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Gluten Free Dining

I'm visiting Boston/Cambridge this week...would like recs on Gluten Free dining. We are staying at Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge and planning to spend time at the MFA, the Gardener, Charles Street and the Kennedy Library. Thank you.

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  1. Are you looking for any specific kind of food?

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    1. re: addiez

      Asian, Italian, well prepared American and seafood. We haven't had lobster in ages.

    2. All Legal Seafoods have gluten free menus. Most of our restaurants now will know what you are talking about: in Cambridge you can try Dante's near your hotel, go into Kendall Square nearby and try Catalyst, WestBridge, Belly Bar or EVOO (all good imo). (I'd go on line and check menus to see what appeals). Not much near the Kennedy Library - not far from the MFA is Trattoria Toscano and the Gardiner has a very good cafe while the MFA has a rather expensive but acceptable cafe and a very expensive and ok restaurant. On Charles Street I'd consider Beacon Hill Bistro or Lala Rokh and not a far walk to Erbaluce which will definitely take care of your gluten concerns.

      1. Two Asian restaurants that have always been really great about my gluten allergy are Myers + Chang in the South End and Blue Dragon in the Seaport area.

        For a nicer restaurant, Hungry Mother in Cambridge is awesome and much of their menu is gluten free - including their cornbread.

        Most places are really good about gluten allergies these days - if there's somewhere in particular you want to go, either look online for other reviews from people with food allergies, or call and ask if they can accommodate you.

        1. Search this forum for "gluten free" and you'll find quite a few tips. This topic has been covered regularly in the past. Here's just one example. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8930...

          1. The Elephant Walk restaurants - Cambodian and French - have arguably some of the most gluten-free options:


            I'm not a gluten-free diner but from what I've observed most restaurants around here are pretty accommodating.

            The Chubby Chickpea Food Truck also has a lot of vegan and gluten free selections, I just happened to notice:


            1. PP, Welcome to Boston. It's a beautiful fall here, with lot of color left to see. Hope you have a great visit.

              When planning your dinners, i am guessing you will make reservations, and you could ask the hostess about your concern at that time, and reserve or not, accordingly.

              While not addressing GF, hope this might be helpful:

              Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:



              Dinner Spots that I would highly recommend :

              Oleana- really unusual Turkish/Mediterranean menu; (owner's farm)-to-table;charming patio. Aside from the food being delicious, this is a real 'foodie's delight' because the menu will be full of things you will not see elsewhere in the U.S. Cambridge

              Erbaluce- unusual inventive No.Italian Piedmontese. South End

              Craigie on Main- famous for offal but also seafood. Cambridge

              OYa- v.v.expensive Japanese American inventive. South Station

              Neptune Oyster- crowded tiny, always a line, top quality raw bar; inventive seafood along w/ trad.Leave your name and stroll the fascinating North End. (no resvtns-NR
              Island Creek Oyster Bar- the BEST service, large room yet intimate, more trad but some inventive.

              Toro- possibly the loudest room in Boston, full-out Tapas (the inventive often more successful than the trad) yet their Paella is unbeatably unctuous .South End .NR

              Aquitaine- THE spot when you're exhausted and you want to be taken care of. Classic French Bistro food beautifully done in a beautiful room, w/ gracious top notch service. South End.
              Strip T's (in a 'suburb', 10 min cab from Harvard Square) Casual small treasure for serious foodies; Momofuku chef; great inventive Asian- inspired, but also exc.fried chicken and unusual terrific burger. Watertown.

              Ribelle- new Brookline expansion for Strip T's owner/chef. A very broad menu w/ two or three times more components than you would likely see on other menus. With dishes this inventive and full of surprises, the food is the focus for the night, and the starches and veggies are as exciting as the meats and seafood.

              Sycamore- 30 min car or train ride West to affluent Newton Centre and this welcoming veteran run spot with many unique twists (see the Daily Duck, Lamb or Pork board- with four mini entree ,starch and veg.medleys.)


              For brunch, you cannot have more fun than at East Coast Grill in Cambridge. 25 yrs as a real locals' fav for all ages; latin, mexican,bbq and and seafood; Bloody Mary bar; great vibe.

              Myers and Chang, near the South End, has all the pluses of East Coast Grill for brunch, but it is Asian. This place is always hoppin' and the food,service and bar are super. The air is full of happy campers having fun.

              Another neighborhood hotspot is Highland Kitchen in Somerville,packed w/ 20's and young families.'Comfort food' plus daily specials ( but not consistently successful); great music. NR

              For more refined brunch, Aquitaine and Mistral ($French elegant) are popular. South End.

              Violette is a French influenced GF bakery located between Harvard and Central Sq. in Cambridge on Mass Ave. on a major bus route.

              1. I went with a GF (and other food restrictions) friend to Eastern Standard and they served her what she thought was one of the best restaurant meals she ever had, as well as taking a lot of trouble to that confirm every single restriction she had told them of was communicated to the kitchen and adhered to. It was an impressive display of hospitality. Having said that, I agree with others who say that most restaurants around here can do GF and you can certianly confirm it by calling ahead.

                1. Pasta Beach and Toro are 2 great options that cater to Gluten Free dining

                  1. Thank you everyone for the wonderful recommendations. I leave today with a great list of safe places to dine in Boston/Cambridge.

                    1. opentable has a link to GF restaurants too - might be worth a look