People with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease cannot eat wheat, rye, barley, oats, kamut, spelt, amaranth, teff or couscous. That cuts a lot out of their diet. It’s more than bread and bagels. There are traces of wheat in salad dressings, tomato paste, licorice candy, ketchup, and a host of other foods.
Some medical studies estimate up to 10% of Americans are gluten intolerant. And since the mid-1990s, bakeries, restaurants and natural food stores have been stocking up on gluten free items. Seattle has some excellent eateries with gluten free items on their menus. Here are a few:
3510 Fremont Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98103
Flying Apron is in the heart of Fremont – with a second location scheduled to open in Redmond next month. Not only are Flying Apron products gluten-free and vegan, but they use local and organic ingredients. Bakery goods are sweetened with agave and maple syrup instead of refined sugar. In a quaint and cozy restaurant, there are hardwood floors, and wooden tables and chairs. The kitchen is in full swing, and you can smell the baking the moment you step inside. There are a variety of soups, salads and pocket sandwiches. The sweets are out on display – scones, muffins, cookies and big slices of cake. Or you can take home a whole frozen pie – sweet potato or pecan – to warm and serve at your leisure. Each day, there is a new kind of bread fresh from the oven, and day-old breads are 50% off.
2901 E. Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112
Cafe Flora offers a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options that change with the seasons. A gluten free dinner can include salads, stone-fired pizzas, or tacos. Desserts include peanut butter brownies and creme brulee. Weekdays from 3pm – 6pm is the Cafe Flora Happy Hour, with a delightful mix of cocktails and gluten free bar snacks.
8523 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
Located just northwest of Greenlake Park, Razzi’s is much more than pizza. Gluten free soups, sandwiches, gyros, grinders, pastas, breads, and panninis are sure to please if the gluten free pizzas just aren’t enough. The restaurant has a full vegetarian menu as well. Their Happy Hour is from 2pm – 5pm and 9pm till close every day. With their “Sundaes on Sunday” special and “Tuesdays on Tap”, there’s something for everyone.
10 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
In lower Queen Anne, just a block from Seattle Center sits a warm and inviting spot with a full regular and gluten-free dinner menu and extensive wine list. Dinner is served from 4:30pm to midnight, 7 nights a week. Cocktails at the bar are served until 2:00am. With hearty steaks, potatoes, chicken and seafood, it’s American comfort food at its finest. There are seasonal specials, and desserts like gluten free vanilla bean custard and chocolate torte with caramel.