West Side Market

Ohio City

The West Side Market is Cleveland’s public oldest market and is home to 100 vendors offering meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, dairy, flowers, ready-to-eat foods, spices and nuts.

Vendors are friendly but be sure to ask if their items are gluten free.

Eileen shared her thoughts on gluten free at the market:

All the meat and vegetable vendors. We like Kaufman poultry and the vegetable vendor at the door off the parking lot make an immediate left and they are on your right. The fruit stand right across from them is very good.
Ohio City Pasta used to have gf pasta but it’s made at the same place as there other pasta.
I like Judy’s Oasis they have dips like hummus.
I love Urban Herbs especially their poultry seasoning.
For lunch I’ve eaten at Nates which is fast and cheap. Great Lakes Brewing is very gf friendly and good. There’s also Flying Fig or something Fig restaurant that is good.
A very very favorite is Momocho Mexican very gluten friendly and fabulous and very busy. I’m not sure it’s open for lunch but make reservations.

Gluten Free Pita Bread

I discovered “MY BREAD” a gluten free flatbread pita in the frozen gluten free section at Heinen’s in Brecksville. It’s made by MyBread in Chicago in a gluten free, nut free facility. It warms up in a toaster oven or can be grilled after defrosting. I haven’t been able to get it to open as a pocket but it has a nice flavor and texture. I took it with me to the Anatolia Cafe 2270 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights and ate it with Doner which is very much like gyro meat but does not contain gluten like gyro meat.

It was also nice to enjoy hummus and other dips with My Bread.

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.

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.




2439 Whipple Ave
Canton, Ohio 44708
(330) 479-9798

The family-owned Trenipoti bakery and store features two separate kitchens including a certified gluten free kitchen. We offer a variety of gluten free bakery items including bread, rolls and desserts as well as gluten free pasta, gluten free frozen pizza and gluten free entrees to take home, heat and enjoy. We also carry our house-made, traditional, all natural and organic gluten bread, rolls, pastas and desserts. We have a variety of all natural, pasta sauces including Classic Marinara, Tuscan Style Marinara, Arrabbiata and Pizza Sauce. The Classic Marinara, Tuscan Style Marinara, Arrabbiata and Pizza Sauces are Certified Gluten Free and Vegan Certified. Everything we sell is made without artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. You will also find imported Italian wine, beer and gift items.

NOTE by Diane: 8/12/2016 – business has closed and this post was moved to Archives.

The Sausage Shoppe

Cleveland – Memphis Avenue

The Sausage Shoppe
4501 Memphis Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44144-1912
Phone: (216) 351-5213

From their website:
All homemade Sausage Shoppe recipe items are low sugar, low fat and low cholesterol, lower in salt and do not contain eggs*, milk products*, soy, glutens*, nuts, nitrates, MSG, liquid smoke, fillers, additives, preservatives, or any other chemicals. If a product will not be eaten within 5 days, we recommend freezing to preserve freshness and quality.

*ALLERGEN INFORMATION: Our Beer Bratwurst and Barley Sausage each contain glutens. Our homemade White Bratwurst contains eggs and 2% milk. Cheese is sold in the store and sliced meats may come into contact during slicing or handling.



Multiple Locations


1055 Sugarbush Dr.
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Phone: (419) 282-9800

Wooster Towne Market
336 North Market St.
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Phone: (330) 264-9900

Wooster Milltown
3540 Burbank Road
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Phone: (330) 345-5908

1114 West High St.
Orrville, Ohio 44667
Phone: (330) 683-2060

800 West Central Avenue
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Phone: (740) 363-1933

Medina Forest Meadows
275 Forest Meadows
Medina, Ohio 44256
Phone: (330) 725-0535

Medina River Styx
3626 Medina Road
Medina, Ohio 44256
Phone: (330) 725-5000

175 Great Oaks Trail
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281
Phone: (330) 336-3588

830 South Second St.
Coshocton, Ohio 43812
Phone: (740) 622-2261

3688 Center Road
Brunswick, Ohio 44212
Phone: (330) 225-0202

Portage Lakes
4045 South Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44319
Phone: 330-644-6646

7138 Fulton Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44718
Phone: (330) 834-3400

Dover 55.3 miles
3000 N. Wooster Ave.
Dover, Ohio 44622
Phone: (330) 364-3079
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New Philadelphia 59.2 miles
417 South Broadway
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
Phone: (330) 339-6662

Soergel’s Orchard Farm Market

Wexford, PA (Pittsburgh suburb)

Soergel’s Orchard Farm Market

20 miles north of Pittsburgh
2573 Brandt School Road
Wexford, PA 15090

Worth the drive!

A farm with many retail buildings (gift barn, gardening barn, etc) There is a barn ENTIRELY for food allergies with about 900 gluten free products, many dairy free, new or hard to find.

If you travel to Pittsburgh first, visit Gluuteny Bakery in Squirrel Hill for GF pastry and then head to Soergel’s. Be prepared to spend more than you anticipated.

Amy Soergel was diagnosed a few years ago and is trained in nutrition. She is more than qualified to answer your questions.

First Wednesday of the month is 10% off. First Thursday class– Gluten Free 101

Have all day to spend? Drive north to Sharon PA and have GF lunch or dinner at Ferrara’s!

Whole Foods Market

University Heights, Woodmere, Rocky River

Whole Foods Market
The chain owns their own GF Bakehouse and ships to each location. Great selection!

Whole Foods Market Cedar Center
13998 Cedar Rd.
University Heights Ohio 44118

27249 Chagrin Blvd
Woodmere Ohio 44122

19607 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116
Phone: 440.596.3440

and other locations in Ohio and elsewhere

Raisin Rack Gluten Free Sampling

Toni passed along an email from Denise at the Canton Raisin Rack:

Hi everyone, Just to let you know that Raisin Rack will be having GF samplings the 2nd Sat of the month begining July 14th thru Sep 8th. Different vendors each mo.  It will give you the opportunity to see the new expansion & remodel, a whopping 8000 sq. ft.! Hope to see you.