Have you ever been to a 100% gluten free establishment?! They’re the places I feel comfortable eating when traveling on the road, and the safest way to eat out with my friends. Many 100% GF establishments are only bakeries, so I’m thrilled when I run into ones that serve meals too, such as Twist in Millis, MA and Dempsey Bakery in Little Rock, AR. Today, I’m adding Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery to my list!
Coquette’s is located in downtown Colorado Springs, right next to Smiley’s for this of you who know the area. And, walking distance from Colorado College for any Tigers out there!
Coquette’s offers breakfast (on the weekends), lunch, and dinner alongside having an amazing baked goods section. The entire restaurant is gluten free, perfect for those with celiac disease! And, they’re very aware of food allergies.
My first visit to Coquette’s I sent my food allergy business card to the chefs to find out what options were available to me. They came out to offer me a variety of choices. They then informed me that they looked up annatto seed on the Internet because they hadn’t heard of it before and wanted to be careful.
Fun Fact: Annatto seed is most frequently found in yellow food dyes. It’s common in gluten free foods that are trying to be more “natural.” However, one spot you’ll find it is in Lay’s Potato Chips! Feel free to read the ingredients the next time you grab a bag.
On our first trip I had the vegan polenta, and it remains my favorite dish to date! While the polenta is well cooked, it’s the vegetable medley that makes the dish. The flavors are rich, and spice up the polenta in a heartbeat! Now, a huge section of Coquette’s menu is crêpes, which unfortunately I can’t have due to other food restrictions. Fortunately, they’ll make an crêpe over rice. I thought this was a delicious option as a lighter meal. I happen to make stir fry A TON on my own though, so polenta is my favorite dish as an “I’m eating out treat.”
I also eat out with my friends. One of my friends ordered the vegan risotto, which wasn’t our favorite. However, they served it without the rosemary, so I could try a bite too. My other friend ordered a salad that she absolutely adored. (It has cheese on it though, so I haven’t had a bite).
This same friend highly recommends the desserts as well! There’s no way you’ll miss them because they’re in the storefront window, but I forgot to take a picture. 😦
Coquette’s offers a variety of meals with different menus for weekdays and weekends. If you have an egg allergy, I recommend the weekday menu! Otherwise, check out both on Coquette’s website. Overall, Coquette’s is an awesome, safe, gluten free gem in the heart of Colorado Springs.
Unfortunately, you’re most likely you’re not moving to Colorado Springs any time soon. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t visit our beautiful city. I’ve included tons of pictures below to entice you to come,* and be sure to check out Casey’s visit to Coquette’s on her trip to Colorado!
Hope you’re having an awesome week, and I would love to here about any GF establishments that you’ve been too! 🙂
* Here are ALL the adventures you can have IN Colorado Springs! Come visit!
** These dining experiences occurred throughout the Summer of 2014.