Seattle is a great place to live in if you want to or need to eat gluten free.
When I talk with my girlfriends back in Chicago they tell me they still get the side-eye when they request a gluten free bun for their burger or attitude from the waitstaff when they inquire about gluten free options on the menu.
Here in Seattle restaurants and food trucks, vendors at farmer’s markets and grocery stores alike proudly display what foods are gluten free. Some even go so far as to let you know if they include dairy (which frequently also gets nixed from your diet when you get diagnosed with a sensitivity to gluten).
If you are craving something sweet I have three bakery recommendations for you. They are located in three separate neighborhoods, so you could even do a bakery crawl and hit all three in one go (this would involve a lot of walking and be a great activity for a weekend or day off!).
Address: 3510 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Come hungry. Leave with treats to eat at home.
Donuts, cookies, cakes and so much more await you at the Flying Apron.
Consider yourself warned. The sweets here are amazingly delicious!
Address: 518 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
The panini sandwiches are fantastic, so if you arrive and aren’t craving something sweet you won’t be disappointed.
The millionaire bars are yummy, but get there early for the best selection of all their baked goods.
Address: 1536 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
My go-to cookie at Cinnamon Works is their gluten-free pumpkin cookie drizzled with vanilla frosting. It’s available year-round. Yay!
Portion control is not a strong suit at Cinnamon Works. Pastries tend to run on the LARGE size. Expect to eat half while you’re wondering around Pike Place Market and the other half when your stomach has made room for the remainder of your treat!
Not everything in the cases is gluten-free, so be sure to ask before you make a purchase.
Address: 17606 Woodinville Snohomish Rd, Woodinville, WA 98072
The only problem with this grocery store is that it is too far away from my home. The drive is worth it every time. BONUS: There is free parking.
I found my favorite gluten-free pretzels at this store. Then they upped my game and covered them in chocolate!
There is also a huge selection of frozen and refrigerated foods, including some incredible muffins.
Since Seattle has so very many gluten-free and gluten-friendly restaurants, I’m only going to list my two favorites.
Address: It’s a chain, so they have several locations throughout Seattle
The salads are incredible. Unfortunately, the prices are…pricey. You could easily drop $14 for a salad.
It’s like the Subway of salads. You can pick from their signature salads or build your own.
Not every salad is GF, so look for the labels and don’t be shy about asking questions.
Address: 818 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Everything made at this restaurant is gluten-free. Everything.
Their menu has labels to indicate which dishes are ‘egg free’ or ‘dairy free’ or ‘vegan’.
I’ve been to this restaurants with people who don’t need to eat gluten-free and they’ve enjoyed their meal too…which says a lot about the quality of the cooking!
These are just a sampling of some of my favorite places to frequent for gluten-free and gluten-friendly sweet and savory dishes in Seattle.
What other places do you frequent in Seattle that are yummy and gluten-friendly? Tell me more.