Our family just returned from a fantastic 9 day trip to the Pacific Northwest. This included four days in lovely Seattle. Highlights were an 11 mile run to explore the city (whilst listening to a playlist of Seattle Grunge on Spotify!), a visit to the fantastic Seattle Children’s Museum and of course, all the wonderful gluten-free food! I had been to Seattle only one before but it was ten years ago and just for a couple of days. I feel like I got to experience a lot more of the city this time, and I liked it. It’s not San Francisco but it’s Seattle, and that’s pretty cool too.
Where I ate: Capitol Cider (818 East Pike Street) jumps easily into my top 10 gluten-free restaurants in the world! The food is fantastic and the atmosphere has a classy British pub feel to it. With a 100% gluten-free kitchen, it’s the kind of place that will make any gluten-free traveller’s trip. Their owner, Julie, is lovely, and gluten-intolerant herself. I wish these guys were in San Francisco but I’m glad I at least got to check them out whilst in Seattle.
Their cider selection is absolutely fantastic and their fish and chips (see above) are scrumdiddlyumptious! It’s a bit challenging (or impossible, really) to eat out late when you have a toddler so we ate here for brunch. I hope to check out their dinner menu on my next visit. For folks who are looking for a gluten-free delivery option, Capitol Cider is on Caviar so you can have their gluten-free goodies delivered to your apartment or hotel in Seattle. Yay!
Blue Moon Burgers have a few locations in the city and offer a great selection of gluten-free burgers and sides. All of their burgers can be made gluten-free on request and well trained staff will give you a special menu that tells you how to order yours gluten-free. This kind of thing normally sounds a bit sketchy and unsafe to me but with Blue Moon, it’s not at all. I felt very safe eating here and the burger was absolutely fantastic. Their gluten-free buns don’t seem gluten-free at all (but they are!) and they have a dedicated gluten-free frier for fries, onion rings and gluten-free chicken fingers. This is pretty cool. You can check out their full list of gluten-free options here.
Coffee and Speciality Bakery (Behind Pike’s Place Market) is a fantastic wee gem of a place located in the centre of Seattle. It’s 100% gluten-free and everything they offer is delicious. They have more sweets than meals but you can find something for a tasty lunch and they do a chicken sandwich (or chicken strips) with fries and coleslaw which is a good lunch or dinner meal and it’s awesome!!
I love my GFF is a 100% gluten-free food truck which can be found in various parts of Seattle depending on the day of the week. The menu is simple; Fiesta Bowl or Sunshine Bowl. Both are packed with exciting, gluten-free ingredients and come with or without chicken. Healthy, colourful and full of flavour, their food is great, and their cookies are really, really good too.
I’ve only eaten at P.F. Changs once before but I’m glad I tried them again in Seattle. They took good care of me and the staff were well trained and very understanding. On this occasion, we got take-out which we picked up for dinner and it was great. It’s hard to find Chinese-style food when you’re celiac so I’m a fan of P.F. Changs. I know some gluten-free folks aren’t for a variety of reasons but at least from my two experiences, they are a pretty good place to try once in a while.
Other gluten-free places I wanted to try but didn’t have the chance to on this trip:
Razzi’s Pizza has an ENORMOUS gluten-free menu, with options made in a dedicated kitchen by GIG trained staff. I desperately wanted to eat here but located in the north of the city, they were a bit far for us to trek and unfortunately they wouldn’t deliver to the area we were staying. Next time for sure!!
Ghostfish Brewery is yet another 100% gluten-free establishment which just recently opened it’s doors. They are an entirely gluten-free taproom featuring small batches of beer brewed in dedicated gluten-free facilities. I’m really just not a beer fan which is why we didn’t visit but for any gluten-free beer lovers out there, this place sounds pretty amazing!
Flying Apron in Fremont is yup, you guessed it, another 100% gluten-free place. Yay Seattle!! They are a certified gluten-free facility with two retail locations in Fremont and Redmond. They serve both sweet and savoury gluten-free goodies and also do a lot of wholesale so you can find their products in and around Washington at these locations.
Wild Ginger is an Asian inspired restaurant with two locations, in downtown Seattle and Bellevue. Their menu boasts a wide variety of gluten-free options, clearly marked. This is a must try for a future visit.
Do you live in or have you travelled to Seattle? Where and what did you eat, gluten-free?