City Barbeque (Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Findlay, Newark, Toledo, Northern Kentucky)
Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with the General Manager of the City Barbeque in Centerville and really dive into the specifics of their gluten free offerings. Trevor has been the GM for three years, and has two loved ones who suffer from Celiac Disease. “I can’t tell you how many times I have been out with my family and we had to leave because the menu had little or nothing they could eat.” With this, I knew Trevor was dedicated to offering the safest food possible to those with dietary needs.
While I assumed the meats on the menu were naturally gluten free, I also learned the register features a GLUTEN FREE button. Tell the associate upon ordering, and ‘gluten free’ will appear on the ticket in the kitchen. This makes the staff even more aware of their safe food habits, prompts them to change their gloves, and the food should be trayed (or package to go) separately.
If in doubt, ask for an allergen menu. Trevor produced one for review within seconds and it was well worn – which lead me to believe they accommodate a good amount of customers.
There are a few things to note. First, the fryer is not gluten free. City Barbeque uses their fryers for hush puppies as well as French fries, so that is definitely a cross contamination issue. Second, the sauces served in the store are gluten free. However, their bottled, shelf stable sauces are not (check the labels of individual flavors). Third, I was surprised to find out their baked beans are gluten free, but the potato salad is not. And last, I was happily introduced to CiderBoys hard cider. While I am a big fan of southern sweet tea, sometimes it’s nice to have the option to kick back with a cold one. City Barbeque stocks the original ‘First Press’, as well as a seasonal flavor or two.
I have listed the gluten free items for you here, but please make sure to reference that allergen menu I mentioned, as I am sure items change on occasion.
I visited the Centerville location at
5 E. Franklin St.
Washington Township, Ohio 45459
See their website for other locations.
Gluten Free Meats
Boneless chicken breast
Gluten Free Sides
Baked beans with brisket
Cukes ‘n onions
Green beans with bacon
Green beans with pork
Sweet vinegar slaw