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.
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!
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