Gluten-free dining in the Portland area

If you're looking for something both sweet and savory with no gluten involved, Tula is the bakery for you.

September 13 is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, so we're taking a look at some of the best spots to eat and drink gluten-free in Portland.

While going gluten-free is often viewed as the latest food fad, for many people it's a serious medical need. About 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Even in a city as food-centric as Portland, it can sometimes be difficult to find gluten-free options - but not if you know where to look!

Restaurants

Corbett (Hawthorne's) Fish House: Delve into a basket of crispy, juicy fish and chips without any nasty side effects! Everything on Corbett Fish House's menu is completely gluten-free, including soups, dressings and sauces. Location: 4343 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland.

Harlow: If you're in the mood for coffee, Kombucha or a healthier fare, Harlow is the place for you. Their menu of "fresh conscious cuisine" is gluten-free, mostly vegan, and includes a variety of soups, salads and even a specialty mac & cheese. Oh, and they serve breakfast too! Location: 3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland.

GF Chef: GF Chef is the product of chef Jim Adams' struggle with celiac disease. At this NE Portland food cart, you can indulge in some of the richest foods: biscuits and gravy, hamburgers, grilled cheese and pancakes. And yes, they're all gluten free. Location: 5221 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland.

Teote: Get the Latin American street food experience with no gluten involved! Owner Michael Kennett created an "allergen-conscious" menu after suffering from food sensitivities himself. So if you're craving a sweet corn pancake that won't make you sick, be sure to check out Teote. Location: 1615 SE 12th Ave., Portland

Verde Cocina: Verede Cocina has several restaurants and farmers market locations in the Portland area, and they cater too! The owners describe their menu as a "fusion of Mexican flavors with Pacific Northwest bounty." It's all gluten-free, and they also offer options for vegan, carnivore and paleo-minded people. Click HERE for a list of locations & catering info.

Sweets

Kyra's Bake Shop: Head on over to Lake O to get some sweet, gluten-free treats at Kyra's Bake Shop. After owner Kyra Bussanich was diagnosed with celiac disease at 20 years old, she adopted a gluten-free diet, but was disappointed with limited options. Years later she opened her own bakery and was even featured on Food Network's Cupcake Wars in 2010. Location: 599 A Ave., Lake Oswego.

New Cascadia: The self-proclaimed "gluten free artisans" at New Cascadia offer everything sweet and delicious, including bread, cakes and cupcakes, and pies. They do weddings, too! Location: 1700 SE 6th Ave., Portland.

Back to Eden Bakery: Back to Eden has slowly evolved into a gluten-free bakery, and has never used animal ingredients in any of their products. It's the perfect spot to grab a treat for anyone with gluten, soy or dairy sensitivities (or anyone simply looking for something sweet). Some of their most popular products are even raw. Location: 2217 NE Alberta St., Portland & SE Division at 28th Pl., Portland.

Tula: If you're looking for something both sweet and savory, Tula is the bakery for you. Lemon loaves, banana bread, paninnis, tarts, soups and salads - what more could you want? Tula also offers many items that are egg, dairy and soy free. 4943 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland.

Petunia's Pies & Pastries: Stop by Petunia's for a wide variety of delicious gluten-free (and vegan!) baked goods. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can even get a gluten-free doughnut. Another perk? They do wedding cakes. Location: 610 SW 12th Ave., Portland

Beer and Cider

Widmer Brothers: Widmer Brothers is the home of Omission Beer - one of the best gluten-free options out there for beer lovers! The craft brews are made with barley, hops, water, and yeast, and are brewed using a "proprietary process to remove gluten." Location: 929 N Russell St., Portland

Bushwhacker Cider: Mmmm. The gluten-free goodness of cider. With hundreds of different bottles of cider, and rotating taps, Bushwhacker is a must try. Location: 1212 SE Powell Blvd. & 901 NE Oneonta St., Portland

Groundbreaker Brewery & Gastropub: It's real: A 100% gluten-free brewery in Portland. Every brew is naturally gluten-free, with no gluten containing items even allowed through the door. Needless to say, the food is gluten-free too. Locations: 715 SE Lincoln St., Portland (Brewery) & 2030 SE 7th Ave., Portland (Gastropub).

Portland Cider House & Tap Room: Created by an Englishman and native Oregonian, Portland Cider Co.'s mission is to bring English-style ciders to the Pacific Northwest. One hundred percent of the apples they use are grown in the Pacific Northwest, and they don't use any artificial flavors or colorings. It doesn't get much more Portland than that. Locations: 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland & 8925 SE Jannsen Rd., Clackamas (Taproom)


Key facts about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity from The Portland Clinic:

  • What is it? Celiac disease is a hereditary autoimmune disease that attacks the small intestine lining as a person attempts to digest gluten.
  • What are its effects? As the small intestine lining weakens, the body struggles to absorb nutrients and people can suffer from ongoing pain and discomfort.
  • How do I know if I have celiac disease? Symptoms range in severity, and can include a combination of: gastrointestinal pain, gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, weight loss, bone or joint pain, skin rashes and inflammation, muscle cramps, malnutrition (if left untreated), potential growth problems and seizures (in extreme cases).
  • What's the difference between gluten sensitivity and celiac disease? About 18 million Americans suffer from a non-celiac gluten sensitivity, according to The Portland Clinic. While the symptoms may be similar, gluten sensitivity is more of an allergic reaction rather than an autoimmune attack.
  • What should I do if I have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity? Commit to a gluten-free diet.




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