Gluten Free Friendly Restaurants in Davis County that are our Date Night Favorites

A few months ago, my husband was diagnosed with Celiac disease and one of the saddest things was knowing that he wouldn’t be able to eat some of his favorite foods, which meant that some of our favorite date night locations were out of the question. Most restaurants offer options for gluten free, but not all of them are delicious or something that my husband would generally order. Others have gluten free options, but aren’t as careful as we’d hope in avoiding cross contamination. After a few months of research and taste testing, I’m excited to have this post put together with a lot of our gluten free favorites for date night!

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Gluten Friendly Restaurants in Davis County

Red Robin

Whenever we’re craving burgers and fries, this is where we go! Red Robin has a gluten free bun that is the best one my husband has tasted. They also have a dedicated fryer for their fries, so you can eat the steakhouse, sweet potato or garlic herb fries. I discovered this really cool Allergen Customizer on their website that allows you to filter their menu by gluten friendly so you don’t have to follow a line across or read the ingredients of every menu item. This is the restaurant that by far has the most options of things that someone who is sensitive to gluten can enjoy!

Waffled

One of our favorite locally owned restaurants at Station Park is really careful with their gluten free waffles, even using a separate waffle iron, so you can eat here and know that you aren’t risking feeling sick later on. We love their stuffed waffles, especially the ones stuffed with bacon and eggs and covered in syrup! Give them a try for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert!

Tortilla Union

Looking at Tortilla Union’s menu, I’d say that about 90% of it is gluten free friendly food. Their fryer is dedicated and the majority of their menu items come with corn tortillas or chips or the option to order your entree with a substitution. Click here for a list of my favorite menu items before your next visit and try one of their flavorful, unique and really delicious!

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Joy Luck

This is one of our favorite places to eat for date night and recent reviews on our favorite gluten-free app say that they can make almost anything on their menu gluten free. We can’t wait to go for a lunch date or dinner and try our favorite dishes gluten free. Chinese food is one thing that is really hard to do gluten free because of the batter and the sauces so finding a good restaurant who can make the majority of their dishes gluten free is amazing!

The Mandarin

Another local favorite for Chinese food is The Mandarin in Bountiful. They have a separate and extensive gluten-free menu and it notes that they fry their gluten free menu items in a separate, dedicated fryer. This is a great option if you are looking to satisfy a Chinese food craving!

Orlando’s

You would hope that you’d be safe ordering from a Mexican restaurant by opting for corn tortillas, but that isn’t always the case. Orlando’s in Kaysville is one place where you know you can eat without getting sick! They have a separate gluten free menu and will take extra precautions when you let them know about your food allergy.

Last Course

If you’re looking for good dessert, Last Course is the place to go. They list whether a dessert or ice cream flavor is gluten free or vegan on the menu board next to each item. They’re a really great place to go for date night because of the atmosphere, quality of their dessert and how each item is presented. The fact that they cater to those with food allergies or preferences makes them even greater!

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Cafe Sabor

We haven’t eaten here yet, but it is a restaurant that has come highly recommended by other friends and family who eat gluten free. They’re a Mexican/Italian blend from the looks of their menu and the food is rumored to be extremely delicious. It’s a restaurant that’s up at the top of our date night must tries and will be visited by us soon.

Noodles & Co

This is one of our favorite places to grab takeout any time we are planning on a date night at home and we have continued to enjoy their food on a regular basis. I discovered this helpful allergen and nutritional facts sheet that we've used to determine if things like their barbecue sauce are gluten free. My husband orders the BBQ Mac without crispy jalapenos and substituting the noodles with gluten free noodles or rice noodles.

Costa Vida

Of the fast food Mexican restaurants, this one is the most gluten friendly. They take care with their food prep and have eliminated flour products from most of their food, with the exception of tortillas and a few desserts.

Chick-fil-a

If my husband goes out to eat for lunch, this is one of the places that he goes. Order any of the grilled sandwiches with the gluten free bun. The bun will come in a package and you’ll have to assemble your sandwich, but my husband says it’s pretty good and he’s never gotten sick. Their fries are also free from cross-contamination because they are fried in a dedicated fryer.

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Jersey Mike’s

This is probably my husband’s most frequented stop for lunch when he goes out. They have a good gluten free sandwich bun and take extra precautions when preparing your food to ensure that there’s no cross contamination. He prefers this over a lettuce wrap at one of his other favorite sandwich restaurants because the bread is his favorite part of most meals and eliminating it completely is not enjoyable for him.

Culver’s

We haven’t eaten here yet either but the owners of the Bountiful store reached out to me and told me that they have a lot of options for those who eat gluten free and that they take precautions to eliminate cross-contamination.

Mod Pizza

Again, we haven’t tried the gluten free options here yet, but I’ve heard that out of the pizza places, they have the best crust and are really careful with the pizza prep, cooking and cutting so that you can eat your food without worrying about cross contamination and feeling sick the next day.

Rumbi

There isn't a lot on the menu that you can eat here, but they have a gluten-free teriyaki sauce that you can order and a few entrees that are gluten free as well. If you like their chicken teriyaki rice bowls, you are in luck eating here! Check out their nutrition and allergy information to find out exactly what you can eat when you go there.

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We were overwhelmed when we started trying to eat and date after my husband’s diagnosis, but it’s actually been a lot of fun trying new restaurants, researching menus and finding the most gluten-free friendly eateries and the ones who have the most delicious gluten free options. I’m aware that there are generally things that someone with a gluten sensitivity can eat almost anywhere they go, but I really want my husband to enjoy food and his life and not feel like he’s settling on date night while I eat something really yummy. He doesn’t love to live on salads, lettuce wraps, grilled chicken with veggies or mediocre sandwich buns so it’s been a real goal of mine to find the best of the best that the gluten free world has to offer!

Five Ways to Make a Date Night Out of the Bountiful Chalk Art Festival

When we moved to Bountiful, I started hearing about The Bountiful Chalk Art Festival and one year we finally made it a priority to go. We've been every year since, for date night or for a family outing. We love walking down Bountiful Main Street, seeing the amazing talent that our community has and chat with friends and neighbors who we run into while we're out. We've found that Sunday evenings are an amazing time to go, although the drawings aren't as fresh by then, and sometimes it's rained and washed a few away. This year we're planning to go on Friday for date night, so I thought I'd share a few ways that you could turn the Chalk Art Festival into a fun date of your own.

Where: Bountiful Main Street
Cost: FREE (food and other activities are an added cost)

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Bountiful Chalk Art Festival Date Ideas

Check out the Food Truck League Event

Every Friday night, The Food Truck League has an event just down the street at Bountiful City Hall. You can check out their food truck finder for details on which food trucks will be there the night of the chalk art festival. After you've walked Main Street, head over to grab some food or dessert. If you'd rather start with your meal and avoid missing out on the popular items from the food trucks, you could eat first and stroll down Main Street after.

Eat at one of the Locally Owned Restaurants

Bountiful Main Street has a lot of great, locally owned restaurants and stores. A few of them are located on the blocks where the chalk art festival will take place and the rest are just a couple of blocks away. You could stop for a bite to eat while you're walking or after you've seen everything that there is to see.

Marcello's Italian Restaurant is on the north end of Main Street and really yummy. Royal India and The Bun Basket are right in the middle of the chalk art festival walk. Vito's is as well but has specific hours, so you'll want to check to make sure they'll be open when you go if you want to eat there. And a couple of blocks south of the festival is the Greek Cafe and SeaBears Scottish American Fish House.

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Grab Dessert Afterward

If you're on a mid-day date or already ate elsewhere, you might decide to grab a quick treat after your walk down Main Street instead. Walk to 4th North for a drink and a cookie from Fiiz or walk the few extra blocks to 5th South and check out Bountiful's newest cookie shop, Crumbl. 

Have a Festival of Your Own

Seeing all of the amazing artistic creations at the chalk art festival makes me wish I was a little more creative in that way. Maybe the two of you are really good at drawing and looking for a new medium to try. On your way home from the chalk art festival, stop to grab a box of sidewalk chalk for yourselves. Use your driveway or the sidewalk in front of your house and have a festival of your own. Work on a mural together or draw your own separate images. Maybe you'll be inspired to register to participate in next year's festival

Continue to Enjoy the Spring Weather

Bountiful has a lot of great overlook areas where you can get a view of the valley and have a great view when the sun sets. Drive up to toward the mountains after you're finished with the festival, find a place to stop and get out to enjoy the view. You could put a blanket down on the grass or in the back of your car and chat while you watch the sun go down. If you're feeling extra romantic and want to keep moving, turn on some music and dance together while you watch the sunset.

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I'm really excited for our date to The Chalk Art Festival this weekend and hope you'll venture out to enjoy it as well! As far as I know, it's the only event in Davis County of its kind. I'll be sharing some of our favorite chalk drawings on Instagram this weekend and a few of the details of our date. If you see us while you're strolling down Main Street, be sure to stop and say hi!

Four Ways to Take Advantage of Date Your Mate Month

May is National Date Your Mate month, a holiday that encourages couples to be more intentional when it comes to date night and pursuing the one you love. This is one of my favorite holidays, and I look forward to it all year long. I love it almost more than Christmas! The best part about it is that it lasts for an entire month, it's not just one day like some of those other random holidays that are so fun to celebrate. Relationships need date night and they need dedication and constant pursuit to work.

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When we started dating each other, my husband and I were on each other's minds constantly. We would text each other throughout the day, go on a long walk every night, hold hands any opportunity we had and you could often find us cuddled up on the couch. These things happened even when there was homework to do or we weren't able to see each other because our schedules were so opposite for the day. Now, more than seven years later, there are some days when I fall asleep realizing that, other than our good-bye kiss in the morning, we didn't do anything very couple-like that day.

Last year we committed to be more intentional with date night for the month of May and I can honestly say that because of that, and because I started this site, date night is more of a habit in our marriage now than it has ever been before. Not only are we setting aside time for date night every week, we're keeping things fresh and fun by looking for new places to each and unique activities to do together.

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Celebrate Date Your Mate Month

Aside from date night, there are things that we try to do on a daily basis to continue to date each other like we did early on in our relationship. I shared four ideas on A Prioritized Marriage yesterday for continuing to date your partner for years to come. your relationship will be more enjoy and last longer if you do. Click here to read that post and make the most of Date Your Mate month!

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Four fun ways to celebrate Date Your Mate month!

Menu Items at Tortilla Union that are a Must Try!

My love for Tortilla Union is well know, unless you’re new around here. I will sing praises for their Manchego Cheese Dip until the day I die! I frequent their restaurant at Station Park on a regular basis and have a goal to try almost everything on the menu. Recently they updated their menu to include a few new items and I immediately made plans to try them out. After enjoying their food twice in one week, I thought I’d share my favorite menu items with you and why I love them so much!

Where: Tortilla Union - Station Park (160 N West Promontory)
Cost: ~$10 per plate

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The Trio

This is my biggest “must order” item from the menu, except that you won’t find it on the menu anymore but the good news is, you can still order it! I order The Trio mostly for the magical Manchego Cheese Dip but I also really like their Guacamole. Both dips are flavorful and unique and I could eat them for my meal. On my most recent visits, I ordered just an appetizer of the cheese dip and chips and was a happy lady.

Candied Bacon

Don’t tell the cheese dip, but this might be my new favorite thing on the menu! A few months ago I enjoyed small pieces of the bacon on a salad, but my real love for it developed in the last two weeks, when it was included on a sandwich that I ordered. Oh man, this bacon is something else! It’s the perfect level of sweet with just a tiny bite from the chiles and tortilla union spice. Try it and you’ll love it, I promise!

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Crispy Chicken Club

I started seeing pictures of this sandwich a few days before it hit their menu and I knew I had to try it. It’s the first thing I ordered when I went a couple of weeks ago and it was really good! This is the sandwich that made me fall in love with the Candied Bacon. The flavor combination is unique and really delicious. You might thing you should order a taco or a burrito at somewhere with Southwestern food, but trust me when I tell you to try the chicken sandwich!

California Cobb Salad

You guys!!!! If you like salad, order this! The candied bacon and queso fresco add the most unique and delicious flavors to this salad. I’ve thought about it so many times since I first tried it a few months ago. If I wasn’t determined to try more menu items, I’d order this salad almost every time I visit Tortilla Union.

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Southwestern Caesar Salad

If I’m going to order a salad for my meal, I’ll most likely go for the California Cobb, but this salad will almost always be ordered as the side with any of the other entrees that I order. I love the combination of southwest and Caesar flavors in this salad. It’s fun and unique and makes my taste buds smile!

Southwestern Mac and Cheese

I haven’t tried this dish personally, but my husband ordered it on one of our dates before he started eating gluten free and he really loved it. I’m honestly surprised I didn’t taste it, because I usually sneak a bite of his meal just so I can tell you more about it from personal experience. We’ll just have to trust my husband’s taste buds on this one, until I can try it for myself.

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I’ve tried a few other things on the menu, including a really yummy grilled chicken sandwich that isn’t on the menu anymore and that I don’t think you can order currently. They were all really good, but these are the meals and things I’ve tried that really wowed me! As I try new things, I’ll be sure to share them with you on my social media channels and add them to this post for future reference! I will tell you that I’m really excited to try the Union Ribs and plan to do that on our next date night there. I have a soft spot for ribs and theirs sound extra delicious and original, plus those whipped sweet potatoes are calling my name.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve ordered from Tortilla Union?

15 Date Ideas to Spoil the Mom in Your Life

I always tell my husband that one of the best gifts he can give me is the gift of a date night. Whether it's taking me out to do something special for the occasion or planning a date for the future and gifting me with all of the details, date night is one of best gifts that my husband can give me for any occasion. And now that I'm thinking about it, I've loved getting date nights from other people in my life as well. One Christmas my mom got us tickets to a musical that I wanted to go see and said that she'd come over and babysit our kids while we went out. The show was three months away, but it was one of the presents that I was most excited about. I've also been known to gift date nights to other people in the form of gift cards and offering to take their kids for the evening. Maybe it's because quality time is my love language or maybe it's because every one deserves a date night, to enjoy something that they love with the one they love the most.

With Mother's Day coming up, I wanted to give you some simple ideas for treating your significant other or your mom to a date night that spoils them and thanks them for everything that they've done for you and your children. I'm a firm believer that even if you don't have kids yet, you can celebrate the woman who will be the mom of your future children. The first four years of our marriage, we celebrated "Future" Mother's and Father's Day in our home. Even the year after my recent miscarriage , my husband made Mother's Day weekend a special one for me. You know better than anyone what the woman in your life loves and what makes her feel special, but here are a few ideas to get you started!

Related: 15 Gifts Your Wife Wants for Mother's Day

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15 Date Ideas for Mother's Day

Dinner and a Show

We have three great live theaters right here in our area as well as a few great ones close by in the Salt Lake Valley. Each of them has a great line up for the season and I'm willing to be that the mom in your life would love tickets to a show and dinner before or dessert after. If one of the shows that's currently playing doesn't sound like the perfect one, purchase tickets to a future show or a gift care to her favorite community theater and gift them to you.

Couples Massage

I don't know a single woman who doesn't like to be pampered and being pampered alongside your spouse on a date could be even better. Beyond Spa in Layton is one of my favorite places to go for a massage and they have a lot of great massage packages and will have some great seasonal specials just for Mother's Day (the Queen for a Day package sounds divine). If massages aren't your thing, schedule one for your wife and send her off for a few hours of relaxation while you clean the house and prepare for the rest of your date.

Outdoor Adventure

If the two of you are outdoorsy and adventurous, tailor your date night fun to that. Explore one of the area's many trails, go geocaching, take a walk through the botanical gardens or one of the many nature trails in the heart of our county, or go fishing. Pack a picnic and make a day of it! If you're feeling extra excited about the outdoors, you could make an overnight of it and go camping.

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Dance Lessons

Has your wife or significant other ever mentioned that they'd love to learn how to dance? There are a couple of different studios here in our area that host dance classes for couples on a regular basis. Put together a little card that lets her know that you will go dancing with her and keep an eye on our Upcoming Events page for the next dance night near you. There's one at Centerville Academy on the last Friday of every month and they learn a different type of dance every month. Davis County Ballroom offers a three class series every season. We'll always post the details on our site!

Family Date Night

Activities out as a family are always a lot of fun, and what better way to celebrate the mother in your life than by involving the kids? Dartside in Layton, mini golf and pocket pies at Cherry Hill, an afternoon at Station Park or a visit to the Seaquest Aquarium are just a few ideas to get you started.

Weekend Getaway

We love to getaway for a night or two together any time we have something special to celebrate. We've learned a few tricks to save big on our romantic getaways so that they're not a burden on us financially and so that we can truly enjoy them. We take advantage of the time away and plan a bunch of little dates. Some weekends we'll go on a few adventures, others we're all about relaxing and eating out and watching movies we haven't seen yet together; it just depends on how busy life is currently.

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Tickets to a Future Event

I mentioned grabbing tickets or a gift card to see a play or musical in the future, but that can be applied to any event. I recently grabbed tickets for our favorite comedian who's coming to town at the end of the year. His performance is seven months away, but I'm excited to surprise my husband with a date night out that's a little bit of a splurge for us. No matter your budget, I know you will be able to find an event that the woman in your life would love to attend. If tickets aren't required, but you want to plan it as a date, make up your own "ticket" and gift it to her to let her know it's in the plans.

Laughter

Research has shown that couples who laugh together are happier across the board. It seems obvious when I type it all out. Some of our most memorable date nights have been ones when I remember laughing together, whether it was at a comedy routine, over a movie or just sharing stories and jokes with each other. We've loved late night dates to The Improvables, right here in the community. We also loved going to Wiseguys on a date earlier this year and love that they have a two for one ticket deal to make it a cheaper price.

Dessert

This would be a great way to end the day when you've been on a family date or doing something with the kids. We've enjoyed dessert at home, like our very favorite cookie skillet. There are a lot of great dessert locations in the area for going out after the kids are in bed. We love grabbing dessert from Last Course and sitting around the fountains at Station Park or playing games while we enjoy a pastry and hot chocolate or ice cream. Head to your favorite dessert spot or pick something up to enjoy at home!

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Tour Your Town

Since starting this site a year ago, I've had a lot of fun exploring the area where we live and discovering new things that I didn't know existed or had heard of but never tried. Sometimes for date night we'll pick an area we've never been or have wanted to explore and walk around to see what's there. We walk in all of the little shops, and make note of places we want to come back to. After we've seen what's there, we pick someplace new to eat. There are also a lot of popular attractions in the area that we've taken for granted and never explored. Planning a date that takes us to one of those spots would be a lot of fun.

That One Thing She's Always Wanted to Do

Is there an activity, event or restaurant that your significant other has always talked about wanting to do? Plan a date night surrounding those things and surprise her with it. If you aren't sure if there's something she's been wanting to do, you can ask her!

Scenic Drive, Cider and Dancing

This is perfect for a low key, budget friendly, romantic date night. We love to drive up in the mountains above Davis County, particularly up on Bountiful Blvd and look over the valley. If you have a little bit of time, you could take this mountain drive. Pack sparkling cider, chocolate covered strawberries, or some yummy pastries and end your drive with a romantic little picnic in parking area on your drive. If you have a playlist of romantic music, you could dance together while you're there.

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Green Thumb

One of my favorite Mother's Day gifts to date was the year when my husband planted flowers in front of our house for me. I don't have much of a green thumb and need plants that don't require a lot of TLC. We planted Wave Petunias the first spring we were in our house, a few weeks after our first baby was born and it's been a tradition ever since. You can make a date of this by taking her shopping to pick out the flowers, then letting her sit and play with the kids or chat with you and enjoy her favorite treat while you plant them for her.

Her Favorite Meal

A fancy dinner out, a regular dinner date, her favorite takeout or a home cooked meal would all be perfect for this one. If you plan a dinner at home, pull out some candles and fancy glasses. You could even get the kids in on it and have them serve the meal to the two of you. Don't just make it about the food, make it about the experience and the quality time that she gets to spend with you.

A Day Off

This is the one thing that I think every mother wants for Mother's Day. Send your wife off for a day at the spa, on a shopping spree, or a meal and a movie with her best friends. While she's gone, clean the house (or hire someone to clean it), spruce the place up with her favorite flowers, and plan a date to whisk her off on when she gets home. I've also seen some husbands book a hotel for their wife for the night and send her out to grab dinner, take a relaxing bath, watch all of her favorite shows and go to bed early, while they're at home taking care of the house and the family. The trick is not to let her spend her "day off" at home because I know the majority of us moms aren't able to avoid housework, making meals and taking care of the family when they're at home.

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I know that whether you're spoiling your mom or the mother of your children, they'll enjoy a date night with you, no matter what you plan!

Photography by Sadie Banks Photography

15 date ideas for Mother's Day in Davis County