Travel is getting easier for those of us with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. More and more restaurants are providing gluten free options. But that doesn’t mean eating out while gluten free is easy. On the contrary, we still have to worry about cross contamination, finding safe options, pre-planning our travels and more. That’s why I’ve got you covered with this guide to gluten free restaurants in Detroit.
Gluten Free Restaurants in Detroit
Detroit certainly has a growing gluten free scene, so this is only a selection of the gluten free restaurants in Detroit. Each of the below restaurants takes steps to reduce cross contamination risk. However, I always encourage you to check with your server before you order as restaurant protocols change over time. With a little caution and this guide to gluten free restaurants around Detroit, you should be able to enjoy our city feeling your best, with no fear of being glutened!
1. Buddy’s Pizza
Your first stop among gluten free restaurants in Detroit has to be Buddy’s Pizza. Here, you can try one of their famous original Detroit style pizzas, but gluten free! There are no cardboard-tasting pizza crusts at Buddy’s. Here, you’ll get a crispy and thick gluten free crust. Buddy’s takes precautions to reduce cross contact, such as cooking the gluten free pizzas wrapped in foil on the top shelf of the oven.
2. Hudson Cafe
For brunch, Hudson Café is a Detroit institution for the gluten free or gluten-consuming folks alike. This café has a central downtown location, and you can expect a line out the door after 9 a.m. on weekends. At Hudson Café they take gluten free preparation very seriously, with celiac-safe procedures such as a separate kitchen space and cooking utensils. Order gluten free pancakes or the very berry French toast. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
Seva is a 100 percent vegetarian restaurant. They have an extensive gluten free menu! What’s even better is that Seva has a dedicated gluten free fryer, meaning the crispy Yam fries should definitely be on any celiac’s order. Seva takes other precautions such as using a separate preparation space for gluten free orders, and cooking gluten free items in dedicated pans rather than on the stove top.
4. Folk Detroit
Drop by Folk in trendy Corktown for a gluten free brunch of your dreams, made of locally-sourced high-quality ingredients. At Folk the gluten free items are marked on the menu, and if you ask the server they will take appropriate precautions when preparing. A personal favorite is the almond-flour based waffles made on a dedicated waffle iron, served with pistachio butter. However, the menu at Folk changes seasonally so it’s best to stop by and see for yourself!
5. Green Space Café
Pop over to Ferndale for a brunch, lunch, or dinner at Green Space Café. This artisanal cafe is higher end, but serves a huge variety of gluten free options. The menu also marks soy free, nut free, oil free, and spicy options, making this a great stop for anyone who has a range of food allergies or an intolerance.
6. Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria
You can’t discuss gluten free restaurants in metro Detroit without making a nod to Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria in Troy and Southfield. This pizzeria is one of the few 100 percent gluten free restaurants in the Detroit area. Yes, you read that right! At Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria the long menu is entirely gluten free, making it perfectly safe for everyone with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Plus, the food is so good your gluten-eating dining companions won’t know the difference.
7. Brome Modern Eatery
Head to Dearborn or downtown Detroit for a drool-worthy gluten free burger at Brome Modern Eatery. This restaurant is much more than your average burger joint – they pledge to use all organic meat, 100 percent non-GMO ingredients, and have sustainable business practices. Additionally, their gluten free options are extensive, with gluten free buns and a dedicated fryer making french fries.
These are seven of the best gluten free restaurants in Detroit. Each one not only serves up delicious gluten free food, but also has protocols to reduce cross contamination and make dining safe for everyone, including those with celiac disease.
If you want to see more options, check out my own guide to gluten free Detroit cafés and restaurants here.