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Top 10 Gluten-Free Restaurants in Connecticut

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).

 

1. Green Olive Diner in Meriden, CT

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.)

 

2. The Outback Steakhouse (Multiple Locations)

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!

 

3. The 99 Restaurant (Multiple Locations)

This is another place I enjoy eating out because they have a gluten-free bacon cheeseburger that they serve on a gluten-free bun.

 

4. The Eatery – Wallingford, CT

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.

 

5. Maggie McFly’s (Multiple Locations)

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!

 

6. Olive Garden (Multiple Locations)

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!

 

7. Home – Branford, CT

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!

 

8. Carrabba’s Grill (Multiple Locations)

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.

 

9. Brio Tuscan Grille

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!

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