The well-known coast of Massachusetts stretches along nearly 560 miles of scenic shoreline. Although this Massachusetts city is known for its breathtaking beaches, Cape Cod has so much more to offer. The Cape Cod Rail Trail, 22 miles of paved trail, stretches throughout Lower Cape and is referred to as one of the best bike trails in New England; some of the Cape?s best beaches and ponds are scattered throughout the area.
Tourists can also choose to visit countless sights, and the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown cannot be missed. Standing 252 feet tall and marking the site of the Mayflower pilgrims, this all-granite structure is the tallest of its kind in America. After you?ve spent your day wandering around the Cape Cod area, a fun way to relax is by heading over to the Wellfleet Drive-In and catching a movie or two. Referred to as one of ?America?s best retro escapes? by Travel + Leisure, this drive-in transports you back in time for only nine dollars for two movies!
Whatever way you plan to spend your time in Cape Cod, there are plenty of dining options for even the pickiest tourist. And, surprisingly enough, the gluten-free options dotting this Northern city are expansive.
Idgy’s Gluten-Free Dining
If you?re ever in the Cape Cod area, make Idgy?s the first place you stop. This 100 percent gluten-free mecca has everything from freshly baked desserts and sweet treats like pies, cookies and cupcakes to build-your-own burritos and paninis. Idgy?s also has a vegan menu; try their Vegan Avocado Flax wrap: avocado, spinach, caramelized onion, roasted zucchini, and tomato all rolled into a delicious wrap. The best part? Owner Deb Collins is willing to ship anything from their online store to anywhere in the United States! (I may have already ordered a batch of their bagels?)
Easy Pie takes their gluten-free customers? needs seriously. If they say something can be made gluten-free, then it will be. Once you?ve informed your waiter, a manager will come talk to you about the endless options that Easy Pie offers, and he/she will follow your order until it ends up 100% gluten-free at your table. Options at Easy Pie range from pizza to salads and chicken fingers to burgers. With a contemporary all-American menu, Easy Pie has a favorite for any eater.
Stars on Hingham Harbor
Stars on Hingham Harbor has a gluten-free menu filled with slightly sophisticated comfort foods. Open for lunch and dinner, their menu has loads of options for starters, sides, salads and entrees. A particularly unique, and filling appetizer is their Ultimate Grilled Buffalo Chicken Nachos: spicy grilled chicken or beef topped with beans, tomatoes, onions, black olives, jalapenos, cheese, sour cream and salsa. All of their entr?e options come straight from the sea, but their Homemade Bacon and Cheddar Tater Tots come from the land. If you?re more in the mood for pasta, then try their Lobster Mac n? Cheese: gluten-free pasta mixed with fresh lobster meat, shitake mushrooms, green peas and drizzled in white truffle oil ? oh, and don?t forget the cheese! When it?s all over, save room for a slice of Chocolate Torta for dessert!
Bistro de Soleil
Bistro de Soleil was founded on the idea that locally grown organic ingredients, fresh meats and fresh seafood should be the focal point in every dish. The restaurant was inspired by the style?and culinary artistry of Europe, and their dishes showcase this inspiration. All gluten-free menu items are marked with a ?G,? like their Scallop, Bacon, Mushroom and Artichoke Hearts Risotto. If you?re looking for a restaurant to get dressed up for or looking for a good date night dinner, Bistro de Soleil is the place to go.
Not Your Average Joe?s
Open for lunch and dinner, Not Your Average Joe?s believes that a dietary intolerance shouldn?t stand between you and a tasty meal ? thank goodness! Not Your Average Joe?s began in 1994 with the goal of creating a great restaurant with reasonable prices, a place where people can feel comfortable. Flash forward 20 years: now, there are 15 restaurants in the Boston area as well as a couple in the D.C. area. Each meal starts with the gluten-free version of Joe?s bread and dip followed by your choice of a hearty gluten-free meal. Their Backyard Burger is one of the more unique items on the menu: hand-formed and served on a gluten-free caramelized onion roll with your choice of cheese and/or bacon. They also have gluten-free beer! For those of you with a wicked sweet tooth, Not Your Average Joe?s has Carrot Cake as a dessert option! With just a glimpse at their gluten-free menu, it?s easy to see how this restaurant has rapidly expanded.
BZ?s Mexican Pizzeria
If you?re looking for an out of this world experience, look no further than BZ?s Mexican Pizzeria. Yes, you heard right: Italian and Mexican under one roof. (My personal food heaven!) BZ?s offers the traditional Mexican American favorites such as nachos and fajitas while also serving delicious gluten-free pizzas. (Try their Athenian White Pizza: plum tomato, artichoke, olive oil, olives, garlic, feta and oregano.) But, their Mexican Beauty is the pizza that best represents what?s going on at BZ?s Mexican Pizzeria. This unique white pizza is topped with your choice of Mexicali beef or pulled pork, salsa, chopped onions, tomatoes, black olives and cheddar cheese. But, no matter what you order, be sure to specify that you need the meals to be gluten-free, as both gluten-free and regular foods are served here.
Hearth ?n Kettle
Hearth ?n Kettle has been serving up made-from-scratch New England favorites since 1973. Since then, they?ve expanded to include three locations in the Cape Cod area, all serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu at Hearth ?n Kettle features over 25 gluten-free options ? just look for the ?GFP? symbol. However, still be sure to speak with your waiter when ordering, so they can point out other options on the menu that can easily be made gluten-free. Hearth ?n Kettle also offers gluten-free bread and rolls for sandwiches and burgers! With three locations to choose from, there?s bound to be a restaurant near you! <