Nunu’s Mediterranean Cafe
3131 W. Memorial
For diners avoiding gluten, foods like fresh meats, fruits and veggies are fantastic options. At Nunu’s, a Greek salad topped with a chicken breast, tomatoes, cucumbers, artichoke hearts and olives might just hit the spot. Get a side of hummus dip, and ask for extra veggies in place of pita bread.
5840 N. Cassen Blvd.
When you’re avoiding gluten, sweets can sometimes be the hardest thing to give up. Thankfully, Green Goodies says you don’t have to! Try the classic vanilla or chocolate cupcakes if you’re keeping it simple. Indulge with the salted caramel or sopaipilla cheesecake cupcakes. Entertaining a gaggle of gluten-free people? Green Goodies caters, too.
1492: New World Latin American Cuisine
1207 N. Walker
Enjoy the carne asada, a Cuban-style ribeye with coconut rice, black beans, plantains and yucca or the ensalada de fajita with beef or chicken. Take your gluten-free pick from a variety of seafood dishes, as well as the pineapple espresso pork, a marinated center-cut tenderloin.
Musashi’s Japanese Cuisine and Robata Bar
4315 N. Western
Stay away from the soy sauce! Other than that, enjoy a plethora of rolls for lunch or dinner. The fried rice done on hibachi is some of the best in the city, but be sure to request no soy sauce before preparation. Pair your meal with some traditional sake, and conclude with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Blue Nile Ethiopian Cuisine
3209 S. Broadway
At Blue Nile, being gluten-free is actually pretty simple. Most of its dishes are fresh fruit- and veggie-based. Its injera is not gluten-free, however, so make sure to stay away from it if you’re avoiding due to allergy or other dietary restriction. Enjoy the kitfo, beef or turkey, with special seasonings and a homemade ayib — an Ethiopian cottage cheese.
1313 W. Lindsey, Norman
In 1967, Lemuel B. Legends Ltd. began as a pizza delivery service. In 1972, it changed its name to Legend’s, began offering a much more diverse menu and eventually became one of Norman’s finest restaurants. Try the mango curried shrimp salad, mixed greens with curried shrimp, almonds, goat cheese and a champagne mango vinaigrette.
5501 Northwest Expressway, Warr Acres
Pizza seems like it would be a no-go, given that most crusts are packed with wheat, right? Well, Hideaway now offers a gluten-free crust for all its 10-inch pizza creations. For a shared starter, enjoy the meatballs. Finish off the meal with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock