Most of us know someone who is on a gluten-free diet, whether friend or family member. Choosing a Champaign-Urbana restaurant area where gluten-free friends and family can feel comfortable eating can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. We turned to the hive mind of chambanamoms.com readers to find out where they feel comfortable eating, and have the following suggestions for those with gluten-free palates.
Please note this information comes from chambanamoms.com readers, and has not been independently confirmed in most cases. Our recommendation: Always ask to receive first-hand information regarding dietary needs and restrictions, please! If you want to add information, put it in the comments.
Our reader recommendations and tips for eating gluten-free in Champaign-Urbana restaurants:
Pizza M, Urbana: “Pizza M also has a very good gluten free crust. One note of caution, however: The kitchens of pizza restaurants are full of flour. There’s no real way around that if the crust is made in house. If there’s a severe gluten intolerance, keep that in mind before eating at a pizza place. Unless there’s a separate gluten free kitchen, I can’t see how any pizza restaurant could be “gluten safe.” But, that’s just been my experience.”
Monicals Pizza, multiple locations: “Monicals has a gluten free pizza. I’ve never had it but heard it’s really good.” “Monicals uses the same oven but will use a clean cutter if you tell them you have an allergy.”
Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery, Urbana: “Has many options and makes deep dish gluten free pizzas on Saturday evenings!”
Cold Stone Creamery, Champaign: “Not necessarily a restaurant but Cold Stone has a lot of gluten free options for dessert!”
Azzip Pizza, Champaign (Campustown): “Has gluten-free crust available.”
Radio Maria, Champaign: “I have no knowledge of what things on their menu are gluten free, but I know someone with celiac disease who absolutely loves going to Radio Maria.”
Brixx, Champaign: “The new Brixx pizza place on Neil has gluten-free options.”
Friday’s, Champaign: “Friday’s has a great gluten-free bun for their burgers.”
Houlihan’s Champaign: “Houlihan’s has been getting a lot of press lately for offering spiralized veggies in place of noodles.”
Destihl, Champaign: “Destihl has the gluten-free options marked.”
Old Orchard Lanes, Savoy: “Old Orchard gluten-free pizza is very good!”
Original Pancake House, Champaign: “Original Pancake House has gluten-free pancakes.”
Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana: CGFC “has a deli where you can have a sandwich made on GF bread and they also make daily soups that are delicious and frequently GF.
Biaggi’s, Champaign: “Biaggis has a gluten-free menu.”
Minneci’s, Champaign: “Minneci’s has an amazing gluten-free chocolate cake.”
Silvercreek, Urbana: “Silvercreek’s gluten-free menu is great.”
Jupiter’s, Champaign locations: “Jupiter’s gluten-free pizza is the best.”
Five Guys, Champaign: “Five Guys are very good about asking if it’s due to allergy and will prepare it properly if allergy and not dietary preference.”
Tips: “In my experience most places will help you if you tell them.”
Other mentions: Za’s Italian Cafe; Dos Reales; Culver’s; the Courier, Watson’s Shack & Rail, Humble Hog, Meatheads, Jimmy John’s, Chili’s, Texas Roadhouse.