This gluten-free guide to New Hampshire will help you plan your next adventure in the Granite State with celiac disease!
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About This Gluten-Free New Hampshire Guide
Dylan and I spend a lot of time exploring and eating gluten-free in New Hampshire. Our love of traveling and hiking the White Mountains has given us ample opportunity to get a good handle on the gluten-free scene.
In this gluten-free travel guide to New Hampshire, you'll discover dedicated gluten-free facilities, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and more. This post is divided by the regions of New Hampshire we have spent the most time exploring, going from north to south across the state. While New Hampshire isn't a huge state, a lot of it is wilderness and forest, so the areas we have visited tend to be those where there are likely to be more restaurants.
This guide is not a complete, comprehensive guide of all the gluten-free restaurants or places with celiac safe options in New Hampshire. I'm sharing the places that I love visiting and that I think you will too.
I also come back to New Hampshire multiple times a year so I keep adding to this guide and updating it with new restaurants. Be sure to check back for updates, and take a look at the Google map below to see where these places are located.
NOTE & DISCLAIMER
Everyone’s experience with celiac disease is different. Dedicated gluten-free facilities are usually the safest places to go, and you’ll see those listed here. For non-dedicated facilities and restaurants, I only recommend places I have visited or where clear protocols are in place for celiac diners.
My experience is not your experience. This gluten-free guide to New Hampshire is a list of suggestions to point you in the right direction. Restaurants can change. Use your own judgment and only eat where you feel safe doing so.
Gluten-Free New Hampshire: Dining Guide For Celiacs
This gluten-free guide to New Hampshire was originally written and published online for Gluten-Free Living. I have updated and condensed the information here to include the most accurate and up to date spots for celiac diners.
- About This Gluten-Free New Hampshire Guide
- Gluten-Free New Hampshire: Dining Guide For Celiacs
- How To Find Gluten-Free Food in New Hampshire
- Dining Out In New Hampshire With Celiac Disease
- Gluten-Free in the Portsmouth Area
- Gluten-Free in Manchester & Concord
- Gluten-Free North Conway
- Don't miss this hidden gem in Ossipee!
- Final Thoughts: Gluten-Free Guide to New Hampshire
- Looking for more gluten-free travel guides in New England?
How To Find Gluten-Free Food in New Hampshire
Locating gluten-free food can be tough when you're traveling - especially in a state like New Hampshire. While you have larger cities like Concord and Portsmouth, plus popular tourist spots like North Conway, a lot of it is very spread out, or there may be areas that are more isolated (the White Mountains, for sure!)
And while it's critical to speak to the restaurant directly to make sure their protocols work for you, sometimes you just want to get an idea of what's available in New Hampshire. One of the best ways to do that while traveling is by doing your research first, on an app/website like FindMeGlutenFree.
FindMeGlutenFree can help you get an idea of what gluten-free restaurants, bakeries, and safe menus are available in New Hampshire. And with a Premium Subscription, you can filter by most celiac friendly, see what's open now (so you don't drive all the way to a bakery for breakfast and discover it's closed), and what's gluten-free in the direction you're headed. It's like Google Maps, but a gluten-free version. And no Ads!
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Dining Out In New Hampshire With Celiac Disease
As I recommend to all of my clients for dining out with celiac, you want to make sure to clarify what gluten-free means when you order food at a restaurant.
Unfortunately, due to the presence of fad dieters, gluten-friendly and gluten-sensitive menus, people with celiac disease struggle to be taken seriously when dining in restaurants.
Based on my 14+ years with celiac disease and my multiple restaurant allergen trainings, I suggest using the words severe gluten allergy when dining out and then clarifying celiac disease. Also, be sure to tell your server about how you need your food prepared to prevent cross-contact.
Gluten-Free in the Portsmouth Area
Overboard Pub & Grill (Seabrook)
The Overboard Pub & Grill is an AMAZING hidden gem in Seabrook along the beachside. The owner's child was diagnosed with celiac disease 3 years ago and they have gone to great lengths to make their fryers gluten-free and safe! According to the information from the owner on Find Me Gluten-Free, their flour and fryers are 100% gluten-free.
The restaurant has also claimed their listing on Find Me Gluten Free and included information about their protocols, which is so helpful. The owner has stated:
"As a parent of a child who was diagnosed with celiac disease 3 years ago, we all know it's very hard to find locations that are actually 100% dedicated and not the same old "gluten sensitive"! When I opened this restaurant I wanted to make sure that we could accommodate those that have celiac so that they will have a delicious SAFE experience."
That's what I'm TALKING ABOUT!
This is a small pub but don't let it fool you - they have fantastic food. I ordered the chicken tenders with buffalo sauce and a side of fries. The chicken was so tender and mouthwatering and juicy I couldn't believe it! The server was extremely knowledgeable about their practices, assuring me of their protocols in the back. Dylan had a wrap and he enjoyed his as well.
Definitely worth checking out if you're in Southern New Hampshire or even just visiting the North Shore of Massachusetts. For more information about Overboard and to view their menu, visit their website here or check their Facebook page.
North Country Hard Cider (Dover)
North Country Hard Cider is just outside of Portsmouth in the city of Dover. They have a brand new location as of June of 2022 with an indoor tasting room, outdoor patio, and occasional food trucks (unfortunately, the food truck that was there when we visited did not have gluten-free food options. Bummer.)
There are ten ciders on tap and also cans available for purchase. I liked their ciders, but some of them were a little out there in flavor! I think my favorite was the Bug Juice, which was very much like a fruit punch cider. These ciders were all on the sweeter cider, and not very dry at all.
For more information about North Country, visit their website.
Gluten-Free Territory (Portsmouth)
100% dedicated gluten-free and nut-free bakery!
Hampton is known for a 100% dedicated gluten-free bakery - Gluten Free Territory!
This homemade and family-run business of baking delectable gluten-free sweets has been featured in the New Hampshire Chronicle and at the New England Gluten-Free Expo. Their products are definitely worth a taste! You can find them online or in person at places like Hampton Natural Foods or in most local stores around the Portsmouth area.
My Favorites: Their cheesecake brownies are some of the best gluten-free sweets I have EVER had! Try them and their cowgirl cookies for a fantastic dessert or snack!
You can also purchase Gluten-Free Territory products online, but fair warning- they never last long! Barbara and Arielle, the owners, are fantastic ladies and so friendly. You won't be disappointed.
Order your own gluten-free treats from their online store or discover where in New Hampshire you can find their products! Follow GFT on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with what they are baking.
Fresh Press (Portsmouth)
100% Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan place in downtown Portsmouth. This place is great - a lovely outdoor seating area as well. Plenty of hot and cold bowls, smoothies, acai, juices, and more - all gluten-free!
The staff was very attentive to my needs and explained the process for making an Acai bowl step by step. I felt very comfortable here and this is a great stop for breakfast or a snack.
The Friendly Toast (Portsmouth)
The Friendly Toast is a great family-friendly (haha) stop!
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available all day at this diner and family-friendly stop! With locations all over New England (including Burlington, Vermont!), The Friendly Toast has everything from breakfast staples like eggs to sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. They have dedicated kitchen spaces for celiac diners, and cognizant staff, and each gluten-free meal comes with an allergy stick. They also serve gluten-free toast that is made separately in the oven to prevent cross-contact.
Popovers on the Square (Portsmouth)
Popovers on the Square is a cafe and catering company offering sandwiches, salads, soups, and their signature item - popovers! You can dine in or take an order to go. Don't worry, they have gluten-free popovers that are out of this world good.
While they are not a dedicated gluten-free facility, Popovers makes efforts to accommodate customers with dietary restrictions. Popovers On The Square has dedicated areas for preparing gluten-free foods, including many naturally gluten-free items on their menus. They prepare their popovers separately as well. Most items on their menu that include bread can be modified to be made gluten-free! Be sure to tell the waitstaff when you place your order.
My Favorites: Tomato Soup with a side of GF popovers
River House (Portsmouth)
What do you get when you find a restaurant right on the water where almost the entire menu is already gluten-free or can be made gluten-free, AND they have gluten-free fryers?!
I believe you might call that...heaven!
River House is the place. It's located in downtown Portsmouth right on the water, and they serve sandwiches, burgers, and seafood type of fare. They have a HUGE selection of gluten-free options, and can make most sandwiches and items gluten-free.
Dylan and I stopped here before seeing a concert and it did not disappoint. We had the crab cakes (with GF pretzels for the crunchy texture!) and I got a crispy chicken sandwich on a gluten-free roll. It came out with an allergy stick and the server was happy to explain their protocols to me.
The ONLY bad thing - the roll started to fall apart. This happens sometimes, but since the food was so good overall, I didn't really let it bother me so much. The taste of everything outshined the fact that my roll started to disintegrate after about halfway through (haha!) I'd still go here again, and hopefully, they invest in some better gluten-free buns in the future!
110 Grill (Portsmouth)
Another Americana bar and grill not to be missed is 110 Grill. Their gluten-free menu options are incredible and include ice cream sundaes, nachos, burgers, pulled pork mac and cheese, sandwiches, salads, and more. They bring gluten-free rolls to your table and all gluten-free meal items come with an allergy stick. The staff is well-trained in gluten-free and allergen protocols.
My Favorites: Pulled pork mac and cheese, flourless chocolate cake, spinach and artichoke dip...the list is never-ending at 110. Too many options to choose from!
Lovebirds Donuts (Portsmouth)
I've wanted to try this donut place for the longest time, and finally was able to in November of 2023! Previously they were closed whenever we would visit, so thankfully we got there in time to try them out this time!
Lovebirds is a vegan donut shop with locations in downtown Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine. I don't usually eat vegan food by choice, but when a donut shop offers a gluten-free donut line that is made in dedicated fryers & with serious attention to allergies - I'm in!
From their Allergens page on the Lovebirds website:
"Wheat and Gluten: our gluten-free donuts are free from wheat and gluten. They have been tested celiac-safe, and are produced in their own area and fried in a dedicated fryer. While we always do our best, there is wheat flour present in our kitchen, so there is a risk of cross-contamination in that we are not a gluten-free facility."
While not 100% gluten-free, this donut shop's policies remind me of those at the Holy Donut locations in the Portland area of Maine. And seriously, these donuts, even though they are vegan and don't have egg, are very, very good!
Their flavors rotate monthly, and though we ordered two, they gave us one of all 4 flavors because they were closing for the day in less than an hour. So generous! We tried all of them and every one was delicious!
Gluten-Free in Manchester & Concord
If you can tolerate dairy, consider having the best macaroni and cheese of your life at Mr. Mac’s.
Mr. Mac's can make 95% of their entrees gluten-free, utilizing gluten-free pasta. They have separate prep spaces, separate cheeses for gluten-free orders and cook each gluten-free macaroni and cheese individually in its own container. Mr. Mac's has excellent protocols for celiac diners and each macaroni and cheese comes out with its own "Gluten-free" wooden label! Be sure to tell the waitstaff when you place your order and they will explain their protocols to you.
My Favorites: Try the Cheeseburger Mac - complete with lean ground beef, Cabot cheddar, and American cheese, or choose to make your own. You can't go wrong - they are all scrumptious. But if you have lactose intolerance like me, pack your Lactaid!
Bite Me Kupcakez
100% Gluten-Free Facility
Bite Me Kupcakez is a 100% dedicated gluten-free bakery and cafe, just south of Manchester in Merrimack. They are known for their cupcakes, of course, but you can also get delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and paninis!
This gluten-free and nut-free facility was established in 2017, but the owners have been baking gluten-free treats for years before that. On their website, you can place an order for catering or discover where to find their products at local stores in the Manchester area.
Bite Me Kupcakez also has its own shop where you can visit for snacks, drinks, breakfast, lunch, and sweets! They are closed on Sundays and Mondays, so plan accordingly. Check out Bite Me Kupcakez through their website or follow them on Facebook.
Tucker's is a recent discovery of ours on a trip north to Canada, and I can't believe we've lived without this delicious breakfast spot for so long! They have an incredible dedication to gluten-free and celiac diners, a cognizant staff, and scrumptious menu choices. With options like hashes, pancakes, gluten-free toast, omelets, french toast, eggs benedict, and more, Tucker's is an amazing choice for breakfast, brunch, or lunch in New Hampshire.
Gluten-free items are clearly marked on their menus and Tucker's has a dedicated kitchen space, oven, utensils, fryer, and ingredients for their celiac diners. And their food is fantastic!
My Favorites: Hash with Poached Eggs, Sausage & Sweet potatoes!
There are multiple locations of Tucker's in New Hampshire - five in total! Tucker's Breakfast has locations in Hookset, Dover, New London, Concord, and Merrimack. Read their full menu online and follow Tucker's on Facebook and Instagram.
Gluten-Free North Conway
Bagels Plus has your morning bagel fix with a gluten-free twist. They have plain and everything bagels gluten-free, and they are homemade! Just ask to have yours toasted separately, which they are happy to do with a dedicated toaster. They also will change gloves, and since their grill top only cooks meats, you can have a bacon egg, and cheese bagel, pictured here!
The Local Grocer
If you are vacationing in the White Mountains or Conway area, there is a Hannaford Supermarket in North Conway that has a great selection of gluten-free brands, products, and groceries. But The Local Grocer is going to source all of the unique stuff: snacks, candy, chocolate, crackers, frozen foods, soaps, lotions, etc. It's essentially a health food store.
The other thing about the Local Grocer is it has a café attached to it where they sell drinks, smoothies, baked goods, and lunch items but please be aware: they have a very clear disclaimer that they are not a dedicated gluten-free facility and cannot guarantee their products are gluten-free. I saw a review from someone on Find Me Gluten Free who was very angry they got sick here because they saw gluten-free and assumed it was safe for celiacs. This is not always the case and that's why asking questions, speaking up, and clarifying how you need your food prepared are so important!
I ordered a smoothie with just fruit and juice but asked them to clean the blender thoroughly & change gloves before making my order. I did not partake in any of their pre-made foods.
McKaella's Sweet Shop
In downtown North Conway, among the cute shops and across from the railroad station, there's an ice cream shop on the corner called McKaella's Sweet Shop. While visiting in June of 2021 during a heat wave, I was desperate for something to cool off. This sweet shop has their own homemade popsicles that are gluten-free and vegan, and they hit the spot!
The popsicles use local fruits whenever possible and were absolutely scrumptious!
For more information about McKaella's Sweet Shop, visit their Facebook page.
Peace of Mind Baking Company
100% Gluten-Free Facility
Peace of Mind is a dedicated gluten-free bakery that is also free from peanuts, dairy, egg, and soy! The sky is the limit here with their tasty gluten-free treats, from whoopie pies to cookies, donuts, and even pizza crusts. Some of the local coffee shops in North Conway, including Met Coffee, will source their bagels to serve to customers. They also source their products throughout New Hampshire and even Maine. You can even find their gluten-free baked goods at the Local Grocer, which might be easier, as they are a wholesale bakery and not the type of place that you walk up and order at the window.
Fair warning: Their treats are extremely sweet. I find this happens often when products are not only gluten-free but also vegan, because then the sugar content tends to be sky-high! So if you don't like overly sweet baked goods, this might not be your cup of tea.
Wicked Fresh Craft Burgers
For a delicious burger and fries with a special sauce that rivals In-N-Out, Wicked Fresh Craft Burgers can’t be beaten. This is my GO-TO place every time we go hiking or head to North Conway!
With a dedicated fryer, gluten-free buns, and absolutely outstanding loaded fries, you’ll be counting down the days until you can have their burgers once again! Wicked Fresh grows their own herbs used in their sauces and the staff will take special care with gluten-free orders. They have dedicated prep areas, grills, and fryers, too. Seriously, after a long day of hiking, this is what I crave!
Oh, did I mention they also have gluten-free fried chicken!? I really should make a point to try some, but every time I arrive, I just gravitate toward getting a burger and fries because they are so damn good.
My Favorites: Build Your Own GF Burger with a side of fries & Wicked sauce!
Sea Dog Brewing Co.
I almost forgot about Sea Dog Brewing Co. because it's been so long since we've been here!
This is the place Dylan and I used to visit in New Hampshire (specifically, North Conway) years and years ago, before I even started writing about my gluten-free adventures here on the blog. We went there because they advertised gluten-free options and always did a good job taking care of my gluten-free needs. This is your typical pub fare, and they have burgers, salads, etc., plus a really decadent flourless chocolate cake, pictured above.
Since discovering other places around North Conway, this isn't our go-to place anymore, but definitely a solid option if you are traveling with a big group of people. They do good beers at Sea Dog, and it's a happening place with lots of people on the weekends. A lively spot for tourists and locals alike, and with a typical pub menu, it's bound to be a place everyone will be okay with (and they do take allergies/celiac seriously.)
Sea Dog also has other locations in New England (including Maine). For more information about their locations and menus, visit their website.
If you visit Conway in the months of June and July, you can spend the day hiking Cathedral Ledge and snack on some freshly grown strawberries from Schartner Farm North!
Schartner Farm opens every summer, and they sell their own fresh jams and jellies in addition to their mountain-grown berries. You can pick your own strawberries here and enjoy these delicious fruits at the peak of the summer season. They also have a drive-thru option where you can get berries already picked for you, plus their amazing jams/jellies.
Don't miss this hidden gem in Ossipee!
And before you head back home...definitely make a stop in Ossipee (About 30-40 minutes south of North Conway) for Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company.
Why, you might be wondering?
Only because they have dedicated fryers and make gluten-free fish and chips!
Oh yes, my friends! All of their fryers are dedicated gluten-free and they use gluten-free beer for their fish and chips!
It was so crispy, perfect, and delicious!
They have quite an extensive menu with a gluten-free symbol next to many of their dishes that can be made gluten-free or modified as needed. Great service, really neat place, and a definite stop we'll be adding to our list when heading home from the White Mountains from now on.
Final Thoughts: Gluten-Free Guide to New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s natural landscape will leave you speechless regardless of what time of year you visit. You can spend your days exploring the outdoors, hiking the mountains, or strolling the coast. Whatever part of New Hampshire appeals to you, dining gluten-free won’t be a challenge. You can travel across the granite state and use this gluten-free guide to New Hampshire for a delicious and safe adventure!
Looking for more gluten-free travel guides in New England?
Head into Boston for more gluten-free donuts at Kane's Donuts.
Check out the North Shore of Boston for the best breakfast sandwiches on homemade gluten-free herb & cheese bread at Crave.
Explore The Green Mountain State of Vermont and discover gluten-free beer at the first dedicated GF brewery in New England: Red Leaf!
Wander up the coast of Maine for gluten-free donuts and Colombian arepas.
Sample all of the gluten-free drink choices in New England with breweries and cideries that are 100% gluten-free.
Have you ever been to New Hampshire?
What are your favorite gluten-free New Hampshire spots?
Let me know in the comments if there are places I should add to this gluten-free guide!