Having family in town for the holidays can be stressful, finding a place to eat that everyone agrees on, worse. Add to the mix that someone in the family has food allergies, finding a restaurant can be a nightmare. Heck, finding food at the grocery can be a headache.
Dayton has become a great place to eat, for all foodies, including those with sensitivities and allergies. The movement toward small and local has benefited Dayton and its large community of food sensitive eaters. We have a plethora of restaurants, breweries, farmer’s markets, and mom and pop shops from which to choose. Sometimes you just have to know which rock to look under to find the perfect cozy spot, but isn’t that the joy of a small niche place that nobody else knows about?
Maybe with this list of Dayton’s best kept secrets for the food sensitive, I will lift up a rock you may not have noticed before. Enjoy eating with your family this holiday season!
Archer’s Tavern– offers a gluten free pizza
Arepas – simple yet flavorful Colombian comfort food. All dishes are prepared on site from scratch with fresh ingredients. Most dishes are gluten free.
Bad Dog Nice Taco – Chef Leeanne is happy to suggest her GF options
Boston’s Bistro – specialize in pizza’s with a GF option
Butter Cafe – You can order one of their sandwiches with gluten-free bread or have gluten-free toast with your breakfast order.
Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering – Providing traditional and innovative fare at reasonable prices, with many vegetarian and vegan options.
City BBQ – meats are smoked on-site at each restaurant, hand rubbed with spices.
Coldwater Cafe – Chef Nick is happy to prepare you many GF options.
Company 7 BBQ – nationally award winning BBQ
Corner Kitchen – this finer diner has a gluten free menu option
Crepe Boheme – if you call ahead they will make Gluten Free batter for Crepes
Dorothy Lane Market – check out their Gluten Free Support Group
Dublin Pub – Sunday Brunch – lots of options full of flavor and Gluten free
El Meson – A mainstay of West Carrollton, this upscale restaurant specializes in Spanish and Latin American food. Many of the dishes are naturally gluten-free, and the staff is gluten-free conscious.
Flying Tiger – satisfying Asian Fusion and American Chinese.
Fronana– a delicious, healthy frozen treat free of dairy, gluten, added sugar & artificial ingredients! They also have cones that are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and made out of bananas!
Fusian – very good at explaining what all they do and what proteins are or can be gluten free.
Giovanni’s – offers a gluten free pizza
Hawthorn Grill – Plenty of gluten-free options available and can modify a dish to fit within the guidelines of any of your special needs.
Hot Head Burrito – check their allergen chart to make your order work for you
Lihn’s Bistro – the premier spot for Vietnamese cuisine which
Lucky’s Tap Room & Grille – A hip joint in the Oregon District serving up fine craft beers, soup, salads, and sandwiches. They have many gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.
Meadowlark – great options for healthy eating and very familiar with gluten restrictions
Pasha Grill – An oasis for diners seeking gluten-free meals
PF Chang– has gluten free menu and uses gluten free soy sauce when asked.
Rue Dumaine Restaurant American-meets-French cuisine from expert chef, Anne Kearney. They are gluten-free aware and happy to assist people with special dietary needs.
Salar Restaurant and Lounge – Vegan Friendly, French, Latin, Mediterranean Restaurant
Sinfully Gluten Free – Dayton’s only 100% dedicated gluten-free restaurant that serves pizzas, sandwiches, quiche, chicken wings, and dessert items.
Spinoza’s – Much of the food is locally sourced and the gluten free pizza’s are awesome and save room for the GF chocolate chip cookies.
The Caroline: This Troy restaurant offers a complete Gluten Free Menu
The Chef Case: Located in the 2nd Street Market, The Chef Case offers conscious cuisine with a focus on local, healthy dishes. They serve individuals who follow a variety of special diets including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and casein-free.
TJ Chumps – with 4 locations, this locally owned chain offers a GF menu
Wheat Penny – This upscale pizza place offers gluten free pizza and desserts offered
Communitea – always a gluten free and a vegetarian option for our dining guests.
Ella Bella Gluten Free – Ella Bella Cookies sells muffins, banana nut bread, lemon bars, whoopie pies, cookies, and other tasty treats. You can call or email Ella Bella with your orders.
Neighborhood Nest – home-based bakery in New Carlisle that makes just about anything you can think of in gluten free
*As with any food sensitivity, please talk to your server. You are your own best advocate.
This guest post written by Mandy Groszko, the owner of Ella Bella Gluten Free, a lover of food and all things local.