Secret Haunts: Hidden Gems of Allergy Awareness

in Managing Allergies, Travel & Dining
Published: June 12, 2013

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We asked some of the biggest names in the nation’s allergy community about their top picks for lesser-known allergy-friendly restaurants. Here’s what they came up with:

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta
“This higher end restaurant is worth a splurge. Their gluten-free menus are extensive, and their overall food allergy awareness is excellent.”
–Paul Antico,

Blue Smoke
116 E. 27th St., New York City
“Enjoy jazz and mouthwatering barbecue under one roof. They have nut- and gluten-free menus, which include fantastic salt and pepper ribs.”
–Sloane Miller,

Lebanese Taverna
10 locations in the Washington, D.C. area
“Since completing Beyond Celiac’s GREAT Kitchens training, their menu has become rich with gluten-free offerings and they have gained popularity with the D.C. food allergy community.”
–Alice Bast,

Weber Grill Restaurant
3 Chicago area locations, 1 in Indianapolis
“The restaurants have a fun atmosphere where Weber grills are used as the cooking medium. Their gluten-free menu is carefully thought through, with delicious burgers, ribs and brisket.”
–Michael De Cicco-Butz,

Hugo’s Restaurant
3 locations in the Los Angeles area
“Recognized for their expansive and diverse menu, Hugo’s uses organic ingredients, egg-free pasta, hormone-free meats and highlights menu items that are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian or contain nuts.”
–Kim Koeller,

Greens Restaurant
15 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
“This is one of the West Coast’s premier vegetarian restaurants, and Chef Annie Somerville is completely food allergy savvy with unique substitution ideas.”
–Mireille Schwartz, Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board

See also: Eating Out: Allergy-Aware Restaurants