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Restaurant Review: Gluten Free Menu at Back Deck Boston

Located on the corner of Washington and West Streets in Downtown Crossing, Back Deck offers a casual atmosphere reminiscent of being in someone’s backyard. The restaurant is designed to evoke the feeling of relaxing in on a friend’s back deck, enjoying a summertime cookout. The sliding 16-foot windows are opened during the warmer months, and when open make you truly feel like you are dining out side.

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Most of the menu items are grilled over hardwood charcoal, just like you would if you were grilling on your back deck. The grill has a dedicated section for gluten free items.

Back has offers a gluten free brunch, lunch and dinner menu, and I recently had the opportunity to check out the gluten free dinner options with my sister Katie, Katie’s Boston Cuisine.

For appetizers we started with the Grilled Hot Wings, served Daddy-O’s Style, with Gorgonzola dressing and celery sticks ($8). The wings were perfectly juicy with a nice grill flavor. There was a nice kick but not too spicy, thank god.


We also shared the Grilled Shrimp Skewer served with a red pepper vinaigrette over baby spinach ($12).  The shrimp were fresh and tasty. This small plate could easily be a light lunch.


The first time I ate at the Back Deck I had the Mexicali Burger, topped with pepper jack, sliced avocado, green chili salsa, and chipotle mayo ($15). The 8 oz. burger did not have a lot of flavor itself, but with everything that was added onto it, it was delicious. The gluten free brioche bun from Curtis Street Bakery, available for an extra $1, is the best gluten free bun I’ve ever tasted. Ever. It was fluffy and moist, not grainy at all, and had a wonderful buttery and real bread flavor.


The French fries are gluten free; they are the only item that gets cooked in the fry. I would come back for this reason alone.

This time around we shared three entrees.


The Mixed Grill comes with a beef kabob, lamb skewer, Andouille sausage, grilled Portobello mushroom and tomato, with rosemary fingerling potatoes and a homemade tomato caper chutney, their version of ketchup ($19).  The beef was tender, juicy and flavorful. The grilled tomatoes were also juicy. The sausage, which was more like kielbasa if you ask me, was also delicious. The lamb meatballs had lots of flavor and this dish was by far my favorite of the night.


The Pernil Cubano Tacos are served in corn tortillas with grilled then roasted pulled pork, vinegary cabbage slaw, spicy tomato salsa, avocado cream, black beans and rice ($16). The flavor of the meat was great but it was too dry. I honestly didn’t notice the salsa, not sure if it was even on there, and I wish there had been more avocado cream. The black beans had a smoky and sweet element to them, and were very delicious.


The Grilled Lemon-Pepper Salmon was served with a horseradish sauce over basmati rice and grilled asparagus ($23). The salmon was flavorful and cooked to perfection. I loved the chargrill taste and the sauce was delicious. The asparagus were well seasoned but the rice was a little bland.

We were too full for dessert, but gluten free dessert options include:

  • Snicker Sundae: honey-vanilla ice cream, chocolate & caramel sauces, toasted peanuts & whipped cream.
  • Flourless Chocolate Brownie Sundae: walnut toffee sauce & whipped cream
  • Creamy Risotto Rice Pudding: golden raisins and toasted almonds (all $6)
  • Bowl of Toscanini’s Ice Cream: honey-vanilla, chocolate chocolate chip or blackberry/blueberry sorbet ($5)

Gluten Free Bard’s Beer and Downeast Cider are available, as well as Tito’s gluten free vodka.

Our server was friendly, attentive, and certainly knowledgeable about the menu. She had a great attitude and made our night that much better. The portion sizes are big, great for sharing, and the prices are very reasonable. I would definitely come back here again.

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Disclaimer: A portion of this dinner was complementary, but all my thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.

2 thoughts on “Restaurant Review: Gluten Free Menu at Back Deck Boston

  1. I’ve tried their mahi mahi tacos and they were so good! You’re right, the definitely needed more avocado cream, but the place in general was wicked good

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