As I continue to expand the reach and breadth of this website I am constantly looking for new ways to connect, inform, enlighten, educate, and engage the gluten free and celiac community. There was once a time when the gluten free chef blog was a tiny little space for me to vent and ramble (I still ramble) about my life as celiac, a foodie, and a person living with chronic illness. This site still covers those topics, but has blossomed into something more. Something greater. Something bigger than myself. A safe place. A shared space. A space that provides content tailored to you, for you. This space is local, domestic, and international.
I’ve had the pleasure to connect with so many A+mazing, awesome, inspiring, kind, and truly great people right here in my hometown of Rochester, NY. People who, like me, are concerned about their food, where it comes from, how it is prepared, and how it is sourced. People looking to heal themselves through food. People looking to buy delicious, reasonably priced, processed, homemade, local, and sometimes not local; whole, real, and clean food. I’ve heard your voices, read your questions, and listened to your concerns. It’s for this reason that I am launching the newest blog feature: The Rochester Gluten Free Food Guide.
The Rochester Gluten Free Guide will be a space dedicated to featuring, highlighting, and listing the best of the best, gluten free friendly and gluten free dedicated food hubs in Rochester and the greater Rochester region. Since my return to Rochester in 2013, I have scoured the area and asked dozens of gluten free individuals for recommendations on the best gluten free eats this city has to offer. From national chains, mom and pops, take in, takeout, food trucks, grocery stores and everything in between, this space will be dedicated to telling you where to find and how to find gluten free and celiac safe food.
Of course, my standards are high. As a celiac I am equally as concerned about what’s in the food as I am in how it is prepared. Restaurants, eateries, and stores have to have personally demonstrated to myself and my celiac warrior team that they truly care about preparation standards and methods. So, establishments that have trained staff and dedicated kitchens and spaces will be given priority. This feature will be a team effort. It will revolve and evolve as more eateries become celiac literate, and begin to take measures to cook gluten free food in a way and in areas that will allow no contamination. I’ll need you to help me keep this standard high and weed out and omit any places that might lower that standard.
Naturally this is a food blog where food is loved. So, it’s the taste, preparation, and dedication that will make placement in this feature golden. Additionally, I believe that food is just one part of a healthy gluten free lifestyle. Therefore, non-food health and wellness products, businesses, and treatments will potentially be featured if they are complimentary to a successful, happy, and positive gluten free lifestyle. However, food will always take precedent.
I’m so excited to finally share this feature with you. This post and subsequent page is just the tip of the iceberg for The Rochester Gluten Free Food Guide. I have a few other wonderful surprises in store for this feature. You will have to stay tuned. In the meantime, send me your recommendations for where we can get safe and delicious gluten free food throughout the region.
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Chen Garden (1750 Monroe Avenue) 585|241-3070 Has been a CITY Newspaper Best of Rochester winner multiple times. The restaurant can make most of its menu items gluten-free if asked. Not a dedicated gluten free facility so those with extreme contact sensitivity should proceed with caution. The gluten free chef has personally eaten here without incident.
Easan Thai (696 Park Avenue) 585|271-2271 Not dedicated gluten so those with extreme contact sensitivity should proceed with caution. Menu not labeled so consultation with the cook is a must. The gluten free chef has eaten personally eaten here without incident.
Han Noodle Bar (687 Monroe Avenue) 585|242-7333 Not a dedicated gluten free facility so those with extreme contact sensitivity should proceed with caution. Consultation with chef/wait staff is a must. The gluten free chef has eaten personally eaten here without incident.
Shui Asian Fusion (236 University Avenue) 585|546-6525 Not a dedicated gluten free facility so those with extreme contact sensitivity should proceed with caution. The gluten free chef has eaten personally eaten here without incident.
Livingston County Pizza Co. (212 Rochester St. Avon, NY 585|226-9575 Pizzeria, deli, and bakery.Very gluten free and celiac friendly. Dedicated gluten free prepared food options, bakery, and separate equipment.
NICK’S Pizza, Subs, and Deli (1098 Chili- Coldwater Road) 585|247-6270 Very gluten free and celiac friendly. Dedicated gluten free prepared food options, bakery, and separate equipment.
Owl House Rochester (75 Marshall Street) 585|360-2920 Creative, vegan-friendly American plates & craft beer. Very gluten free and celiac friendly. Dedicated gluten free options. Virtually a gluten free friendly kitchen.
Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery (164 Newbury Street| 1694 Penfield Road) 585|254-0706 Dedicated gluten free bakery. Only prepares gluten free baked goods.
Get Caked! (274 N. Goodman Street B.130) 585|319-4314 Vegan, celiac, and gluten free friendly bakery. Not dedicated gluten free facility so those with extreme contact sensitivity should proceed with caution. Prepares gluten free and non- gluten free baked goods.
P.F. Chang’s (820 Eastview Mall) 585| 223-2410 Very celiac friendly. Dedicated gluten free cooking areas and menu options. Well trained wait staff and chefs. Call ahead before your visit during off peak hours.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (740 Jefferson Road) 585| 475-1410 Celiac friendly. Dedicated gluten free cooking areas and menu options. Well trained wait staff and chefs. Call ahead before your visit during off peak hours.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill (1000 Hylan Dr,) 585| 272-8667 Very celiac friendly. Dedicated gluten free cooking areas and menu options. Well trained wait staff and chefs. Call ahead before your visit during off peak hours.
Hi, I’d like to also recommend Mamasan’s Noodle Caboodle on Monroe Avenue in Brighton. They have an extensive menu with all gluten free options labeled. The food is fresh and always tasty.