Gluten-free: it’s a hot button phrase that’s popping up everywhere these days.
Some may think it’s the newest fad diet but it’s anything but. Eating gluten-free (GF) is a necessity for those diagnosed with a gluten allergy or sensitivity.
Gluten is a protein that occurs naturally in wheat, rye, barley or any crossbreeds of these grains. Gluten causes an adverse effect on the body to those with a gluten allergy or sensitivity. Celiac disease is the most extreme of the gluten allergies.
With those unable to consume gluten, going out to eat can be a headache. Without having the luxury to choose from pasta, breadsticks or pizza to name a few, there isn’t much left on the menu to pick from other than a tantalizing house salad, but be sure to hold the croutons!
We have found six local Fargo-Moorhead establishments who offer gluten free options for their customers with a gluten allergy– making going out to eat less stressful and fun again!
By: Candice Grimm
Photos: Candice Grimm and Jenna Lennertz
bakeology, a local dessert bakery owned by Kristian Lau and Andrea Chang, offers all of their cupcake flavors gluten-free upon request. Their special blend of gluten-free flour is used instead of wheat flour for making the cupcakes. They have an extensive cupcake menu that includes classics like Red Velvet to gourmet flavors such as Banana Split! If you can’t wait to try one of bakeology’s gluten-free cupcakes, stop by Unglued in downtown Fargo where they have at least one gluten-free cupcake for sale daily in their store.
408 Broadway N, Fargo
Xtreme Pizza Kitchen
Xtreme Pizza Kitchen of Fargo has been offering gluten-free pizza crust for their customers for over five years! The gluten-free pizzas are prepped in a separate space from where Xtreme Pizza’s regular wheat flour dough pizzas are made and separate utensils are used to top and cut the gluten-free pizzas to keep exposure of wheat flour to a minimum. Their original pizza, alfredo and basil pesto sauces are all gluten-free and Xtreme Pizza also uses special gluten-free cheese to top their gluten-free pizzas. Their gluten-free pizza is available in a 10 inch size and any pizza option, from classic to gourmet, can be created on the gluten-free crust.
Xtreme Pizza Kitchen
1404 33rd St. S. Ste D, Fargo
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Maxwells of West Fargo has a menu that will make the taste buds of those with a gluten sensitivity dance. Though there are a few items on the menu, such as their crab cakes, that are not gluten-free, the majority of entrees offered at Maxwells can be made gluten-free upon request. Maxwells has a selection of gluten-free items that can be substituted in place of traditional sides or extras. The chefs and staff at Maxwells prides themselves on being able to offer quality meals to their customers with food allergies.
1380 9th St. E, West Fargo
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Doolittles Woodfire Grill
Doolittles Woodfire Grill of Fargo offers more than just delectable smells and delicious entrees; they have an extensive gluten-free menu for their customers with a gluten allergy. One of the establishments signature entrees, the Spit-Roasted Chicken, is completely gluten-free and a favorite for those with or without a gluten allergy. The scratch kitchen set-up Doolittles restaurant accommodates allows their chefs freedom to create gluten-free sides or extras whenever needed. To find out more about the gluten-free options Doolittles has to offer, call 701-478-2200 or visit their website, doolittles.com
Doolittles Woodfire Grill
2112 25th St. S, Fargo
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Drunken Noodle of downtown Fargo has a menu that offers flavors from around the globe. From Asian inspired stir fry dishes to all American classics like Mac n’ Cheese, those with a gluten allergy can enjoy a number of the exotic dishes Drunken Noodle has to offer. All gluten-free entrees are made with rice noodles and gluten-free sauces. In addition to their gluten-free entrees, Drunken Noodle offers gluten-free appetizers such as Golden Tofu and Edamame. Next time you’re downtown and craving a great gluten-free meal at an affordable price, stop by the Drunken Noodle.
623 NP Ave. N, Fargo
Facebook: Drunken Noodle
Just Grains Gluten-Free Bakery
Just Grains is Fargo-Moorhead’s newest gluten-free bakery. Matthew Mehl of Mehl’s Flour Company and Jesse Kennedy have teamed up to bring tasteful and affordable gluten-free bakery products to those living in the FM with gluten allergies. The store recently opened and offers a plethora of gluten-free goodies. From fresh baked sandwich bread, cranberry biscotti, chocolate cake to cream puffs – everything at Just Grains is gluten-free and pocketbook friendly. Conveniently located on the corner of Main Ave. and 4th St. in Moorhead, Just Grains is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
23 S 4th St, Moorhead
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Celiac disease is a lifelong autoimmune condition affecting adults and children. When a person with Celiac disease consumes gluten, it creates an immune-medicated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed, according to celiac.org.