New Event: Cooking Classes at Cafe Avalaun!

Chef Brian writes:

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

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

And here is the FB event

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!–events/italian-night-121316
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



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.



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.

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):
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! 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, Independence Rockside Road

Many locatons – 2 in the Cleveland area.

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

6901 Rockside Road
Independence, Ohio 44131
(216) 264-8188

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.

Kalahari – The Reserve


Tonia shares: I stayed at Kalahari a couple weeks ago when I was at the Middle School Conference and they have a gluten free menu in one of their restaurants, “The Reserve”. I was able to have a burger on a GF bun with GF fries. They have GF breakfast foods as well-waffles, etc. It was such a pleasant surprise! They also have GF pasta and bread for sandwiches. 

7000 Kalahari Drive • Sandusky, Ohio 44870

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

NOTE by Diane on 6/3/14: Gluten Free 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.

Moosehead Saloon

Westlake, Olmsted Falls

Moosehead Saloon

694 Dover Center Rd
Westlake, OH 44145


Moosehead Hoof & Ladder

7989 Columbia Rd
Olmsted Falls, OH 44138


Thanks, Jennifer, for the information about  Moosehead Saloon.

They list the gluten-free options on the opening page of their plastic menu! It only has 5 items and everything is bun-less, but the food was good! I had a grilled chicken sandwich off the regular menu. Yum. The waitress when asking if I wanted a side said “one of our staff (can’t remember the guy’s exact title) is GF and doesn’t do the usual chips. Would you like something else?” They don’t have GF desert yet, but are thinking about it.



Bob Evans

Multiple Locations

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS in Greater Cleveland and Suburbs

Diane writes:

I had the pleasure of joining my family for breakfast at the new Bob Evans at Cedar Center (South Euclid) last week.  On arrival, I spoke with a manager who well understood my needs, addressing my concerns about kitchen cross contamination.  While they did not have a gluten free menu, the manager printed allergen information.  I ordered the basics, eggs and bacon, and he personally cooked my food and checked several times to make sure that everything was ok.

4/21/14 NOTE by Diane:  I have eaten here a number of times with great success. Bob Evans now has a gluten free menu.  There are multiple locations in the greater Cleveland area.

9/13/15 NOTE by Diane: There is no GF menu on their website.  I have not been into a restaurant recently so they may have one available at the location.  Here’s a link to their nutritional and allergen information.  Scroll to find the allergen information.  They advise alerting a manager to your needs.

9/18/15 NOTE by Diane:  I had dinner at the Bob Evans in Mayfield Heights.  They had a laminated GF menu.  Despite ordering from the GF menu and being very specific about my order, the meal served obviously contained gluten.  Be careful, as always.

Tommy’s on Coventry

Cleveland Hts./Coventry

1824 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Mariann (writes 8-14)
Lunch at Tommy’s last week included a g-f veggie burger on a g-f bun, fries, and a cheddar grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.   Tommy’s has been taking care of me and my family with all our gluten/vegan/dairy issues for years – graciously, intelligently and with great integrity.  It is so exciting to see a dedicated gluten-free menu, lots of options, and especially great food!  One reason they are always busy!









Thanks, Emily, for the following review:

I have been to Tommy’s in Coventry many times before.  They have always been very accommodating regarding gluten free food, though there were still limitations to their menu, and only a few options.  However, when I went to eat lunch there last week, I was plesantly surprised.  When I asked my server for the gluten free menu, she informed me that they now have gluten free bread and a dedicated fryer.  This means that a huge portion of the menu is now safe for gluten free customers!  The falafel is gluten free, as are the french fries.  Almost all of the sandwiches are now able to be ordered gluten free.  My waitress at Tommy’s was extremely knowledgeable and seemed excited to share the gluten free options available to me. I ordered the Ceebee sandwich (falafel, veggies, homos, sunflower seeds, cheese and sesame sauce) and french fries.  It was fantastic.When my meal arrived, my french fries had a toothpick in them to distinguish them from my friend’s fries that were likely fried in the normal fryer.  The waitress also made a point to tell me that she checked to make sure, and the sesame dressing was gluten free (I hadn’t asked!).   I also noticed while I was there that there was gluten free granola available, as well as some gluten free cookies. 

I wish other restaurants would realize what Tommy’s has- with simple modification or two (in this case gluten free bread and a dedicated fryer), it can be very easy to accommodate gluten free customers.



Images added 8/18/14:







Progressive Field – CLE Indians Ballpark


Progressive Field Ballpark

2401 Ontario St
Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 420-4487

Hi, Indians fans.  Going to a game?

You may or may not be aware that the stadium has undergone a renovation in the off season 2016!  If you are looking for options for your game repast here’s the latest word direct from the stadium on what the offerings are for the 2016 season!!

from the CLE Indians office:  Information below is the most up to date. We are working with Barrio to possibly add a corn tortilla to add an additional gluten free items.

  • Gluten Free – Field of Greens Cart Red Bridge Beer Section 150
  • Gluten Free – Popcorn Sections 133, 149, 153, 156, 174, 182, 556
  • Gluten Free – Nachos Sections  116, 157, 172, 181, 529
  • Gluten Free – Ciders – The Corner Section 116, Miller Bar Section 138, Sam Adams Cart Section 164

Gluten Free – Hot Dog Ballpark Classics Section 149

Gluten Free – Pierre’s Ice Cream Sections 159, 179, 182 – Black Raspberry Chip, Chocolate, French Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Chip

Gluten Free – Build a Burger Hamburger Section 174

Gluten Free – Build a Burger Chicken Sandwich Section 174

Gluten Free – Ohio City Burrito Burrito Bowl Section 160

Gluten Free – Field of Greens Salad Section 153

Bistro of Green


Gay shared her recent experience at Bistro of Green, 3459 Massillon Road, Uniontown, OH, 330-896-1434. First of all, we arrived at 5:10 without a reservation (they open at 5:00) and they gave us the last available table! The GF menu is extensive and affordable. I ordered a pasta entree with chicken and asparagus. There were three GF options for the numerous pasta dishes – a gf pasta; julienned vegetables; or sauteed spinach. I chose the julienned vegetables and was very happy with it. Although this is over an hour from my home, it is worth returning to try another option – as they have many GF choices. (It was a “real” menu on several pages!) That sounds great!  Have you eaten there?  Share your review by commenting below.

3459 Massillon Rd.

Uniontown,  OH  44685



Pura Vida

Public Square

Pura Vida Restaurant
Public Square
170 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115


Positive reports from the April 18, 2012 gluten free dinner hosted by Pura Vida.

Mariann has shared pictures from the event:

course 1 –   Shrimp toast

course 2 –   Duck confit enchilada with smokey tomatillo and black bean sauce

course 3 –   Tsao’s style short rib with edamame, enochi, and bamboo rice

finale  –       Rhubarb and Strawberry crisp!!

Mariann reported a second Dinner at Pura Vida September 2012.

Pura Vida Restaurant
Public Square
170 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216.987.0100 l

Compola’s Tasty Pizza

Suburban East/Lyndhurst

5101 Mayfield Road
Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124

(440) 449-1252


Adrienne has shared her experience at this restaurant:

I had a wonderful GF pizza at this restaurant (a real treat!) and it was very good. They have been at this location for many years…. They do follow good practices against cross contamination and they wear gloves too.
We had a large pizza, and even my long suffering non-GF husband liked the thin and crispy crust. That pizza oven makes all the difference!
I did not ask about the pizza sauce, more like a marinara. Sauces don’t bother me as much as the pizza dough would. We also had onion and pepperoni toppings, both not a problem.
I think it was $17.00 for a large, not inexpensive, but it was at least 8 slices and very tasty. It just felt great to get out and eat a pizza with other people and feel ‘normal’. I know it has been at least 4 1/2- 5 years for me!!!
The owner was very accommodating and appreciative and very willing to share his knowledge, but of course I knew a great deal more!!!
He and his wife have had many requests over the years, so he found a distributor and got to work on it. He says he maintains sterile practices, and I asked about it, too. I also had no GI issues, which was fine with me!!!
I really hope he can draw GF people to the restaurant….I will definitely go again. It’s a small family run place and very homey.

NOTE: GF pizza crust comes in wrapped frozen from a GF company.
Per telephone, they said toppings were in separate bins, and separate pans were used. 4 piece & 8 piece size.
GF menu may be coming soon


Have you eaten at Compola’s Tasty Pizza?  Please share your experience by commenting.