FeaturesJune/July 2014 Issue

Visit Indy!

Where to Eat Nearby

Adobo Grill (adobogrill.com) uses traditional cooking methods and ingredients, such as jicama and cactus, showcasing the regional cuisines of Mexico. The menu, which changes with the seasons, always includes inspiring gluten-free choices. Expect creative, contemporary, authentic Mexican cuisine, not Americanized Mexican dishes.

BARcelona Tapas (barcelonatapas.com) re-creates a tapas bar that you might find in Madrid, Barcelona or Seville. When weather permits, dine al fresco and enjoy the breeze, along with traditional tapas (small plates to share), a list of gluten-free options and the best sangria around.

California Pizza Kitchen (cpk.com) goes the extra mile to safely prepare gluten-free pizzas with four classic pizzas now available in gluten-free versions. Other menu offerings include salads, grilled meats and seafood with full allergen listings available.

Fogo de Chão (fogodechao.com) is an authentic Brazilian steakhouse where gaucho chefs expertly grill 16 cuts of meats and serve them tableside—all you can eat. There is no gluten-free menu needed here because all but a handful of items are naturally gluten-free (check with the manager to know what to avoid). Don’t miss the extensive salad bar and piping hot gluten-free Brazilian cheese rolls served fresh to your table.

Greek Islands Restaurant (greekislandsrestaurant.com) offers authentic, homemade Greek food—and belly dancing every Friday and Saturday night. All guests (including those who are allergy-sensitive) are treated like family. Greek Islands was one of the first local Indy restaurants to create a gluten-free menu. If you tolerate dairy, call ahead to request a gluten-free version of the famous Greek flaming cheese, saganaki. They offer full gluten-free lunch and dinner menus and accommodate other allergy requests. There’s plenty of free parking behind the restaurant.

Harry & Izzy’s (harryandizzys.com), an upscale American grill in the heart of downtown, is classy and sophisticated with a lively bar. Harry & Izzy’s is the sister restaurant of Indy’s St. Elmo Steak House. It offers some of St. E’s classic dishes (don’t miss the spicy shrimp cocktail, if seafood is tolerated) but with more variety, including gluten-free, allergy-friendly offerings.

PF Chang’s (pfchangs.com), a stylish restaurant serving contemporary Chinese cuisine, is always ahead of the curve with many gluten-free and allergy-friendly Chinese options. They offer a huge menu, everything cooked fresh to order in a pleasant and relaxed environment.

Photo of Scotty’s Brewhouse courtesy of Lavengood Photography /Visit Indy

Photo of Scotty’s Brewhouse courtesy of Lavengood Photography /Visit Indy

Scotty's Brewhouse boasts a popular downtown location complete with massive outdoor dining and lounge areas.



Scotty’s Brewhouse (scottysbrewhouse.com) is truly a local favorite, the ultimate sports bar in a city that loves its sports teams. Scotty’s has worked with local gluten-free groups to provide a broad menu of gluten-free offerings that includes appetizers, salads and the most creative burgers on the planet (complete with gluten-free buns on request). On a summer evening, sit outdoors in the heart of
the city.

Weber Grill Restaurant (webergrillrestaurant.com), owned by the company that set the standards for outdoor cooking, prepares its food on authentic Weber charcoal kettles. The restaurant offers broad gluten-free offerings (including gluten-free buns) and also customizes for other allergies.

Yats (yatscajuncreole.com), delivers spicy, no-holds-barred Cajun and Creole dining that’s straight from New Orleans, with daily special menus.
(Be sure to call in advance to see what gluten-free, allergy-friendly dishes are offered that day.) A recent New York Times review wrote that Yats is “a celebration of neo-psychedelic paintings, great music and excellent food.” The reasonable prices can’t be beat.

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano (biaggis.com) starts with a bang, bringing delicious gluten-free Italian flatbread to the table upon request while you await your meal. This casual Italian spot sports a very extensive gluten-free menu of delicious choices.

Divvy (divvycarmel.com) has highly creative and unique menu items,
with gluten-free and allergen-free options noted. Divvy up some dishes to share the dining experience with friends.

Kona Grill (konagrill.com) serves up modern American grill favorites and sushi and takes great pride in offering full gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menus.

Mitchell’s Fish Market (mitchellsfishmarket.com), whose claim “fish any fresher would still be in the ocean,” stands up to its promise. Fish is delivered daily, with an impressive gluten-free menu that changes to match the catches of the day.

Puccini’s Smiling Teeth (puccinis smilingteeth.com) offers an extensive gluten-free menu with gluten-free options for pizza (with plenty of creative toppings) and pasta, along with appetizers, salads and low-carb Italian chicken dishes.

Abuelo’s (abuelos.com) has a Mexican courtyard-themed atmosphere with
all dishes made from scratch. The gluten-free menu includes tamales, fajitas, soft tacos and a variety of meats and fish.

Donatos (donatos.com), Brownsburg location, has an extensive gluten-free pizza menu, including gluten-free crusts on a variety of pizzas. Donatos has excellent allergen-prep systems in place.

Outback Steakhouse (outback.com), Carmel location, developed its gluten-free menu in cooperation with the Gluten Intolerance Group. This Australian-themed steakhouse includes a large selection of gluten-free steaks, seafood, chicken and salads.
Red Robin (redrobin.com), Michigan Road location, is one of the kid-friendliest restaurants anywhere, serving burgers on gluten-free buns, salads and even gluten-free fries.

Ted’s Montana Grill (tedsmontanagrill.com) brings Ted Turner’s Western flair to the Midwest, offering a variety of burgers (beef or bison), seafood and salads. The gluten-free menu includes classic salads, cedar plank salmon and lettuce-wrapped burgers.

The Loft Restaurant (tpforganics.com/the-loft-restaurant), at Traders Point Creamery, is a farm-to-table restaurant with emphasis on local organic sources, including many creative gluten-free and allergy-friendly optio

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Comments (2)

This magazine is about gluten-free. I would have much prefer more insight into the foods you ate at the places you visited. One line blurb doesn't say much.

Posted by: veganstylist | June 20, 2014 11:18 AM    Report this comment

Excellent article! Great travel guide to Indianapolis - even without the outstanding detail on GF choices. Nice work Ms. Rampton!

Posted by: RJ House | June 1, 2014 8:07 PM    Report this comment

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