5 Great Chicago Restaurants That Offer Gluten-Free Menus

Ordering off a restaurant menu can be anxiety-producing for anyone, but especially for those with dietary restrictions. One of the most common alternative diets is gluten-free, which involves eliminating gluten (a substance in cereal grains like wheat) from your diet. While some people go gluten-free because they have celiac disease (which prevents their bodies from processing gluten) or a gluten sensitivity, others do it for the potential health benefits. Either way, it's often hard to find gluten-free options at your favorite restaurants.

Here are five restaurants in Chicago that have made it their mission to accommodate a gluten-free lifestyle: 

1. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

Chicago's go-to tapas bar offers more than just sangria and paella. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba features a wide selections of small plates perfect for sharing with friends or family members. The restaurant's separate gluten-free menu includes a Spanish tortilla, skewered chicken and sausage, paella and even a large selection of desserts. 

3. Mon Ami Gabi

If you're looking for a nice restaurant to eat at with parents that also has gluten-free options, this is the place for you. Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro located right in front of the Lincoln Park Zoo. While most French bistros provide a warm baguette with butter when you sit down, this one will quickly replace it with warm gluten-free bread upon request. There is a large gluten-free menuwith classic dishes, including filet mignon, sea scallops and a chocolate mousse for dessert.  

5. Summer House Santa Monica

This is Chicago's staple restaurant for the now-infamous avocado toast, and while the majority of Instagram photos tagged here are of just that, the restaurant offers far more. Summer House Santa Monica has an entirely gluten-free menu for brunch, lunch and dinner. Menu items include a gluten-free version of the avocado toast, ahi tuna tostadas and a classic wood-grilled hamburger. This one should definitely be on your Chicago restaurant bucket list.

Whether or not you're gluten-free, sometimes it's a good idea to try out an alternative diet. These Chicago restaurants offer great gluten-free options without sacrificing on taste, which make them the perfect places for those who've adopted a gluten-free lifestyle or hope to accommodate friends with dietary restrictions. 

By Loie Gilbert

Spoon University

(January 20, 2017)