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Gluten-free Dining in Dallas

January 2, 2011

A while back, the North Texas Gluten Intolerance Group hosted an event at the Gaylord Texan where restaurants in the Dallas area were invited to share their gluten-free selections.

Finding chain restaurants that offer gluten-free items isn’t all that hard anymore.  When I first went GF almost 5 years ago, finding a restaurant that knew what gluten was was difficult, let alone finding an actual GF menu.  But now – fortunately – most chain restaurants have an inkling of what gluten is and most publish their allergen info, even if they don’t have a specific gluten-free menu.

Finding non-chain restaurants that offer GF items is a little more difficult.  On one hand, independent restaurants are more likely to use whole ingredients instead of pre-packaged sauces, mixes, etc., so they can more easily make a gluten-free entrée on the fly.  On the other hand, the knowledge of what is gluten-free and what isn’t usually resides with the chef alone, and getting good info from the wait staff can be difficult.

That said, the best GF meals I’ve ever had have come from independent restaurants and Dallas has a plethora of them.

13270 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240

P: (214) 459-1601

Full gluten-free menu, including clam chowder, 5 specialty salads, several seafood and grill choices, as well as 3 desserts.

Grilled Lime Chicken Salad (and chocolate cake)

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Mixed greens with Chopped Vegetables, Asparagus, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes and Corn.  Tossed in a Citrus Vinaigrette.

2700 E. Southlake Blvd.

Southlake, TX 76092

P: 817-748-2100

Gluten-free menu with salads, sandwiches (served in lettuce cups), entrees and sides.

Wood Grilled Atlantic Salmon

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Wood Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Basmati Rice, Jicama-Cucumber Salad, Tomatillo Salsa

1501 Gaylord Trail

Grapevine, TX 76051

P: 817-778-2800

No specific gluten-free menu, but Exec Chef is super knowledgeable about gluten

Chipotle Barbecue Prawn with Monterrey Jack Grits

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Oh my word this was good.  Sooooo good.

1601 Precinct Line Road

Hurst, TX 76054

P: 817-498-6770

Gnocchi with grilled chicken in a garlic cream sauce

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1501 Gaylord Trail

Grapevine, TX 76051

P: 817-778-2800

No specific gluten-free menu, but Exec Chef is super knowledgeable about gluten.

Barbecued Brisket Sandwich

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While there is (almost) always an Outback, or a PF Changs to fall back on when dining out, truly good meals are often found at the restaurants that don’t have a million locations all across the US.  Dallas is known for its restaurants, and though this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to eating out in the metroplex, it is clear that Dallas’ unique restaurant offerings are no longer limited to the gluten-eating community.

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