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!
Gluten Friendly Restaurants in Davis County
Gluten Free Options at Farmington Station Park
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!
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! And be sure to try their brunch menu because there are quite a few gluten free options there as well.
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!
One of Station Parks newer restaurants, with a seafood menu and a lot of gluten free options. Most of their menu is or can be made gluten free. They’ve noted on social media that even their clam chowder is gluten free because they use a cornstarch slurry instead of a roux to get the creamy consistency. If you’re a big fan of seafood, check them out!
We’re really excited to try out Station Park’s newest restaurant! They have some great options on their gluten free menu. And I’ve been told that the gluten free options are prepared in a separate wok, in another area of the kitchen, then brought out to your table on a different colored plate than all of the other dishes, so you know exactly which one is gluten free.
Gluten Free Options in South Davis County
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!
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!
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.
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.
Zao Asian Cafe
The base of the bowls at Zao Asian Cafe is rice or rice noodles, and all of their sauces are gluten free. The bowls are a really good size and could feed you for a couple of meals if needed. My husband likes the flavor of their teriyaki sauce, since he’s found that a lot of other gluten free teriyaki sauces have more of a soy sauce taste. This is a great option for quick, clean, fresh food!
Gluten Free Options in North Davis County
This 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.
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.
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!
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.
For an added charge, you can have any sandwich or burger put on a gluten free bun or gluten free bread. Their bun is really good according to my husband and definitely one he would eat often. Their house burger sauce contains gluten, so just be sure to order fry sauce instead.
Roosters Brewing Co.
Roosters has a great atmosphere for date night and a separate gluten free menu with a variety of options. We haven't eaten here yet, but plan to, especially now that we know they have good gluten free options and a dedicated menu. Click here to view their gluten free meal options.
Gluten Free Options Across Davis County
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tip: Download the Find Me GF app for reviews of celiac friendly and gluten free options wherever you travel!