An estimated 1 out of every 133 people have celiac disease, otherwise known as being allergic to gluten, a protein composite found in wheat and other grains. Luckily, some already amazing restaurants in the Valley have conformed their menus to accommodate gluten-free options that are just as savory and delicious, you can’t even taste the difference!
True Food Kitchen
This cafe specializes in healthful eating. Menu items are marked to designate health benefits, including the gluten-free grilled steelhead salmon ($19); and the spaghetti squash casserole, where threads of squash look just like pasta ($13).
2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-774-3488. 15191 N.Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-265-4500, truefoodkitchen.com
Forget your burgers protein style, enjoy Indulge Burger’s Cheddar Burger on a gluten-free bun and the new Montana Dog with an all-beef frank on a gluten-free bun. Sandwiches also come on gluten-free bread.
10392 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-998-2222, indulgeburgers.com.
With an extensive gluten-free menu, try the Pollo Cubano, a boneless chicken breast marinated in lime, orange and garlic, sauteed with sweet onions, and served with black beans and rice.
4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-952-1991 and 6245 E.Bell Road, Scottsdale. 480-991-1496, havanacafe-az.com.
Tonto Bar & Grill
The dining room inside the Rancho Mañana resort in Cave Creek serves up a special gluten-free menu, including the Tonto Burger on a gluten-free bun, root beer-braised short ribs and the warm flourless chocolate cake with raspberry coulis.
5736 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek. 480-488-0698, tontobarandgrill.com.
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
This local favorite has its own gluten-free menu of wild mushroom enchiladas, two steamed corn tortillas stuffed with avocado relish, Jack cheese and mixed wild mushrooms, covered with an ancho-mole cream sauce and served with green-chile rice and black beans.
7014 East Camelback Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251, 20 W. Sixth St., Tempe, among other Valley locations, ztejas.com.