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Gluten-Free Gems in Phoenix: A Review of Jewel’s Cafe

Looking for great gluten free restaurants in downtown Phoenix? You gotta try Jewel’s Cafe.

Jewel's Cafe - gluten free restaurants in downtown Phoenix

Eating out can be a really frustrating experience when you’re gluten-free. Restaurants often don’t have many gluten-free choices, and if they do, the options usually alternate between a salad or, if you’re lucky, a dry gluten-free bun that falls apart far too easily. And then there is always the risk of cross-contamination in the kitchen. Yikes…

Understandably, when I find a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, I get pretty excited. And let me tell you, Jewel’s Cafe is an absolute gem! They offer a wide variety of delicious dishes and EVERYTHING is gluten-free. You want chicken and waffles? Go ahead! You can want a hamburger with sweet potato fries? You got it! Nothing is off-limits.

Jewel’s Gluten Free Cafe in Phoenix, Arizona

Before we get started, I just want to mention that this review is in no way sponsored. I just know how hard it is to find really good gluten-free restaurants. When I find one, I like to share the news 🙂

Last weekend, my husband surprised me with a trip to Jewel’s gluten-free Cafe (he is so thoughtful)! I hadn’t heard of this restaurant but was very intrigued by the prospect of a dedicated gluten-free kitchen.

Dedicated GF Kitchen Means You Can Have It All!

Walking inside, I was surprised. Jewel’s Cafe welcomes you with an open floor plan, large windows, and cheerful yellow booths. Overall, I loved the warm, inviting atmosphere of the cafe. We were seated quickly and given menus. And boy was I excited when I saw that menu! The fare was not exactly healthy. But sometimes that’s okay! Here you can enjoy all those deliciously comforting fried foods that you had to give up when you left gluten behind.

Do I get the churro waffles? Or maybe a Monte Cristo? It was all so tempting!

sitting inside jewel's cafe - gluten free restaurants in downtown Phoenix

Eventually, my husband chose the chicken and waffles, and I chose the brunch burrito with chorizo and avocado.

gluten free chicken and waffles phoenix arizona

We did have to wait a bit for the food to arrive, so this might not be the place to go if you’re in a hurry. But the wait was worth it! My burrito was prepared to perfection and the flavor was phenomenal with just the right amount of kick coming from the chorizo.

gluten free breakfast burrito phoenix arizona

I also sampled my husband’s chicken and waffles. The fried chicken was okay, the breading was a bit soggy, unfortunately, but the waffles were absolutely mouth-watering. I seriously didn’t know gluten-free waffles could taste that much like regular wheat flour waffles. Plus Jewel’s makes their own syrup which has a distinctive honey flavor that is very unusual but also addictingly delicious. I normally don’t get this excited about syrup but this stuff is just WOW! You can even buy your own bottle, which we did, for less than $5.

All in all, this is the place to be if you’re looking for delicious gluten-free meal in downtown Phoenix! Jewel’s Cafe offers a wide variety of gluten-free options that will satisfy any craving. From chicken and waffles to burgers and fries, Jewel’s has something for everyone.

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