Allergy-Friendly Restaurants in Detroit

October 11, 2022 | Story by Lindsay Whitman Drewes

It can be challenging to eat away from home with a food allergy. Luckily, Detroit has many allergy-friendly restaurants with highly trained staff happy to prepare safe food. The restaurants on this list offer clearly labeled menus, trained staff, and in some cases, completely allergen-free kitchens. Always speak up and double-check with the staff to ensure everything is prepared for your specific needs.

Nut Allergy Friendly Restaurants

Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria

1937 W Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48084

100% gluten-free and nut-free kitchen making everything from scratch. Pizzas, pasta, cakes, and more. Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria came as an answer to the founder’s daughter Renee, who has Celiac Disease and Eosinophilic Esophagitis. It’s one of the few completely gluten and nut-free pizza joints in all of Michigan.

Vinsetta Garage

27799 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072

This peanut-free restaurant sits in the location of the oldest garage east of the Mississippi. Now it’s turned into a hip and delicious restaurant. Try the Disco Fries, Union Mac, or the 3 A.M. Dog.

Slows Macaroni & cheese

Vinsetta Garage bt Jacob Lewkow

Maggiano’s Little Italy

2089 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084

This traditional Italian eatery is accommodating when ordering allergy-friendly meals and is rated peanut and tree-nut-safe. They also offer substitutions for gluten-free or whole-wheat pasta.

Dairy Allergy Friendly Restaurants

Anita’s Kitchen

150 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Fresh, locally sourced food you can grab for take-out. The Chicken Shawarma bowl or pita and Omega bowl are great dairy-free options. For gluten-free options, try the Loaded House Fries, Chicken Feta Fattoush, and Mediterranean Bowl.

Detroit Vegan Soul

19614 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223

Fresh, mostly organic, dairy-free, vegan soul food. Try the Oyster Mushroom Po-Boy or the Bacon Burger.

Photo by Bill Bowen

Planthropie

135 Pierce St, Birmingham, MI 48009

This cheese and dessert bar is entirely dairy free. Planthropie offers only plant-based cheeses. Try a Rose Beat Latte, Strawberry and Cream Mini Cake, and Cheese Tasting Tour.

Gluten Allergy Friendly Restaurants

Buddy’s Pizza

Madison Building, 1565 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

and 17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212

This Detroit staple offers all of its signature pizza on a choice of gluten-free crust. Try the Eastern Market Veggie or The Henry Ford.

Ima

4870 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

This Japanese noodle spot has lots of gluten-free options on the menu. Try the Smoked Salmon Potato Salad or the Karaage Chicken bites.

Ima Noodles, @theveganjeannie

Soul Cafe

5586 Drake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322

Soul Cafe has a chic industrial interior and outdoor patio. They offer gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas, and pasta. You can order breakfast all day, with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Try Shakshuka, Smoked Fish Plate, Shakshuka, or Ancient Grain Salad.

Soul Cafe is one of Friendship Circle’s Soul Projects, which offers employment opportunities to adults with special needs.

Pie-Sci Pizza

5163 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48208

Pie-Sci is a fun and inventive pizza joint that features gluten-free and dairy-free options. Try the I Am The Eggplant, ICP (Insane Cauliflower Pizza), or the Spin Doctors. People who need gluten-free choices rave about Pie-Sci Pizza.

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