The best gluten free in Detroit

Whenever I go home, it’s always an adventure trying to find something to eat.  Luckily my family is amazing and always has something special for me at family gatherings, like gluten free rice krispy treats, brownies, or fresh fruits and veggies.  They’ve also managed to rework some of our old family recipes to eliminate the gluten in them: like swapping out the cream of chicken soup in Party Potatoes for a can of gluten free cream of mushroom.  Some family recipes happen to be gluten free already too – like this winner from my grandma’s cookbook for NACHO PIE!

Doesn’t that sound healthy, fresh, and light?  Well, not at all.  But I’m sure it’s dang delicious.

Now of course you’d need gf versions of all of the ingredients (usually I substitute slow cooker chili seasoning for the taco seasoning, since gf packets are hard to find).

Back to the point of this post though.  Even though Detroit is still behind the pack as far as gluten free restaurants, there are some that are emerging and some great non-gf restaurants that are very accommodating.

I’m trying to keep this list to Detroit proper, with a couple additions in outlying areas.  And also not including Buddy’s Pizza, because their gf pizza should not be promoted.

Atlas Global Bistro (Menu) $$$$

3111 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

Great reviews on this place, and their menu has a ton of fresh seafood, salads, and fancy words.  The paella and Jamaican jerk grilled shrimp sound right up my alley.

Cottage Inn Pizza  (Menu) $$

19222 Mack Ave (this location has gf pizza)
Grosse Pointe, MI 48236

Cottage Inn thin crust pizza used to be my favorite pizza ever.  We would eat it backstage at dance recitals, and some people may have even eaten half of one savagely in the car while driving.  They carry gf pizza at some of their locations – check this map to find out where.


Last time I was home I tried to go to Greengos, but they are closed on Mondays (?) 😦  Oh, Grosse Pointe.  There is basically no information on their website, but the menu in the window looked really fresh and they have some great yelp reviews.

Mudgie’s Deli (Menu)

1300 Porter St
Detroit MI 48226

For 75 cents extra you can have gluten free bread substituted on your sandwich.  Most of the ingredients are homemade, plus they have Better-Made potato chips, ice cream from Calder’s Dairy, Sander’s hot fudge, Michigan berries, and lots of other local ingredients, which I <3.  If I went there I would totally get the Sorry Charlie – Mudgie-made albacore tuna salad, Dill Havarti cheese, cucumber, tomato and mixed greens, served with a side of honey mustard dressing.

Rumi’s Passion

41120 5 Mile Rd
Plymouth, MI 48170

Even though this bakery is in Plymouth, I must include it because they have gluten free bumpy cake cupcakes.  Say WHAT?  If you don’t know what bumpy cake is, it’s a Sander’s delicacy.

There also are, like, NO recipes online for a gluten free version.  So I may have to work on that 😉

Other than that, I sometimes get the nachos at Shore’s Inn, thai food at Sy Thai, soup at the Sprout House, and omelettes and bananas and cream at the Original Pancake House.

This post is making me home sick 🙂

In conclusion, Detroit hustles harder.

Do you know of any other Detroit gluten free hot spots? Suggestions and additions are welcome.   I know it’s difficult to find information on anything gluten free in Michigan 🙂


11 responses to “The best gluten free in Detroit

  1. Vince and Joes market in Clinton Twp and Shelby Twp carry a ton of prepared gluten free food such as pasta sauce, baked goods including bumpy cake and other heat and serve meals.

    We don’t have Celiac Disease but we try to limit the amount of gluten in our food and it’s nice to have such a large selection at the local market.


  2. How have I missed out on this gluten free bumpy cake?! I’ll be sure to get some when I’m home for Labor Day. Thanks for the tip!

  3. I’ve had lunch at Mudgie’s Deli and it was fabulous! I would rate it excellent! I heard that Dan Good Pizza has the best Gluten Free Pizza in the area but I have not tried it yet. I’ll have to look into the gluten free bumpy cake!

    Here’s a link to Dan Good Pizza:

    • Thanks for the tips, Julie – you rock! I’ll have to try Dan’s when I go home next, the 9 mile location is right by me. And yes, bumpy cake goes down as a gf fantasy for me – I’m going to definitely try to work on a recipe 🙂

  4. Amici’s pizza in Berkley is the best. You won’t believe it’s GF.

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  6. I went to school at Michigan State in East Lansing and there is a chain restaurant called Guidos in Okemos – the owner created his own GF menu and his own flower blend that makes AMAZING pizza and stromboli and cinnamon bread sticks or garlic bread sticks. He also recently opened a restaurant next door called With Out Wheat, I can only say good things!

    • WOW is right! That place looks like a real gem. I don’t think that I’ve seen waffle cones or stuffed shells on any other menu. Being a Wolverine myself though, I don’t know how I feel about this place being in East Lansing 😉

  7. We are trying to keep a pretty good list over at If I’ve missed something please let me know. I hope you have a great trip coming up.

  8. Thanks for the recommendation! Mudgies was an awesome place!

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