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.

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.

The Faithful Little Cupcake

Orrville, OH and Wooster, OH

email at –

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

116 N. Main St.
Orrville, OH  44667


135 w. Liberty St.
Wooster, OH 44691


4146 Burbank St.
Wooster, OH 44691

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

Michael Angelo’s Bakery

Broadview Heights

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

(440) 526-0499

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

Eileen writes:

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

Dining Out G-F in NEO

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

Pura Vida – Euclid Ave. Downtown CLE 

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

Harvest Kitchen – Solon    

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

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

Barroco Grill – Lakewood

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

Anatolia Cafe – Cleveland Hts.

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

The Fairmount – Cleveland Hts.

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

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

Lopez on Lee – Cleveland Hts.

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

Flying Fig – Ohio City, Cleveland west side

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

Paladar – Woodmere

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

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

Tommy’s on Coventry

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

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

Cafe Avalaun – Warrensville Hts.  

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

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



Multiple Locations

also at:

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

8748 Mentor Ave
Mentor, OH 44060, United States

Eileen writes:

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

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

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

The Bakery at Morning Mist Farms


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


Mad Batter Bakery – Online



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

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

Not a single product includes gluten.

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

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.

Carrie Cerinos

North Royalton

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


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

Planet Subs –

Cuyahoga Falls and Multiple Locations Nationally

2022 Portage Trail, Suite 1020
Cuyahoga Falls,  OH  44223

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

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

Stacie at Planet Subs writes:

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

Melting Pot

National Chain – Multiple Locations

Mutliple Locations Nationwide
including Cleveland,  Cincinnati and Columbus in Ohio

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

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

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

Big Lots

Multiple locations.

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

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

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

Comment below with your finds.

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?

Hudson’s Restaurant Fairlawn

2 locations – Fairlawn and Hudson

Hudson’s Restaurant – 2 locations

in Fairlawn

3900 Medina Rd – located on the SW corner of  Medina RD and Cleve-Mass.
Akron, OH  44333

in Hudson

80 N. Main St.
Hudson, OH 44236

Eileen writes:

Randy our waiter informed us that Hudson’s has a dedicated gluten-free fryer and kitchen prep area. We had french fries and an order of mashed potatoes was also specially prepared gluten-free. We also had a chopped salad and prime rib that were also great. Hudson’s also offers gluten-free pasta.  They don’t have a gluten-free menu because they want allergies to be called to their attention. They also have a dedicated kitchen area for people allergic to shellfish.

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?

Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies

I wanted to recommend Tate’s Bake Shop Ginger Zinger Cookies. I found them at West Point Market in Akron.  They have a really nice flavor and crisp texture and don’t taste gluten-free at all more like a real bakery cookie . The package weighs 8 oz and is $5.99. They also sell a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie  which I haven’t tried yet.  Their  packages states that the cookies are baked in a gluten-free facility.

Jilly’s Music Room

Northside District, Fully Gluten-free

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

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

Notes from Mariann (9-14):

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

Jilly’s brings us an update (2-15)

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

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

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

Chill Pop Shop

Local NEO area Farm Markets, Festivals and Events

also available for catered events

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




17100 Royalton Rd.  #11
Strongsville,  OH  44136

Pamela shares her experience:

Menu?  No

What did you order?
Salads, Steaks, Chicken

Was the server knowledgeable?

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


Multiple Locations


J Bella
12201 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44136

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

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

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

Thank you Pamela for your valuable comments:

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

What did you order?
salads, steaks, gf pasta

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

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

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

Reeve’s Cake Shop


Reeves Cake Shop
2770 Cory Ave.
Akron, Oh. 44314

Welcome to Reeves Cake Shop.

From the Reeve’s website:
You have just taken a step back in time to a place where everything is done the old fashioned way.

We do not use mixes but rather choose to bake fresh from scratch using quality ingredients. In fact, many of our recipes can be traced back in our family for over 90 years! We will not freeze your cake, but we will bake it fresh for your party or event so you get the highest quality cake possible. Join us at one of our cake tastings to see what a difference a home style approach can make.

Even though we cling to old fashioned baking standards – our decorating is definitely 21st century! Stop into our store and browse our showroom with over 50 cakes on display. You are always welcome to bring in your own ideas and work with us to design the perfect cake!


Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am – 6pm
Wednesday 10am – 6pm
Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday* 10am – 4:30pm
Sunday Closed
*We are not available for consultations on Saturdays.

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

Francesco’s Bakery and Deli

Broadview Heights

Francesco’s Bakery & Deli wants to welcome you to our new restaurant that offers a coffee house and a variety of freshly prepared breads, cakes, donuts, cookies, and pasty. We also have a large selection of fresh deli meat & cheese as well as hot Italian Food including pizza, pasta, chicken parmesan and more!  Stop in today for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

*Catering & Specialty Cakes also available, including several gluten-free options.

9198 Broadview Rd

Broadview Hts, OH 44147

Phone:  440.627.6422


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

NOTE by Diane 2/18/2016: Closed.

Pure deLite Cupcakes

Fairlawn, Strongsville

This bakery is closed.

Pure deLite cupcakes have half the calories, fat and sugar of a traditional cupcake and are baked using pure, natural and organic ingredients unlike its competitors. With more than 140 different cupcake flavors, foodies won’t fall in love with just one.

Pure deLite is noted for its unique, healthy and delicious recipes that specialize in:

– Vegan
– Gluten-Free
– Organic Ingredients
– 1/2 the Calories
– 1/2 the Fat
– 1/2 the Sugarure deLite Fairlawn

Merchant’s Square Plaza, 125 Ghent Road, Fairlawn, Ohio 44333
Tel: (330) 865-4000


Hours of Operation:
Monday: 2:00pm-6:00pm
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Open at 8:00am for coffee products except on Mondays & Sundays

Pure deLite  Strongsville, Ledgewood Plaza, 17100 Royalton Road, Strongsville, Ohio 44136
Tel: (440) 238-3050

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 12:00pm-7:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am-7:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Open at 8:00am for coffee products except on Mondays & Sundays

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

Main Street Cupcakes

Hudson, Rocky River, Chagrin Falls

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

Cupcakes stores in 3 locations:

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

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

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

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

The Cute Little Cake Shop


Retail Store & Main Office
15131 Pearl Rd.
Strongsville, OH 44136 USA
​(440) 846-1352

We are conveniently located just 1.4 miles SW of Southpark Mall, and 20 miles SW of downtown Cleveland. You can find us in the Strongsville Towne Center Shopping Plaza, near Big Lots, Cleats, & Clothes Mentor,behind Jimmy Johns & Chipotle (on the North end of the shopping plaza). Our
driveway is directly across the street from Panini’s. Look for the pink cake ball sign!​

Normal Business Hours-September through May
Tues-Thurs 10-6
Friday 10-6
Saturday 9-5
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed

From their website:
Please note: Our gluten free cake balls are prepared in a kitchen that prepares products with ingredients containing gluten. Every effort is made to avoid cross-contamination. If you have a severe allergy to gluten, we recommend using caution, or not consuming our products.

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

Outback Steakhouse

Multiple locations locally and nationally


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

Outback Independence
6100 Rockside Place
Independence, OH 44131

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

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

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

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

And many other locations in Ohio and elsewhere.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Multiple Locations

Multiple locations in Ohio and around the country.

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

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

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

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



First Watch

Multiple Locations

Gluten Free Guide

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS –  locations are independent and options may vary

1431 Som Center Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

13950 Cedar Rd.
University Heights, OH 44118

6025 Kruse Drive
Solon, OH 44139

19340 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

168 Market St.
Westlake, OH 44145

3265 West Market Street
Fairlawn, OH 44333

And elsewhere.

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

Eat’n Park

Multiple Locations


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

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

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

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

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

And elsewhere around the country.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Multiple Locations

Please note the following statement from their website:

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

Multiple locations in Greater Cleveland Area and Nationally


Multiple Locations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And other locations in Ohio and around the country.

Bravo! Cucina Italiana

Multiple locations

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

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

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

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

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

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




At Last Gluten Free Bakery


At Last Gluten Free Bakery

Medina, Ohio

Phone: (330) 241-0701  

biscotti, cookies, pizzelles, cupcakes, pies, & cakes

NOTE by Diane:  10/7/14 moved to Archives – website link does not work – could not find other information



Multiple Locations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. P’s Gluten-Free Bakery


Dedicated gluten free bakery
Mrs. P’s Gluten Free Bakery
22 Center Rd
Bedford 44146
Open Tues to  Fri. 9am-3pm Sat 9am-2pm

NOTE From Their Website: We want to thank all our loyal customers, but we will be closing August 21st 2015
You can still buy our bread at any of the Fresh Start Diners.
Thank you for your loyalty
Mrs. P’s

My Pizzetta

N. Royalton

14290 State Road
North Royalton, OH 44133

Monday – Thursday // 11:00am – 10:00pm
Friday- Saturday // 11:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday // 11:00am – 6:00pm


Connie shares:

Mimi’s had an article about a red brick pizza shop called My Pizzetta that just opened in North Royalton. They have GF. My son and I tried their regular pizza so far and it was very good. Not a sit-down but have a drive through. Their number is 440 237 1770. Mimis has half off gift certificates available. A 9″ pizza is about $8.50 with a topping. They have a website with their menu. They get their crusts from Mrs. P’s in Bedford which I saw online is a completely gluten free bakery. They separate the ingredients for the making of the GF pizza. All pizzas go through the same oven, putting the gluten free on a screen.


Boneyard Grille

Multiple Locations

Multiple Locations – Independently Operated

101 E. Royalton Road
Broadview Heights OH 44147
corner of Royalton Road and Broadview Road

5900 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights OH 44124


Tonia says:

Boneyard Grille in Broadview Hts. has an small  gluten free menu and carries Red Bridge beer.


3 Palms Pizzeria and Bakery

Hudson, Westlake

Hudson, OH 44236

281 Main Street
Westlake, OH 44236

Nicole writes:

I dined this past Saturday at 3 Palms Pizzeria in Hudson, at First & Main.  I had their gluten free pizza and it was incredible.  While it is not a dedicated kitchen nor do they have a specific gluten free menu, they do make their own crust in house. There was a $3 upcharge for the GF crust. Obviously a concern given that there are other flours, but I spoke with the manager who said that all pans were separate and they take precaution.  I was fine and didn’t get sick at all.  It was by far the best crust I have ever eaten out.  They also have gluten free desserts in the case, and my mother in law had purchased a decadent chocolate cake for my birthday from there over the summer.  


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.


B Spot

Multiple Locations


Crocker Park
20 Main Street
Westlake, OH 44145

28699 Chagrin Boulevard –
Woodmere, OH 44122

18066 Royalton Road
Strongsville, OH 44136

Horseshoe Casino
100 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113

Quicken Loans Arena – The “Q”
Open only during Cavs games

Cleveland Browns Stadium
Open only during Browns games and major events

Diane writes:

I had lunch this week at the B Spot on Chagrin at Eton.  A manager came to the table to explain my options – bunless burger or chicken.  All toppings were ok, except grilled onions.  No fries, as onion rings are made in the same oil.  Condiments and sauces are on the table and a pickle bar, with pickled tomatoes and onions, in addition to 2 kinds of cucumbers, is located in the center of the restaurant. The manager brought out a dish of the very delicious Coffee BBQ sauce and an assortment of fantastic pickled veggies at my request. One note:  In the service of our large table of mostly gluten eaters, my chicken arrived with a fry on the plate.  The server immediately returned the dish to the kitchen and the manager hand carried a newly made serving to me.

Have you tried B Spot?  What was your experience?


Danny Boy’s

Multiple Locations


20251 Lake Road
Rocky River, OH 44116

1315 Boardman Canfield Road
Youngstown, OH 44512
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm
330-726-FRANK (3726)

8158 Broadview Rd.
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

6081 Dressler Road, NW
Canton, OH 44720
330-499-FRANK (3726)

8389 Mayfield Road
Chesterland, OH 44026
440-729-FRANK (3726)


Lara shares:

I recently went to Danny Boy’s (Italian Restaurant) and they now offer Gluten Free pizza. It was so wonderful. Even better was dining out with my family eating a similar food. It was so delicious. We went to the location in Broadview Hts but I believe there are 5 locations altogether. Please spread the word. They said I was only the 2nd GF pizza that they have sold.

Pappou’s Family Restaurant


MaryLou visited Pappou’s Family Restaurant, ordering Liver & Onions.  There is no gluten free menu.  She commented:

Would definately recommend.  The chef and the server provided numerous options.  Restaurant very clean & bright, seats 100.  Closed on Mondays.  Recommend asking server to check with chef.  Extensive menu.

8320 Snow Rd, Parma, OH 44129 – Corner of Pearl & Snow Road
(440) 888-9644

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.

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.

Winking Lizard

BEWARE!!! Multiple Locations


No gluten-free foods are offered

Thanks for this news, Dan:

I ate at the Winking Lizard in Avon on Tuesday night.  They normally have Redbridge Beer and was surprised to hear that they substituted it for a beer called Omission from the Widmer Brothers Brewing Company in Oregon.  I can attest that it is the best tasting “GF” beer I’ve ever had, and had no reaction (I am celiac).   

Omission Beer is made with barley, like traditional beer.  But the brewers say they have found a way to remove the gluten and leave the taste. Each batch is tested for the presence of gluten. Have you tried Omission Beer?  What is your favorite gluten free beer?

4/21/14 NOTE by Diane: At this time gluten removed beers are not considered safe for people with celiac disease.  See this report by Tricia Thompson, the Gluten Free Watchdog.
See also this more recent post.

Domino’s Pizza

(Controversial) Multiple Locations

Domino’s has pizza with gluten free crust.

Monday, Domino’s, the world’s largest delivery pizza chain, will announce plans to sell a pizza made with a gluten-free crust.

That is the thrilling start to the article on  What follows is quite concerning:

“We are the first national pizza delivery chain to offer this,” boasts Domino’s CMO Russell Weiner, who notes that while the crust is certified gluten-free, the pizza is still prepared in ovens with pizzas that aren’t gluten-free, so folks who are extra-sensitive need to be aware. The gluten-free pizza costs about $3 more. Most gluten-free products typically do cost more to make.

From the Domino’s press release:

While Domino’s new Gluten Free Crust is appropriate for those with mild gluten sensitivity, Domino’s and the NFCA do not recommend it for those with celiac disease. Domino’s and the NFCA found that while the crust is certified as gluten free, current store operations at Domino’s cannot guarantee that each handcrafted pizza will be completely free from gluten.

So, the crust is certified GF, but cross-contamination is a real concern.  I think I’ll skip it.  How about you?  Have you tried it?  Share your experience by commenting below.