Where to Eat Gluten Free in Columbus, OH (Nima Sensor Tested) + A Vlog!

Did you know that Columbus, Ohio is where I was born and raised? It's true! I originally started my gluten-free journey here 7 years ago so a lot has changed in the city since then. That being said, this past weekend I was in Columbus once again for the GFFA Fest. As a part of my trip, I got the opportunity to use the Nima Sensor test 3 of the most popular restaurants with gluten-free options in the city! Some I was very familiar with, some I have never been to before. We had some pretty interesting experiences this time since a few of our meals actually cam back with "low gluten". Check out my video below on what "low gluten" means plus the 3 restaurants I visited in Columbus, OH and tested with the Nima Sensor.

What Does 20 PPM and "Low Gluten" Mean?

I've noticed a lot of people asking "what does low gluten mean when it shows up on the Nima Sensor?" Many people don't know that when Nima Sensor shows "low gluten" that it means that the item tested contains anywhere from 20 PPM - 15,000 PPM of gluten. Because of that wide spectrum, it got me thinking...I wonder how many people actually know how much ppm of gluten it takes to get sick? That's why I recorded this live video towards the end of my trip to discuss what 20 PPM means and what "low gluten" means when it shows up on the Nima Sensor as well.

Best Places to Eat That Are Nima Sensor Tested

Cap City Diner
This restaurant may be my most recommended restaurant in Columbus if you're looking for some classic American food. Cap City Diner has have tons of gluten-free options that are all very safe and trust worthy. The coolest thing is that they actually bring your out gluten-free rolls before you eat just like normal restaurants! While I was there I got to try the Salmon Burger + Fries and a delicious Vegetable Plate dish! Each item with the Nima Sensor came back under 20 PPM of gluten.

Northstar Cafe
Northstar Cafe is a restaurant I loved even before I moved to Tampa, FL. Many of the options are gluten free and they can even be swapped out with a vegan option. My go-to item at this restaurant is the Buddha Bowl. It's filled with brown rice, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, tofu or chicken, and a delicious peanut sauce! I get this nearly every time I am in town but you can also get sweet potato fries in a dedicated dryer as well. They have many gluten-free items for every meal and each item we tested with the Nima Sensor came back under 20 PPM as well.

Marcella's was a restaurant that we had the most concern about. They serve many gluten-free flatbreads that are made in a dedicated section and oven. Going into this dinner, we felt pretty confident that the staff knew all about gluten. Our team of 10 gluten-free influencers attended and we all tested our meals while we were there. Gluten free bread and flatbread was served to nearly every one of us. Each piece of bread that we tested came back as "low gluten" which means that the item was between 20 PPM and 15,000 PPM of gluten. We were reassured by the staff that everything was safe but that the kitchen was of course shared. The Nima Sensor gave us the choice to either eat the food that was given to us and hope that it was closer to 20 PPM, or send it back. We all felt safe based on what the staff told us, ate our meal, and none of us got sick! Interestingly enough, all of the salads and natural items came back as under 20 PPM.

What to do when "Low Gluten" shows up on your Nima Sensor:
For our dinner at Marcella's, we all felt safe when we were there and knew many people who have eaten at the establishment without ever getting glutened. This allowed for us all to make an informed decision to feel that our meals were safe. That being said, you may have a different experience at a restaurant that you go to. If you don't feel safe or reassured by the staff that your meal is gluten-free, ask the staff if they can remake your meal and be extra careful so you don't get an allergic reaction. Explain that your device showed that the meal contained low amounts of gluten and that you just want to enjoy your meal, safely. They will most likely be kind to remake your meal and you will at least feel a little better about some extra precautions that may be taken for you.

More about Nima Sensor:
There's a lot to know about Nima Sensor since it's an awesome tool to keep you safe when you dine out! It's saved me multiple times from getting glutened or it's helped me make an informed decision to eat safely. We are happy to offer a special code for $15 off your Nima Sensor! Just use the code below at checkout and you will get $15 off your new Nima Sensor. :)

Code: "GlutenAway"

Have you been to Columbus, Ohio before? What was your favorite restaurant? Comment below!
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  1. Thank you for this informative article. I too live in Ohio and I struggle to find someplace to eat out at. Sadly I missed last weekends Expo as I had no idea about it. But I must say that the one thing that disturbs me when I look at the menus are the very high prices for some of these meals. I feel that is just another way to price gouge those of us with Celiac Disease. I do not own one of the Nima Sensors as I have not been able to afford it. Hopefully one day. Again thank you for this info.

    1. I'm glad to hear I could help, Annette! Yes, the prices are always a little high for gluten-free items in restaurants but I'm hopeful that with more regularity of gluten-free items that the prices will reduce as well.

  2. Nice write-up money! When we last went to Cap City with your Mom, Tina decided to get an item off the gluten-free menu. Not because she has an aversion, but simply because it sounded better (and looked great as well).

    Keep up the good work!