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.

Ventito Bakery

Old Avon Village, Avon


Ventito Bakery
Old Avon Village
36840 Detroit Road
Avon, Ohio 44011


Thank you to Dottie, our site visitor, for the shout out on Ventito Bakery.

Good Morning,
I would just like to pass this on….we found this really good bakery that makes gluten free desserts….The cakes are excellent……..If you would like to give it a try!

Donna is the owner and they are closed on Monday.


Grand Oak Culinary Market – Canada



4600 Victoria Avenue
Vineland, ON
L0R 2E0

Canadian phone  T: 289.567.0487

Our guest Janden writes:
This is a great market, deli, and bakery. 
They serve wonderful GF wraps, sandwiches, and baked goods, with a full GF kitchen. 
My #1 stop on the way to Toronto!  I
n fact I usually call a couple of days ahead to have my favorite muffins ready for pick up.

Zaytoon Lebanese Kitchen

Playhouse Square


(216) 795-5000
1150 Huron Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Diane writes:

I enjoyed lunch at Zaytoon before a Playhouse Square matinee.

The small restaurant has just 2 tables and seating on stools along the windows.

The menu has items designated gluten free and the woman taking the order seemed aware of GF options and kitchen procedures. And the kitchen is open so you can watch the chef make your lunch.

Chicken soup was served piping hot with lots of chicken and an interesting touch of cinnamon. The falafel plate comes with 2 sides and I chose hummus and fries. All was really tasty.

Merwin’s Wharf



1785 Merwin Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Myself, my husband and another friend ate lunch here Sept. 28. As it was a nice day we ate outside, with a lovely river view, rose bushes in bloom yet and very pleasant overall. I was presented with a laminated gluten-free menu that contained a nice selection. Most sandwiches were available gluten-free with lettuce replacing the usual bun, which was fine. Service was very good and my meal (Cuban type sandwich but on lettuce with green beans on the side) was tasty and filling. Prices were a bit on the high side, but the value was well worth it. Afterwards we strolled the waterfront and examined the information signs detailing the area’s history. A pleasant time and I’m sure we will return. FYI In addition to a fire pit area outside, there is also a huge outdoor fireplace with comfortable seating. I can imagine that evenings here are fabulous.

Strip Steakhouse



3684 Detroit Rd
Avon, OH 44011

Anne Writes:

My husband and I dined at this restaurant July 25th to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. We were very pleasantly impressed with the atmosphere (restored Evers Barn 1851 in historic Olde Avon Village), menu selections, serving sizes and service.

They have an extensive (laminated!) gluten-free menu. I chose almond prawns appetizer, lobster bisque, 6 oz. steak filet with Béarnaise sauce, garlic buttered broccoli, scalloped potatoes and crème brulee for dessert. My husband had a huge steak and house pierogis. The side dishes come family style and, although they are presented for 2 servings, they could easily serve 3 to 4.

This restaurant is famous for its meats – all are of the highest quality and are aged 21 days in a vacuum seal. They were perfectly cooked and extremely tender and juicy. Our server could not have been nicer nor more efficient. We must have spent about 2 hours there slowly dining and enjoying ourselves.

Lastly, all this comes at a price (but we had a $150 gift certificate to use, so we were splurging). Even so, we will likely go back there again, perhaps for a special occasion, as the food was scrumptious and we truly enjoyed our evening (especially the gluten-free ordering ease!).



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.

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.

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. 






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!

Namaste India Garden



14412 Detroit Rd.
Lakewood, OH


Anne posts (6/16)
After a ‘yoga hop’ event on International Yoga Day June 21st, a group of us dined at Namaste India Garden.
Although I was the only gluten-free attendee and it was my first time there, I was duly impressed with their menu, which clearly indicated both gluten-free and vegan options.
Those options were quite extensive in both the appetizer and main entrée categories. Can’t wait to go back and sample more of their menu.



Taste Catering and Eatery, San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo, CA


Taste Restaurant
2900 Broad St.
San Luis Obispo CA 93401

Eileen writes:

If you are in San Luis Obispo, California drive very fast to Taste. 

This restaurant had small plates and the best ones are the AMAZING variations of gluten-free corn Mac and Cheese. You can have blue cheese, bacon, mushroom, broccoli, caramelized onions, provolone,  roasted red peppers, feta, spinach and a myriad of combinations of these. Oh my goodness it was the richest, creamiest mac and cheese  I have ever had in my life.   Also see my review of San Luis Obispo Donut Company.

OK GF friends book your flight now, you won’t be sorry!!!

The Steeping Room, Austin Texas

Austin, Texas


(a tea room)
4400 N Lamar Blvd #102
Austin, Texas


Eileen writes:

I was visiting Texas and went to The Steeping Room for a tea party.
I don’t know about you but, when I have gone for tea since I was diagnosed I have had tea and “the salad” .

At the Steeping room I had the full tea listed on the menu, which included tea sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, tea cookies, fruit, and a tea cake all gluten free and delish!!!!
The only problem I had was my non gluten free friends wanted to share things so they could taste what they hadn’t ordered.
I tried to explain that I couldn’t share because I couldn’t try any of theirs.

When in Austin have fun at tea and check with other tearooms to see if you can have more than “the salad”.

Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant – Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara California

600 N Milpas St.
Santa Barbara  CA 93103
2911 De La Vinas St.
Santa Barbara  CA  93105

Eileen writes:

You walk into Los Agaves Restaurant and it’s a mad house where you order at  the counter but, the restaurant is really pretty and the food is amazing!!

I asked about a gluten-free menu and options and the owner immediately advised me and took care of me personally even though it was super busy. He told me he was going to make my food on a separate grill, advised me what I would like,  and then he made me a special coleslaw that was amazing.  The only places that comes close to this in Cleveland area are Momocho or El Carnicero which are very good and extremely gluten-friendly.

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.



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

Jennifer’s Way Bakery – NYC

New York City and mailorder


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

OR;    customerservice@jenniferswaybakery.com


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

Bomba Tacos and Rum

Rocky River


19880 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

UPDATE 5/1/16

My name is Courtney and I am one of the managers at Bomba Taco’s & Rum in Rocky River.  I just wanted to let you guys know we pride ourselves in being able to cater to all sorts of allergies!

I was wondering if you could add us to the list of restaurants that have a gluten free menu? We here at Bomba would really appreciate it!!


Our guest Bette writes:  (edited 2/16)

Bomba Tacos and Rum
recently opened in Rocky River.
Owned by the owners of Paladar, it features more than 25 kinds of tacos, along with numerous other entrees, side dishes, and appetizers.
Do be sure to bring your own tortilla chips for the fabulous guacamoles, since their chips are fried in a mixed-use fryer.

Comments:(edited 2/16)

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.

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?

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.


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.

Phuel Cafe

Playhouse Square


1350 Euclid Ave

Had lunch before show at Playhouse Square. Entrance right at Euclid on 14th. Eclectic menu with many GF labelled choices. Server reassured that kitchen takes care using pan cleaned after each use. I enjoyed Szechuan tofu dish with the kale salad side. The served all-day breakfast includes omelets.

Jilly’s Music Room

Northside District, Fully Gluten-free


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

Like on: facebook.com/JillysMusicRoom

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: http://bardsbeer.com/
Dogfish Head T’weason Ale: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/seasonal-brews/tweasonale.htm
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: https://www.beermenus.com/places/18230-jilly-s-music-room

Cap City Diner

Grandview – Columbus Area


Grandview Area
1299 Olentangy River Road


Eileen shares (7/14)

CAP CITY DINER is located in the Columbus, Ohio area.   I was thrilled to find their extensive gluten-free menu. I was also pleased with how gluten friendly their service and waitstaff were. All sandwiches are served on a GF bun.  I think I was able to eat their french fries too. For dessert they have a GF Creme Brulee.  They also carry Redbridge Beer.

Firebirds Restaurant

Erie, PA and Multiple Locations


Firebirds Restaurant
680 Millcreek Mall
Erie, PA 16565 (just off I 90)

Gluten Free Menu

If you are traveling to or from the Cleveland area on I 90 passing Erie you have a gluten friendly restaurant you can stop at easily. Firebirds Restaurant is on the outside of the mall. I was very worried when our GPS sent us to the door of the food court.  It’s a very pretty restaurant with a gluten free menu and knowledgeable staff.  Their gluten-free menu is available on their website.




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!

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.

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.


Sharon, PA

Gluten free menu.

1 hour drive from Cleveland
Extensive Gluten free printed & online menu
Worth the drive!

Monday thru Thursday – 11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday – 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday hours – 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
Dining room closes a half hour earlier
Last order is half hour before closing

869 E State Street
Sharon, PA 16146

We now have drive thru window service
Phone: 724-347-1247

9/25/14 update by Diane – moved to Archives:  From their website –

“It is with great sadness that I inform our customers that Ferrara’s Restaurant is closed for business. Due to the economic climate and Donna’s health issue we can no longer stay open. Thanks to our customers for your support and to all the friendships we have forged thru the years. And to our staff for all they did to make Ferrara’s a great restaurant. We know that this chapter of our life has come to an end and we look forward to the new chapter that will start. God Bless. Dave, Donna and Dom.”

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.

Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern



Gluten free items are listed on the menu.

8960 Wilcox Drive,
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
fax 330.405.2614

The Blue Canyon Tavern is open one hour before the Kitchen opens and one hour after.

Brunch – Sundays Only
11:00AM – 2:00PM
Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day
10:00AM – 3:00PM
Monday – Thursday
5:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday – Saturday
5:00PM – 10:00PM
4:00PM – 8:00PM


Additional locations:

3720 N Reserve St.

Missoula,  MT  59808


1840 U.S. 93 S.

Kalispell, MT 59901




California Pizza Kitchen

Eastside/Legacy Vlg. and Nationally


Legacy Village
25365 Cedar Rd.
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
(216) 382-4907

GF Pizza Menu.

Gluten free pizza returns to CPK.  You may remember their 2011 GF pizza that wasn’t gluten free. This new version has a GIG certification.

“These gluten-free pizzas are prepared using the strict procedures approved by The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), using a certified gluten-free crust and other ingredients verified by our suppliers as gluten-free. Please inform a manager of any allergies or special dietary needs (e.g. gluten intolerance) before ordering.”

“Any of our pizzas may be made on a gluten-free crust for an additional $2.00, but due to our current kitchen space, only the pizzas listed above can be prepared using GIG’s certified procedures. Please note that normal kitchen operations involve shared cooking and preparation areas and guests should consider individual dietary needs when ordering.”

The listed pizzas are The Original BBQ Chicken, Pepperoni, Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage, or Margherita.

So, how is the pizza?  I recently tried the BBQ Chicken and was disappointed.  The crust was very thin with a rubbery texture, only crisp on the crust edge.  The toppings had nicely cooked but flavorless chicken with an overpoweringly sweet BBQ sauce.

I won’t hurry back to California Pizza Kitchen.  But, it is nice to know that safe GF food is available while traveling, as CPK has more than 250 locations in more than 30 states and 11 countries.



Yours Truly Restaurants

Multiple Locations


25300 Chagrin Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 464-4848

30 North Main Street
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
(440) 247-3232,

36 South Main Street
Hudson, Ohio 44236
(330) 650-2900

6675 Wilson Mills Road
Mayfield Village, Ohio 44040
(440) 461-0000

3725 Medina Rd.
Medina, Ohio 44256
(330) 722-5800

7280 Center Street
Mentor, Ohio 44060
(440) 255-3003

8111 Rockside Rd.
Valley View, Ohio 44125
(216) 524-8111

13228 Shaker Square
Cleveland, Ohio 44120
(216) 751-8646.

From Colleen:

Yours Truly Chagrin Falls now has gluten free bread!

Diane adds:

I have not been to the Yours Truly Chagrin Falls location. I have recently eaten at the Mayfield Village and Shaker Square restaurants. I was not offered GF bread either place and they do not have a GF menu. The Mayfield Village personnel seemed more familiar with GF, and I had to spend quite a bit of time explaining cross contamination to the manager at Shaker Square. I usual order grilled chicken and a salad or an omelet. If you go, please discuss your GF options with your server and management.





14810 Detroit Ave.,
Lakewood, OH 44107 



Gay shares:

We ate at Deagan’s Kitchen in Lakewood last night. They have a regular menu on which they hi- lighted GF items in green. The ones I chose turned out to be quite bland – a crab and avocado salad plus a vegetarian curry. Their fried items are done in a shared fryer so definitely not an option for celiacs. It was busy and had a huge, younger adult bar crowd. I might return if in the area but would not make it a destination restaurant as it is just too bland for me. However, I do appreciate that the owners have identified potentially GF options and the waitress recognized the difference between folks who must follow GF dining versus those who just choose it for whatever reason. This is a good choice for younger adults with celiac who want a sports bar type atmosphere to hang out with friends.

Town Hall

Ohio City, W 25th St.


1909 West 25th St
Cleveland, OH 44113


UPDATE 5/10/16

From Mariann:

I’ve recently had the pleasure of dining at Town Hall three times in the past 2 months.  At TownHall you will find a menu that includes all options of preparation – traditional, gluten-free, gluten-free available, vegetarian, and vegan.  They have been hard at work updating and keeping their menu relevant to all diners.  This is a really busy place to go, plan to wait, but enjoy the options.  Last visit I had the lamb burger with the g-f bun (too much bun for me but it was appreciated that it was available) and probably the best mug of bone broth ever (outside my own kitchen).  I opted for the vegetable medley since I was having a burger on bun and the vegetables were super even for this not-a-vegetable eater!  I opted for a bloody mary while everyone else was having beer since they don’t offer a simple g-f beer (ciders and kombuchas only).  While the drink was extravagant and wonderful my personal choice will always be a beer so I was a tad disappointed, but hey, I got my veg for the day!

From Gay (2013)

I ate lunch at the newest restaurant in Ohio City, Town Hall.
There are numerous items marked “GF” or “AGF” on their menu.
AGF indicates they can modify to make gluten-free.
I had a salad and a really delicious bowl of chicken chili.
It was very busy so I did not have the opportunity to determine if they use a dedicated fryer for their potato fries – which they indicate are GF

Don’s Lighthouse Grille

Lake Ave., Cleveland


8905 Lake Avenue,  #1
Cleveland,  OH  44102


Shared by Gay:

One of my favorite spots for fresh seafood is Don’s Lighthouse  in the Edgewater Park Neighborhood on the West Side of Cleveland – located where the Shoreway ends at Clifton and Lake Avenues. Their executive chefs have updated both the printed and on line menus to now indicate the items that are gluten-free.  My favorites are the salads with panfried salmon or the Simply Seafood choices with fingerling potatoes and sautéed spinach. They are open Monday through Friday for lunch and seven days per week for dinner. They suggest reservations but we can always be seated without one.

Gluten free items are marked on the menu.

The Cheesecake Factory

East/Legacy Vlg., West/Crocker Park, Multiple Locations Nationally


Cleveland East:

24265 Cedar Rd.
Lyndhurst, OH 44124

Cleveland West:

148 Crocker Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145

 Also:  Multiple Locations Nationally

I’ve eaten twice at The Cheesecake Factory in the last few weeks.  I had a modified chicken dish with steamed vegetables at the first visit and a veggie filled salad several days ago.  Both were delicious.  I was reassured by managers and servers that the kitchen was familiar with preparing food safely.

A nice touch at the last visit: the server brought me a plate with sliced banana when she brought bread for the table.  What a clever server!

Have you ever been offered fruit or vegetables in lieu of bread?

Share your Cheesecake Factory experience by commenting below.

J. Gumbo’s

Cleveland/Public Sq. E. 4th


Many locatons – 2 in the Cleveland area.

226 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland OH 44114.
(216) 291-7403

Diane writes:

Tried J Gumbo’s yesterday.  It is a fast food cajun/creole eatery.  About a half dozen menu items are designated gluten free, including spicy Voodoo Chicken, creamy Bumblebee Stew and a traditional Jambalaya.  Loved that they offer samples, so I tried all of the GF varieties before placing my order.  I enjoyed a bowl of White Chili served over rice.  As I was leaving I saw a menu notation that you can order a 2nd entree for $1 or 3rd for $2 more, served together in one bowl. The next time I would get the spicy Voodoo Chicken in combination with one of the milder offerings.

Located just up from Public Square between Chipotle and Noodlecat.

Light Bistro

Ohio City


2801 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113


From Gay:
Last night we stopped at Light Bistro (Ohio City neighborhood) for a late evening bite.
The general manager stopped to chat and assured me that the kitchen is always willing to work with the gluten-free requests coming from folks with CD. I ordered my favorite “small plate” of lamb meatballs in a tomato sauce plus a side salad with a fresh vinaigrette dressing.
When I go in at lunch, I typically order their fresh fish or chicken entree for the day.
Have you tried this restaurant?  Please add your comments.

Update 3/14/2013: Gay says: If life brings you to the Ohio City neighborhood in Cleveland, Light Bistro located at 2801 Bridge Ave., now has a printed, gluten-free menu.  In addition, they often have specials that can be prepared gluten-free.  I especially enjoy their salmon or chicken entrees at lunch. And Nicole adds: I have also eaten there before and they were easily able to accommodate anything I wanted.

The Oak Barrel

Valley View

I much enjoyed lunch yesterday at The Oak Barrel.  They have an extensive gluten free menu and the server was very knowledgeable and made several trips to the kitchen confirming french fries were gluten free, but the house made blue corn chips were not made in a dedicated fryer.  They do not have GF bread, so you would have to byob (bring your own bun) for a burger.  I had the Yucatan BBQ Pork taco, sans shell, and the tender well-flavored pork was served platter style with a bowl of tasty slaw.  I did not miss the shell.  I also tried the Chef’s Garden Pickled Vegetables and was treated to a nice selection of pickled radish, carrot and rutabaga slices in addition to the expected cucumber.  There are a number of vegetarian friendly menu items.  The server said the restaurant would soon announce a Sunday brunch menu and promised it would have gluten free options.

5975 Canal Rd.
Valley View, Ohio 44125

Gluten Free items are listed on the menu.

Courtyard Cafe



7600 Chippewa Road
Brecksville, OH 44141


Helen alerted us:

Courtyard Cafe is a cute place to eat in Brecksville on Rt 82 by Rt 21 in the corner at the plaza.

A  GF menu is available at the restaurant that lists appetizers, salads and main dishes.

Have you tried this restaurant?  Please share your experience by commenting below.