Cupcakes and Sunshine

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

THE BEST Gluten Free Restaurants in Dallas, Texas

This post has been a long time coming, and I'm excited to finally press publish! Dallas has an incredible selection of gluten-free restaurants, and it's on my list to visit them all!

**Some restaurants below this post-- I still haven't visited, but are on my Dallas gluten-free restaurant bucketlist. If you have any suggestions, please let me know! Would love to keep this list updated & don't want to miss out on any of the best gf eats Dallas has to offer. (I do have Celiac, so the ones included are Celiac friendly unless marked otherwise)



So here it is! The BEST gluten free restaurants in Dallas. (In no particular order! If they're here, they're really good)

HG Sply Co:


What to order at HG Sply Co:

  • The NACHOS- Both gf and mass gluten consumers LOVE these nachos. I've never had better. (& they have a great happy hour deal on them too) 
  • Most everything they have is gluten free/can be made gluten free. Their bowls and desserts are incredible 
  • Don't order the cheeseburger- you will be leading yourself into an evening of despair and menu remorse if you do. Can't go wrong with anything else on the menu though

Flower Child:

Gluten Free Kids Meal at Flower Child in Dallas, Texas

What to order at Flower Child: 
  • This is one of my favorites! Everything is good, but if you're going for healthy- their salmon is incredible! 
  • The Mac & Cheese- the best gluten free Mac & Cheese 
  • Top secret insider tip- I order from the kid's menu almost every time. It is half the price, and I don't eat more than that. Also- you can order salmon and ANY of the sides from the kids menu (this isn't on the kid's menu, but I have some top secret insight from 2-3x/wk experience) 
  • their variety of lemonades + gluten free brownies + gluten free lemon muffins. 
  • Goodness, it's all good.

True Food Kitchen:


Gluten Free at True Food Kitchen
What to order at True Food:
  • Lasagna Bolognese 
  • Spaghetti Squash Casserole 
  • Pan-Seared chicken breast
  • I've also had some of their juices (Kale Aid- yum!), and really want to try their gf chocolate cake. Has anyone had it? 

Sprinkles Cupcakes:


What to order at Sprinkles: 
  • The best part of eating at True Food is that Sprinkles is right next door ;) 
  • The Gluten Free Red Velvet cupcake is 10/10
  • They also have a gluten free lemon blueberry cupcake that is great
  • You actually can not go wrong with Sprinkles gluten free cupcake selection or GF chocolate chip cookies. I highly recommend for a mid-day treat. 

Meso Maya:


Gluten Free Meal at Meso Maya in Dallas, Texas. 90% of their Menu is Gluten Free

What to order at Meso Maya:
  • This was the first restaurant I ate at in Dallas, Texas- and it is still one of my favorites
  • Meso Maya has the best gluten-free Tex Mex I've had!! They hand make all of their corn tortillas, so order a side of those with whatever you order + guac  
  • Their brisket tacos- No words. So good. 
  • I want to say that the only menu items that aren't gf here are items with their mole' sauce. 

Sundown at Grenada:

What to order at Sundown: 
  • Their flatbreads are made with Unrefined Bakery's gluten free pizza dough and are so good- highly suggest the Pesto Parmesan
  • Chips and queso- it's rare to find gluten free queso in Texas and Sundown has it! 
  • Manitoba Burger

Sixty Vines:

What to order at 60 Vines:

  • If you have friends in town, or a celebratory dinner with friends without gluten intolerances/allergies, I highly recommend 60 Vines. They have every wine you can imagine on tap! And their gluten free options are 👌
  • Roasted potatoes- as crazy as this sounds, their roasted potatoes are incredible. I've suggested to all, & now they are everyone's favorite side dish to order
  • Gluten free pastas- I haven't had them, but I've heard they are great! Adding it to my to-order list

ChopShop:

What to order at Chopshop: 
  • I'm at Chopshop almost as often as Flower Child
  • Their gluten free wraps are great (I recommend the turkey) + lots of bowl options
  • Stevia sweetened lemonade- so good! 
  • I love their "Facelift" juice too

Modern Market:

What to order at Modern Market:
  • Salads- so many choices, and they're all really good and have incredible homemade dressings. Not just lettuce + meat 🙌
  • Meat + veggie plates- I love these! 
  • Vegan GF Chocolate Chip Cookies + Vegan Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Lakewood Smokehouse:

  • Tons of gluten free options here, and definitely one of my favorite places to get bbq! 

Unrefined Bakery:


What to order at Unrefined: 
  • Their gluten free 5 Grain Bread- I buy a loaf at least every two weeks- the best gf bread I've ever had
  • Gluten Free cupcakes- you can order gluten free/dairy free/soy free/ egg free. Tons of choices here + super knowledgeable staff about allergies
  • Their chocolate pie is actually my favorite- and you can order by the slice! 

START Drive-Thru:

What to order at START:
  • I love this restaurant and I'm so thankful because besides Chick-fil-a, it is the only fast food restaurant I can eat at with Celiac. (Now there is a drive-thru to eat at on Sundays 🙌)
  • GF breakfast wraps + tots- so good
  • It is not the most wallet-friendly place to eat, but because of convenience, I give it 4.99/5 stars 
  • Their gluten free blueberry pineapple muffins are GREAT and they have cute 1/2 sized juices!

Creamistry:

What to order at Creamistry:
  • There are lots of gluten free/dairy free liquid nitrogen frozen ice cream options and they have an allergen menu too!
  • LOVE their coconut-based ice cream

GRUB Burger Bar:

What to order at Grub: 
  • I ordered a burger without a bun (on a salad of some sort) + their Gluten Free Sweet potato fries!! They have a dedicated fryer for these fries

Shake Shack:

What to order at Shake Shack:



  • Their gluten free Shack Burger. They'll change their gloves and make it in a dedicated area if you have Celiac! 
  • Concretes- I usually don't get any mix-ins because it gets a little tricky with cross-contamination, but the vanilla and chocolate concretes are too good
  • Fries are NOT GF

Kate Weiser Chocolates:

What to order at Kate Weiser:
  • Kate Weiser's selection of handmade chocolates only uses the best ingredients- their staff is super knowledgeable of every ingredient in each chocolate, and they will tell you which ones are gluten free (which is most of them!) The chocolates are also all so pretty- like art! Almost too pretty to eat- but that doesn't stop us from coming back again and again





Unleavened Fresh Kitchen:
What to order at Unleavened:
  • Most of the menu is gluten free, AN they have gf fried chicken and shrimp! (not the healthiest options, but there are very few restaurants that serve gluten free fried items) 
  • LOVE their Havana Salad- guava-glazed pulled pork, ham, swiss, honey mustard

Hannah's Gluten Free Bakery:

What to order at Hannah's:

  • I've never been to the storefront of Hannah's, but I've purchased their gluten-free cinnamon rolls from the Dallas Farmer's Market. Love them, and I need to give them a visit to see the other options they have
  • They are a sweet, family owned business and their instagram is fun to follow to see their daily options

Juice Bar:

There are tons of smoothie/juice bars across Dallas. Most all menus are GF! 




Steel City Pops:

Most all pops are gluten free! (even cookie pop flavors!🙌)



Andy's Frozen Custard:


I order their chocolate/vanilla custard with banana slices + marshmallow cream

JOY Macarons:

  • Almost all macarons and ice-cream sandwiches here are gluten free 

What to order at Royal Blue
  • Royal Blue is the cutest mini grocery/coffee shop located in Highland Park, and they have tons of gluten-free snack options
  • Order their gluten free sweet potato bread + a latte




Be Careful, but GF Options Here:
If you are avoiding gluten, but do not have Celiac, I suggest Twisted Root, Velvet Taco, Hopdoddy Burgers, and Breadwinner's Cafe. I would say that the restaurants aren't very knowledgeable of cross contamination, so be very careful if you do have Celiac! I LOVE Velvet Taco's queso, which is gluten free, but have to bring my own chips (BYOC. Ha) Velvet Taco used to be more knowledgeable in GF offerings, but I think they got rid of their GF practices, since there was too much opportunity for cross contamination in their kitchen.

Gluten Free buns at Twisted Root in Dallas, Texas
Gluten Free Queso at Velvet Taco (bring your own chips if Celiac!)


This is the best gluten free bread in Dallas- and the best GF bread I have found in general! 

Gluten Free Dallas, Texas Chain Restaurants: 

  • Chipotle 
  • Eatzi's
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • In-N-Out
Gluten free "protein style" In-N-Out Burger

  • Snap Kitchen
  • Chick-fil-a
  • Seasons 52
Can NOT go wrong with gluten free grilled nuggets and fries from Chick-fil-A🤷

Haven't Tried these, but on my Dallas GF Bucketlist: 

Kozy Kitchen
Company Cafe
Origin Kitchen + Bar
Gather Kitchen
Testa Pizza (apparently very good pizza crust- will have to check and see if it is Celiac friendly)
R+D Kitchen
BellaGreen
Public School
Rise No. 1
Whisky Cake
Taverna By Lombardi
Matt's Rancho Martinez
Komali
Rodeo Goat
Fireside Pies (I don't usually trust pizza places, but heard they cater to those with Celiac!)
The Woolworth






Sunday, January 20, 2019

Winding Down with Cozy Winter Citrus Tea


The Lord has been so kind to show me areas where I need to slow down lately, and it's been an intentional practice to rest and relax. This hasn't always been natural to me, but whoah, it has been all sorts of humbling and fruitful and good.


Working from home is definitely a gift, but at any time, I have about 10-12 tabs (🤦‍♀️) open. And that's how my brain feels as well if I don't take time to surrender my to-do list, timeline, worldly thoughts, fears, multi-tasking, and distractions.

(You too?)


For the past few years, I've prayed about a word of the year. Last year, "intention" was my word, and this year- surrender. I can't wait to see what the Lord is going to teach me through the posture and practice of surrender, and I already feel like I've learned so much in just these past couple weeks.

This hot tea is one of my favorites for when it's time to wind down- sweet honey + winter citrus + soothing chamomile.

Slice some fresh oranges and lemons, boil your water, add your tea (I like yogi tea the best) and a generous spoonful of honey (local if you have it!) + splash of apple cider vinegar.


I've been listening to this playlist lately, and would suggest serving this tea alongside it.

Happy Sunday, friends



Friday, January 18, 2019

We're Jammin'


It's Friday, and we're jammin'! I attended a wedding a couple of weeks ago and as we were leaving, we were gifted sweet fruit jams/jellies.

And then after having toast for breakfast almost every single day (one avocado toast + one jam toast + coffee) since that wedding, decided that I should make some of my own since my diminishing supply of jam wasn't going to keep up much longer with my daily breakfast habits.


This recipe is EASY. You could even say the making of this breakfast jam is totally "cheating." The cashier in Walmart (the best place to get these mini mason jars, worst place to go at 4:00pm on a weekday) even said so when he commented on the frozen fruit I purchased to make it. Something along the lines of, "I see you're making jelly...you do realize you're cheating. You can't use frozen fruit."

It's fine, we're fine. We're going for simple here. :) Easy jam is better than no jam, sir.


I'd love to make real jam- where you boil your jelly jars, slice fresh picked berries/fruit, use thermometers to measure temp, etc. But with all the busy of the New Year, that just wasn't happening this time.

This jam is sweet and you use pectin to thicken it. If you were to make it and "preserve" it, there would be a lot more steps. But this jam only lasts a week. (that's why you go to Walmart at 4:00pm on a weekday to buy mini mason jars- to share with friends before the week is up!)

Here's the recipe I used:
2 lbs of frozen fruit (I used a mix of strawberry, peach, pineapple)
2 TBS of Pectin
1/2 cup of water
1 1/3 cup of sugar (this is a lot of sugar. reduce at your own discretion)

Add frozen fruit, water, and sugar in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil. Add 2 TBS. of pectin and stir. Reduce to a low boil for ~15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for ~10 minutes. You have to be really exact here ;) Then pour frozen fruit mixture into the blender. Once blended, pour into Mason Jars and let cool on the counter for ~20 minutes, and then place in the fridge.

*This jam does need to stay refrigerated since we didn't take all of those extra preserving steps.

Serve on toast- I suggest one avocado toast + one jam toast + bottomless cups of coffee.









Thursday, January 10, 2019

Favorite Natural Products for the New Year + Simplicity/Intentionality


I love the month of January- a time to refocus, restart, and set some intentions for the year. Every January, I find myself coming up with so many new ideas and goals- more water, gym time, books, cleaning, travel, no spending, extra saving, more friend gatherings, more no's, more yes's, etc.

I don't know if it is the big break between Christmas and New Year's that gets my thoughts spinning and churning, but I can easily get caught up in so many "resolutions," that I forget about simplicity, rest, and grace.

This year, I'd love to focus on simplicity over "doing more." It's not all about the hustle and to-do list. I'm sharing some of my favorite simple products today that focus on natural ingredients and have reminded me of simple intentionality in each day.

Skincare: 



I've been loving BioClarity's skincare line. It is a 3-step plant based, vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free line. Parabens are preservatives in many skin care products/washes that we don't need. Love that this line was created without harsh chemicals.


Some of my other favorite simple care skin tips: wash pillowcases and sheets often, don't press your phone (germs!) to your face when chatting, and sip on iced lemon water throughout the day. No crazy rules or checklist have-to's. Just the simple things.


Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel is another one of my favorite skincare products. In addition to smelling like a fresh rose garden, this natural toner cleanses + soothes. It naturally relieves irritation, and calms inflamed skin. I love this stuff, and use a clean cotton round to apply in the morning and evening.

(Also^^ that TheraBreath mouth rinse is incredible. It's a little more than I'd usually pay for mouth wash, but it is all-natural, certified gluten free 🙌, and doesn't contain any alcohol or artificial flavors)


Makeup: 

I found out I had Celiac my sophomore year of college, and you wouldn't think that many lipsticks/lip colors contain gluten, but unfortunately this is not the case! I started looking for a gluten-free makeup brand and came across Tarte, which has won many awards and has some pretty incredible products that I love. Most every makeup product I buy now is from Tarte.


Clean



There's not much competition here- Mrs. Meyer's is what we use in the kitchen! I love the sweet scents, and this company's focus on real ingredients and no crazy chemicals. I purchased some generic store-brand simple + free laundry detergent & sprinkle Mrs. Meyer's laundry Booster powder (a little more budget-friendly than purchasing just their detergent) in before washing to keep my clothes smelling fresh. The lavender scent is pretty dreamy.


Learning about essential oils and all of their benefits is intriguing- oils have been around for 100s of years, curing ailments and even helping prevent the black plague! I love diffusing lavender and lemon oil each night when I'm sleeping, or while working each day. I am going to look into making some essential oil cleaners/sprays in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!

I'm always down to hear about natural products and solutions. I'd love to hear your favorites, and New Year's resolutions as well!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Best of Days- December 2018


These past few weeks have been incredible (aside from flu 2018!). From friends, to celebrations, to good food, joyfilled reunions, and lots of laughs in between. Here are a few quick snapshots of life lately:
Grandmother's recipe for Buckeyes- the best! similar recipe HERE

love this faithful friend! Abby, you're a gift! 

and the best dance partner too!!

Cruisin' into 2019


Came prepared with lots of books. Check out previous post to see what I've been reading this month. Do you have any good reads to start off the New Year?! I'd love your suggestions!




this team! Love these ladies!

Favorite mid-day stop!! 
2nd favorite mid-day stop!




They let me third wheel - 52nd Anniversary lunch


No matter where we are in the U.S, you'll probably find us here!


Once flu 2018 passes over (quick- get a flu shot on your way to grab your last minute gifts if you haven't yet!), some homemade chocolate chip cookies and cocoa are the plan. Thankful for this time to rest and reflect on 2018 and to celebrate friends, fam, and most importantly this advent season and the birth of our Savior. Hope it's been a great December. Merry Christmas, friends!



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