Metro Detroit Restaurants Offer Gluten-Free Goodness

By: Toni Cunningham | March 7, 2013
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If you’re on a restricted diet, eating out can be somewhat of a hassle. However, for those of you with celiac disease, there are numerous restaurants in the Metro Detroit area that have adapted completely gluten-free menus. Next time you’re heading out for dinner, keep the following restaurants in mind. You’ll have a vast array to choose from instead of the usual slim pickings!

Union Woodshop, 18 S. Main St., Clarkston, is known for its “big-time small-town BBQ,” and has a gluten-free menu full of starters, sandwiches, burgers and main dishes. The sandwiches and ‘shop burgers are all served “bunless, but delicious,” and soy oil is used for frying. If your diet requires any other adjustments, the chef will gladly make substitutions.

Inn Season Café, 500 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, has prided itself on providing organic vegan/vegetarian options to its patrons for over 30 years. The restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus feature gluten-free and soy-free items, like Enchiladas Coloradito, Inn Season Salad, stir-fry and more. There’s even a gluten-free children’s menu for those 12 and under.

Seva, with locations in Ann Arbor and Detroit, has recently created a gluten-free menu chock full of modified selections from its main menu. No need to have a bun-free sandwich here! Bread from Rumi’s Passion Bakery is used for the menu’s sandwiches, including Mushroom Sliders, the Grilled Pesto Pizza Sandwich and the Reuben.

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Flemming’s, 17400 Haggerty Rd., Livonia, has an extensive gluten-free menu without many substitutions. You can still experience the great flavors this steakhouse has to offer, sans gluten. Menu items like Sliced Filet Mignon, Petite Lamb Chops and Wicked Cajun Barbecue Shrimp will surely hit the spot. All of the steaks, chops and meat come with a choice of nearly 10 gluten-free sauces, too.

Ocean Prime, 2915 Coolidge Highway, Troy, is a highbrow seafood restaurant that also happens to have a gluten-free menu. Enjoy the chef’s compositions including Sea Scallops, Gerber Farms Chicken and Pork Porterhouse with sauces and truffle butter that are also gluten-free.

Additional restaurants that feature gluten-free menus and selections are Gratzi, 326 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, The Chop House, 322 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, Sweet Lorraine’s, 29101 Greenfield Rd., Southfield, and Amici’s Gourmet Pizza in Berkley and Birmingham.

Keep in mind, these restaurants feature gluten-free menus, not gluten-free kitchens. So if your meal requires special preparation, be sure to make a note of that when ordering!