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Como’s serves a Detroit-style pizza with an excellent gluten-free crust.
Michelle Gerard

14 Restaurants Serving Stellar Gluten-Free Meals in Metro Detroit

Waffles, pizza, pancakes, macaroni and cheese, and beyond

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Como’s serves a Detroit-style pizza with an excellent gluten-free crust.
| Michelle Gerard

For those living with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, finding a meal that's prepared with their needs in mind is a necessity. However, gluten-free diet fads have made the term practically a swear word for some restaurants and chefs, and finding solid choices when going out to eat is often a chore. Pasta, pastries, and breads can seem out of reach and dining with friends at an unfamiliar restaurant can be an exercise in futility.

Below find an assortment of eateries serving gluten-free dishes beyond the usual suspects. From fluffy pancakes to Detroit-style pizza to flavorful pho, here’s where to seek out a great gluten-free meal in metro Detroit.

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Slows Bar BQ

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Meaty Michigan Avenue restaurant Slows Bar BQ has an extensive list of choices for gluten-free customers ranging from the Big Three barbecue sampler to The Reason — a tower of pulled pork with North Carolina-style sauce, coleslaw, and pickles on a roll.

Chef Mike Ransom’s breakout hit noodle bar Ima is an oasis of gluten-free options. The vegan pho, smoked salmon rice bowl, golden curry, and sake steamed clams are among several noteworthy picks from the regular menu.

Corktown all-day cafe Folk seamlessly folds gluten-free options into its brunch menu. Expect items like almond flour Belgian waffles with salted pistachio citrus butter and hash with a medley of potatoes, greens, avocado, and eggs for breakfast or sesame rice bowl for lunch.

Mudgie's Deli

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No longer are good sandwiches solely within the purview of wheat eaters. For only $1.25 extra, almost all of the sandwiches found at Mudgie’s can be made on gluten-free bread. Pair one with a bag of original Better Made potato chips and a Blake’s Hard Cider for a filling, completely GF meal.

The Hudson Cafe

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With multiple dishes like eggs benedict available in gluten-free, varieties this downtown breakfast diner may just become a regular favorite for those with celiac disease. The Very Berry French Toast, stuffed with banana cream cheese and stacked high with berries and berry compote, is sight to behold. On the savory side try the Baja Benedict, topped with guacamole and tomato on gluten-free toast.

Rose's Fine Food

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The buckwheat pancakes served at Rose’s Fine Food are just as filling as delicious as their glutenous counterparts. Stacks are served with real Michigan maple syrup and house-cultured butter, giving diners even more peace of mind. For a lunch option, consider the staff favorite rice bowl, with bacon, kimchi, mushrooms, avocado, and a fried egg.

Bangkok 96 Street Food

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Gluten-free dishes are plentiful at chef Genevieve Vang’s Southeast Asian street food stall at Detroit Shipping Company. Choose from options like tempura jumbo shrimp, refreshing papaya salad, and candied beef with sticky rice for a flavorful meal without wheat.

SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

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For a fine-dining restaurant where breads and pastas take center stage, SheWolf maintains a strong list of gluten-free options. Choose from plates like the cauliflower romanesco, Farinata di Funghi (chickpea pancakes), Saltimbocca alla Roma.

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La Feria

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Midtown’s Spanish tapas restaurant La Feria has plenty of choices for gluten-free customers. Mix and match a spread of dishes from Spanish omelets to grilled portabella mushrooms in lemon-garlic-parsley sauce to morcilla sausage.

This Midtown staple is one of the few restaurants in the area that go beyond just select gluten-free options. Instead, the Detroit location boasts a full, separate gluten-free menu, including sandwiches made on Rumi's Passion Bakery gluten-free bread, toasted in a dedicated, separate toaster. All items deep-fried at the location are gluten-free, offering a little peace of mind when ordering items like yam fries. Pick up a plate of pad thai made with rice noodles or try the California scramble.

Pie-Sci

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Detroit’s pizza laboratory is continuing to turn out pizzas unlike anywhere else. Specialty pies like the Notorious P.I.G, topped with pepperoni, pulled pork, bacon, ham, mozzarella and a Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce drizzle, have made this spot a local favorite. In addition to creative combinations, the menu is also inclusive of different dietary needs with lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Any large pizzas can be made gluten-free for $3 extra. For dessert, consider the vegan and gluten-free ice cream sandwiches called Cloud Bites.

Como's Restaurant

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The Como’s Restaurant returned this spring under new ownership with trendy versions of Detroit-style pizza including an extremely satisfying version made with imported gluten-free flour. The crust achieves a similar fluffiness to its more traditional focaccia-style counterpart with a nicely crisp exterior.

Coco Fairfield’s

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Berkley-based American restaurant Coco Fairfield’s is known for its accommodating menu with not just gluten-free bread substitutions but also gluten-free waffles, pancakes, and french toast.

Brome Modern Eatery

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For big, filling salads, thick Reese’s milkshakes, and eggy breakfast sandwiches that also happen to be gluten-free look no further than Brome Modern Eatery. The metro Detroit mini chain of burger restaurants offers a variety of gluten-free alternatives for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Slows Bar BQ

Meaty Michigan Avenue restaurant Slows Bar BQ has an extensive list of choices for gluten-free customers ranging from the Big Three barbecue sampler to The Reason — a tower of pulled pork with North Carolina-style sauce, coleslaw, and pickles on a roll.

Ima

Chef Mike Ransom’s breakout hit noodle bar Ima is an oasis of gluten-free options. The vegan pho, smoked salmon rice bowl, golden curry, and sake steamed clams are among several noteworthy picks from the regular menu.

Folk

Corktown all-day cafe Folk seamlessly folds gluten-free options into its brunch menu. Expect items like almond flour Belgian waffles with salted pistachio citrus butter and hash with a medley of potatoes, greens, avocado, and eggs for breakfast or sesame rice bowl for lunch.

Mudgie's Deli

No longer are good sandwiches solely within the purview of wheat eaters. For only $1.25 extra, almost all of the sandwiches found at Mudgie’s can be made on gluten-free bread. Pair one with a bag of original Better Made potato chips and a Blake’s Hard Cider for a filling, completely GF meal.

The Hudson Cafe

With multiple dishes like eggs benedict available in gluten-free, varieties this downtown breakfast diner may just become a regular favorite for those with celiac disease. The Very Berry French Toast, stuffed with banana cream cheese and stacked high with berries and berry compote, is sight to behold. On the savory side try the Baja Benedict, topped with guacamole and tomato on gluten-free toast.

Rose's Fine Food

The buckwheat pancakes served at Rose’s Fine Food are just as filling as delicious as their glutenous counterparts. Stacks are served with real Michigan maple syrup and house-cultured butter, giving diners even more peace of mind. For a lunch option, consider the staff favorite rice bowl, with bacon, kimchi, mushrooms, avocado, and a fried egg.

Bangkok 96 Street Food

Gluten-free dishes are plentiful at chef Genevieve Vang’s Southeast Asian street food stall at Detroit Shipping Company. Choose from options like tempura jumbo shrimp, refreshing papaya salad, and candied beef with sticky rice for a flavorful meal without wheat.

SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

For a fine-dining restaurant where breads and pastas take center stage, SheWolf maintains a strong list of gluten-free options. Choose from plates like the cauliflower romanesco, Farinata di Funghi (chickpea pancakes), Saltimbocca alla Roma.

Jesse David Green/SheWolf [Official photo]

La Feria

Midtown’s Spanish tapas restaurant La Feria has plenty of choices for gluten-free customers. Mix and match a spread of dishes from Spanish omelets to grilled portabella mushrooms in lemon-garlic-parsley sauce to morcilla sausage.

Seva

This Midtown staple is one of the few restaurants in the area that go beyond just select gluten-free options. Instead, the Detroit location boasts a full, separate gluten-free menu, including sandwiches made on Rumi's Passion Bakery gluten-free bread, toasted in a dedicated, separate toaster. All items deep-fried at the location are gluten-free, offering a little peace of mind when ordering items like yam fries. Pick up a plate of pad thai made with rice noodles or try the California scramble.

Pie-Sci

Detroit’s pizza laboratory is continuing to turn out pizzas unlike anywhere else. Specialty pies like the Notorious P.I.G, topped with pepperoni, pulled pork, bacon, ham, mozzarella and a Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce drizzle, have made this spot a local favorite. In addition to creative combinations, the menu is also inclusive of different dietary needs with lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Any large pizzas can be made gluten-free for $3 extra. For dessert, consider the vegan and gluten-free ice cream sandwiches called Cloud Bites.

Como's Restaurant

The Como’s Restaurant returned this spring under new ownership with trendy versions of Detroit-style pizza including an extremely satisfying version made with imported gluten-free flour. The crust achieves a similar fluffiness to its more traditional focaccia-style counterpart with a nicely crisp exterior.

Coco Fairfield’s

Berkley-based American restaurant Coco Fairfield’s is known for its accommodating menu with not just gluten-free bread substitutions but also gluten-free waffles, pancakes, and french toast.

Brome Modern Eatery

For big, filling salads, thick Reese’s milkshakes, and eggy breakfast sandwiches that also happen to be gluten-free look no further than Brome Modern Eatery. The metro Detroit mini chain of burger restaurants offers a variety of gluten-free alternatives for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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