14 gluten-free bakeries and eating places in honor of Celiac Consciousness Month


City Tap House

The people-friendly City Tap in Fort Point has a global, gluten-friendly menu (and notes which dishes were cooked in a shared deep fryer). Try gluten-free flatbreads, poke bowls, burgers on gluten-free buns, and grilled tandoori chicken. 10 Boston Wharf Road, Boston, 617-904-2748, www.citytap.com


Many restaurants offer a gluten-free dish here and there or accept change requests. This northern Italian main course offers gluten-free brunch, lunch and dinner menus – with a wide choice, from pizzas and eggs to steak and seafood. There is also a full pasta menu that is served in entrees or full size servings. Different locations, davios.com

Cereal Maker

These Southeast Asian fast-casual spots with locations in Davis Square and downtown offer a completely dairy-free, gluten-free menu: crispy wok dumplings, sackcloth and vegetable shells, tacos with corn tortillas and brownies, all packaged in reusable containers. Note: order online; Phones sometimes go unanswered. 91 Summer St., Boston, 617-482-0131; 248 Elm St., Somerville, 617-764-3222, www.eatgrainmaker.com

A dog named Hunter enjoys dairy-free treatment while visiting JP Licks in Davis Square with his family. The ice cream parlor also offers a range of gluten-free flavors.Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff

JP licks

The most popular ice cream parlor in her hometown offers a range of gluten-free flavors, from traditional (coffee, chocolate) to quirky (fruity pebbles, white coffee pieces). Most of their custom ice cream cakes can also be made gluten-free. Various locations, www.jplicks.com


In an informal survey, this donut shop wowed gluten-free patrons with delicious desserts that taste just like their main counterparts. The chain now offers a dozen gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free donuts in various flavors, ranging from chocolate glazed to coconut to filled with jelly and lemon, and made in a special facility. They also ship. Various locations, www.kanesdonuts.com

Jennifer Lee’s Bakery

Find this gluten-free, nut-free, vegan bakery in the Boston and Worcester public markets – starting when owner Jennifer LaSala was still at Chelsea High School. Be sure to order their signature Cookie Monster Brownies, which are made with fudge and filled with cookie dough. She also delivers. www.jennyleesbakery.square.site

Razor clams at Little Donkey in Cambridge. Razor clams at Little Donkey in Cambridge. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Little donkey

This tapas parlor in Central Square has lots of gluten-free options. It’s personal for Chef Ken Oringer who has family experience with celiac disease. Try tuna sack, razor clams, duck mole, empanadas, lamb chaat and much more. Sister restaurant Coppa in the South End serves at least four gluten-free pastas every night, he says. 505 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-1008, www.littledonkeybos.com


Chef Douglass Williams – one of Food & Wine 2020’s best new chefs – suffers from Crohn’s disease and is therefore sensitive to dietary restrictions. Any of the many pasta dishes at South End Italian restaurant can be made gluten-free, with the exception of gnocchi and lasagna. 782 Tremont St., Boston, 617-936-3490, www.midaboston.com

NexMex thing

The next best thing to eat anything you want, whenever you want? NexMex offers a huge gluten-free Mexican menu with lulls, nachos, tacos and bowls, many made from plant-based Beyond Meat. 77A Main St., Peabody, 978-839-3931, www.nexmexthing.com

The only true

Pizza won’t let go of this deli in Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. It features a large subs menu, plus gluten-free cakes, salads, panini, and burgers (black beans, turkey, or beef) that are carefully served with gluten-free French fries. 736 Center St., Jamaica Plain, 617-522-1181, and 1882 Center St., West Roxbury, 617-325-0754, www.realdealdeli.net


Salvatore’s is a warm, reliable hangout with red sauce in Medford Square and offers a large selection for gluten-free guests on its large menu, which is explicitly listed: In addition to numerous options for beef, poultry and seafood, there are several gluten-free pasta dishes, from shrimp and Scallops from Diavlo to chicken alfredo. 55 High St. Medford, 781-393-9333, www.salvatoresmedford.com


This gluten-free bakery-café with locations in Burlington and Millis attracts enthusiastic guests who appreciate owner Kathryn Ernst’s dedication to homemade sweets and delicacies. Ernst started the business on a kitchen counter in 2008, trying to balance her children’s busy lives with their own allergy restrictions. “I kept working to find something really useful that tasted good – and when I figured it out, I wanted to share it with others,” she says. A bestseller? Carrot cake with pineapple and coconut. “If it’s not popular, it’s not on the menu,” she promises. 30 Millston Road, Millis, 508-376-1163 and 62 Second Ave., Burlington, 781-825-8416, www.twist-bakery.com


Leesteffy Jenkins is the powerhouse behind this full-service Porter Square destination that has everything from pizza and empanadas to pies and tarts with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and sourdough from a 15 year old starter (and many dairies) sold -free selection). “My menu changes all the time. There’s something new every week, ”she says. Jenkins has Celiac Disease and Hashimoto and takes customer questions seriously. 1786 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 857-500-2748, www.violettegf.com

Kara Baskin can be reached at kara.baskin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.