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Gluten-Free Dining Options

Where to go off campus, and on


In the last several years, as awareness of the effects of gluten sensitivity has spread, more Americans are following a gluten-free diet than ever before. BU Dining Services offers a host of gluten-free options at dining halls, and retail dining spots on campus, like the Union Court, the Buick Street Market, and all Starbucks, have gluten-free options as well.

But where to go for a meal off campus that doesn’t contain gluten? BU Today checked with students to come up with a list of 10 places nearby offering tasty dishes minus the pesky protein. Below are their suggestions. Not everything at these places is gluten-free, so we’ve highlighted specific dishes that are. You should check with waitstaff if you have a food allergy or sensitivity.

Dorado Tacos & Cemitas
401 Harvard St., Brookline

An innovative Mexican restaurant offering unique takes on Baja-style street food.

Gluten-free must try: Grilled fish tacos: mahi mahi, cabbage, crema, and tomatillo and avocado salsa.

Grilled fish taco at Dorado Tacos, Brookline, MA

Photo by Chynna Benson (CGS’18)

Paris Creperie
278 Harvard St., Brookline

A charming bistro serving up delicious crepes and breakfast dishes in the heart of Coolidge Corner, Paris Creperie offers a gluten-free crepe option.

Gluten-free must try: Nutella chocolate crepe.

Gluten free Nutella crepe at The Paris Creperie

Photo by Chynna Benson (CGS’18)

Blaze Pizza
961 Commonwealth Ave., West Campus

Made to order pizza ready to eat in just 180 seconds, great for students on the go.

Gluten-free must try: Build Your Own pizza.

Art Lover signature pizza with gluten-free crust at Blaze Pizza, Boston

Photo by Sarah Silbiger (COM’18)

Blue State Coffee
957 Commonwealth Ave., West Campus

A socially conscious coffee shop that supports local nonprofits chosen by customers, Blue State has a rotating selection of gluten-free baked goods daily. Ask a barrista for details.

Gluten-free must try: The oh-so-yummy snickerdoodle cookie.

Gluten-free chocolate chunk blondie and gluten free snickerdoodle cookie with coffee at Blue State Coffee, Boston, MA

Photo by Sarah Silbiger (COM’18)

Otto Pizza
888 Commonwealth Ave., West Campus

Popular pizza chain with slices with inventive, unique toppings. A gluten-free crust is available for most pies.

Gluten-free must try: Four cheese pizza (ricotta, fontina, asiago, mozzarella).

eggplant, ricotta & basil pizza with gluten free crust at Otto Pizza, Boston

Photo by Sarah Silbiger (COM’18)

Mei Mei Restaurant
506 Park Drive, South Campus

Upbeat, locally sourced Asian-American food from a brick-and-mortar outpost of the popular food truck of the same name.

Gluten-free must try: Rotating seasonal Thai curry dishes.

Harvest Moon seasonal Thai curry from Mei Mei Restaurant, Brookline

Photo by Maddie Malhotra (COM’19)

Neighborhoods Café
96 Peterborough St., Boston

Artisan coffee shop with a drive to connect communities in Boston and beyond.

Gluten-free must try: The vegan banana bread, when it’s available.

A gluten-free Sweet Simplicity crepe and macaroons from Neighborhoods Cafe, Boston

Photo by Maddie Malhotra (COM’19)

Sweetgreen Fenway
132 Brookline Ave., Boston

Customizable salads and grain bowls for those looking for simple, healthy food.

Gluten-free must try: Kale Caesar salad with shredded kale, chopped romaine, parmesan crisp, shaved parmesan, roast chicken, tomatoes, lime squeeze, and Caesar dressing.

 Kale Caesar salad from Sweetgreen restaurant, Brookline, MA

Photo by Maddie Malhotra (COM’19)

1282 Boylston St., Boston

A new walk-up counter restaurant with made-to-order stir-fries and salads.

Gluten-free must try: Cobb salad with white balsamic vinaigrette, chopped romaine, roast chicken, hard-boiled egg, bacon, apples, grape tomatoes, avocado, and blue cheese.

Cobb salad at Honeygrow restaurant, Boston

Photo by Chynna Benson (CGS’18)

Sweet Cheeks
1381 Boylston St., Boston

A local favorite known for mouthwatering barbecue. All meats on the menu (excluding fried chicken) are gluten-free.

Gluten-free must try: St. Louis–style pork ribs.

The St. Louis Pork Ribs Tray with potato salad and gluten free broccoli cheese casserole at Sweet Cheeks BBQ, Boston

Photo by Maddie Malhotra (COM’19)

Have other recommendations? List them in the Comment section below.


5 Comments on Gluten-Free Dining Options

  • Sara on 10.18.2017 at 9:39 am

    Thank you!! These are all great!

  • Daniel Sheehy on 10.18.2017 at 10:17 am

    You should clarify that not all of these options are safe for people who have Celiac Disease. There is a difference between eating gluten free as a diet option, being gluten sensitive, and having an autoimmune reaction to gluten content even less than 20 ppm. For instance Otto is not safe for Celiac’s. They will tell you that if you ask, but only if you ask about cross-contamination. Blaze has issues with cross-contamination as well.

    • CG on 10.22.2017 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you for noting this! It’s frustrating when a place is labeled “gluten free” just because the ingredients don’t have gluten in them. If there’s contaminants everywhere it doesn’t count.

  • Mike on 10.18.2017 at 11:26 am

    Some others that aren’t on the list: Tasty Burger (GF Bun), Shake Shack (GF Bun), Wahlburgers (GF Bun), El Pelon (tacos), Chipotle (the bowls)

  • Nancy on 10.18.2017 at 2:45 pm

    One really great option for people with Celiac is Legal Sea Foods. They have a separate prep area and separate fryer, so you can be quite confident in them. They understand gluten issues well. We have had great experiences there, with no illness or bad reaction whatsoever.

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