Grain Game

These Are Some Houston Restaurant Weeks Options For the Gluten-Free Diner

We scoured the menus for dishes that'll both satisfy and give you peace of mind.

By Rebekah Kibodeaux August 10, 2018

The burrata and heirloom tomato at Fig & Olive is a tango of summery flavors.

Some may boast that the December holiday is the most wonderful time of the year, but for many foodies living in the Bayou City that title rightfully goes to the grand event that is Houston Restaurant Weeks. Until September 3, diners can visit more than 200 participating eateries and watering holes for delectable prix fixe menus, meant to provide a clear introduction at a wallet-friendly price. So, whether you’re foraging for a proper Mediterranean feast, or scouring for a spot with a seafood-heavy spread, there are options for everyone, including those living that gluten-free life.

Fig & Olive is atop the list with each course on its HRW menu offering at least two gluten-free dishes. The highlight of their first course (and this writer’s entire meal), the burrata and heirloom tomato, provides a beautiful balance of flavors with a refreshing combination of watermelon, onion, and spices complementing the titular offerings. It’s impossible to recommend this restaurant without mentioning its genius cucumber cosmo, involving hints of lime and elderflower liqueur, and not to be left out, our gluten-sensitive friends can request gluten-free liquor and enjoy to their heart’s content.

Fig & Olive doesn’t have to be your only gluten-free stop for Houston Restaurant Weeks. Here are some others going in on gluten-free:

  • Coltivare ($35 per person) is already celebrated by gluten-free foodies as a favorite Italian dining experience, as it offers pizza crust and pasta alternatives that don’t lack in flavor and mouthfeel. If ordering from the Restaurant Weeks menu, be sure to inquire about the gluten-free versions of its beloved dishes, like the Revival pepperoni pizza, and you’ll be in pizza heaven in no time.
  • Though Indika ($35 per person) only offers one gluten-free option in its first course (a goat masala that sounds incredible), its entire second course is primed for the gluten intolerant and sensitive. A great option for those looking to enjoy some modern Indian cuisine.
  • Kevin Naderi’s Roost ($35 per person) presents a goldmine for gluten-free diners with three dishes listed on both the first and second course. Its famous fried cauliflower with miso dressing is always a hit, and the herb-crusted gulf fish sounds like the perfect recipe to celebrate local fare. However, if you have any sort of sweet tooth you may wish to call ahead, as both third-course options contain gluten. Heads up!
  • The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation ($45 per person) makes sure to cater to its gluten-free fans on its HRW menu. Kick off your meal with fresh ceviche on a crispy corn tostada, followed by a wood-oven grilled mole salmon. And, what could possibly be better than a dulce de leche-topped kahlua flan?
  • Flaunting its four-course menu, Weights + Measures ($45 per person) is an exceptional choice for a delicious, gluten-free meal. You won’t want to miss out on its tenderloin filet or flourless German chocolate cake.
  • Songkran Thai Kitchen ($35 per person), named after Thailand’s festival marking the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year, truly promises a festival of flavors for its HRW service. Songkran offers two gluten-free dishes in all three of its courses, including an appetizer of crispy pork spare ribs that appears to be just as tempting as it sounds.

Don’t wait to make your Houston Restaurant Weeks reservations, because with options like these you’ll want to fit as many stops into your calendar as possible.  

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