As a member of the Buffalo community and the “Celiac Club” (not a real club), I have spent a lot of time scoping out the best places to visit when looking for some gluten-free grub.
That being said, I’ve put together a simple guide to my favorite gluten-free-friendly eateries in Buffalo:
- Thai Orchid: This little eatery is my favorite place to go when I’ve got a hankering for chicken satay, pad thai, or vegetable curry. They are very knowledgeable of the gluten-free diet and go above and beyond to alter or modify their menu offerings to accommodate food allergies.
- Betty’s: Betty’s has quickly become one of my favorite places to frequent for weekend brunches and weekday lunches. The restaurant has a great vibe; it’s colorful and comfortable. Their specials menu changes daily and is filled with a variety of options for everyone. Even better is that they have top-notch gluten-free buns (they reportedly use Brian’s) which they are happy to serve any of their burgers or sandwiches on.
- Globe Market: Globe has become my staple sandwich place. Globe has fresh, high quality ingredients which they use for all of their menu offerings. The sandwiches are delicious and creative; even better is that they provide diners with the option of having their sammie served on Udi’s bread (which is my personal favorite when it comes to GF bread brands).
- Grover’s: Everyone in Buffalo knows that Grover’s is the best burger joint in the city; not only does the place have history, but it has dynamite gluten-free buns on which your 6 pound burger is served. Worth noting is that Grover’s doesn’t take reservations, nor do they accept credit cards; so if you’re planning a visit to Grover’s, make sure you have cash and an extra hour to spare.
- Merge: This is one of my favorite hidden gems in the city. Merge has high-quality, fresh, healthy food which is all made in-house. Their menu is extremely accommodating to gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dieters. Even more is that their prices are reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food. The service is both speedy and friendly and they have great live music and decor.
- The Pancake House: The pancake house is another Buffalo classic. They have great breakfast options and gluten-free pancakes. The only downside is that they don’t take reservations. If you’re looking for a hearty weekend breakfast or brunch they won’t disappoint, but expect to wait for at least 30 minutes.
- Seabar: If you know me, you know that sushi is my favorite food. Ever since my first visit five years ago, Seabar has been my favorite sushi place in the city. The rolls are creative, the menu is eclectic and the staff is extremely friendly. If you haven’t yet, go try the Beef On Weck roll… now.