Saturday, March 15, 2008

Great Gluten Free Places in Seattle

Gluten Friendly Chain Restaurants:

PF Changs at Bellevue Square

Very knowledgeable and helpful. It is always a fun family dinner here. The kids like the lettuce wraps, lemon chicken and street noodles. The best comes at the end with the Chocolate Dome for dessert. Afterwards, head over to Lincoln Square for a movie or stroll the aisles of the Container Store.

Maggianos Little Italy, 10455 Ne 8th St, Bellevue

Yet another favorite. Great service and great food. Upon arriving, inform your server that you need a gluten free meal. The chef will come out and help design a meal that meets all of your dietary requirements. They even have gluten free corn pasta! My daughter's favorite is a Caesar salad with fettuccine Alfredo sauce. I usually eat a steak or their spinach salad which is very good. Again, the best part comes at the end with gluten free crème brulee. It really is a special treat to eat here.

Outback Steakhouse

Several locations on the Eastside. Very knowledgeable and offers good food in a family friendly atmosphere. My daughter usually sticks with a bun less burger, salad or baked potato. Again, it is worth the trip for the desserts - The Thunder Down Under is a family favorite.

Some Local Favorites:

Cafe Flora, 2901 E Madison St, Seattle (206) 325-9100

A local favorite. The kids may have to be a little more restrained here and a little more adventurous with what they are willing to eat. The restaurant is vegetarian, The food tastes so good you will hardly realize that the restaurant is vegetarian. Items that are gluten free are marked on the menu. Go on a nice afternoon and eat on the inside patio. It is really lovely.

Da Vinci Cafe and Bakery, 10003 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle (206) 782-5735

Da Vinci Bakery & Café is the very first completely gluten free bakery in Seattle. The bakery is completely wheat and gluten free, so there is no room for contamination. Even my non-celiac's love this place. Everything is good. A fun little place to go on a Saturday afternoon. It has really cute decorations and the people that work there are very friendly.

Cinnamon Works, Specialty Bakery, 1536 Pike Place, Seattle (206) 583-0085

The perfect place to grab a gluten free cookie after a stroll through the market. Parents beware, the cookies are monster size. Need help locating it - just look for the man playing the piano on the corner. It is right next to him.

Adults Night Out:

Most of the fine dining restaurants in Seattle are very capable of accommodating a gluten free diet. Just call before you go but I have had wonderful experiences eating at a lot of Seattle restaurants.

Impromtu Wine Bar Cafe, 4235 E. Madison St., Seattle (206) 860-1569

This may not be the type of restaurant to take the kids to only because their pallets may not be mature enough for the food selection. But if you get a night out, or you have older children, do not miss it. It has great atmosphere in the charming neighborhood of Madison Park. The wine and food selection changes seasonally. Executive Chef Dan Ahern's then creates menu items matched to the wines, providing guests with an inspired fine dining experience. The menu is almost completely gluten free and they are more than aptly educated about celiac disease.

Where to Shop:

Most chain grocery stores in Seattle have a gluten free section. In addition to Whole Foods, here are some local stores with great selections of gluten free food:

Fresh Vitamins, 12618 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA (425) 821-1819

Great selection of harder to find gluten free items including Chebe Pizza Mix and Kinnikinnick products, in addition to Ener-G and Glutino.

Manna Mills, 21705 66th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 (425) 775-3479

Manna Mills has the best selection of gluten free food~Glutino, Ener-G, Chebe, Kinnikinnick and many other choices.

Natures Pantry, 10201 NE 10th St, Bellevue (425) 454-0170

A good selection of gluten free food in the heart of Bellevue.

Amazon Fresh

An on-line grocery store with 704 gluten free items.
The service offers daytime delivery, local pick up or pre-dawn delivery that has your groceries waiting on your doorstep in the morning if you place an order by midnight the night before.

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