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I eat gluten free (because of an auto immune disease) but my husband does not need to. We BOTH like great food. Luckily in the last 7 years since I removed gluten from my diet it has become easier to find food I can eat while traveling or on road trips. The Payson, AZ or Rim Country area is one of those places that has changed drastically since we first tried to road trip it on my gluten free diet. I ALWAYS travel with food but try to find places that can not only accommodate my diet but can do it with amazing food. Who wants to eat something just because it’s gluten free if it’s bland/dry/gross? I’d rather eat the snack bar in my purse.
We recently took a little trip up to Strawberry, Pine and Payson, AZ where we stayed at The Strawberry Inn (ADORABLE – check out my post here and grab a discount code). I was pleasantly surprised with some of the awesome options we found in the area that we’d definitely be back to visit again.
Old County Inn Pine, AZ
Old County Inn has a chef driven menu and the perfect ambiance for this little town (and also chickens). All their food is scratch made and delicious! They offer a gluten free pizza (it’s their amazing toppings that make it great) as well as some great appetizer choices including my favorite this unique warm olive dish (WOODFIRED CASTELVETRANO OLIVES) that I can’t wait to go back for! My husband loved their selection of local craft beer and I enjoyed some wine. They also have handmade gelato if you save any room for dessert. Right next door is the Taproom where you can access the full Old County Inn menu if you’d like or just to grab a drink. Their fun decor is a must see!
A neighborhood tavern that’s perfect for your signature bar food cravings or a craft cocktail Pinewood Tavern has simple food that’s just done well. They have gluten-free buns or just ask your server which options would work best for you.
Yes! A Brewery! Jared loves trying new local craft beers. Obviously, I cannot. I love when places like this accommodate for special diets. While I would go and accompany Jared without eating I especially love when someplace has options for me. Jared & I were able to share a “snack” (a delicious burger) while he sampled another one of their brews (he also had one of theirs that was on tap at the Old County Inn). They had wine or cider for me so we were able to enjoy their patio while BOTH of us got to eat.
Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe
Gerardo’s is family owned and has a gluten free menu including pasta! This spot has had gluten free for quite a while I think because we tried to stop on another trip but they were closed for a private event. They do a great job and it always seems pretty popular when we drive by. My favorite part about this place is that Chef Gerardo (who started the restaurant) hires student staff from the High School culinary program to run his entire kitchen!
Any other places you know of in the area that I should check out?