Having an allergy can make it extremely difficult to find places to eat. Whether it be for allergy reasons, or simply because you like the taste of allergen free options, going gluten free or dairy free is especially hard. Here are a few restaurants, cafes, and bakeries to try out that accommodate dietary restrictions!
At B. Good, located on 1460 Post Road in Fairfield, and also in Greenwich at 342 Greenwich Avenue, you can substitute a regular bun for a gluten free bun at an extra charge. Most of their smoothies are made with a milk alternative, such as almond milk. They recently started serving coffee, which can be paired with a milk alternative upon request. Stop by to try out the delicious food at B. Good!
Flipside also offers the option of a gluten free bun at an extra charge, as well as the ability to build your own burger. This allows you to make your burger as simple or as jampacked as you want, leaving out all the toppings that you don't like. They also offer veggie burgers for those who are vegetarian. You can find Flipside at 1125 Post Road in Fairfield, operating from 11:30 am until 10:00 pm.
Village Bagels now serves gluten free bagels! For the coffee lovers out there, this spot also offers almond milk upon request. Village Bagels is located on 873 Post Road in Fairfield, and 1874 Post Road East in Wesport. It is open from 6 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, and from 7 am until 3 pm on Sundays.
A personal favorite, this popular brunch spot offers a wide varitety of coffees and lattes, all of which can be made with almond, soy, or coconut milk. The sandwiches and toasts listed on their menu all have the option of being made with gluten free bread, paleo flax bread, or health crackers. Many of their breakfast items are dairy free, or even vegan! The Granola Bar of Fairfield is on 1876 Black Rock turnpike and is open from 7 am until 7 pm Monday through Saturday, and from 8 am until 4 pm on Sundays. Other locations include Westport, Greenwich, Stamford, and Rye, NY.
This vegan friendly cafe, located on 11 W Main Street in Norwalk, clearly indicates which items on its menu are gluten free so you don't have to go sifting through to find something to eat. Their sandwiches can be made on either gluten free multigrain bread or vegan multigrain bread. The coffee served at this cafe can come with either almond milk or cashew milk, and regular milk is only offered upon request. Stop by from 6 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday!
In the mood for something sweet? Go to 19 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich to try the many tasty treats that By The Way Bakery has to offer! Everything that they serve is gluten free and dairy free, making it simple for those with dietary restrictions to satisfy their sweet tooth. Their website notes that they use their very own gluten free flour mix, along with dairy substitutions to make all of their products. This bakery operates from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday, and from 8 am until 3 pm on Sundays. There is also a location in Westchester, New York!
Izzi B's Allergen Free Bakery is probably one of the best options for those with severe allergies looking for something sweet. This bakery only makes products free of gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, eggs, nuts, and casein. Keep in mind that Izzi B's is not a retail location and hours are made by appointment only. Be sure to call ahead of time before you visit this bakery, located on 22 Knight Street in Norwalk.
Bartaco is located on 20 Wilton Road in Westport, and also on 222 Summer Street in Stamford. It clearly marks the items on its menu that contain gluten using asterisks. These items are quite few, however, because most of their dishes are made with either corn tortillas or rice. Bartaco is a great place to go for casual food and drinks! Be sure to stop by from 11 am until 10 pm to try it out!
Located in Stratford, The Brownie Factory offers gluten free food and desserts, as well as a few dairy free options. Their website mentions that they serve organic gluten free breakfast wraps, along with many different kinds of gluten free cookies and other treats. You can even buy gluten free flour from them to make your own treats at home!