Capitol Cider has a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. (Courtesy Capitol Cider)
Avoiding gluten is easy when dining out in Seattle. From more upscale to casual dining, bars to bakeries to breweries, here are some fantastic options.
This bar and restaurant in Capitol Hill has an enormous cider selection (20 on tap plus a bottle shop) and a gluten-free, soy-free and peanut-free kitchen serving comfort food like burgers—with housemade brioche buns—fish and chips, gnocchi and a variety of small plates. There is also weekend brunch serving scrambles, biscuits and gravy, French toast and more.
Also in Capitol Hill, Niche is a gluten-free café and bakery. Stop in for panini and sandwiches, salads, waffle-inis—panini made with a Belgian-style waffle—and plates with things like wild salmon cakes, waffles and hash. Dairy-free, paleo and vegetarian options are clearly marked on the menu.
This bakery café has sweet and savory items, including cookies, cupcakes, lasagna, mac and cheese, sandwiches and fresh bread on a rotating schedule—varieties include garlic herb, multigrain, old-fashioned white and mock rye. There are two locations; Fremont and Redmond, on Seattle’s Eastside.
A neighborhood favorite, Razzis Pizzeria serves pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, salads, pasta and more. They have an extensive gluten-free menu (in addition to a traditional menu and vegan menu) and gluten-free and vegan menu. Try the penne puttanesca pasta or the Forager’s Fantasy pizza—the gluten-free baguettes and pizza dough are housemade in Razzis’ certified gluten-free bakery.
Ghostfish Brewing Company
Visit this taproom to try Ghostfish—the dedicated gluten-free facilities mainly use millet, but also buckwheat and brown rice to make the beer. The three founders are all either gluten-intolerant or have family members who are. Ghostfish Brewing varieties include a double IPA, grapefruit IPA, stout and more. Visit the taproom Tuesday through Sunday, where they also have a gluten-free kitchen serving pizzas and granola made from spent grains.
Chaco Canyon Organic Café
There are multiple locations of this café which serve vegan and largely gluten-free food. Menus and use of seasonal ingredients vary at each café, but they generally have grain bowls, salads, soup, breakfast items and fresh juice. If you have other food allergies, this is a good stop. A list of all ingredients in every dish is available at each café.
This Capitol Hill spot has a variety of gluten-free pastries and treats, including cinnamon rolls, muffins, banana and pumpkin bread, hand pies, quiche and sandwiches during lunch. There’s also an extensive menu of gluten-free bread including baguettes, focaccia, garlic parmesan bread, olive bread, challah and rolls. If you’re planning a celebration while in town, Nuflours also does custom cakes (please call three days ahead).
Blue Moon Burgers
A local chain with four locations, Blue Moon Burgers serves locally sourced beef burgers in addition to chicken, a vegan black bean burger and a vegetarian falafel burger—with gluten-free buns available. Each restaurant also has a dedicated gluten-free fryer for onion rings, fries and chicken fingers sans gluten.
This spot for vegetarian and vegan food has plenty of gluten-free options clearly marked on their menu. Options are seasonal but you’ll find everything from sandwiches to pastas and pizzas to curry. Weekend brunch includes gluten-free waffles, scrambles and huevos rancheros. There are even gluten-free options on the dessert menu including things like trifles, brownies and crisps.