Bakeries, Travel

An Oasis In Central Phoenix

10 Comments 23 August 2006


Gluten Free Creations
Best Little Bistro
2940 Thomas
Phoeniz, AZ


Central Phoenix is not usually at the top of your sightseeing list when visiting Arizona. Hidden like the bat cave behind a barber shop and nestled between a wings joint and cabaret club is the curious entrance to a top gluten-free bakery. As I opened the door apprehensively I was pleasantly surprised to find a cute-as-a-button little bakery inside.
Larrywongs                Cabaret                    Gfcreationsaz

LynnRae Ries, who you could call a "famous celiac", met me graciously with her posse made up of Gaye, Joanne, Tanya and culinary graduate, Terry. These cute ladies evidently worked almost all night using my visit as an excuse to complete all of the finishing touches to the adjoining bistro room. This was the first official Saturday that the bakery was open.

Me and Smurf trying to decide what to order.

If you are not familiar with Lynn Rae Ries, here is some background: This now hearty Swedish lady was of short stature and sickly when diagnosed with celiac disease seven years ago. After her second doctor’s visit she decided to write a book, since she found no readily available information about the disease. Thus, the creation of the handbook What? No Wheat Ries also helped launch the Phoenix celiac support group. She started baking and taking goodies to the meetings and people kept encouraging her to write a cook book. This led to the birth of her second book, Delicious Gluten-Free Wheat-Free Breads. She now has authored a third book, Waiter, Is There Wheat In My Soup? which is a guide to gluten-free products, dining and travel. This has all led to her business of consulting, along with research and development for gluten-free enterprises.

Breakfast: Quiche, bacon maple waffles, buttermilk bisquits, muffin tops (bread basket contains hallah and almond flax). The bacon maple waffles were my personal favorite.

Now this tireless contributor to the gluten-free community has opened the first totally gluten-free bakery and bistro in Arizona. On May 30th they became the first and only bakery to be certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group and now they are also recognized by the Celiac Sprue Association. As of June 1st they had the first enriched gluten-free breads for sale. For now you can either drop by in person, order online or by phone. Eventually they plan to go wholesale, nationally. Special orders are always welcome.

Gyros- I bet it’s been a looong time since you’ve eaten one of these!

Knowing how kids have different temperaments when it comes to food, Ries innovatively came up with tastings just for children. Call ahead and for twenty dollars your kiddie can sample the goods, so you don’t waste money again on food your little peeps won’t eat. The twenty dollars goes toward whatever you end up purchasing. Susan, one of the regular customers I met, told me that her daughter’s favorites were the hallah for french toast and the euro bread, since it makes a perfect homemade Egg McMuffin.

Ready-made meals to stay or to go (clockwise from top left): Lasagne, pizza, tuna noodle casserole, chicken pot pie, gyro, and children’s pizza. I enjoyed the pot pie and my friends said the gyro and lasagna were very good.

Ever wanted to enter a club and couldn’t get past the velvet rope? Well, Gluten-Free Creations will soon be introducing Cheesecake of the Month, Bread of the Month, and Cookie of the Month Clubs that anyone can join. We’ll let you know when they are ready to accept members.

So, now there actually is a tourist attraction in central Phoenix! Like the welcome mat says, "The happy place to be is here."




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10 Comments so far

  1. 1
    Kathy says:

    Wow! Next time I’m in Arizona I’ll have to stop by! Sounds like a great place!

  2. 2
    Julie says:

    I’m going to be in Arizona next week, I’ll have to stop by. I’ve never even had a gyro. And I miss chicken pot pie, too (although I’m allergic to chicken). Don’t suppose she also happens to make it with turkey?

  3. 3
    elle says:

    how cool is that!!

  4. 4
    LynnRae says:

    Looking forward to meeting you, Julie. We also make our pot pies as Beef and Vegetable. See you soon. LynnRae

  5. 5
    Jenn says:

    I’m so looking forward to going that I’m already counting the days until I will be in that neck of the woods (T-minus 11 days). You are so good at making my mouth water with your descriptions of the food possibilities.

  6. 6
    Phoenix says:

    Can’t believe I’ve never checked that place out.

    It’s on the list now!


  7. 7
    Pearl Anzures says:

    wow! I live in Phoenix and I can’t wait to go there and try all the foods. I’m taking my 28y/o sister who was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, this is a great resource. thank you!

  8. 8
    Kelly says:


    You’re welcome! 😉

  9. 9
    Monica says:

    I heard that Gluten Free Creations Bakery was closing up shop on May 19, 2007. Business is for sale.

  10. 10
    Cindi says:

    Gluten Free Creations is still open and going strong! Go by, food is fantastic, and possibilities are endless!

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