Portland is a foodie’s dream. From food cart culture to amazing vegetarian and vegan restaurants, eating your way through the city is an experience all its own. But what if you suffer from celiac disease, or are just trying to get away from wheat?
Fear not, gluten-free foodies, the city’s got you covered as well. Many of Portland’s restaurants offer GF options, and some kitchens are straight up wheat-free. From bakeries to breweries, and everything in between, here are the eight best places to eat gluten-free in Portland.
Wheat-free eaters have long praised New Cascadia Traditional because its bread actually tastes and feels like bread rather than that flaky, odd-tasting mess usually associated with GF loaves. Aside from some of the best gluten-free bread you can find in town, the Southeast bakery also specializes in muffins, scones, cakes, and other delicious baked goods. Stop in early for a lox-covered bagel or challah french toast during Sunday brunch. Cruise in for lunch and scope out the various sandwich and pizza options. And if you’re full-blown celiac, fear not. The bakery is 100% gluten-free operated.
James Neumeister started Ground Breaker Brewing for his wife when she was diagnosed with celiac. After tasting all of the subpar, and limited, gluten-free beer options she was restricted to, he was outraged by the taste, so decided to do something about it. At first, he just brewed beers for her, but now he serves tasty GF brews to the public, along with delicious gluten-free gastropub fare like fried chicken bowls, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and tacos.
If you’re a gluten-free asian food lover, then Butterfly Belly is going to be your new favorite restaurant. Specializing in primarily Vietnamese fare, this Northwest hidden gem makes its own bread, egg rolls, French fries, and meatballs in a 100% gluten-free operated kitchen. It also boasts an MSG-free menu, as well as being the only spot in the world that serves 48-hour bone broth beef pho. Are you drooling yet?
Petunia’s Pies & Pastries has got it all, if you’re looking for gluten-free, vegan eats. As the name suggests, the downtown cafe offers a variety of decadent pies, pastries, doughnuts, cakes, bars, and ice cream in homemade waffle cones. However, Petunia’s also serves a wide selection of savory fare, as well, including breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, mac & cheese, and pizza that is 100% gluten-free and 100% vegan.