6 Must-See Gluten-Free Restaurants for Your Summer Road Trip
Road trip season is upon us. It’s time to pack your bags, load up the car with (gluten-free!) snacks, and hit that open road. Wherever your summer travels take you, there is likely a gluten-free oasis just waiting to be discovered. As the service industry expands to meet the demands of the growing gluten-free market, more and more creative, delicious, and dedicated gluten-free restaurants are popping up across the country. We here at The GFB have been debating which GF restaurants should make this list and have narrowed it down to the following six. Any of these would make a great pit stop on your summer vacation, but we know there are so many others out there we don’t know about, so please share your favorite gluten-free restaurants in the comments section below.
1. Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery New York, New York and Dallas, Texas
Gluten-free bakeries are arguably the most popular of the dedicated gluten-free establishments available today, but Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery is among the most beloved in the country. With a location in both Dallas and New York, this dedicated bakery features top-notch frozen cookie dough balls, paninis, cupcakes, muffins, and special-order cakes. Tu-Lu’s visitors are quick to share raving reviews across social media, and any GF tourists in New York or Dallas should put Tu-Lu’s Bakery on their short list. Keep up with them on Facebook for mouth-watering updates on the cupcake of the day and their newest GF creations.
2. Rose’s Café and Bakery Chicago, Illinois
If you’re gluten-free and in Chicago, you’ll encounter many GF options and separate menus at restaurants across the city. With their dedicated kitchen and creative menu, Rose’s Café and Barkery tops our list as a can’t-miss destination on your trip to Chicago. Rose’s boasts a healthy, great-tasting menu for people with all sorts of dietary restrictions, and their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus all offer a variety of delicious organic options. Rose’s also has a variety of freshly baked pastries and baked goods, guaranteeing that you’ll leave with a carry-on full of GF croissants, French bread, and their famed Chocolate Insanity Cake.
3. Stadium Market Ann Arbor, Michigan
Stadium Market’s gluten-free pizza is one of Ann Arbor’s best-kept secrets. Stadium Market, a small liquor store near the University of Michigan Stadium, is home to one of the most indulgent gluten-free pizzas around. Although it is not a dedicated kitchen, the cooks take every precaution to keep the gluten-free pizzas free from cross-contamination – and with its thick and seasoned crust, you’ll hardly believe it’s gluten-free. Place your carry-out order about an hour ahead of time, and grab some gluten-free beer when you pick up your pizza. The market also offers gluten-free sandwiches and a variety of gluten-free groceries, so it’s your one-stop shop when you’re visiting Ann Arbor this summer.
4. Asian Box California (Various locations)
With five locations across California, Asian Box offers up authentic Vietnamese street food that is naturally gluten-free. Save your barrage of questions about soy sauce and noodles for another trip – everything on the menu is gluten-free, made of fresh ingredients, and totally affordable. Stop by Asian Box for a fast-casual, locally-sourced quality meal to add some bold flavors to your California road trip.
5. Maui Brick Oven Kihei, Hawaii
If you’ve got Hawaii on your summer bucket list, we’re already jealous. Every gluten-free foodie should stop by Maui Brick Oven for one of their signature handmade pizzas and enjoy a completely gluten-free menu and dedicated kitchen. Hawaii is paradise, and so is Maui Brick Oven. The business is family owned, and since they have Celiac Disease in the family, you can trust your meal comes from a family who truly cares about your health, happiness, and pizza.
6. Harvester Brewing Portland, Oregon
Portland is notoriously known as a gluten-free haven. Visit Portland and you’ll find more dedicated gluten-free kitchens, bakeries, and grocery options than in most U.S. cities; so if you’re planning a road trip this summer, get yourself to Portland. Harvester Brewing is a must-see for beer lovers, as it is home to one of the best gluten-free beers in the country. All of their handcrafted beer is brewed in a dedicated kitchen, and visit the Gastropub next door to grab a beer with friends and order from a delicious, 100% gluten-free food menu. Since Harvester beers are currently only distributed in four states, the Brewery is a staple for your next trip to Portland.
We’ve shared six new gluten-free destinations for your American Road Trip bucket list, now it’s your turn. What are your favorite gluten-free restaurants across the United States? Let us know in the comments below!