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Boston’s Best Gluten-Free Food

August 21, 2013 6:00 AM

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(Photo credit: Myers & Chang)

(Photo credit: Myers & Chang)

Whether you made the choice to eat gluten free or have to do so because of an allergy, Boston restaurants are making it much easier to dine out. From vegan and vegetarian selections to actual separate gluten-free sections on the menu, there are many options on the menus at these local spots. Gluten-free pasta, pizza, French and Cambodian specialties and much more make you forget you have a different diet than the average person, while visiting these favorite local eateries.
(Photo credit: Myers & Chang)

(Photo credit: Myers & Chang)

Myers + Chang
1145 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-5200
www.myersandchang.com

For Asian fusion at its finest, head to Myers + Chang in the South End. What makes this restaurant so special is how considerate it is of those with allergies or special diets, yet it also appeals to the palates of all other diners as well. Myers + Chang has menu choices for those that eat kosher-only options or have shellfish allergies, as well as nut-free dishes, vegetarian selections and a wide range of gluten-free dishes. Standouts on the gluten-free lunch menu include edamame and celery slaw with sesame oil and candied lemon or the chicken and broccoli chow fun featuring rice noodles, gailon and tellicherry peppers. For dinner, it has creamy carrot ginger soup as a delicious starter and a variety of seafood dishes amongst the entrees, including wok-charred octopus or the roasted salmon which includes cucumbers, cilantro and crispy shallots.

Photo Credit: Elephant Walk

Photo Credit: Elephant Walk

Elephant Walk
900 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 247-1500
www.elephantwalk.com

Right near Fenway, Elephant Walk combines the flavors of Cambodia along with French influences. This family owned and operated restaurant has been serving up award-winning dishes for over 20 years. It has a gluten-free menu with a long list of options within it. Highlights include the amok royal, which is a Cambodian signature dish. It’s a spicy recipe that pairs crab, shellfish and Asian grouper with coconut milk and complex khmer seasonings, along with a burst of flavor from its cilantro and red bell pepper garnish. Also the s’gnao mouan Cambodian chicken soup will hit the spot or the avocat kanthor with its flavorful combination of tuna, avocado, lemongrass, shallot and mint along with galangal tuk trey with peanuts.

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(Photo Credit: City Landing)

(Photo Credit: City Landing)

City Landing
255 State St.
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 725-0305
www.citylanding.com

Just steps from the water and from all the action at the aquarium and the Greenway, City Landing has American classic dishes with a wide range of wines, cocktails and other beverages to wash it down. The gluten-free menu includes many options, making it an ideal spot to dine for those looking for gluten-free options. Start off with the trio of spreads which has white bean and roasted garlic dip, truffle herb goat cheese and artichoke tapenade to enjoy with gluten-free crackers. Then there’s gluten-free pizza, burgers and even gluten-free macaroni and cheese to choose from. There are also lighter dishes like the citrus carpaccio salad featuring gorgonzola, candied pecans and toasted fennel seed with mache. For those looking for heartier meals, there are dishes like the classic liver and onions with leeks, bacon, potatoes and a lemon garlic drizzle.

al dente Bostons Best Gluten Free FoodAl Dente Ristorante
109 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-0990
www.aldenteboston.com

Located in the North End, Al Dente Ristorante is a cozy and casual Italian spot amongst the many restaurants on Salem Street. From chicken to veal and seafood to vegetarian dishes, there is something for everyone. Enjoy the lively atmosphere and views of the open kitchen as you feast on food and drink to your heart’s desire. If you are looking for Italian food that is gluten-free, Al Dente features a special pasta dish. The gluten-free pasta is corn based, which tends to be high in protein and perfect with a classic sauce. Order a side of veggies, ask for your favorite additional protein like seafood and you have yourself a complete gluten-free meal.

beneventos  1  Bostons Best Gluten Free FoodBenevento’s
111 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-4111
www.beneventosboston.com

Right next door from Al Dente is another Italian restaurant in the North End called Benevento’s. With its sign outside proudly announcing that it serves gluten-free options, guests are already encouraged to make a stop into the restaurant that’s sure to be inviting. Dig into the salads, gluten-free pasta, pizza and even sip on one of the gluten-free beers. There are plenty of specialty pizzas to choose from including one with vodka sauce, a white cheese pizza or a simple margherita pizza. Or just create your own favorite combination of ingredients on the regular cheese and sauce-filled pizza on gluten-free crust.

Related: Boston’s Best Vegan Friendly Restaurants

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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