Houston’s 7 Most Indulgent Gluten-Free Dishes

By Nikki Metzgar  |  May 1, 2014

The good news is more and more Houston restaurants are offering gluten-free dishes; the bad news is that they're not all created equal. Gluten-free bread is a rapidly improving art form, but even worse, many menu items that could be gluten-free are contaminated with the kitchen's wheat products. These seven dishes are not only prepared with care to avoid any illness, they're also so delicious it doesn't feel like you're missing out on anything.

  • Dosas at Pondicheri

    All the dosas at Pondicheri are gluten free, and the fermented lentil and rice crêpes are filled with a range of ingredients from gluten-free beef keema to potato masala mash. The green dosa on the breakfast menu is stuffed with coconut chutney and fresh greens, making it a light and healthy way to start the day.

    2800 Kirby Dr.; 713-522-2022

  • Chicken Enchiladas at Corner Table

    The Corner Table is a favorite of paleo diet adherents, who in addition to being dairy and grain-free, are also gluten-free. Take advantage of this special menu by trying the chicken enchiladas made with coconut flour tortillas and served with an organic spicy tomato sauce, cilantro puree and vegan cheese.

    2736 Virginia St.; 713-568-9196

  • Shellfish Risotto at Backstreet Cafe

    Backstreet Cafe and its partner restaurants Hugo's, Prego and Trevisio have been offering gluten-free menus long before the rest of the restaurant world chimed in. It's hard to pick which dish is the best, but the shellfish risotto piled high with shrimp, clams, scallops, lobster and mussels is definitely at the top of the list.

    1103 S. Shepherd Dr.; 713-521-2239

  • Pizza at Pink's

    All the specialty pies at Pink's are available with the gluten free dough, but you can't go wrong with the gorgonzola, eggplant, prosciutto and dried cranberries on the Santa Monica.

    Multiple locations

  • Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes at Ruggles Green

    One of the hardest meals to eat gluten-free at is breakfast, thanks to pancakes, waffles, pastries and toast. Ruggles Green is already a gluten-free mecca thanks to its incredible variety, from lettuce wraps to spicy fish tacos, not to mention the fact that all pastas and pizzas can be made gluten-free. But we're extra grateful for the gluten-free lemon poppy seed pancakes, which make breakfast fun again.

    Multiple locations

  • Cupcakes at Jodycakes

    Jodycakes cakes and cupcakes are hands down the best gluten-free cakes for flavor. Bonus points for Jody designing and decorating them so beautifully, and extra bonus points for how accommodating she is of other dietary restrictions such as vegan and dairy-free. Her gluten-free cakes (like German Chocolate and Red Velvet) can be found at Revival Market and custom orders can be made a week in advance.


  • Nutella Rice Krispies Treats at Local Foods

    Local Foods is the go-to spot for picking up gluten-free treats on the run. A number of options are stacked by the cash register every day, and for our money we're picking the Nutella Rice Krispies treats every time.

    2424 Dunstan Rd.; 713-521-7800