56 Kitchen


33587 Aurora Rd, Solon, Ohio 44139

56 Kitchen is a storefront next to Planet Fitness in the Solon Square shopping center.

But when you walk through the door you are in a slice of gluten free heaven. Lots of choices on the menu. Both the greeter and the server agreed that the kitchen was well aware of requirements of making sure gluten free food is served gluten free.

The friendly server shared that Udi’s crusts are used for gluten free pizzas. And the fryers are dedicated gluten free – for all fried foods. And the flourless chocolate cake is always available.

I had a hard time making a choice but settled on the “Grilled Oyster Steak Sandwich” and substituted the available Masa Waffle (add $2) for the bread. Served open faced it was oh so tasty. The waffle was a thoughtful and delicious gluten free base. Highly recommend the fries. I chose well.

Other food, enjoyed by gluten eating diners, looked and smelled great. All were happy with their choices and readily agreed to return with me so I can give other menu items a try.

Club Isabella

Little Italy, University Circle/Uptown Area


2175 Cornell Rd
in Little Italy at the corner of Random Rd. and Cornell Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

 Club Isabella does not have a dedicated gluten-free menu however meals are made to order and many menu items can be modified to accommodate the g-f diner.
The dining room at Club Isabella is quite lovely making this a very nice option for an evening of Fine Dining.  The restaurant is conveniently located for dinner before Cleveland Orchestra events or to complement a trip to any of the University Circle museums including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Botanical Gardens, and the Cleveland Historical Society!



Starbucks has introduced a Gluten-Free Smoked Canadian Bacon & Egg hot breakfast sandwich.

From Starbucks’ website:

At last, a breakfast sandwich for our gluten-free friends. Tasty cherrywood-smoked Canadian bacon, an egg patty and reduced-fat white cheddar on a gluten free roll. It’s all prepared in a certified gluten-free environment and sealed for your safety. We then warm and serve it in its own oven-safe parchment bag to avoid any cross-contamination.

Starbucks has been increasing the number of gluten free offerings. Since the introduction of the Marshmallow Dream Bar Starbucks has been adding additional certified gluten free packaged snacks. You can find a range of chips, cookies, jerkies, yogurt and bananas. But it is only now that you can get a sandwich.

The GF roll stood up well to the heating and eating without crumbling, even having a slight chew. The filling is comfort food: soft and a bit salty.

The Starbucks workers at one location opened the package before heating. Do make sure that the item you receive has remained sealed in its package.

It’s nice to know I can find a meal while traveling thanks to the ubiquity of Starbucks.

As always, Starbucks says:

We cannot guarantee that any of our products are free from allergens (including dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts, wheat and others) as we use shared equipment to store, prepare and serve them.

Mia Bella Little Italy

East, Little Italy, University Circle


12200 Mayfield Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106

Mariann writes:

Mia Bella – Little Italy, located at the corner of Murray Hill Rd. and Mayfield Rd., has much to offer the g-f diner.  In every section of the menu – Soups, Salads, Appetizers, Pizzas, Entrees and Sides there are items to choose.

Our party of 6 had a reservation this past Saturday evening and we were happy that we reserved in advance.  The dining room is small and super busy, but we were impressed that they are sufficiently staffed to make it all happen.  

Reservations are most highly recommended!!

We chose salads to start our meal off.  The selections at our table included Roasted Beet Salad, Caesar Salad, and Albanian Chopped Salad.  All  were freshly prepared with nice crisp vegetables and great dressings.  The entrees chosen by our party included Seafood Risotto (the scampi were huge), Cheese Tortellini (pictured here)
Cheese Ravioli with Artichoke Hearts, and Mushroom Risotto.  

My fellow diners declared each and every dish to be wonderful!

For the g-f diner Mia Bella offers a g-f pasta with most pasta dishes able to be modified to accommodate.  According to the on-line menu there is also the option for g-f pizza although I did not notice this while in the restaurant so will need to go back and do some investigating on that. The Risotto dishes are g-f – the seafood option has a red sauce and the mushroom option has a white sauce.  G-F Entree options include Lamb Chops, Ribeye Steak and Scallops.  To finish the meal my fellow diners chose Espresso’s or digestive liqueurs – me – I chose the Spumoni Gelato!

I’m looking forward to going back to dine at Mia Bella – to try the pizza or one of the pasta dishes and also the calamari appetizer.  

And to have another Spumoni…….




Gigi’s on Fairmount

Cleveland Heights



Intimate bistro serving locally sourced, Italian-inspired American fare with wine & cocktails
3477 Fairmount Blvd
Cleveland Heights, OH

Phone: 216.291.7237

Lunch, Dinner and Brunch menus are available.
Check the facebook page for daily hours.

Mariann writes:

The menu at Gigi’s on Fairmount is styled on Small Plate Appetizers, Salads and Soups, and a variety of Bruschetta.  They also offer 3 entrees at dinner which your server will describe as they change daily.  There are a number of items on the menu that are naturally g-f but the restaurant carries g-f bread (Udi’s) so even the Bruschetta can be accommodated.

On my first visit to Gigi’s our table shared an olive medley and cheese platter that were both substantial and beautifully presented.  We also had salads that were plentiful enough to be entrees.  Of the three entrees offered on the day I dined 2 of the 3 were g-f.  My choices were Seared Scallops on garlic grits and Braised Lamb Shank over mashed potatoes.  Both dishes included a lovely selection of beans and carrots in the plating of the entrees.
The dining experience at Gigi’s was very pleasant.  Our server was gracious, attentive and knowledgeable.  The room is a bit on the dark side but there is candlelight and reflections on all the mirrored walls so the room appears large and welcoming.  The adjacent lounge has a bar and lovely sofa and cluster seating for a group gathering.  On nice weather days the sidewalk patio looks to be quite welcoming.  
While the wine list is limited it includes some very wonderful wines from around the world.  Our party enjoyed a Savignon Blanc from Australia, a Montepulciano from Italy, and a Pinot Noir from Oregon.  Cocktails are also served at Gigi’s.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Mentor, North Olmsted, Fairlawn, North Canton and Nationwide


Now in Cleveland and Akron area!
Mentor – North Olmsted – Fairlawn
and multiple locations nationwide


Diane writes:

I’ve recently been to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Orlando, Florida and closer to home in Mentor and North Olmsted.

At each visit I had a tasty meal and can highly recommend the Kale And Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad and Fire-Roasted Barbacoa Chicken from the gluten free menu.

I was disappointed with the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pizookie®: Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie with rich vanilla bean ice cream. Sounds great. But the serving I received was underbaked mush with a mediocre vanilla ice cream. Still, points for having this item on the menu.

The GF menu also has a GF pizza, entrees and sides. While the main menu says they have GF buns for burgers, burgers are not listed on the GF menu.

25779 Brookpark Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070

7880 Mentor Ave.
Mentor, OH 44060

3265 West Market St. Suite 85
Fairlawn, OH 44333

6476 Strip Ave. NW
North Canton, OH 44720

Look for other locations while traveling.

So Sweet! Bakery



Contact via phone – 216-513-3074

Contact via email – caramels@sosweetcaramels.com

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usborne-more-story-time-at-cafe-avalaun-tickets-31793587476

And here is the FB event https://www.facebook.com/pg/ClevelandUsborne/events/?ref=page_internal

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.



Multiple Locations


also at:  facebook.com/BurgerFi/

Cuyahoga Falls
2002 Portage Trail
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223, United States
(330) 923-8701

8748 Mentor Ave
Mentor, OH 44060, United States

Eileen writes:

BurgerFi is a newish chain in our area with 2 locations in NEOhio.   When I asked about getting their burger that they wrap in lettuce instead of a bun I was warned that the buns are everywhere in the kitchen. I wished that the employee would have said, “We have a procedure for that.” Now that I think about it I wish every restaurant I go to and say, I have to eat gluten-free or I have celiac would say that.

The nice thing about BurgerFi is that they have a lettuce wrap in a little cellophane baggie that goes halfway up the burger so that you can hold it and eat it.  I was surprised that it was 50 cents extra but it was so nice I was happy to pay it.

I also sent a comment to BurgerFi on their website suggesting that they have a procedure for preparing and serving GF.

Cafe Avalaun – Holiday Baking Orders

Warrensville Hts


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 cafeavalaun@gmail.com or call the cafe at 216-245-6666.

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;)



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!
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. .



San Francisco Stir Fry



7271 Center Street
Mentor, Ohio
(Across from Yours Truly)

Diane writes:

Really enjoyed my dinner at this “create your own stir fry” place.  The menu has GF options noted.  When alerted of the need to be GF I was told the kitchen takes care to use a clean pan and utensils and change gloves, while also being told that gluten containing dishes are prepared in the same space.  I’m hopeful that if a restaurant understands the chance of cross contact they will try to avoid it – though I know that may be wishful thinking.

You fill a bowl  with veggies, then choose a base (white or brown rice or shredded Napa cabbage are GF, but the noodles are not), choose a sauce (3 GF choices: Brown Sauce, House Sweet and Sour or Spicy Thai Sweet Chili) and add a protein. Gluten eaters have 10 additional sauce choices.  Prices vary based on bowl size and protein choice.

I had the large bowl of veggies over a base of 1/2 brown rice and 1/2 shredded Napa cabbage.  Just went with the veggie bar which included tofu and edamame among its 25+ options and did not add an additional protein.  The Brown Sauce was flavorful with an evident, and appreciated, note of garlic.  The portion size was ample.

My dinner was $8.25 with hot tea another $1.  The place is not fancy.  You fill out a paper form, pay at the register, then get your own silverware and condiments.  The paper form even asks: Are your gluten-free selections due to an allergy?

I’d return the next time I’m in the area, though I wouldn’t make a special trip.  If I lived nearby I’d frequent the restaurant.



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!!

Sixth & Pine at Nordstrom



Diane writes:

I really enjoyed my recent dinner at Sixth & Pine, the restaurant on the 3rd floor of the Beachwood Place Nordstorm store.

They have a menu with designated gluten free items.  I was reassured by the greeter/seater and very capable server that the kitchen would take care to ensure safe gluten free preparation of my food.

The menu has 3 salads, 2 entrees and 1 dessert labeled gluten free.  The Warm Salmon & Spinach Salad was fresh and tasty and came as described on the menu: organic baby spinach, roasted salmon, bacon, petite tomatoes, red onion, parmesan crisp, warm mustard vinaigrette.

My gluten eating companions enjoyed their soups and sandwiches.

Covered parking makes this restaurant an even more enticing option during Cleveland’s inclement weather.

OpenTable reservations are accepted.

26200 Cedar Road, Beachwood, OH  44122
(216) 378-2121

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

Mary’s Kitchen

Geneva OH


5023 New St,
Geneva, OH 44041

(440) 466-8606

Anne writes:
Located in Geneva-on-the-Lake and although it does not have a gluten-free menu, many items are naturally gluten-free, including some daily specials.
During a recent visit, our server carefully checked with the kitchen to insure that the stuffed peppers did not contain crushed crackers. (I would not have thought that stuffed peppers would contain any gluten, but the server thought to question this herself which is to her credit.)
Fortunately, the kitchen response was that there definitely was no crackers nor any gluten of any kind in the peppers – and the meal was both safe and delicious.
Since we vacation with family in Geneva-on-the-Lake at the end of every summer, I look forward to eating again at this restaurant.

Allison’s Mini Golf

Geneva OH


5456 Lake Rd E,
Geneva, OH 44041

(440) 466-7922

Anne writes:
On the “strip” in Geneva-on-the-Lake offering snack foods, including gluten-free hot dog buns for 50 cents extra. (They do not have a gluten-free menu.)
I have purchased and enjoyed these hot dogs on their gluten-free buns for 3 years now.
The buns are frozen, so it takes a few minutes for them to be prepared, but they are well worth the extra wait.
(They also offer Italian sausage, but I have not yet checked out the ingredients, etc. to insure they are gluten-free – and the hot dogs are just so much easier for a quick snack/meal.)

Sandy Chanty

Geneva OH


5455 Lake Rd. E
Geneva, OH 44041

(440) 415-1080

Anne writes:
Located on the “strip” in Geneva-on-the-Lake and does not have a gluten-free menu.
They do offer gluten-free pasta, which takes a little more time to prepare.
Unfortunately, my gluten-free pasta (which appears to be corn-based angel hair variety) was somewhat undercooked and instead of the marinara sauce I ordered, it appears they just opened a can of stewed tomatoes and dumped it over the pasta.
Also, my husbands fish was not well filetted as there were quite a few bones left in it together with some scales left on the fish.
We will not be going back to this restaurant.

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 –  info@jspizzamarket.com

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.


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

Cafe Avalaun Catering…… formerly listed as SowFood Catering

Warrensville Heights


Chef Brian Doyle, owner/operator of Cafe Avalaun,
previously listed here as SowFood Catering!
Still offering the same wonderful catering services for our g-f needs
along with all the additional dining magic- weekly and monthly pop-up events, breakfast and lunch dining in options, Take and Bakes, and baked goods extraordinaire!

Making Gluten free magic in the kitchen!

Chef Brian Doyle  

Corporate Catering/Events Catering/CSA Options

4640 Richmond Rd. Suite 200
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Telephone: 1-440-622-5071
Fax: 1-440-499-7904

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!

Scrambler Marie’s

Mayfield Heights, Mentor, Strongsville, North Olmsted



NOTE: Because  Scrambler Marie’s restaurants are independent franchise operations
Diners need to be proactive in questioning and informing the staff of special needs.

1394 SOM Center Road
Mayfield Heights OH 44124
(440) 460-0750

26435 Great Northern Shopping Center
North Olmsted OH 44070
(440) 360-7111

9570 Mentor Avenue
Mentor OH 44060
(440) 350-6272

16726 Pearl Road Strongsville OH 44149 – coming soon

Diane writes

I’d first tried going to Scrambler Marie’s soon after my celiac disease diagnosis years ago. My request for gluten free food was met with blank stares. So, I was delighted to see they now have a gluten free menu.

I went on a Saturday, mid-morning, and when I asked the greeter about their gluten free menu her answer was not reassuring. She said that she didn’t think they could really make anything gluten free. But, I decided to give it a try. They’d gone to the trouble of having a GF menu, after all.

Our assigned server could not have been less interested in assuring I had gluten free food. Instead of ordering one of their GF menu items, I erred on the side of caution and asked for 2 eggs cooked in a clean pan.

After quite a wait, a different server abruptly dropped the plate in front of me.

The eggs were fine. The attitude and care for GF dining – not so much.

Eat at your own risk.

Also in other cities in Ohio and Detroit.

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.

Big Lots

Multiple locations.


Big Lots is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating 1,495 Big Lots stores in 48 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture & Home Décor, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. We are committed to providing amazing values every day.

And they have gluten free food. The selection is unpredictable. The prices are usually good, but sometimes you can do better at Marc’s or elsewhere.

I was there yesterday and found Chex Oatmeal for $2 per box. And Breton crackers for $2.25 which I have not seen elsewhere.

Comment below with your finds.

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?

Pizza Hut Offers GF Pizza

multiple locations

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?

Granite City Food & Brewery

Legacy Village Lyndhurst


24519 Cedar Road
Lyndhurst, OH 44124


Diane writes:

I had dinner at the Granite City at Legacy Village last week. They have a gluten free menu which has a large disclaimer about not being a gluten free environment and suggests speaking with a member of the management team. Our server quickly called over the General Manager, Weston Baril, who reassured me that the items on the menu could be prepared safely, suggesting steak or grilled chicken or fish.

He noted that the gluten free bun offered for sandwiches was heated in the commmunal toaster but could be heated in the salamander which is GF. He said he’d alert the kitchen to expect a GF order. I ordered grilled salmon, broccoli and a baked potato. All were fine, though not outstanding. Gluten eating companions thought their burgers were ok. None of us was thrilled but decided we’d return and order differently.


Other locations in Maumee, Ohio and around the country.

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!

Choolaah Indian BBQ

Chagrin Road, CELIAC BEWARE!!


27100 Chagrin Blvd,
Orange Village,
Ohio 44122
CALL: (800) 459-8860

Our site guest Rob E. writes  (5/10/16)

As a celiac, I am on the fence about this place.  The foreign cashier at the register was friendly, but he clearly did not understand that my food needed to be prepared separately.  I had to speak with one of the other servers who was extremely understanding and had them re-prep the “gluten free” dish with new gloves.  Nonetheless, I became good friends with the bathroom 60 minutes later.

The food was very good, but I am skeptical that the prep area is safe enough for true celiacs, especially given all the fresh Naan being handled by the staff.  I may give this place another try and will post an update; in the meantime, celiacs should use extreme caution here.


Diane writes:

Stopped by the new Choolaah Indian BBQ. The greeter at the door was knowledgeable and explained that while they do have gluten free items indicated on the menu, they are not appropriate for those of us with celiac disease. “Too much flour around”.

It’s a shame. It really smelled great and I was disappointed I could not eat there.

Original Pancake House

Woodmere, Fairview Park


28700 Chagrin Blvd.
Woodmere, OH 44122

Fairview Park
3000 Westgate
Fairview Park, OH 44126

Diane writes:
Had the pleasure of eating breakfast at the Original Pancake House on Chagrin last week. GF pancakes are listed on the menu. The server was not knowledgeable about GF preparation and opined that I would not be able to order an egg dish. However the manager offered numerous options and confirmed that the canadian bacon and eggs with GF pancakes would be prepared GF. The restaurant was full at 9am on a weekday.


Beachwood Place


Beachwood Place Mall – food court
26300 Cedar Road.
Beachwood, Ohio 44122

Diane writes:
There’s a new place to try at the Beachwood Place food court, located next to Chick-fil-a. It’s a Piada-type place, but has gluten free pasta. While you watch, the chef creates a pasta or salad with your choice of toppings, meat, sauce. The meatballs have gluten and there are croutons, breadsticks and gluten filled desserts. But they use a clean pan and spoon and the chef used clean gloves and was aware of issues of cross-contamination. I had GF pasta with marinara sauce and lots of vegetables. The previously cooked GF pasta (confirmed cooked in clean pot – new water) fell apart with reheating in the sauce, as GF pasta will do. But it was a huge portion, very reasonably priced, fresh and tasty. Companion enjoyed a colorful salad – another GF option.



Dewey’s Pizza

Cedar Lee and Lakewood and on the road including Columbus!


NOW SERVING 3 locations locally and others on the road!
Cleveland Hts.
2194 Lee Rd.
Cleveland Hts., OH 44118

18516 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107

Summit Mall
3265 W Market St
Fairlawn, OH 44333
(330) 873-4444

Mariann writes:

Back in 2014 we had correspondence from Dewey’s Pizza about their testing out a gluten-free crust (see below).  The response has been positive and they are currently offering their pizza in a gluten-free option. Also on their menu are great salads.  Many of the salads are g-f and others can be modified to accommodate the diet.

Also, last month when I dined at Dewey’s they were offering Bard’s G-F beer based on recommendations from NEOCN!  We asked.  They listened. Voila!

Please keep in mind that Dewey’s is a shared kitchen.  Their staff has been very knowledgeable and helpful in the past so ask for what you need or what you are uncertain about.  You won’t be disappointed – their pizza is great!

Here’s a response from the GM of Dewey’s in NEO from our recent inquiry.

Thanks for getting back to me. Listed below is our allergy protocol. In short, we do our absolute best to ensure we serve the safest product. However, the one thing we can never completely eliminate is trace amounts of flour in the air as well as our ovens. So although our Gluten-Free pizza is safe for an overwhelming majority of those afflicted with celiac’s, for those that are HIGHLY sensitive, we cannot guarantee ZERO exposure.

However, this is what we do for guests who indicate to our serving staff that they have a gluten allergy:

We top the pizzas with gloves, using only fresh product from below our line that has not yet been at risk for cross-contamination. The pizza itself cooks in an aluminum tin so the pizza doesn’t make direct contact with our oven stones. When the pizza comes out, we use a clean cutter fresh from our dish machine that has not come in contact with any other pizzas yet.
So once again, not 100% full proof given that we have an open air kitchen and hand-toss our normal product. However, our process is about as good as it gets for a pizza place.
Next time you’re in at our Lee Road location, as to speak with a manager. They would be happy to demonstrate our protocol in-person. The GM there is named Anthony Ramos.


2/2015,     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.

Manhattan Deli



Manhattan Deli
8900 Mentor Avenue
Mentor OH 44060
(440) 974-0055
Fax: (440) 974 0135

MaryLou writes (9-14)

While they do not have a GF menu, they are very careful about their food preparation.
I have eaten there numerous times.
Usually order broiled fish (several kinds), liver and onions, or smothered chicken.
Cannot order fries as they do not have a dedicated fryer.
Lots of various salads.
Baked potatoes after 4PM.
Very good food!

Slice Pizzeria



Slice Pizzeria
7345 Center St.
Mentor, OH 44060
(440) 290-7212

MaryLou writes (9-14):
Went to Slice on a Tuesday at 3:00 so I would not interfere with lunch/dinner crowd.
Waitress advised they make their own GF pizza.
After ordering she advised shell was made by Udi’s.
Toppings were very good but arrived an hour later & crust was over-baked.

As there are not a lot of GF pizzas in Mentor, I will give them another chance in the near future.



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.


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.

Piada Italian Restaurant

South Euclid (Cedar Center), Beachwood (Across from Ahuja), Rocky River and elsewhere in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan


3870 Richmond Rd (across from Ahuja Medical Center)
Beachwood, Ohio

13947 Cedar Road (Cedar Center)
South Euclid, Ohio 44118

19925 Center Ridge Road,
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

We ate lunch at Piada and we were excited to see a billboard in the restaurant announcing gluten-free options.  It looks like  the set up of Chipotle but very upscale and nice. We opted for the salads since they do not have gluten-free pasta or breads.  Be careful in the serving line as breadcrumbs were in one area. We asked to speak with the chef, and there is always a chef on hand. We asked for our salad items to be taken from the kitchen and not the line to avoid cross contamination. Almost all of the ingredients  were taken from the back. The chef seemed very knowledgeable about G.F. practices. The salad was great nicely tossed and containing a nice mixture not the regular bowl of lettuce with a few things on top. The serving line moves very quickly since it is designed for you to get your order and be able to return to work very quickly.



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 info@chillpopshop.com
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)


Mayfield Heights


NOTE:  Chardon Location is now closed!

New Address:
1241 SOM Center Rd (RT 91),
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
New Phone:


Updated by Laurie 12/14/2015:
Yes! Another 100% Gluten Free Restaurant has opened, or rather, re-opened, having relocated from Chardon.

DaBOROS (The “bo” is for bowls, the “ro” is for rolls) lets you choose rice or noodle bowls—- hot or cold, raw or steamed, protein or all green—- rice wrap rolls, custom soups, fresh juices and smoothies. Always fresh daily, their goal is to serve healthy fast food to enhance life and satisfy the soul. Food IS fast, but there are also 12 seats available for sit-in dining.

It’s an entirely Gluten Free establishment with no wheat products on the premises, serving organic when available, non-GMO, local from farms, and preservative free. Offering Gerber shredded chicken breast, wild caught salmon, fresh avocados and free range eggs, they also have fresh in-house-made dressings with oil free options.

You may have seen their “grab and go” items at many Cleveland Clinic locations as well as the Indigo Hotel in Beachwood. Soon they will be updating their menu to include breakfast items (they may have already started) at their Mayfield location!

Isn’t it great to have 100% Gluten Free dining? Let us know if you go! Make a point to stop by on off days or on your way somewhere new! Let this GF business know we want gluten free food! And hey… let them know you read about it through the Northeast Ohio Celiac Network!
Website (to be updated): www.daboros.com
Make sure you use their new phone listed above, as the old Chardon phone is still listed on the Internet.

Daboros on Facebook

From the website – as much as possible produced with consideration towards organic, GMO, gluten-free, options for vegetarian and vegan.
Eat in or order to go!
ame@daboros.com writes –

We are a totally gluten free establishment with no wheat products on the premises.
We are also soy free with exception of our fermented House Soy Ginger Dressing.
Preservative free and no corn products except for white corn tortilla chips to accompany our house made salsa.

Eat Fresh Healthy
to Be Healthy!

Main Street Cupcakes

Hudson, Rocky River, Chagrin Falls

NOTE:  Archived by Diane on 4/17/17 – closed 11/2016.

Cupcakes stores in 3 locations:

Hudson, Ohio, 238 North Main Street, Hudson, Ohio 44236
Phone: (330) 342-0833

Rocky River, Ohio, 19265 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116
Phone: (440) 331-3661

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 9 N. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
Phone: (440) 247-7745

NOTE from NEOCN: This bakery does not produce exclusively gluten-free items. Please discuss your special dietary needs upon ordering to determine whether they can safely accommodate you. Northeast Ohio Celiac Network does not endorse or guarantee the safety of its products.

Outback Steakhouse

Multiple locations locally and nationally



Although Outback has a gluten free menu, several times I’ve been served food with gluten – most commonly croutons or other cruchies in the salad. May be worthwhile talking to the manager, in addition to your server, about your gluten free needs.

Outback Independence
6100 Rockside Place
Independence, OH 44131

Outback Macedonia
8250 Macedonia Commons Blvd.
Macedonia, OH 44056
(330) 468-5032

Outback Mentor
8595 Market St.
Mentor, OH 44060
(440) 205-9505

Outback Parma
6950 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129
(440) 842-6114

Outback Westlake
24900 Sperry Drive
Westlake, OH 44145
(440) 892-3445

And many other locations in Ohio and elsewhere.

Fresh Start Diner


Spotted by Sheila in Chagrin Falls:

Fresh Start Diner now serves Mrs Ps Gluten Free Bakery.

Fresh Start DinerMrs P at Fresh Start

Open until 2pm

9810 Ravenna Road
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087

NOTE by Diane on 8/12/2016: RIP Fresh Start Diner in Chagrin Falls and Mrs. P’s Bakery. The Twinsburg location remains open.

Paladar Latin Kitchen

Cleveland East/Woodmere, also Florida, Maryland and Virginia



28601 Chagrin Blvd.
Woodmere,  OH  44122


Lots of selections available on the gluten-free menu. No dedicated fryer at this time so the wonderful guacamole can be enjoyed with the vegetables for dipping instead of the chip options.



801 Silks Run, Suite 1580
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009


1905 Towne Centre Boulevard, Suite 100
Annapolis, MD 21401

11333 Woodglen Dr
Rockville, MD 20852


1934 Old Gallows Rd., Suite 110
Vienna, VA 22182



Harvest Kitchen & Lounge



33730 Bainbridge Rd
Solon   44139

Notes from Mar (7-2016)
Chef/Owner Michael Longo works diligently to keep the Harvest menu seasonal, local and foodie relevant!!   Menu items are easily navigated by all diners – gluten-free, vegetarian, and traditional.  He is well versed in the needs of gluten-free diners as well as having a competent staff to assist along the way.  Because dishes are prepared fresh daily some offerings may be in short supply but there is always an alternative to please the palate.

Additionally, if you are gluten-free and a beer lover you will find options from the Harvest bar which is still offering Bard’s and Glutenberg!  Don’t hesitate to offer them a huge Thank You for both your amazing meal and your refreshing beer choice!

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Multiple Locations


Multiple locations in Ohio and around the country.

Made to order burgers, hand cut fries, and now Shakes!

from Mariann:
From my experience at Five Guys there are no g-f buns but there has been good protocol for handling g-f orders.  The staff has been careful to prep the burger with clean gloves, on a clean surface.  The burgers are usually made in a lettuce wrap style and since they are custom made you get to pick your toppings.  In all of the locations I have eaten in the fries have been cooked in a dedicated fryer so that makes them safe to eat for g-f diners. 

I have heard that some locations may season their batches of fries
– so ask –
Always ask and confirm the standards of each location!!

I have not dined at a location since they introduced Shakes – so if anyone has any info on that post us a message………



First Watch

Multiple Locations


Gluten Free Guide

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS –  locations are independent and options may vary

1431 Som Center Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

13950 Cedar Rd.
University Heights, OH 44118

6025 Kruse Drive
Solon, OH 44139

19340 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

168 Market St.
Westlake, OH 44145

3265 West Market Street
Fairlawn, OH 44333

And elsewhere.

TO NOTE:  Not all First Watch locations are providing the same options as the restaurants are franchised.  Please call ahead for details  your benefit.

Eat’n Park

Multiple Locations



Willoughby Eat’n Park – #6
6035 SOM Center Rd.
Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 943-1050

Parma Eat’n Park – #8
2075 Snow Road
Parma, OH 44134
(216) 459-1517

Mentor Eat’n Park – #69
7061 Chillicothe Rd.
Mentor, OH 44060
(440) 255-5300

Cuyahoga Falls Eat’n Park – #60
200 Howe Avenue
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
(330) 923-4111

Medina Eat’n Park – #64
1007 North Court Street
Medina, OH 44256
(330) 723-6390

And elsewhere around the country.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Multiple Locations


Please note the following statement from their website:

Gluten Intolerance/Celiac Disease
Most people wanting to avoid gluten can eat anything we serve except for our large and small flour tortillas.
Everything else is fine to eat for most people wanting to avoid gluten, including our crispy corn tacos and our corn chips.
However, you should know that it’s possible our corn may have a small amount of gluten from potentially co-mingling with gluten-containing grains in the field.
If you are highly sensitive and would like us to change our gloves, we would be happy to do that at your request. Additionally, because our folks work with wheat tortillas all day long, there may be the possibility of cross-contact in our restaurants. We encourage you to carefully consider your dining choices.

Multiple locations in Greater Cleveland Area and Nationally


Multiple Locations


Beachwood Place Mall
26300 Cedar Rd Ste 1105 Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 831-5195

Harvard Park
4001 Richmond Rd Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
(216) 831-6700

Willoughby Commons
35441 Euclid Ave Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 946-1831

Great Lakes Mall
7850 Mentor Ave Ste 870 Mentor, OH 44060
(440) 974-0084

8213 Golden Link Blvd Macedonia, OH 44067
(330) 908-3300

9611 Mentor Ave Mentor, OH 44060
(440) 354-2924

20801 Center Ridge Rd Rocky River, OH 44116
(440) 356-2030

16584 Royalton Rd Strongsville, OH 44136
(440) 238-2344

North Olmsted
4779 Great Northern Blvd North Olmsted, OH 44070
(440) 716-0030

47 Flight Memorial Pkwy Fairlawn, OH 44333
(330) 668-2404

And other locations in Ohio and around the country.

Bravo! Cucina Italiana

Multiple locations


28889 Chagrin Blvd.
Woodmere, OH 44122
(216) 360-0099 Sunday: 11am-9pm
Monday -Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm

7787 Reynolds Road
Mentor, OH 44060
(440) 946-2090 Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 11am-9pm

3265 W Market St
Fairlawn, OH 44333
(330) 835-9583 Monday-Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-9pm

CANTON | BRAVO Belden Village
4224 Everhard Road NW
Canton , OH 44718
(330) 494-9170 Sunday: 11am-9pm
Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm

And other locations around the country including Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati.