Must-Try Spots for Gluten-Free Foodies in Metro Detroit

For the Love of Sugar offers gluten-free macaroons. // Photograph courtesy of For the Love of Sugar

Metro Detroit is home to tons of top-notch restaurants, from burger joints to five-star fine dining experiences, but not all of them cater to diners with celiac disease. Next time you’re looking for a dining experience that offers gluten-free options, try out one of these 12 local eateries.


Noted on our list of 2019’s Best New Restaurants, this noodle shop is celiac friendly. Options include a Smoked Salmon Potato Salad, Ima Tacos, Vegan Pho, and Sake Steamed Clams. Ima, 2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-502-5959; and 32203 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-781-0131;

Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop

An artisanal deli that offers brunch, dinner, and catering, Mudgie’s also offers plenty of gluten- free options. For appetizers, try a charcuterie or cheese boards. Or, order up a sandwich on gluten-free bread or enjoy the Balsamic Bleu salad. Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop, 1300 Porter St., Detroit; 313-961-2000;

Detroit Vegan Soul

This restaurant aims to break the cycle of diet-related diseases. The entire menu is vegan and features plenty of soy-free and gluten-free options. Try the Smothered Tempeh paired with gluten-free side like mashed potatoes, candied yams, or collard greens. Detroit Vegan Soul East, 8029 Agnes St., Detroit; 313-649-2759; Detroit Vegan Soul West, 19614 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-766-5728;

Shewolf Detroit

This fine dining restaurant offers gluten-free options like Pompodori, Carpaccio, Farinata, and Grilled Capesante. The spot was honored our 2019 Best New Restaurants list for its attention to craftsmanship. Shewolf Detroit, 438 Selden St. Detroit; 313-315-3992;

Pie Sci Pizza

Serving seasonal menus and Sunday brunch, this Detroit pizzeria offers gluten-free and vegan takes on classic pizza options. Any of the large pizzas, including Pie Sci’s Meat lovers, BLT, Insane Cauliflower, and Spin Doctors, can be made with gluten-free crust. Pie Sci Pizza, 5163 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; 313-818-0290;


Como in Ferndale prides itself on inclusion. This prompted its chefs to create a gluten-free pizza crust that tastes exactly like the original. Other celiac friendly entrées include Brick Chicken, Spaghetti Squash Lasagna, and Blackened Salmon. Como’s, 22812 Woodward Ave., Suite 100, Ferndale; 248-677-4439;

Commonwealth Cafe

From a Spinach and Shitake Omelette to Tuna Tartar and Lentil Salad, Commonwealth Cafe offers something for every gluten-free eater. Pair these meals with house-brewed coffee and lattes. Commonwealth Cafe, 300 Hamilton Row, Birmingham; 248-792-9766;

Woodbridge Pub

This farm-to-table Detroit eatery features gluten-free options like Polenta Cakes, Stuffed Mushrooms, Bison Lettuce Wraps, and a Southwest Taco Salad. Woodbridge Pub, 5169 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; 313-833-2701;

PJ’s Lagerhouse

PJ’s can create any sandwich on its menu with gluten-free bread from Sugar Kisses bakery. Try the legendary catfish or grilled shrimp Po-Boys for a celiac-friendly taste of New Orleans. PJ’s Lagerhouse, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. 323-961-4668;

For the Love of Sugar

Despite an always-changing menu, For the Love of Sugar always offers gluten-free and vegan alternatives of its baked goods. With gluten free carrot cake, macaroons, and triple berry vanilla bean cake, Hour Detroit’s Best Locally Owned Bakery 2019 serves up treats that can satisfy any sweet tooth. For the Love of Sugar, 100 Erskine St., Detroit; 313-788-7111;


This Corktown brunch spot has plenty of options for gluten-free eaters. For a sweet breakfast, try the House Waffle or Smoothie Bowl. Looking for something savory? The Noodle Salad features chilled soba noodles, spicy cashew dressing, and crispy shallots. Folk, 1701 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; 313-290-5849;

Rock City Eatery

Enjoy gluten-free takes on classics like mac and cheese at this Detroit eatery. Other options include the Spicy Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Chicken Enchiladas. Rock City Eatery, 4216 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-265-3729;

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