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Gluten Free in the Upper Midwest

Gluten-Free Ribs May 11, 2010

I’m always on the lookout for gluten-free ribs. ribs are something that I never ate before finding out I was celiac. but then in an effort to avoid more plain chicken breasts or meat patties (instead of actual burgers), I discovered Chili’s ribs and fell in love with them. I was crushed to find out that they changed their menu and that the ribs were no longer gluten-free. ever since then, I’ve been on the lookout for other restaurants that make gluten-free ribs. and here’s what I’ve come up with so far…  (for the Minneapolis/ St Paul area)

the Tavern Grill is a new restaurant in Blaine, and their gluten-free menu includes ribs.

Spasso in Minnetonka offers gluten-free short ribs.

another newcomer to the Twin Cities is Dickie’s Barbecue Pit, whose ribs and sauces are gluten-free.

Dixies on Grand (in St Paul) has both Baby Back and St Louis Style Ribs.

Outback Steakhouse also has ribs on their gluten-free menu, as do Kincaids, Q Fanatic BBQ & Grill (in Champlin) and The Sassy Pig (also in Blaine, but bring your own BBQ sauce).

Roscoe’s Barbecue in Rochester also has gluten-free ribs, but don’t get the sweet potato fries that it comes with. they have an extensive list of other sides that are gluten-free though.

Baja Sol Cantina (Inver Grove Heights and Eden Prairie) not only has gluten-free ribs available in as a full-rack meal, but also as an appetizer portion (about 5 meaty ribs). the great thing about this is that their happy hour specials (4-6pm and after 8pm) include half-price apps, including the ribs! yum! (they also have gluten-free chicken wings that are made in the dedicated chip fryer at the Eden Prairie location, which I was surprised to learn and thought I’d mention it, as this is really rare).

Wildfire (in Eden prairie) has gluten-free ribs, but bring your own BBQ sauce, as their sauce is NOT gluten-free. because of this, the ribs are not listed on their gluten-free menu. I confirmed this info with corporate, but as always, it’s good to check with your server/ manager to make sure that this is still the case.

again, Chili’s ribs are no longer gluten-free. I’ve written to them requesting they change their recipes back to gluten-free, but so far to no avail. I never shy away from being an activist~ it spreads awareness and never hurts!

if you’ve been craving gluten-free ribs, hopefully this helps!

(and feel free to leave a comment if you’ve found more anywhere else in the area…)

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