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Best Allergy-Friendly & Gluten-Free Dining Around MetroWest

April 24, 2013 6:00 AM

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(Photo from Stone Hearth Pizza)

(Photo from Stone Hearth Pizza)

When dining out with an allergy, it can be quite difficult to find a variety of appealing (and safe) meals. But whether it is dairy, nuts or gluten that affects you, plenty of restaurants west of Boston have you covered. From gluten-free pizza or pasta to dairy-free entrees, and even special desserts, you will not be disappointed when dining at these spots.
(Photo Credit: British Beer Company)

(Photo Credit: British Beer Company)

British Beer Company
120 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-1776
www.britishbeer.com

Besides offering great service in a lively environment, with plenty to do like trivia and live entertainment, British Beer Company offers a wide variety of dining and drinking options. With locations throughout Massachusetts, including one right in Framingham, it’s a low-key option with plenty of gluten-free menu selections. Salads like Caesar, steak or cobb, or starters like hummus with veggies or lettuce wraps, all offer delicious treats to satisfy your hunger. For a heartier meal, you can get a burger, wings, steak tips and salmon amongst the many options, and BBC even offers gluten-free pizza.

Blacker’s Bakeshop
551 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 332-2008
www.blackersbakeshop.com

If you are kosher or if nut or dairy allergies are your issue, Blacker’s Bakeshop in Newton has plenty to choose from. It bakes up fresh breads like Challah and rye and even offers tasty bagels for a hearty breakfast or lunch on the go. There are plenty of sweet treats for dessert or snack like cookies, cupcakes, brownies, Bubkah and pies. Blacker’s is open Tuesday through Friday (at sundown) as well as on Sundays for when hunger strikes.

(Photo from Bills/Facebook)

(Photo from Bills/Facebook)

Bill’s Pizzeria
58 E. Central St.
Natick, MA 01760
(508) 653-3240
www.billspizzeria.com

At Bill’s in Natick, delicious pizza has been served up for over 40 years. Any of the award-winning pizza combinations offered can be made on a gluten-free crust. Or if you are on a health kick and do not have an allergy, wheat crust is available instead. If you have a dairy allergy though, cheese can easily be omitted from the pie. Bill’s also has a wide range of toppings from bacon and chicken to marinated artichokes and caramelized onions, and so much more. You can get no sauce if you prefer and just get all of your toppings piled on the crust with veggies. The sky is the limit on creating your perfect allergy-free and/or gluten-friendly pizza.

Related: Boston’s Best Food Allergy Friendly, Gluten Free Dining

(Photo Credit: Blue Ginger/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Blue Ginger/Facebook)


Blue Ginger

583 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482
(781) 283-5790
www.ming.com/blueginger

Since 1998, Ming Tsai has offered up Asian fusion at Blue Ginger in Wellesley, featuring a combination of flavors from the East and West. With its open kitchen, gorgeous granite counters and modern lighting, along with small touches that make a big impact, it has received many awards for its delicious cuisine along with plenty of praise for the atmosphere and décor. If anyone better understands guests’ allergies, it is Ming Tsai. He stays on the forefront in regards to all research and developments when it comes to dining with allergies. The restaurant prides itself on having plenty of menu offerings, no matter what dining preferences one might have. Ming even developed a Food Allergy Reference Book and he is the national spokesperson for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and its new entity FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) so diners can rest assured when dining at Blue Ginger.

(Photo from Stone Hearth Pizza)

(Photo from Stone Hearth Pizza)

Stone Hearth Pizza Co.
974 Great Plain Ave.
Needham, MA 02492
(781) 433-0600
www.stonehearthpizza.com

Though this restaurant has a few locations, the Needham Stone Hearth Pizza Co. is its largest and most family-friendly location. From food and drinks to live music, Stone Hearth has it all including allergy-friendly menu options and a range of gluten-free dishes. Any of the 12-inch pizzas can be made with gluten-free crust for an additional $2 and prepared on a gluten-free dedicated pan in a gluten-free-safe oven, with a gluten-free-safe pizza cutter! Stone Hearth also offers gluten-free pasta, beer and even desserts. It is open every day of the week, and the food is completely house-made, so diners can enjoy only the freshest and healthiest recipes that meet any of their dietary restrictions.

Related: Connoisseur’s Corner: Gluten-Free Products Abound

Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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