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Top Places in Columbus to Get Gluten-Free Dessert

If you’re looking for some spots to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out the gluten-free options at these spots

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Dec 23, 2019

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If you’ve got a craving for dessert-- and it’s got to be gluten-free-- consider trying out any of the Columbus hot spots listed below.

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Thankfully, it’s a lot easier to find gluten-free options on menus in Columbus-- and not just for entrees, pizza, and bread! Desserts are quickly becoming a gluten-free favorite, either because of an allergy or as a part of a diet. All places listed below offer delicious gluten-free desserts, so feel free to indulge!


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Cap City

Gahanna 1301 Stoneridge Dr. Columbus, OH 43230

Cap city Diner Exterior
Photo courtesy of capcityfinediner.com

614-478-9999

Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm

This diner-- with a couple of locations across Columbus-- offers patrons their own gluten-free menu. This way, there’s no question what you’re ordering will meet your needs. Not only do they have delicious options for brunch, lunch, and dinner, but they also have offer a daily baker’s choice for dessert.

This featured dessert could be a cookie, cake, or even something more gourmet! This place is a great option if you’re looking to stop in for a full meal with friends or family. Their gluten-free menu is full of all your favorites you’d expect from a diner.


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Milestone 229

Downtown 229 S. Civic Center Drive. Columbus, OH 43215

Tuna tartare salad and a pizza
Close to all the fun spots in Columbus, make sure you check out the gluten-free options available here. Image courtesy of Milestone 229.

614-427-0276

Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 10am-3pm, 4pm-9pm

Milestone 229 is located close to the bustling center of downtown Columbus. It offers great views of the city and is walking distance to all the things tourists-- and locals-- want to experience. They offer a couple of different menus-- including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options-- because they know that the people of Columbus don’t all eat the same way.

They do, however, all appreciate delicious food made from scratch and with the freshest ingredients. The gluten-free menu at Milestone is full of great meat selections, salads, and appetizers, but the customers really love the dessert options.

This place offers fresh strawberries and creme, along with exquisite creme brulee as daily dessert options. Make sure to top it all off with a gluten-free beer or cider as well!


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Bonifacio

Columbus 1577 King Ave. Columbus, OH 43212

Filipino food spread chicken slaw and banana leaves
Their menu offers a lot of gluten-free dining options, including their fantastic desserts! Image courtesy of Bonifacio.

614-914-8115

Tues-Wed 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm, Thurs-Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm, Sat 10am-3pm, 4pm-10pm, Sun 10am-3pm, 4pm-9pm

If you’re looking for a little something different, think about trying out Bonifacio, which is where Columbus goes to when they want Filipino food. Full of delicious flavors that are the cornerstone of Filipino cooking, this spot offers a lot of options for gluten-free dining.

After enjoying some crispy Pata Kare Kare or Ginataang Langka, make sure you check out their gluten-free desserts!

The Leche Flan is the traditional Filipino favorite, but they also are known for Carioca-- rice flour donut balls drizzled in a coconut caramel sauce-- or Halo Halo-- shaved ice with preserves topped with ube ice cream.

Either one you decided to try, they’ll definitely be your new favorite!


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Marcella’s

Columbus 1319 Polaris Parkway Columbus, OH 43240

Delicious piece of chocolate and vanilla cake
Try the delicious Italian desserts here, all gluten-free. The gelato is particularly popular! Image courtesy of Marcella’s.

614-844-6500

Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm, Sun 11:30am-9pm

If you’re looking for some down-home Italian cooking-- but with gluten-free options-- check out Marcella’s. This local favorite has a full gluten-free menu, complete with some delicious dessert options.

You can’t go wrong with gelato, and Marcella’s offers this treat in three flavors-- honey vanilla, pistachio, or chocolate. Hand-made according to their traditional recipe as well!

If you’d rather try something else, they also offer gluten-free vanilla panna cotta-- topped with warm apricot marmalade. After you finish your meal here, you think you just arrived back from Italy!


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Portia’s

4428 Indianola Ave. Columbus, OH 43214

Strawberry shortcake
This is where Columbus goes for all vegan and all gluten-free fare. You won’t believe how they can make all your favorites, minus the wheat. Image courtesy of Portia’s.

614-928-3252

Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 10am-3pm

Portia’s is all about creating good food for people with different diets. Whether that diet is due to an allergy-- or due to a choice-- they want to fill in the gaps that other restaurants might leave behind.

They not only choose to create all the items on their menu to be vegan-- they also make the choice to make them all naturally gluten-free as well. That’s fantastic news to the people of Columbus who would like their soups, salads, wraps, quesadillas, and desserts to all be gluten-free and vegan.

Speaking of desserts, Portia’s Cheezcake is known throughout Columbus, and many people still wonder how they make it taste just like the traditional one! If you’d rather try another option, other popular choices include chocolate mousse, citrus parfait, and cookies.


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Acre

Grandview 1717 Northwest Blvd. Columbus, OH 43212

cinnamon swirl cinnabon icing
Most of the items on Acre’s menu can be made gluten-free, including their delicious smoothies! Image courtesy of Acre.

614-826-896

Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-9pm

Acre is your go to place for a farm to table dining option in Columbus. Most of their extensive menu-- which includes breakfast, brunch, and entree selections-- can be happily made gluten-free.

Desserts are not excluded either, and they offer smoothies in a couple of enticing flavors-- like peanut butter banana, mixed berry, mango pineapple. Feel free to ask if you can mix and match the flavors to try something new.

You won’t know which one to try first! There is also a very popular gluten-free peanut butter brownie to tempt you as well.

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Bake Me Happy

Merion Village 106 Moler St. Columbus, OH 43207

Smore brownies yum!
Gluten-free desserts at their finest! Be sure to check out their retro treats as well! Image courtesy of Bake Me Happy.

614-477-3640

Wed-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm

Bake Me Happy proudly creates all their baked goods on location in their gluten-free kitchen. That’s why when you’re looking for a completely gluten-free dessert experience, the people of Columbus know to stop by this fun bakery!

Stop in and watch the bakers painstakingly create these delicious desserts through their 2,800 foot open kitchen. It’s quite fascinating and you may find yourself losing track of time in the process.

Bake Me Happy also understands the power that nostalgia can have on people-- who doesn’t want to eat the sweets they used to as a kid? Here it’s no problem, and they create all your childhood favorites daily. Zebra cakes, ding dongs, and pop tarts are always available to take home, and always gluten-free.


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Soodles

Columbus 14 Dillmont Dr. Columbus, OH 43235

Rose chocolate cupcakes
The treats made in this kitchen are all allergy free, you might not even know the difference! Image courtesy of Soodles.

614-356-7090

Mon-Thurs, Sat 10am-4pm, Fri 10am-6pm

Soodles is known throughout Columbus as the allergy-free place to pick up tasty desserts. They believe that everyone deserves a treat now and then, including those with allergies to common items in baked goods.

That’s why they strive to keep their kitchen not only gluten-free, but also free of dairy, soy, peanuts, eggs, shellfish, and tree nuts. Their happy customers keep coming back, and really appreciate that Columbus has a place they can pick up any type of dessert or baked good, allergy free.

Soodles offers specialty cakes for all occasions, cupcakes, pies, and pie crusts all allergy free and ready for you to take home and enjoy. Soodles can also make corn-free and coconut-free cakes as well, just ask!


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Food for Good Thought Bakery

Columbus 4185 N. Highland St. Columbus, OH 43214

chocolate peanut butter cupcake
The desserts in this bakery help support the mission of this organization, which is to help those in Columbus with autism find employment opportunities. Image courtesy of Food for Good Thought.

614-447-0424

Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri 9am-4pm, Wed 10am-2pm, Sat 12pm-4pm

The mission of Food for Good Thought is find employment opportunities for individuals in the Columbus area with autism. Their gluten-free bakery was started in 2009 and employees with autism can be found working there daily.

They work with job coaches and hopefully will want to transition to other employment opportunities in the area. This is a fantastic way to pick up some sweet treats and help a great cause. Each purchase goes towards their cause, and it gives those with autism a means to learn employment skills.

The bakery is entirely gluten-free and offers cakes, cupcakes, pecan pies, brownies, and lemon bars. If you’re looking for gluten-free desserts in Columbus, consider supporting the Food for Good Thought in their mission!

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There are many options available in Columbus for gluten-free dining-- and desserts! Almost all of your favorites can be made gluten-free, because everyone-- regardless of a food allergy-- should be able to enjoy some sweets once in a while.

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