Ah, the perils of working with special dietary needs. It can make dining out a pain. Luckily, with restaurateurs becoming more savvy to their diners’ needs, there are a bevy of places in OKC to satisfy your craving for the foods you love without losing taste. All choices this week have been road-tested by gluten-sensitive foodies to guarantee satisfaction.

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Capers Mediterranean Buffet & Bistro 6317 N. Meridian Ave. capers-bistro.com 720-2600

When the first gluten-sensitive person discovered Mediterranean food, it was a match made in heaven. There is a wealth of items on the buffet made with no gluten, including lentils; herb tomato soups; baked tilapia; and even braised beef with carrots, feta cheese and cabbage. Capers also has vegetarian and vegan choices. The buffet is a treasure- trove of dining possibilities whatever your dietary needs.

click to enlarge The Club Dog on a gluten free bun at Mutt's Amazing Hot Dogs, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Lauren Hamilton
Lauren Hamilton
The Club Dog on a gluten free bun at Mutt's Amazing Hot Dogs, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Lauren Hamilton

Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs 1400 NW 23rd St. mutts-hot-dogs.com 525-3647

The kind people at Mutt’s know that those sensitive to gluten love hot dogs just as much as the rest of us. Why should they suffer through the indignity of ordering it bunless? Leave it to these guys to offer a soft, springy bun with actual flavor of the non-cardboard variety. And as a bonus, their crisp, hot duck fat fries are always gluten-free.

Green Goodies 5840 N. Classen Blvd. #5 greengoodiesokc.com 842-2288

Have your cake and eat it too at Green Goodies. The charming bakery offers a wealth of sweet treats that won’t wreak havoc on your digestion. Check the menu daily for a rotating selection of delicious morsels that will soothe even the most discerning sweet tooth. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to gluten-free heaven.

Pops 660 Oklahoma Route 66, Arcadia pops66.com 233-2020

Pops offers another food you thought you had to give up for good: sandwiches, especially hamburgers on a tasty bun. Pops has a large selection of tasty things between a bun, and it offers a gluten-free bun that tastes like the real thing, not some weak substitute. Plus, eating a bunless hamburger is so messy and not any fun. Order anything with a gluten-free bun for no extra charge.

Humble Pie 1319 S. Broadway, Edmond humblepieok.com 715-1818

They said it couldn’t be done, but Humble Pie has done the near- impossible: gluten-free pizza crust. Go ahead and indulge in one of America’s favorite foods without an ounce of guilt. You don’t have to choose between New York-style or Chicago-style — both will leave you wanting even more.

Shrimp and Grits at Cheevers.Photo/Shannon Cornman
Shannon Cornman
Shrimp and Grits at Cheevers.Photo/Shannon Cornman

Cheever’s Cafe 2409 N. Hudson Ave. cheeverscafe.com 525-7007

Cheever’s knows that dining out while worrying about what might or might not include gluten can be dicey, and it features a complete menu of gluten- free choices. With a wide selection of tasty items including the cheddar grits with bacon-wrapped shrimp and the brunch migas, you won’t be missing out on anything.

La Brasa Peruvian Kitchen 1310 NW 25th St. labrasaokc.com 524-2251

The wide selection at La Brasa will keep you coming back to try something new every time, but the star of the show is the slow-roasted Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Crisp, golden skin roasted over charcoal — you can’t go wrong with this dish. It also offers salads, rice and veggies to complement any menu item.

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