Valerie Kraft is a food safety activist studying Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Valerie has been a leader in allergy advocacy work for young adults since being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2015. Read more about Valerie here.
*This post was updated with six more restaurants on March 9, 2020 by Brandy Morgan.
There’s never a dull moment in Dallas! With endless entertainment opportunities ranging from football games to concerts to conventions, there’s always a reason to visit this vibrant city. Stop by the Dallas Museum of Art, shop at the renowned North Park Mall, or seek thrills at Six Flags! And if everything is bigger in Texas, then so is the amount of gluten-free options! From fried chicken and waffles to apple crumbles to famed Tex-Mex cuisine, there’s a sea of Celiac-safe options to choose from in Dallas!
Location: 4438 McKinney Ave # 150, Dallas, TX 75205
#nimatested Dish: Gluten-free Chicken and Waffles & Chocolate Chip Cookies
About the restaurant: Gluten-free fried chicken? Yes please! Almost the entire menu at Origin Kitchen can be made gluten-free, including the dessert options. The food was so delicious, if I didn’t have my Nima Sensor, there’s no way I would have thought it was gluten-free! They are very dedicated to serving customers with Celiac Disease – they have an allergen ticket system in place, and Chef Marco is truly amazing! Wonderful service, wonderful food, and a must-try for anyone in the Dallas area!
Location: 11661 Preston Rd #138, Dallas, TX 75230
#nimatested Dish: Tacos “De Brisket”
About the restaurant: Mi Cocina is one of my favorite restaurants in Dallas! If you’re looking for Dallas’s signature Tex-Mex in a fun, upbeat environment, this is the restaurant for you. The tacos are absolutely incredible – a must try! They have an extensive gluten-free menu here, as most of the menu can be made gluten-free, and a great understanding of cross contamination prevention. There’s multiple locations throughout Dallas, and even a location inside the Galleria mall!
Location: 6464 E NW Hwy #326, Dallas, TX 75214
#nimatested Dish: “Loaded Monkey” Cupcake
About the restaurant: Unrefined Bakery is dedicated gluten-free and DELICIOUS! As someone who travels fairly frequently and always tries out the gluten-free baked goods wherever I go, Unrefined is one of my all-time favorites, featuring cupcakes, pies, breads, sandwiches, and various sweets. Their pies are to die for – we got one for Thanksgiving dinner, and even my non gluten-free family loved it. Another one of my favorites is their signature cupcake flavor, The Loaded Monkey, which is a banana chocolate chip cupcake with peanut butter frosting. Absolutely delicious!
Location: 1900 Abrams Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75214
#nimatested Dish: The “Weekender” Wrap
About the restaurant: Unleavened Fresh Kitchen is a great place for fresh, healthy, and delicious food! Nearly everything on the menu is gluten-free with the exception of a few items. The general manager, Nick, walked us through the cross-contamination procedures, and they truly ensure that all gluten-free meals are made safely. Additionally, everything they fry is gluten-free, so I was able to have a wrap with fried chicken in it! Very exciting for a Celiac.
Location: 8000 Bedford Euless Rd, North Richland Hills, TX 76180
#nimatested Dish: Chicken Parmesan & Apple Crumble
About the restaurant: I would highly recommend this restaurant! While this is a bit outside Dallas, it’s definitely worth the drive, and a Plano location is in the works! The entire menu with the exception of two dishes and one dessert can be made gluten-free. The owner of the restaurant has Celiac Disease, and all of the employees are very well informed about cross contamination. They feature many dishes that are not typically made gluten-free, and the food was absolutely incredible!
Location: 5940 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75230
#nimatested Dish: Smoked Brisket and Chimichurri Arepa & Mariquitas
About the restaurant: Arepa TX is wonderful! Featuring authentic Latin street food, most of the menu is already gluten-free, including all of their homemade popsicles! Fresh and casual, this is the perfect place to stop with family, friends, or for a lunch date. They have a dedicated gluten-free fryer and are well informed about gluten-free needs – the owner has Celiac too!
Location: 5211 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75244
#nimatested Dish: The Liberty Burger with Skinny Fries
About the restaurant: Liberty Burger is a must-try for any burger connoisseur! Featuring multiple locations around Dallas, Liberty Burger is full of gluten-free options. Their fries are in a dedicated fryer, their milkshakes can be made gluten-free, and they have a dedicated skillet for grilling the gluten-free buns. Stop in for a quick bite with friends, or have it delivered right to your door!
Location: 6025 Royal Lane, Suite 105, Dallas, TX 75230
#nimatested Dish: Cookies & Cream Pop
About the restaurant: Although not advertised, Steel City Pops is a dedicated gluten-free facility! ALL of their popsicles are gluten-free, and so are the toppings, even the graham cracker crumbs! My personal favorites are the cookie popsicles – popsicles with cookies, cake, or brownies mixed into them. Popsicles rotate seasonally, so no matter when you pop in, you’re in for a delicious and safe gluten-free treat!
Note: As with all our guides, always use precaution when dining out. The ingredients or staff can be different day by day and a Nima test does not guarantee the whole plate. Bring your Nima along with extra capsules and always let Nima take the first bite!
The Henry in Dallas
Location: 2301 N Akard St Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75201
After a fun-filled day at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, our family headed to The Henry for some gluten free fare that is clearly marked on the menu. The surroundings are incredibly hip mixing splashes of your traditional French bistro with sudden bursts of a modern industrial energy. The crowd seemed very young, fabulous and single, so we opted to sit in the more casual café area at one of the high-top tables that was big enough to accommodate our family. With dining spots throughout California and one in Arizona, this is the only location that can be found in the entire State of Texas.
#nimatested Dish: Harvest Bowl of sweet potato, ancient grains, grilled portobello, caramelized cauliflower, snow pea, brussels sprout, avocado, pesto, cashew harissa, roasted pepitas, and flax seeds
Result: Gluten Found
#nimatested Dish: Spicy Egg Double Fried Rice
Result: No Gluten Found
Notes: Although both dishes were labeled gluten free on the menu, only one tested ‘no gluten found.’
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Location: 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207
Sitting atop the 50th floor of the 560-foot Reunion Tower, this restaurant is from the celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and offers guests a 360-degree view of the city from this five-star rotating dining establishment. The menu is more than just sushi and gives you some real creative contemporary Asian options offered in an absolutely stunning environment. Just make sure to check out the dress code before making your way to this swanky location because things like flip flops, ripped jeans and athletic gear are not considered proper attire here.
#nimatested Dish: Tai Breeze Roll Sushi with avocado, cucumber, asparagus, and tai snapper
Result: No Gluten Found
#nimatested Dish: Pan Seared Diver Scallops with salad, jasmine rice and hollandaise sauce
Result: No Gluten Found
Location: 2000 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
If you have kids and are visiting Dallas you will undoubtedly make your way to Klyde Warren Park at some point during your itnerary. This 5-acre child’s paradise was built in the shadows of a former 8 lane highway and sits smack dab in the middle of the skyscrapers that dot the Downtown skyline. This dining establishment is directly on the grounds of the park but also sits directly across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art. Our kids liked sitting on the patio here for a more casual vibe and great views of the hustle and bustle going on throughout the expansive urban park.
#nimatested Dish: Almond Crusted Trout with succotash and rosemary butter sauce
Result: Gluten Found (twice)
Notes: Although we were told they could make the plate gluten free, the first test came out ‘gluten found.’ The server was very apologetic and assured us try number two would be the winner. Upon testing the next dish and getting another ‘gluten found’ test result, I decided I needed to start poking around the dish. Turns out, the dish contained faro as a part of the succotash.
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
Location: 230 North Center Street, Arlington, TX 76011
The Arlington area has some excellent kid favorites like Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, Cowboys Stadium, the International Bowling Museum, Esports Stadium, and Texas Rangers Stadium. It also happens to be the location of a fantastic place for down-home Southern cooking called Babe’s. The restaurant was constructed out of items that span the decades and that were picked up all throughout the Lone Star State, adding to the charm found here. In this tiny replica of a small Texas town get ready to be surrounded by loads of fake chickens, a mini working train, and a local farmer (who just happens to be a mannequin) that staff rotates throughout your dining experience. Sometimes the servers line dance and every so often you see someone wearing a chicken hat while being serenaded with Birthday wishes. The menu is simple offering a set menu of sides where only the protein can be selected. Everything is served family style. Lucky for those eating gluten free, you can eat three of the five sides and have a choice of either smoked chicken or catfish as a protein that is prepared without gluten. No alcohol is served here but BYOB is allowed.
#nimatested Dish: Baked Chicken with green beans, mashed potatoes, and corn.
Result: No Gluten Found
Location: 1251 State St #950, Richardson, TX 75082
On our way back into town from a visit to the Crayola Experience of Plano, we popped into this great little American bistro. Decorated with modern clean lines and lots of cozy booths for big families, they pride themselves on backyard cuisine keeping the menu simple yet creative. This restaurant group has a few locations throughout the DFW area along with one in the Woodlands area of Houston, but for this visit we happened to dine at the Richardson location.
#nimatested Dish: Pan Seared Trout with sautéed peppers and vegetables and a lemon caper butter sauce
Result: No Gluten Found
Campisi’s Restaurant (Egyptian Lounge)
Location: 5610 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
This place is packed with history. Campisi’s is credited with bringing the pizza pie to the State of Texas and also has ties to the Mafia and the presidential assassination of JFK. Although several locations are dotted throughout the DFW Metroplex, we wanted to visit the exact restaurant where the real seedy stuff went down. Once you pass through the red door you are greeted by dimly lit tables and booths that house miniature juke boxes featuring oldies but goodies to set the tone.
#nimatested Dish: Pepperoni Pizza
Result: Gluten Found
Notes: Just like many places that serve gluten free and traditional gluten-filled pizza crusts, there seemed to be a cross contamination issue here when we visited.
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