The food at Cafe Manna is so good that even carnivores will be happy. Tucked into a strip mall, both lunch and dinner are served daily (except for Sunday) at this 100-percent-vegetarian restaurant. Examples of gluten-free entrees are raw Thai rolls, jackfruit barbacoa burrito bowls, and a roasted sunchoke and pesto pizza on gluten-free crust. Four of the desserts are gluten-free, ensuring make the meal ends on a sweet note, including “Chocolacados,” which are two chocolate avocado truffles covered in chocolate ganache. Beverage choices include six wines that are made from organic or sustainably grown grapes. It’s also the first three-star Certified Green Restaurant in Wisconsin and the interior is very eco-friendly, with bamboo flooring and countertops, and carryout containers made from sugarcane, not styrofoam.
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
Gluten-free pizza crust? Yes, please! So named for the bus-transfer site across the street, there are over 25 pizzas on the menu for lunch and dinner. Gluten-free options at Transfer Pizzeria Cafe are only $2 more for bruschetta, pizzas, and desserts; also, the pesto sauce does not use pine nuts. On Monday and Wednesday, gluten-free pizza crusts and apps are served at no extra upcharge after 4 p.m. as part of a “defeat the wheat” special. Thirsty? Gluten-free beers are two-for-one during this time.
Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery
Urban Beets Café & Juicery doubles as a juice and smoothie bar plus casual eatery (for breakfast or lunch only). Choose from several gluten-free smoothie bowls (like the PB Cup Smoothie Bowl with bananas, peanut butter, cacao, granola, and blueberries) or grab something a little more substantial: gluten-free entrees include mac n' cheese, a cauliflower bahn mi, pizzas, and salad.
Outpost Natural Foods' Fork Cafe
The Fork cafés are tucked into each location of this micro-chain of grocers specializing in natural, organic and local foods. Despite its small size, there are a surprising number of delicious gluten-free options. A monthly soup menu is released well in advance so you can keep your eyes open for gluten-free selections, always clearly marked (like Spicy Tofu with Peanut & Sesame or Creamy Tomato Parmesan). Gluten-free flatbread is available for any sandwiches in the cafes, too, such as smoked turkey with goat cheese and fig. Plenty of desserts—including gluten-free cupcakes and slices of cake or pie—are also available.