Monday, June 22, 2015

Gluten-Free Road Trip Restaurants

Ah, summer has arrived! And with it: heat, humidity, holidays and … road trips, of course! In the good old US of A, hitting the road for parts unknown once the calendar turns to summer is a time-tested tradition.

Here’s the rub, though: For gluten-free folks like us, some of the adventuresome fun of discovering new places to chow down along the way can be tarnished by limited choices. That glimmering oasis that looks so good as your stomach rumbles and you exit the freeway could have a boatload of gluten-free options; and it could just as easily have none. Not good!

With that in mind, we’d like to eliminate some of the guesswork for you, before you put rubber to road this summer. Here are the top gluten-free menus we’ve found in all the corners of America! If your journeys this travel season happen to take you past one of these establishments, you’ll know just what you’re in for: A wealth of gluten-free options!

  •  Planning a trip to beautiful New England? Well, the Stone Hill Inn (and bed and breakfast!) in Stowe, Vermont is a must-see! Abundant gluten-free choices will complement the gorgeous views and clean, fresh air.
  • One Dish Cuisine is a short drive away from our nation’s capital, and an even closer match for those with dietary restrictions. With a kitchen free of gluten, dairy, soy, peanut (and many more) products, there is literally something for everyone.

  • Who says gluten-free folks can’t have pizza?! Garlic Jim’s begs to differ. This Washington state chain boasts a thorough gluten-free pizza menu!
  • Planning on roasting in Las Vegas this summer? Bring your sunscreen, yes, but also bring your gluten-free appetite: Panevino Italian Grille has several delectable options!

  • Headed through North Carolina to the Outer Banks this summer? Stop in Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar first. Their custom-built, gluten-free burger options will have you contemplating a permanent move to the Tar Heel state.
  •  Sure, Louisiana is known for gumbo and Cajun dishes. However, a stay at the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast in New Orleans may have you calling it the gluten-free capital of the lower 48!

  • The “windy city” certainly has its share of eateries from which to choose if your travels take you through northeastern Illinois this summer, but Beatrix may be head and shoulders above the rest. Check out these gluten-free options!
  • Indiana may be famous for its basketball, racing and abundance of corn crop, but Harry & Izzy’s should be noted, as well. This two-location Indianapolis chain is a spinoff of the famous St. Elmo Steakhouse, and its gluten-free choices are renown.

You’d have to cover a lot of miles in the next few months to hit all those spots, but your taste buds would likely tell you it was worth the trip! Just in case you feel like being even more adventurous, below are some links to help you prepare the perfect gluten-free road trip to suit you!

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