Treat Cupcake Bar
1450 Highland Ave.
Needham MA, 02492
Open daily, Treat isn’t just a place to pick up a cupcake and go. You can also make your own creation at its cupcake bars in Needham or Chestnut Hill. There is a whole menu with a focus on gluten-free items, with many of these options also vegan and soy-free. Highlights include the Mochaccino cupcake, Orange you Cute, which is a chocolate cupcake with orange-flavored frosting, Lemon Drop or the Mint Cookies n’ Cream.
19 Pelham St.
Newton, MA 02459
www.innaskitchen.com Located in Newton, Inna’s features house-made gluten-free, dairy-free and even celiac-friendly menu options. Head here for a wide range of deli items, soups, frozen entrees and baked goods. Specialties include knishes, strudel, latkes, lasagna and quinoa tabbouleh. There are also tasty sandwiches available on rye or challah bread, plus favorites like falafel and shawarma.
190 Linden St.
Wellesley, MA 02482
Award-winning restaurant The Cottage has one of the best gluten-free menus you could ask for. Start off with the goat cheese and polenta or the California caesar salad featuring creamy avocado dressing and shaved parmesan cheese. Then dig into one of its Handhelds, which are sandwiches served on Gillians gluten-free buns. Among the many options, standouts include a classic cheeseburger, a lobster sandwich or the lamb burger. Dinner entrees like the steak frites, honey-glazed salmon or crispy duck also make great selections. And for a gluten-free dessert, go for the Fallen Chocolate Souffle Cake featuring fudge, whipped cream and ice cream.
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92 Summer St.
Arlington, MA 02474
Scutra makes it easy to dine on a gluten-free diet since its regular menu has clearly marked dishes that are safe to eat throughout it. Flavor-packed menu options include truffled bacon-spiced popcorn, roasted antipasto or the garlic baked PEI mussels with parmesan cheese. Get appetizers and salad for a light meal or go for one of the entrees like the grilled double cut pork chop, paella or chicken risotto featuring veggies such as asparagus, squash and zucchini.
600 Mt. Auburn St.
Watertown, MA 02472
With a menu full of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes, Red Lentil is a perfect place for those watching what they eat. Each dish is expertly prepared and the combination of ingredients is perfectly paired to offer layers of flavor. Diners feast on Millet loaf, served with seasonal vegetables and Ethiopian-spiced tempeh with marjoram pesto, ratatouille and carrot sage béchamel sauce. Other standouts include beet and potato latkes, pistachio and coconut tofu, Jamaican jerk tempeh and the butternut squash polenta. For a taste of the Southwest, Red Lentil has grande nachos with refried black beans and jalapeno jack cheese along with all of the fixings or a Santa Fe salad with classic veggies, fresh avocado, queso fresco and corn chips, drizzled with a vegan ranch dressing.
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