Last month, I travelled with my Mum (who was visiting from UK) and my boyfriend to Chicago for a long weekend. Those 72 hours were filled with a LOT of great, gluten-free food – Chicago really is a city where coeliacs can eat well. See below for my favourites.
If you fancy pancakes (of the gluten-free, non-stodgy variety), check out The Original Pancake House
With multiple locations throughout the city, there’s bound to be one near you. We went on a sunny Saturday morning around 9am and got seated straight away, but by the time we left there was a big queue outside, so I’d advise you to get there early if you don’t want to queue (plus, this gives you more time to explore the beautiful city afterwards!).
Along with omelettes, gluten free diners can also eat a stack of gluten free pancakes served with whipped butter and syrup. They are noted on the menu as ‘gluten friendly’, which always rings alarm bells with me as a coeliac, but after telling the server about my allergy, she confirmed that they would be made on a separate pan so cross-contamination should not be a problem.
The pancakes are bloody delicious, and don’t have the texture that gluten free pancakes usually have – they were SO soft and fluffy. A word of warning though – they give you a HUGE portion, so be prepared to roll yourself out of there.
If you fancy a meaty, original twist on a gluten free pizza, try Lou Malnati’s
FINE, I admit it. I mainly only wanted to go here because of the name – my first name is Louise – but when I found out that they do a gluten free deep dish pizza that has a base of sausage-meat instead of dough, I HAD to go. They call it the ‘Crustless’ pizza, and don’t be alarmed if you don’t see it on the menu, as it wasn’t when I went but when I asked about it, they knew exactly what I meant and were able to make it for me.
I have to admit that the ‘pizza’ (if you can call it that) was a little weird, because it was basically like eating a flat sausage smothered in melted cheese. I enjoyed it, but I felt like I should have been eating it drunk. HOWEVER, it’s a great option if you really want to try a Chicago deep-dish pizza, as all the other gluten free pizza options in the city are on a thin base.
For mouth-watering gluten free donuts, try Do-Rite Donuts, but GET THERE EARLY.
Do-Rite Donuts are seriously worth checking out, but if you’re hoping to pop there for an afternoon pick me up, think again. The first day, I went there around 2pm and was told that they were sold out, they only make a limited number of gluten free donuts per day. So, the next morning I came back at 9am, and was relieved to see some gluten free donuts on the counter, in their own separate box.
I tried both the vanilla with sprinkles and the cinnamon sugar, and both were good, but the vanilla one was AMAZING. So yummy. Here’s a pic of me looking proudly at them before I devoured them.
If BBQ is your religion, go to worship at Weber Grill
Weber Grill has a HUGE gluten free menu, with everything from ribs and brisket to a beautiful brownie sundae, and everything I’ve ever tried has been incredible. My ultimate favourite would have to be the ribs, served with Bourbon Baked Beans and Whipped Sweet Potatoes.
Check out the gluten free menu here.
Please comment below your Chicago gluten-free favourites – I will make sure to check them out next time I go!