I recently stayed in Cincinnati for a few days and checked out a few places in downtown and Over-the-Rhine (OTR). Below are some of the gluten free and celiac friendly places I found while visiting:
600 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Nada is located in downtown Cincinnati located near many of the hotels and the Paul Brown football stadium. It is a delicious Mexican restaurant with a fun atmosphere. After I let the waitress know that I had a few allergies she let me know things that would be safe to eat. They fry the chips with other items containing gluten, but if you let them know you have celiac then they actually have special chips they fry at the beginning of the night that are gluten free. The tacos are made with fresh corn tortillas. I loved the Al Pastor tacos. The margaritas are also delicious and also gluten free.
525 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Maplewood is a cute brunch spot in downtown Cincinnati. I went on a Tuesday morning on 8am and it was pretty busy. Their menu has items marked gluten free. I had the Maplewood Omlette that was served with a side of fruit and it was delicious.
1324 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Mercer OTR is a European restaurant in the Over-the-Rhine area of Cincinnati. I went on a Wednesday night in the middle of winter so it was not that busy. They have a nice list of cocktails, wines and beer and a separate gluten free menu for food. I had the gluten free carbonara pasta.
Sleepy Bee Cafe
8 E 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Sleepy Bee Cafe has a few locations. I went to the one in downtown Cincinnati for breakfast. They mark their menu with gluten free items and they also mark allergies on their website. They serve Eban’s gluten free toast. I tried the Greek Bee Omelette with a side of fruit. It was very filling and there was great service.
1213 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Bakersfield is a really fun taco restaurant in OTR. We went on a Thursday night and there was about a 30 minute wait. They don’t take reservations. They have a separate gluten free and “lightly gluten” menu. I was recommended to not order off the lightly gluten menu because I do have celiac. The chips are not gluten free because they are fried in a contaminated fryer. They were super accommodating and brought out fresh corn tortillas for you to dip into the salsa or guacamole. The corn tortillas, tacos and margaritas are great.
I also heard great things about the Italian restaurant Sotto and their gluten free menu in downtown Cincinnati, but didn’t have enough time to check it out. Comment and let me know if you have any recommendations for next time I am in town!