It’s finally summer, commitments are less abundant and spontaneous fun is on the rise. Time to tackle gluten-free date night!
Out to Dinner
Here’s a short, ever-expanding (look for future updates) list of restaurants on Cape Cod that have some specifically gluten-free items. Keep in mind that most restaurants will have something the gluten-free can eat. Ethnic food can be a great option since they use more rice than wheat, but watch out for anything fried! Also remember most soy sauce is not gluten free. Maybe it’s time to ask my local sushi restaurant to carry gluten free soy sauce?
BBC, Falmouth, Hyannis, Sandwich – The wait staff here is generally very knowledgeable about what on the menu has gluten in it. There is an entire gluten free menu and also small gluten free pizza crust (frozen?). There is usually a cider or gluten free beer on tap (depending which BBC you are at) and there are several good salads.
The Pickle Jar, Falmouth – Some gluten free options in a fresh and local cafe atmosphere. Again, knowledgeable waitstaff and willingness to make substitutions for the gluten intolerant (i.e. Udi’s gluten free bread for the grilled lavash). Pickles are always gluten free and this restaurant makes their own.
Coonamessett Farm, North Falmouth – As fresh and local as it gets. The farm’s Jamaican buffet (wednesdays) and family farm dinners (fridays) are loaded with fresh salads (most I have seen are GF) and grilled/saute’d veggies. It is not uncommon to see cloth napkins and stemware here, but it’s BYOB (and stemware), so pick up something extra special for date night.
Stone L’Oven, Falmouth– While gluten free pizza is not listed on the menu and they don’t have a separate kitchen (so not suitable for celiacs) if you make sure they know you know that it isn’t 100% gluten free you’re all set. The pizza is good, personal sized. They also have tasty salads (dressing on the side) and cider. Nearly every waiter/waitress we have had is knowledgeable about what gluten-free means and is more than happy to ask about ingredients.
Courtyard, Cataumet– Small gluten free pizza crust (frozen?).
Quicks Hole, Woods Hole – Another fresh and local eatery, this one has really good salads and if you get your tacos on a corn tortilla, you’re good to go! Corn chips and salsa bar should be a safe bet and the sangria pitchers are the best deal if you like a sweet, cool, summer drink.
Wicked, Mashpee – This one has an house gluten-free kitchen. The gluten free pizza dough is from a sourdough starter, organic with no added oil. The pizza is good and they have other gluten free menu options including burgers (or a lobster roll) on a gluten-free roll.
Idgy’s, Yarmouth – Specializing in gluten free dining and gluten free breads, reviews for Idgy’s are golden. An extensive menu, GF eaters are able to dine freely here and they also have vegan options. They make their own puff pastry. I haven’t eaten at Idgy’s, yet. It is on my list.
Green Lotus, Hyannis – This one specializes in vegetarian, vegan, raw and gluten-free. Green Lotus also has glowing reviews and the staff is happy to help customize meals to accommodate those with allergies. Another one I haven’t tried but it is on my list.
Know a GF hotspot on the Cape I haven’t discovered yet? I’d love to hear about it and give it a try. Please leave GF restaurant suggestions as a comment.