This #nimatested guide is brought to you by Valerie Kraft, Nima community member and student at Vanderbilt University. See Valerie’s recent Q&A post where she answered the communities questions about avoiding gluten in college.
Known for the Indianapolis 500, historic landmarks, and vibrant downtown, Indianapolis is a bustling, up-and-coming city that’s great to visit and live in! Home to many local restaurants and unique cultural districts, such as Broad Ripple, Fountain Square, and Mass Ave, there’s an abundance of gluten-free friendly restaurants! Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite before an Indianapolis Colts game or wanting to enjoy a meal in one of Indianapolis’s many suburbs, there’s something for everyone in this Midwest mecca!
Location: 12901 Old Meridian St, Carmel, IN 46032
#nimatested Dishes: The Beginning Burger with Bru Fries and a Chocolate Milkshake
Bru Burger is a midwest chain serving up the classic favorites of burgers, fries, and milkshakes! I was super impressed with Bru Burger’s dedication to gluten free – both the manager and waitress went over the cross-contamination protocols with me – which includes a dedicated gluten free fryer and blender, as well as changing gloves and utensils. The manager even stuck around to make sure the Nima came back with a smile!
#nimatested Dishes:Gluten Free Bread and Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan
Located in Clay Terrace – one of Indiana’s many outdoor shopping malls, Biaggi’s is perfect for a night out with friends or family! As soon as I said I had Celiac Disease, our waitress put in an order of gluten-free bread and brought out the chef to speak with me. Biaggi’s completely understands cross-contamination protocols and is the perfect place for some delicious and safe Italian food!
#nimatested Dishes:BLT Salad and Filet Mignon with Mashed Potatoes
Having been to one of their locations in Tennessee, I was excited to try the Indianapolis location! Firebirds boasts a scratch kitchen, making them the perfect place for those with dietary restrictions! The managers, chefs, and wait staff are well informed regarding cross-contamination and allergies, and I was blown away at their dedication to providing a delicious and safe meal!
#nimatested Dishes:Peanut Butter Brownie
No Label at the Table is a dedicated gluten-free and dairy-free bakery located in the heart of the Carmel Arts and Design District. Their story is almost as sweet as their baked goods – created by the mother of an autistic son who dreamed of being a chef, No Label at the Table is staffed entirely by people on the Autism spectrum. From cupcakes to breads to edible cookie dough, No Label at the Table is a Indianapolis gluten-free must!
#nimatested Dishes:Loaded Smashers with Crispy Salt ‘N’ Pepper Chicken Bites
Located in one of Indianapolis’s six cultural districts, Next Door has a fresh, domestically-sourced take on the classic American favorites. I was excited to dig in to some gluten-free rarities, like fried chicken bites and loaded potato skins! Next Door’s dedication to gluten-free is clear – they have dedicated gluten-free fryers, an extensive gluten-free menu, and even gluten-free alcoholic beverages for those old enough to enjoy them!
#nimatested Dishes:Cup of Tomato Artichoke Soup with Chicken Salad Sandwich
A local chain with several locations scattered around the greater Indianapolis area, Cafe Patachou is perfect for breakfast and lunch! Having recently undergone allergy training for their staff, Patachou takes allergies seriously, putting an allergy flag in the finished dish to show the food has been made safely. When I arrived, the manager brought out a binder of ingredients lists for me to go over and walked me through the menu. Patachou even serves a local gluten-free bread, Native Bread, for gluten-free toast and sandwiches!
#nimatested Dishes:Cast Iron Waffle with Fried Chicken
Gluten-free fried chicken and waffles?? Sign me up! Open Society is a trendy pub with a true dedication to gluten free! Nearly everything offered on the menu can be made gluten-free, and the kitchen definitely takes cross-contamination seriously, especially since the owner’s father has Celiac Disease! The food truly looks as good as it tastes, and with endless options, delicious food, and a true understanding of gluten-free, Open Society is perfect for any occasion!
Note: As with all our guides, always use precaution when dining out. The ingredients or staff can be different day by day and a Nima test does not guarantee the whole plate. Bring your Nima along with extra capsules and always let Nima take the first bite!