Top 5 Restaurants to Eat Gluten-Free in Springfield, IL

When you're not able to eat wheat or gluten, going out to eat can be a challenge -- or downright impossible. Fortunately, it's becoming much more common for restaurants to take a gluten allergy or intolerance into consideration with their menus. Here are some places to check out if you're gluten-free and living in the capital city of Illinois.

A note of caution, however -- always make sure to tell your server or the kitchen staff to avoid any cross contamination of ingredients if necessary for your gluten allergy or intolerance. Check with your allergist if you're unsure.

Bella Milano
This Italian restaurant located on Springfield's west side is not only delicious -- Bella Milano has an entirely separate gluten-free menu, which includes sides, entrees, and desserts. This place is truly the best option for those who are gluten-free because of the amazing variety of food still available. You can order several different pasta dishes, seafood entrees, steak, and salads. Bella Milano is also great for parties and serves delicious wine.
4525 Wabash Ave. Springfield, IL 62711 (217) 547-0011
Open everyday for lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Open for dinner Sunday-Thursday 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

A small pizza chain located primarily in Illinois and Indiana, Monical's offers a gluten-free pizza that is both tasty and affordable. They also have a few different salads to choose from, and all of their dressings are free of gluten. Their allergen information PDF gives a good rundown of what is and isn't safe. It is definitely the best place to go for gluten-free pizza in the land of Lincoln.
2640 Prairie Crossing Dr. Springfield, IL 62704 (217) 546-7258
Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

A locally owned Springfield classic that's been around since 1948, Saputo's is an authentic Italian restaurant that serves dishes from southern Italy. They have also incorporated a gluten-free pasta into their dishes, which you can customize into being made like regular pasta dishes -- which is great news for those who love traditional pasta dishes but aren't able to eat gluten.
801 E. Monroe St. Springfield, IL 62701 (217) 544-2523
Open Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m-10:30 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Engrained Brewery
Fairly new to Springfield, Engrained Brewery is a locally owned American restaurant and a brewery that has a few items with gluten-free options. You can order burgers and sandwiches with gluten-free buns and bread, along with various salads and sides that are naturally gluten-free. A side note about Engrained: they are involved in sustainable farm-to-table practices, where they get their food supplies from local sources.
1120 W. Lincolnshire Blvd. Springfield, IL 62711 (217) 546-3054
Open Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
If you're looking for a place with a more fine dining experience, Cooper's Hawk is the place to go. They have some gluten-free options such as buns for burgers and sandwiches and various penne pasta dishes. All of the food at Cooper's Hawk is delicious and they have the best wine selection in town, hands down. A copy of their gluten-free menu can be found here.
2501 Wabash Ave. Springfield, IL 62704 (217) 321-9100
Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Andrea Adams is a freelance writer, residing in the capital city of Illinois. She's a news junkie who loves cats, politics, and coffee.