Now that I’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease for awhile, I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few dedicated gluten free restaurants. These are my personal favorites (in no particular order). While my tastes may be different than yours, hopefully these descriptions give you a sense of the restaurant, so you can find the ones that best meet your likes!
#1: Capitol Cider (Seattle, WA)
Gluten free food doesn’t always have to be healthy. At Capitol Cider you can enjoy a meal from a dedicated gluten free kitchen serving authentic pub food. (They do serve gluten containing beverages, such as beer in the restaurant.) I tried the fish and chips, which were simply scrumptious. My other favorite part about this is that it’s a cider bar featuring over 120 ciders. When I go out, typically my friends have a wide array of beers to choose from, and I’m stuck with 2-3 ciders. Thus, this spot is truly a gem if you’re looking to find a new drink.
Learn more about Capitol Cider:
- Gluten Free in the Pacific Northwest
- Video Review of Gluten Free Options in Washington <– My favorite video review!
#2: Palæo (Copenhagen, Denmark)
On the other hand sometimes gluten free food can be healthy, and I loved the array of options at Palæo so much that I went there back to back days on my trip to Denmark! My favorite order is a Bolo. Bolo is vegetable spaghetti with a spicy meat tomato sauce, topped with homemade cashew-parsley pesto. There is another dedicated gluten free restaurant right next door (Raw 42). It’s a little less up my alley with completely raw food, but I liked their smoothies as well. Definitely a good street to check out while in Copenhagen.
#3: Famer’s Keep (Philadelphia, PA)
Philadelphia is probably my favorite nearby gluten free friendly city. (Boston may try, but compared to other nearby cities, it just doesn’t compare.) There are many dedicated gluten free restaurants there, but my favorite is probably Farmer’s Keep. Farmer’s Keep serves healthy, creative cuisine catering to all diets. All of the food is Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, and Shellfish-Free. I find their meals tend to be more hearty and comforting healthy food.
Note: Agno Grill, a mediterranean build-your-own-bowl restaurant is probably my second favorite in the city.
#4: Verde Cocina (Portland, OR)
Verde Cocina focuses on putting vegetables into all of its meals. However, the restaurant itself isn’t over the top about healthy eating, all the food is simply fresh. The meals are full of flavor, and I simply loved the marinade on my steak. If this restaurant was in my hometown, it would be my go-to spot.
- Written Review: 100% Gluten Free Restaurants in Portland, OR
- Video Review: Gluten Free Options in Portland
#5: Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen (San Francisco, CA)
As arepas are naturally gluten free, there are a couple of restaurants that sell arepas and have made a conscious effort to remain 100% gluten free. My favorite is Pica Pica in San Francisco. I actually went with one of my friends who grew up making homemade arepas, and she approved. I found each one to be filled with flavor, and I also appreciated the diversity of options on the menu. If San Francisco is a bit far for you, my second favorite arepas restaurant is Quiero Arepas in Denver, which is also 100% gluten free.
Learn More About Gluten Free Arepas:
- Review of Pica Pica (San Francisco, CA)
- Video Review: Gluten Free in Northern California (featuring Pica Pica)
- Review of Quiero Arepas (Denver, CO)
Note: If it didn’t burn down, The Paleo Place in Caloundra, would certainly be on this list. Unfortunately, I don’t believe they have plans to re-open. However, if you’re visiting Australia soon, I still recommend checking out my list of Gluten Free Options Across Australia!
Looking for other options? For all my Wanderlust Wednesday reviews, check out the map below, or bookmark my Celiac Friendly Travel Reviews Page. The blue dots are all 100% gluten free restaurants!
What’s your favorite celiac friendly dining spot?!
Happy Wanderlust Wednesday!