Looking for gluten-free restaurants in Connecticut? Here’s my top 10 list!
When you’re living with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, eating out can feel a bit like playing a game of Russian roulette.
There are so many questions that go through your mind when you’re invited out to eat.
“Will I get sick?”
“Did they cross-contaminate the food in their kitchen?”
“Will they even know what I’m talking about when I explain my diet?”
I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002, WAY before restaurants offered gluten-free food. Nobody even knew what gluten was, and there were certainly no apps to speak of. Eating out while gluten-free was dangerous, frustrating, and, sometimes, quite literally sickening.
Thankfully, times have changed, and more and more restaurants are offering gluten-free menu options, so you can enjoy a meal out with friends without feeling like all of the attention is on you while you ask the waiter 20 questions.
Note: I recommend that anyone with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity do their own research and investigation before dining anywhere new. Restaurant chains change owners and menus frequently, and it’s always better to take a little extra precaution before dining out.
Without further adieu, here is my list of top 10 gluten-free restaurants in Connecticut (my home state).
One of my favorite things about this restaurant is virtually anything can be made gluten-free, from pancakes to sandwiches, and everything in between! (There are even some lovely desserts.)
The Outback Steakhouse will always have my heart because they’ve been serving gluten-free food for over a decade, and it’s the first place I was able to eat and feel “normal” again after my diagnosis. They even offer gluten-free drinks and dessert!
This is another place I enjoy eating out because they have a gluten-free bacon cheeseburger that they serve on a gluten-free bun.
I’ve eaten here a couple of times, and I have not been disappointed. Their sandwiches are quite tasty and filling, and they offer the option of gluten-free bread. The only downsides are their limited hours and a pricey menu.
When I was spending some time in Middlebury last year, I ended up eating at this restaurant almost exclusively. They have so many options, and their food is so good, it’s practically addictive. They offer gluten-free desserts, too!
At first glance, you might think that Olive Garden is totally off the table for someone with celiac disease. I used to think the same thing! Thankfully, a close friend and I have eaten there multiple, multiple times, and I have never gotten sick once. I highly recommend it!
I only just discovered this place online, and I haven’t eaten here yet, but it has wonderful reviews and quite an extensive gluten-free menu!
This is another restaurant I haven’t yet had the pleasure of dining in, but it does have wonderful reviews and has been offering gluten-free menu options for a long time.
Brio was a fun surprise for me when a group of friends and I were looking for a place to eat after returning from a show. I was really concerned about not being able to eat at an Italian restaurant, but, not only did I find gluten-free food, I discovered my enduring love of roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon! Yum!
10. PF Chang’s
If you miss Chinese food, PF Chang’s is the perfect place to find gluten-free Chinese food in Connecticut. I’ve only eaten there once or twice, but I highly recommend it.
Looking for more ideas for gluten-free menu options in Connecticut and beyond? Click on the link below to download the FindMeGlutenFree app!