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15 OF THE BEST SPOTS FOR GLUTEN-FREE EATS IN SEATTLE

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ARIEL GROB

JUL 14, 2020

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If you’re new to the gluten-free game, you're probably wondering if you can eat anything (that isn’t a salad) when you go out with your friends.

Luckily for you (and your now GF gut), you're in Seattle. Which means you have access to some of the best GF dishes around.

Whether you’re looking for something light and fresh or gloriously indulgent, we’ll steer you in the right direction. Here are some of the best gluten-free spots in Seattle that you—and even your gluten-glutinous friends—will love.

If you haven’t been to Ba Bar yet, get over there right now. No, seriously. We’ll wait. Ba Bar is the answer to the question, "Where can I get the best Pho in the city and a great cocktail?" All three locations—Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, and University District—are gorgeously Instagrammable. Their shared plates, like the "Crispy Imperial Rolls", are so flavorful you won’t want to share them; and their house-made lemongrass soda & lychee simple syrup cocktails will make them your late-night happy hour go-to.

Thanks to the enormous windows that line each wall and the array of gorgeous indoor plants, Cafe Flora is light and airy, making it the perfect late morning brunch or afternoon lunch spot in Madison Valley. Known for their ‘creative vegetarian cuisine,’ each bite of their blueberry thyme waffle or Colorado scramble will wow even the most devoted carnivore — we swear. Top it all off with a swig of the "Flower Child" or E"arl Grey French 75" cocktail, because let’s be honest — the fact that brunch makes booze before noon acceptable is half the reason we love it so much.

Casco Antiguo in Pioneer Square is quintessentially Seattle: gorgeous brick walls, amazing cocktails, and a fresh take on some of the world’s best food… tacos. Their chips, salsa, and guac are all house-made and exactly how you want them: crunchy, spicy, and fresh. Head to the bar in the back of the building to enjoy the fresh air (when the huge garage doors are open) and the almost-always-playing Frida projected on the exposed brick. Don’t leave without trying their seasonal margarita and their tigna tacos.

If you want to feel like you’re backpacking through Cuba, Bongos is your place. Bongos originally started as a food truck and over the past few years has expanded, first with an indoor eating area and now with a small compound of indoor and outdoor seating in Greenlake. This new spot is complete with a wooden boardwalk, strung lights, colorful chairs, and sanded outdoor floors. Must-eats: their "Picadillo Plate" and traditional tostones. You’ll be going back for seconds and checking out ticket prices on Google Flights to Cuba in no time.

Not only does Capitol Cider have an entirely gluten-free (plus soy- and peanut-free) menu, they also happen to house the country’s largest selection of ciders. Their menu is jam-packed with unique and delicious gluten-free dishes like the "Barbecue Root Chips" and "Spice-Crusted Lamb Ribs". It’s a little on the pricey side ($16-30 per main) but their happy hour makes it all worth it. Monday–Thursday, 3–5pm hit them up for $5 plates and $3 ciders.

If you’re looking for a large, loud, and family-friendly brunch or lunch spot, you’ve got to check out Portage Bay. They’ve got everything from hashes to French toast (yes, gluten-free too!). But they’re most loved for their breakfast bar — a glorious, self-serve bar stocked with fresh seasonal fruits, nuts, and homemade whipped cream. Pile as much as you want on top of your gluten-free buckwheat, Swedish, or vegan banana pancakes! Set yourself up with the "Farmer’s Hash" and a grapefruit mimosa. You’ll be feeling good about eating good.

If you thought hunting down some gluten-friendly food was rough, searching for a gluten-free beer will drive you nuts. At least that was the case before Ghostfish Brewing exploded onto the scene. This place has started a craft brewing revolution aimed at bringing beer to the gluten-intolerant among us. Best of all, you’ll never find yourself saying, "This is good, for a gluten-free beer." Nope, it’s just good beer that happens to be gluten-free. Fitt Tip: their taproom menu, including the flatbreads, taro root chips, and fish & chips, is gluten-free across the board.

Biscuit Bitch is one of those semi-stilted but grungy places where you can’t tell if everyone around you is serious or not. They’ve got heavy, spicy, gut-bomb-style food… and yet they offer gluten-free biscuits, a gluten-free shiitake mushroom gravy, and an awesome tea selection. If you’re craving hangover food that won’t wreck your gluten-sensitive gut, or if you just came back from Mount Si and are way too hangry to function, definitely swing by the Biscuit Bitch for a massive pick-me-up. You’ll want to meet the Smokin’ Hot Seattle Bitch, for sure.

Okay, okay. Just about any burger can be made GF when you remove the bun. But when you’re craving a gourmet American burger, you have to get over to 8oz. Served on gluten-free bun, it should definitely earn the “Nice Buns” award (okay, that’s not actually a thing — but if it were, this gluten-free bun would win, hands down) Get your nice buns to this Capitol Hill and Ballard spot and try the "Union Burger" with a side of brusel sprouts.

Chaco Canyon prides themselves on serving high-quality, locally-sourced raw and vegan food. Don’t panic – you didn’t accidentally stumble upon a Seattle Vegan Eats guide — Chaco Canyon has some of the yummiest gluten-free options too. Their Thai bowl is everything your super-hungry, still-want-to-be-healthy body wants. We’d recommend washing it down with a crisp swig of kombucha on tap. Because of their emphasis on quality and flavor, you’ll always walk away feeling awesome about your life choices. Check them out in West Seattle, Queen Anne, or Greenwood.

If you’re looking for a sophisticated and luxurious experience without busting your wallet or diet, Revolve True Food and Wine Bar in downtown Bothell is your new haven. All their meals are sans gluten, grains, MSG, preservatives, trans fats, refined or cane sugar, emulsifiers, GMO, and soy — which leaves only delicious whole foods. Meats are sustainably sourced and raised without antibiotics or added hormones, too. Basically, you can’t go wrong here… especially if you opt for the tequila mussels at happy hour, Dungeness Crab Benedict at brunch, or bacon wrapped dates anytime of day.

Any pizza joint that makes their own gluten-free crust and pastas while committing to organic and local ingredients is a friend of ours. Razzi’s in Greenwood and downtown is your place to satisfy those comfort cravings while also keeping your gut happy. And don’t be fooled by their modest digs — this place has a menu that packs a punch. From gluten-free and vegan pizzas (we recommend the "Veggie Thai" if you’re feeling adventurous) to calzones (the "W.O.W." will have you saying just that) to traditional pasta dishes made gluten-free, this is the place you go to satisfy the whole crew.

Rustic, farm-chic meets modern health at Heartbeet Café and we’re loving it. Superfood smoothies and juices (gluten- and dairy-free), acai bowls (we recommend the savory breakfast bowl), raw food salads, and warm quinoa bowls are just a few of the reasons we can’t get enough of this Instagram-worthy place. And with a motto like theirs (real food that loves you back) we can’t help but feel good knowing we’re making great choices for our taste buds and our bellies.

Itto’s Tapas in West Seattle is the place to be if you’re into small plates with a Moroccan and Spanish flare. And we mean flare. These dishes—like their stuffed dates, stuffed grape leaves, and "Mediterranean Gambas"—are equally as satisfying to look at as they are to chow down on. Complete with plenty of options for gluten-free adult beverages like wine and cider, Itto’s is our go-to for happy hour (and their late night HH).

Setting up shop in North Seattle, just past Northgate, this gluten-free, vegan/vegetarian restaurant is worth the trek. They pride themselves on high-vibrational foods that are always tasty — “vibrational foods” mean plant power, by the way. Fitt Tip: Order a bunch of the specialty drinks, juices, and small plates to give yourself the chance to try something new without being overwhelmed.

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