Whether you’re trialing a gluten-free diet, have a family member with an allergy, or are a seasoned pro with Celiac, finding nourishing gluten-free food on-the-go can be a frustrating challenge. Fortunately, Kansas City has plenty of tasty options for all. You just need to know where to look. To help with that, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite stops and shops in the KC area that offer an array of gluten-free Kansas City options for you or your loved ones—because living with dietary restrictions should never mean having to go hungry.
Burgers & More
Offering lunch, dinner, and desserts, this local favorite supports seasonal, local ingredients first—favoring quality over all else. With a diverse menu offering many gluten-free options, Unforked is sure to be a favorite for the whole family. (Our current favorite? The “Thai Dye Burger” on a GF bun!)
With an amazing outdoor patio, live entertainment, and open late—Iron Horse is more than your typical bar and grill. Their gourmet food is the real draw, with an entire dedicated gluten-free menu, tasty enough for anyone to enjoy.
Who doesn’t love Kansas City Bar-B-Que? A local tradition, gluten-free Kansas City eaters can enjoy some of the best BBQ in the city at Joe’s, which features a gluten-free bun that can be substituted with any cut of meat. Make sure to specify your restriction with your server.
Spin! was created by local entrepreneurs with world-class pizza, sandwiches, salads, beer, and wine in mind. With a menu crafted by a James Beard award-winning chef, it has become a true local favorite. The best part? They offer TWO different types of gluten-free pizza crust to choose from, and they’re both delicious!
Not only does Minsky’s make amazing pizza, but it has received GREAT Kitchens training from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. All employees are trained to assure the prevention of cross-contamination of any kind. Minsky’s is a great choice for peace of mind for those with a strict intolerance.
A local favorite, Waldo Pizza has an entire dedicated gluten-free menu that includes tasty specialty pies with a unique twist. From the “Ratatouille” to the “BFD (Breakfast for Dinner),” we haven’t found a gluten-free pie here that we don’t like.
Another great option for gluten-free eaters, Stone Canyon Pizza offers multiple options for gluten-free crust. With specials on a weekly basis and options other than pizza as well, it’s sure to be a great choice for the whole family.
Baked Goods & Desserts
When Morgana was diagnosed in 1997, switching to a gluten-free diet was difficult. She remembers the first pre-made gluten-free bread she tried—and it tasted like Styrofoam. Taking matters into her own hands, Morgana opened up shop in Raytown with a mission to make gluten-free eaters feel normal. This store is currently preorder only with pick-ups on Saturdays, so be sure to place your order in advance.
Born from a family with gluten allergies, this bakery is entirely gluten-free! From tasty cornbread to gorgeous designer cakes, Emily Kate’s is a must-stop for gluten free in Kansas City. Since it is a custom-order bakery, make sure to check out their website and call ahead beforehand.
The Littlest Bake Shop is Kansas City’s first gluten-free & vegan dedicated bakery. With scratch-made, local and seasonal offerings and organic coffee and tea, it’s sure to be a favorite for all- dietary restrictive or otherwise. Due to COVID-19, this bake shop is pick-up only on Fridays and Saturdays, but worth the planning. Visit their website to order- we recommend the six-inch churro cake (if you can snag one before they sell out)!
Pour Coffeehouse is the perfect stop for anyone looking to get some work done, mingle with friends, or just relax. Offering a dedicated gluten-free pastry menu in addition to traditional desserts, breakfasts, sandwiches, coffees, teas, and more—the options at Pour Coffeehouse are seemingly endless. Their gluten-free pop-tart is worth the drive. Call ahead and place an order or drop in and hang out for a bit- you won’t be disappointed!
This restaurant defines fresh in a hurry, with options for (just about) any dietary need. Everything is prepped from scratch and sourced with integrity. From soups and salads to quinoa bowls and wraps, you are sure to find a satisfying and nourishing gluten-free meal at The Mixx.
Billie’s Grocery is a “dietary and lifestyle-friendly” restaurant and bakery in the heart of Kansas City. They are especially accommodating for gluten-free diets. From smoothies to cocktails, a bakery that caters, and events and cooking classes throughout the year, Billie’s-Grocery is a gluten-free Kansas City must-see.
Seeing a need for healthier food in our on-the-go culture, Staci Cross, founder of Enjoy Pure Food + Drink, opened this restaurant to help keep KC nourished in the “cleanest way possible”. With an emphasis on positive energy amongst the staff, and an effort to source local organic food as much as possible, this is a great stop for a variety of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.
Going gluten-free can be tough, but whether it’s you, a friend, or a loved one, keep in mind that it gets easier—especially when you find accommodating places in the area that are both nourishing and delicious. Not to mention it can improve quality of life if dealing with an allergy or intolerance. Remember to always specify with your server or manager that you have an allergy or intolerance.
New to cutting out gluten, and still have questions about what you can and can’t eat, or suspect you may be suffering from a gluten or other food intolerance? We can help with that and more. Book with us for an in-person or online session today so we can get you back to feeling your best. Did we miss your favorite gluten-free spot in Kansas City? Give them a shout out below.
When I’m not busy making chickpeas into cookie dough dip, I am dreaming of other ways to use them. I always prefer a thick creamy soup over a thin broth soup. My favorite soup growing up was clam chowder. I have a secret, almost all of the soups in our house are creamy and dairy-free because I use beans or chickpeas to thicken them. It is so easy. No tempering the milk or adding flour at just the right time, just simple simmering and melding of flavors.
This chickpea soup has the perfect amount of smoky-ness from the chipotle pepper, but not too much spice. This recipe comes together for a quick weeknight dish with minimal chopping since you will be pureeing everything. I usually use my immersion blender so it a one-pot meal too. Sometimes I’ll toss in some grilled chicken to hearty up this soup a bit more.
I shared the step-by-step instructions for making this recipe in my last virtual cooking party. To join me for my next cooking party grab your seat, and check out all the details here.
1. Tortillas: You can use either flour or corn tortillas. I have tried both and they are equally delicious. The corn tortillas are a little crispier if you prefer that.
2. Oven or Air fryer: I really love using my air fryer for convenience. If you have an air fryer, I recommend placing enough ghosts to fill the bottom of your pan and adding a rack or something to keep them in place, without that they will blow around and cook unevenly. If you are baking them in the oven they take a few minutes extra, but the end result is the same.
3. Water or oil: This is really a personal preference. They are very similar, as you might expect, there is a certain richness to adding a little bit of oil.
Have fun and add your own style with these fun dippers. You can also add your own spices before making them.
Black Bat Hummus and Ghost Tortilla Chips make a great addition to any Char-BOO-Terie Board too!
Coming out of quarantine many of us have been preparing a lot more meals at home. I will go out of my way to avoid being a short-order cook for my picky eater. Before you roll your eyes, it’s not because my kids are angels, raised by a dietitian and eat kale for every meal. In fact, that is probably the furthest from the truth. The truth is, I have three small children and I’m too tired to make multiple meals. That doesn’t mean I take off my dietitian hat at dinner time though, I still want to serve my family affordable healthy meals that they will EAT. Whether you have a picky eater or not, I think we all can agree that we don’t want to make multiple trips to the grocery store.That is why I love to shop at ALDI. ALDI has everything I need and it seems that every time I go in I find new great foods to try. At my most recent trip to ALDI I found this 90 second quinoa and brown rice packet that makes a great addition to my taco bar (will share picture). If you haven’t made a trip into ALDI recently you may not know that they have Earth Grown, an entire line of vegetarian and plant-based products, some of the lowest priced organic produce in the grocery industry and a whole line of wine and beer under $10*. I’ve partnered with them to share with you 5 ways I avoid being a short-order cook for my family.
1. Create Simple Meals.
When I have made complicated “kid-friendly” meals with hidden ingredients, it usually turns into a treasure hunt for my picky eater to find the foods she doesn’t like. My kids prefer seeing all the ingredients. Keeping my meals simple with a good protein source and a frozen veggie is a great place to start. I like to use Fremont Fish Market frozen fish and shrimp because no matter what happens at dinnertime I can have it on the table in 15 minutes or less and it pairs really well with a simple frozen veggie and fresh fruit.
2. Build-Your-Own Bars
We love to do build-your-own pizza, burger, or taco bars. Having a build your own bar allows my family to pick what they want but I’m only preparing one meal. I recently shared all my ideas for a build-your-own taco bar on Good Day Kansas check out the segment here.
3. Serve a Less Traditional Meal
4. Pair a Favorite with Something New
My kids, like most kids, love things like chicken fingers, fish sticks and PB&J. I like to serve those things alongside other foods that maybe they have never had or they don’t enjoy as much. I love this recipe for Sweet Potato Salad, it is a spin on traditional potato salad.
5. When All Else Fails, Serve Dessert First!
This summer I have been obsessed with these chocolate covered cookie dough balls. I have served them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a secret though, the base is chickpeas, so I am giving my family a dose of fiber and protein with each bite. I know that in case my best attempts at serving dinner fails, I can trust dessert to provide them the nutrients they need.
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