I'm taking a little break from L.A. for this post (sorry!) and going back to where I spent the previous four years -- Boston. I went to a small university a little outside of Boston and loved my time there.
I was diagnosed with Celiac after my freshman year of college, and when I returned to Boston I started exploring the gluten free scene. That was back in 2005 and I think that in the four years since there has been an explosion of gluten free food available in Boston. I've written about P.F. Chang's in the past, and that place was my go to jam in Boston (and they just opened a second location!). I also hit up Fleming's a few times, a restaurant owned by the company that owns P.F. Chang's. Check out my Fleming's post here.
Since I've left, I've heard of new places like Stone Hearth Pizza and Nebo, but unfortunately never ate at either place. Of course, there's always the classic Boston spot Legal Sea Foods. Legal Sea Foods has gluten free menus available at select locations -- click here to see if there is one available at your nearest location.
My university was very close to a great cupcake shop, Kickass Cupcakes. This little shop located in Davis Square serves up great gluten free cupcakes along with tons of wheat-filled cupcakes. Whenever I was in the dog house with my roommates I picked up a few Kickass Cupcakes and all was forgiven.
The gluten free cupcakes come in a few different flavors including vanilla, chocolate, lucky and mojito. I've never experienced the "lucky" flavor so I can't speak to that, but the other flavors are delicious. The cupcakes are always freshly baked. The storefront is small and the bakers are extremely friendly and placing gluten free orders was never a problem. The short walk from campus to Kickass Cupcakes in Davis Sq. is one of the things that I miss most about living in Boston.
378 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144 (Map)