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Gluten Free Restaurants in Block Island, Rhode Island

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Block Island's natural seaside beauty makes it a great, quaint escape in the summer. For those with gluten allergies,however, mealtimes on this small island just off the coast of Rhode Island may present few options. Some Block Island restaurants offer gluten-free items on their menu. For more options, it never hurts to call restaurants ahead of time and ask which menu items are free of wheat and other ingredients that contain gluten.

The National Tap & Grille

This seasonal restaurant serves up a wrap-around porch that overlooks the ocean, in addition to several gluten-free dishes. Its menu features several salads, including the spinach and arugula salad topped with goat cheese, smoked bacon, grape tomatoes, shallots and a granny apple-champagne vinaigrette, and a selection of premium steaks. The National Hotel Water St, Box 189 Block Island, RI 02807 401-466-2901 blockislandhotels.com

The Atlantic Inn

This historic hillside hotel features fine, locally grown cuisine. Menu items tend to change with the season, but some sample gluten-free menu items include seared cod shoulder with potato puree, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, zucchini, dill and paprika-corn sauce The chefs can easily accommodate any guests with wheat allergies. The Atlantic Inn PO Box 1788, High St Block Island, RI 02807-1788 401-466-5883 atlanticinn.com

Spring House Hotel

The restaurant inside Block Island's oldest hotel offers a wide selection of both modern and traditional eats for the gluten-free eater. For a light lunch in the spring, try the grilled asparagus with garlic aioli and shaved pecorino. For dinner, the grilled native swordfish with a three olive relish, parsley nage, and Sardinian couscous with a tomato confit is a good bet. Spring House Hotel 52 Spring Street Block Island, RI 02807 401-466-5844 springhousehotel.com

The Beachead Restaurant

This reasonably priced family-friendly restaurant cooks up a nice selection of traditional New England fare. The menu features gluten-free selections such as grilled or blackened fresh salmon with a sesame-ginger vinaigrette and a grilled, hand-cut choice sirloin with gorgonzola butter. The Beachead Restaurant 455 Ocean Ave Block Island, RI 02807 401-466-2249 thebeachead.com

Ballard's Inn

Enjoy eating incredibly fresh seafood at the restaurant in this beachside hotel. Choose from gluten-free entrees such as the fresh New England lobster with parsley potatoes and sweet corn on the cob or the roasted half chicken, parsley potatoes and sautéed vegetables. Ballard's Inn 42 Water Street Old Harbor P.O. Box 1818 Block Island, RI 02807 401-466-2231 ballardsinn.com

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Genevieve Rice is a freelance writer currently living in Phoenix, Ariz. Rice has been published in a variety of publications, including the "Oklahoma Gazette," the "Oklahoma Daily" and "Boyd Street Magazine." She earned a Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary studies from the University of Oklahoma.

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