktail with dinner, that would allow me to partake, Tim and I wandered into the courtyard at Edible Canada.  A Bistro, Artisan Store and Canadian specialty small batch treat shop (more on that in a minute) with lots of options and accommodations available for gluten-free dining.

To start – the bar stocks a local g-f brew, the Whistler Brewery,  g-f Lager,  Forager!  A great beer.   We dined on Chorizo Chowder, Salmon, and Sturgeon,  with locally harvested fresh vegs,   Dinner was a delight!  Ambiance amazing!  and the Service was spectacular – thank you Laura! 

After dinner we sat at the bar for a coffee and hot chocolate drink while simultaneously taking side trips in the Artisan store – stocking up on handmade caramel popcorn, dark chocolate coated sponge candy, cake-in-a-jar, smoked salmon, and sea salts. 

When you have the opportunity to escape away for a break – Vancouver is an amazing place to visit- The city is full of g-f friendly options and with super informed staff.  My suggestion would be this –  if the person at the door has no clue what you are asking when making a g-f inquiry don’t go there – keep looking for options in the neighborhood or just head to the dock and take the Aquabus across the harbor to Granville Harbor for your shopping and dining pleasures.  You will not be disappointed:)


Planet Subs –

Cuyahoga Falls and Multiple Locations Nationally

2022 Portage Trail, Suite 1020
Cuyahoga Falls,  OH  44223

ALSO – MULTIPLE LOCATIONS NATIONALLY –  see planet subs web page for other locations!

****Pickup or Delivery Available*****

Stacie at Planet Subs writes:

  • We use Bona Dea gluten free bread mix.
  • We have GF exclusive knives for cutting bread.
  • All surfaces, mixing bowls, and utensils are washed and sanitized before use.
  • Regular bread and GF bread are not made at the same time.
  • All prep surfaces are washed and sanitized,hands washed and gloves changed when a GF order comes back to the kitchen.
  • Our system prompts that it is GF to change gloves.
  • We have also trained our employees to follow all GF protocol and what items we have that are not GF friendly.
  • If there are GF and regular subs in the same order they are bagged separately and the GF bag labeled.
  • Our turkey and meatballs are not GF due to binding agent but all other meats and sauces are gluten free.
  • We also carry GF chips and beer.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Multiple Locations

3011 Westgate Mall
Fairview Park,  OH

This location offers gluten-free options.
Mention your need to your server.

Multiple Locations in NEOHIO area – Other franchised locations may not offer identical options or
any g-f.  We suggest calling and asking for availability and then share with us here:)

The Fairmount

Cedar Fairmount area

2448 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland Hts.,  OH  44106

Mariann writes:
We have been spending a lot of time visiting The Fairmount since moving to Cleveland Hts.  The staff is friendly and capable.  Some are more knowledgeable than others so be your own advocate.  If you are uncertain about something ASK!!  They have offer tacos that can be made on corn tortilla or lettuce, recently added g-f flatbread to the menu and my understanding is g-f beer – hoping it is Bard’s!  They also have some hard ciders available and in cold months hot cider that is great spiked with Rum!

Chocolate Bar – Martini and Chocolate Bar

Downtown/Public Sq./4th St. District

347 Euclid Ave,
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 622-2626


David writes:
Went to The Chocolate Bar in downtown Cleveland late last year.  Good food & many GF items.  Went back May 19 this year.  NO GF soups, salads, entrees.  Only GF items creme brulee & flourless chocolate cake.  Server claimed the salads would all be GF if bread wasn’t served with them.  Sure …    (posted 5-19-15)


Melting Pot

National Chain – Multiple Locations

Mutliple Locations Nationwide
including Cleveland,  Cincinnati and Columbus in Ohio

Cleveland Location:
Legacy Village
24741 Cedar Rd.
Lyndhurst,  OH  4424

Phone:  (216) 381-2700
Fax:  216) 381-5042

In May, during Celiac Awareness Month, Melting Pot will be a participant in the National Chef to Plate program sponsored by the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Bistro 83

North Ridgeville

36033 Westminister Ave
North Ridgeville, OH 44039


440.353.2828  Reservations
440.353.2829  Catering

Update (edited) from Christine at Bistro 83 (5/16):

Bistro 83 has worked hard on its menu to provide items for our gluten-free guests.  We have may gluten free items and many items that can be made gluten free per request. We hope that you will be able to share this information on your website. Thank you


A Bistro 83 Manager Writes  (2-15):

We are always able to adjust any items on our menu to help our customers upon their request as we strive to be a place that offers healthy food, vegetarian and gluten free items.


Pizza Hut

Local and Multiple Locations Nationwide.

Check out the listing at the Pizza Hut webpage  for all the locations offering their
version of gluten-free pizza.

Multiple locations nationwide.

Pizza Hut, working with Udi’s and GIG (the Gluten Intolerance Group) is now offering a gluten free pizza in about a third of all stores. The one size, 10 inch pizza, (6 slices) is $9.99 for cheese and $10.99 for pepperoni. Check for Locations here.
The Udi’s® Certified Gluten-Free crust is stored in a separate container, on a separate shelf in their fridge. The cheese, marinara sauce and pepperoni are stored in a gluten-free designated kit, and every gluten-free pizza is freshly baked on designated parchment paper in their ovens. Other toppings can be added, but there is no guarantee about these being gluten free.

In addition to these storage techniques, team members who make your gluten-free pizza wear gloves and even use a designated gluten-free pizza cutter to cut your pizza to perfection.

Disclaimer? Yes, (as many restaurants do), Pizza Hut has this to say:

“While Pizza Hut® is proud to offer pizzas with gluten-free ingredients, Pizza Hut kitchens are not gluten-free environments. Due to the handcrafted nature of our menu items, variations in vendor-supplied ingredients, and the use of shared cooking and preparation areas, we cannot assure you that our restaurant environment or any menu item will be completely free of gluten.”

Have you tried the new Pizza Hut GF Pizza?

The Root Cafe

Lakewood Area

15118 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood,  OH  44107
e-mail –

Our guest Stacy writes:
The Root Cafe in Lakewood is one of my favorite places.
There is always a fresh selection of GF baked goods and a variety of GF choices on the menu.
The restaurant is vegetarian and features items from local farmers and cheese producers.

Beachland Ballroom

East, Collinwood area, Waterloo neighborhood.

Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44110

Mariann writes:

This Sunday Brunch rocks!  Not only is there a DJ playing from vinyl, rocking two turntables so that there is a nary a pause from the tunes but the menu just rolls from one Gluten-free delight to the next!  By the time I made the decision which of the wonders I was going to choose from I had changed my mind 6 times.  First there was the Basic Breakfast or the Latkes and Apple Sauce or Eggs Beachland (including biscuits) or Buckwheat Pancakes or Deep South Biscuits and Gravy or seriously there is Chicken and Waffles:)  and while I was hyperventilating over all of these I turned the menu over only to see the clincher – Scrapple and Eggs!!    As a former resident of Philadelphia and passionate about Scrapple, I was In Love!!  I know you will be too!  But there is still more on the menu for your eyes and your belly to delight with!  Good luck deciding.  Better yet make it a date to go back over and over!!    Beachland is not a fussy place – it is basic and unpretentious – some might say it is a bit rough around the edges.  But the food is divine and if you are not a Sunday morning diner they do dinners and lunches plus you could catch a show too!  My fellow diners included a Vegan, Vegetarian and Traditional Omnivore – we all raved about our options!

Emerald Necklace Tea House AND Bed and Breakfast

Kamm’s Corners area, Rocky River Reservation.

18840 Lorain Rd.
Fairview Park, OH 44126
NEOCN Note:  gluten-free items are prepared in a shared kitchen
Innkeeper:  Gloria Cipri-Kemer
Gloria writes:
We have a wonderful gluten free high tea for our gluten free friends.
We do need a 48 hours notice.

Deweys Pizza

Cedar Lee and Lakewood and on the road including Columbus!

Two locations locally and others on the road!
Cedar Lee
2194 Lee Rd.
Cleveland Hts., OH 44118

18516 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107

Thanks for sharing Norma, I will be in the area tomorrow and give this a try. Am looking forward to samples!

Norma writes:
Until the end of November, Dewey’s Pizza at both the Lakewood and Cedar Lee locations will be offering a GF pizza.
If there is enough interest it will be put on their menu.
The GF pizza is 12″ and is the price of the regular 11″ pizza plus $3.
My daughter and I found the thin crust very good!
I have celiac disease and she has gluten sensitivity.

Sweet Christine’s Gluten-free Bakery

Philadelphia PA- Kennett Sq. area



Mariann writes (9-14)

Sweet Christines has  g-f baked options for individuals on-line or on-site (Phila. PA); via grocery stores; food service options are also available.  See their website for the full listing of items and ordering options.

Sweet Christines g-f bakery is the bread provider for Jilly’s Music Room Restaurant in Akron, OH.

Jilly’s Music Room

Northside District, Fully Gluten-free

111 N Main Street
Northside District
Akron OH 44308
330-576-5960  (info & voicemail only)

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Jilly writes:
The menu and kitchen at Jilly’s Music Room in Akron is 100% gluten free.

Notes from Mariann (9-14):

Gluten-free beer is available at Jillys Music Room – offering Redbridge, New Planet and Omission (note -Omission is recommended for non-celiac g-f diners only – see our post on Omission)
Traditional beers are available for the friends of g-f diners:)
Specialty cocktails are also available.
Bread products are sourced from Sweet Christine’s G-F Bakery (Philadelphia, PA)
Tortilla chips are housemade.
Cornmeal crusts are used on any encrusted menu items.
No food products contain gluten – No cross contamination issues exist in the preparation of menu items.

Jilly’s brings us an update (2-15)

Jilly’s Music Room in Akron is adding two new gluten free beers this week. 
They will be in stock and ready to serve on Friday, 2/20/15.

Bard’s Gluten Free:
Dogfish Head T’weason Ale:
We also serve Redbridge and (the not quite GF) Omission Pale Ale.

A link to our beer menu and information about all of the beer that we serve can be found on our website, and here:

Provenance Restaurant

University Circle, Cleveland Museum of Art

Inside the Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Mariann writes (9/14)

Unexpectedly had the opportunity to visit the museum this Labor Day weekend and with no reservation for dinner found that their was room for a party of two at Provenance:)  Inquiries to the kitchen offered many options that could be modified in the kitchen.  This is not my favorite way to dine but I figured I would check it out and be appreciative of the opportunity to relax and have my meal prepared.  I chose to have a soup over salad – it is so rare to have the option –  going with Chilled Cucumber with Thai Chili and Creme Fraiche; super good!  Pureed cucumber with just the right bite of spice and the cool creaminess of the Creme Fraiche.   For my entree I had the Lamb dish with the lamb  cooked to perfection, still,  I was disappointed in the side dish which was supposed to be polenta but was really just corn grits – and not really good corn grits either.  One of the problems with modifications is that ingredients are subbed or completely removed with nothing added to build on the flavors.  Always a good question to ask –  the Risotto dish looked appealing and most likely would have had the depth of flavor I was seeking.  I would recommend Provenance next time you are visiting the museum but make specific inquiries on the components of the plate.

The Black Pig

Ohio City

1865 W 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Ohio City

Mariann writes (9/14):

This past week I attended a viewing of the documentary movie “Rustbelt Rebels,  vol. one – A Day in the Night”  the story of emerging Chef Michael Nowak.  Chef Nowak is the Executive and Owner of The Black Pig!  Following the viewing I had the pleasure of speaking with Chef about the ability for the kitchen to manage meals that are gluten-free,  Celiac Friendly.  He was very positive about the kitchen’s ability to provide for g-f options due to the handmade nature of his menu, his personal hands-on approach and the fact that so many of the items on the menu are already naturally gluten-free.

I have not had the pleasure to eat at The Black Pig but I will be doing so soon and sponsoring an Eat With Event for NEOCN!   Stay tuned or make your own Eat Date at The Black Pig and post your comments here:)  As always, IT IS ADVISABLE TO CALL AHEAD, make a reservation and let them know your needs:)    Happy dining!



Cleveland Hts/Cedar and Lee

2196 Lee Rd.
Cleveland Hts.,  OH  44118

Mariann writes:

Lopez has been in business for over two decades serving Latin foods with a flare.  There is a full bar, outdoor patio, valet parking, private dining area and the menu has a selection of gluten-free items along with gluten-free beer – Green’s Amber Ale!  I have been dining at Lopez for almost as long as they have been open and have always had great food and service.  There are limited number of g-f selections including shrimp and grits, carnitas tacos and black beans with ham which are my personal favorites.  There are some others items that I have not tried yet:)  Let the management know that you saw this review – thank them for carrying g-f optionss and make recommendations for additional items to carry in the future (posted 9-14)


Zagara’s Marketplace

Cleveland Heights

Zagara’s Marketplace
1940 Lee Rd.
Cleveland Hts.,  OH  44118

216 321 7917

Zagara’s Marketplace offers their gluten-free grocery options shelved throughout the store in the same areas as the traditional products. When you browse the aisles you will find the specialty items items listed with a gluten-free label.

Mariann writes 2/23/15:

In January I moved into my new home in Cleveland Hts. and went directly out to the area grocery stores in search of available gluten-free goodness!  So happy to have found Zagara’s.  They have many of the products that are staples in my pantry along with some new things for me to try.  I am learning the store layout and find it pretty easy to manage.  The arrangement at Zagara’s is for product to be comingled on the shelves with the traditional product.  The drawback of that for me is that I typically find my shopping trips are short, sweet, and swift when the majority of my products are in one place since I don’t need all the other stuff – typically I avoid interior aisles.  But I love that the store is a not superstore sized so the comingling has not really been an issue.  If you have a mixed household this is probably a good layout plan.

Bob’s Red Mill

Local Grocers and Manufacturer’s Website

Available from local grocers and direct via manufacturer’s website


Mariann writes:

The BRM line has many options for the gluten-free cook and baker including Rice flours, Tapioca, Almond, Corn, etc.

 Recently I purchased a bag of BRM corn flour. When I got it home I noticed that it did not have a gluten-free statement on the package so I contacted the company. According to their representative, BRM has two separate manufacturing facilities – one for traditional processing and another dedicated to gluten-free processing.

It is important if you are purchasing BRM that the package contain the BRM symbol for gluten-free – that symbol will only appear on packages processed in the dedicated facility – the symbol is a red circle with a chaff of wheat in the middle and a slash mark through it to indicate ‘no wheat’.  

 If there is no symbol then the grain was processed in the traditional facility and cannot be considered gluten-free.

On-line ordering

A message from the company: is a third-generation family-owned business selling more than 700 GFCO Certified Gluten-Free snacks, and cooking & baking supplies. also regularly work with registered dietitians to develop gluten-free recipes which are available at the website. gluten-free production line is separated from the rest of the warehouse by walls.   Product is also processed in small batches by hand further reducing the risk of airborne contamination.

Mariann writes:

When I was in culinary school (2010) was one of the few sites I could get product for modifications to my culinary and baking recipes to create gluten-free options.  The products were great and the company has come a long way to understanding and making considerations for the needs of Celiac guests!


Little Italy

2198 Murray Hill Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106

(216) 721-0300

Mariann writes:

Super beautiful Saturday evening in Cleveland, The Summer Solstice.   Heading to the Cleveland Museum of Art Solstice Celebration we stopped first for dinner at Michelangelo’s in Little Italy.  While I was not sure what to expect since I will typically call ahead and find out the details of their gluten-free awareness I was pleasantly surprised to find that they are very accommodating.  Our server explained that they have gluten-free pasta and lots of sauces to have with it but since I do not typically eat pasta I was more interested in the Entree Offerings.  I was not disappointed.  The gluten-free options offered included two fish items, duck and tenderloin.   The evenings specials included a Mushroom Risotto and a Cioppino – both of which might have appealed to me but which I forgot to inquire about – next time!  Our server recommended either the Duck or the Tenderloin coupled with a risotto on the side and I opted for the duck!  It was perfectly prepared and totally yummy!  She also recommended the Arneis wine which was amazing and which I had never had before.  The restaurant was packed – including a huge private party in one of the dining rooms so service was a bit bogged down but our server was attentive and gracious and extremely helpful.    (6/14)

Chill Pop Shop

Local NEO area Farm Markets, Festivals and Events

also available for catered events

from the Chill Pop Shop facebook page:
Cleveland’s handmade artisan ice pops…totally fresh and naturally cool
Email us anytime at
Mariann writes:
Some of the ice pop flavors include Watermelon Lime, Sea Salt Strawberry Cream, Lemon Ricotta, and Cucumber Kiwi!  All are made single batch – using fresh, locally sourced farm market fruits (when available), organic cane sugar, and farm market creams and milks!  To date, all items are gluten-free, some are vegan, and many new flavors are being created.


Fears’ Confections

Cleveland/Collinwood Area

818  E 185th St.
Cleveland,  OH  44119



Mariann writes:

Cassandra Fears whips up lovely caramels, marshmallows, sponges and truffles in her kitchen then hand dips them one at a time for sweetly exquisite treats!  The chocolate she uses in the manufacture of her candies is gluten-free and the above items listed include only pure sugars, creams, and flavorings.

Note to the wary!  Cassandra does produce – in the same kitchen – brownies and other baked goods that are not gluten-free so (currently) this is a shared equipment facility. 

Crosswinds Grille


The Lakehouse Inn and Winery

5653 Lake Road East
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041


Mariann writes:

Dinner at the Crosswinds Grille was a delight!  There are number of items on the menu indicated as gluten-free options including the Duck entree that was divine.   The property sits right on the lake in Geneva with amazing views and outdoor seating for enjoying your wine.  Dinners are not served outdoors as of yet.  If you are looking for a perfect stay-cation this is a great choice as they have the bed and breakfast, spa, winery and restaurant all within walking distance of Geneva on the Lake including the Geneva Lodge!  (6/14)



The Bertram Inn Hotel

600 N. Aurora Rd.
Aurora, OH 44202


Mariann writes:

Paws is the casual dining option at the Bertram Inn Hotel.  I recently attended an event in the private party seating area of the restaurant where I was offered a specially printed gluten-free menu for the event guests.  I had the shrimp and grits and the ribs with slaw – both appetizers but substantial enough for a meal.   Paws has a nice cocktail lounge with a cozy dining room.  Through the glass doors – the upscale dining room, Leopard Restaurant.  While I have not eaten yet at Leopard the menu posted on-line states the kitchens willingness to accommodate all dietary requests.  (6/14)



17100 Royalton Rd.  #11
Strongsville,  OH  44136

Pamela shares her experience:

Menu?  No

What did you order?
Salads, Steaks, Chicken

Was the server knowledgeable?

I dine at Trivs 2-3 times a month without incidence.  The staff is great about asking the kitchen any questions I need answered.  They are also great about changing the dishes (sauces, sides) to make it gluten-free.  They just switched the menu for the summer and I’m not as familiar with it yet, but I’m sure there will be a few items that I’ll be able to order with adjustments since they’re amazingly accommodating.


Multiple Locations


J Bella
12201 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44136

Bucci’s Brick Oven Pizza
13373 Smith Road
Middleburg Hts, Ohio 44130

Bucci’s at the Crowne Plaza
7230 Engle Road
Middleburg Hts, Ohio 44130

Bucci’s Rocky River
19373 Hilliard Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Thank you Pamela for your valuable comments:

Restaurants that I’ve dined at regularly without incidence but do not have a gluten-free menu.

What did you order?
salads, steaks, gf pasta

Was server knowledgeable?
Mostly – if not, they checked with the kitchen

When did you dine?
Mostly weekends, some weeknights.  I would recommend the two Bucci’s (J Bella and Crowne Plaza) because I’ve eaten at both several times without incidence. I dine at J Bellas 2-3 times a month and notice the staff is g-f aware.  They offer gf penne pasta, steaks and salads.

Crowne Plaza staff is not as gf aware but they are very nice about finding out the answers to your questions.  Not sure if they offer gf pasta but they do offer some of the same salads and steaks as J Bella.