Having ushered in dining trends like farm-to-table meals and gourmet food carts, it’s no surprise that Portland has answered the latest culinary call and offers plenty of gluten-free dining and drinking options.
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A haven for gluten-free eaters, Teote House Cafe swaps out tortillas for arepas (Venezuelan-style corn cakes), making Southern American cuisine that’s accessible to all. Dishes like their carne mechada mole — made with Painted Hills shredded beef and homemade mole sauce — are delicious regardless of your diet.
Entirely gluten-free, vegetarian and mostly vegan, Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard’s Harlow serves three healthy and hearty meals a day, from oatmeal-banana pancakes to quinoa bowls to raw “pasta” made of shredded green papaya, carrots, collard greens, scallions and broccoli (and tossed in almond-butter pad thai sauce). A full range of fresh juices is also on offer.
Navigating dietary restrictions? Portland is a great place to be. Many other eateries also go against the grain, offering great gluten-free fare:
- Andina: Peruvian tapas go gluten-free at this beloved Pearl District eatery, which features an extensive selection of flavorful options, including mouthwatering seafood dishes.
- Blossoming Lotus: Specializing in vegetarian fare and vegan options, this Northeast Portland fixture has an innovative menu full of gluten-free dishes, including tofu scrambles for breakfast and flavorful salads for lunch.
- Deschutes Brewery & Public House: In addition to brewing gluten-free suds, Deschutes delights with an entire menu for the gluten-free diner, including exclusive eats like spicy paprika fries and a quinoa and cashew burger.
- Jade Teahouse: A popular Thai spot in Sellwood-Moreland, this eatery offers mostly gluten-free items, from fried coconut shrimp skewers to delectable pastries.
- Pambiche: Colorful and Cuban, this Northeast Portland standby has a full-fledged “alternativas” menu that caters to gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dieters, with items like tostones (fried green plantains served like french fries).
- Verde Cocina en la Perla: Using certified gluten-free corn masa, this farm-fresh, family-friendly restaurant and farmers’ market regular makes its tortillas by hand and highlights local ingredients in its Mexican cuisine.
As a city with more than 70 breweries, of course Portland has great gluten-free beer options. Ground Breaker Brewing crafts a range of ales using gluten-free oats and chestnuts in place of wheat or barley and malt. Seasonal offerings include the innovative Coffee Pale Ale. The gastropub menu features affordable snacks to complement the brews.
Nearly every Portland menu features vegetarian options made from fresh, local ingredients, and many restaurants serve vegetarian food exclusively — experience the Portland vegetarian scene that foodies of all stripes have come to love.
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Almost every Portland restaurant offers plant-based options, and dozens of local businesses are entirely vegan. (There’s even a vegan mini-mall!)
In Northeast Portland, check out Mutantis for more great beer. If the gluten-free suds aren’t enough to lure you in, the kid- and dog-friendly patio should do the trick. Need even more motivation? Check out their bottle shop, which offers all your Mutantis favorites plus a wide range of beers from Oregon’s other gluten-free breweries.
Portland’s gluten-free options hardly stop there — in this city, you should always leave room for dessert. Petunia’s Pies & Pastries provides your fix of flaky crusts, with treats like the bumbleberry peach pie with hazelnut coconut streusel. Gluten Free Gem has been serving up tasty treats in a dedicated gluten-free facility since 2006. They offer a wide range of baked goods: cheesecake, coffee cake, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, doughnuts and many more. With gluten free maple bars, and chocolate-filled doughnut holesNew Cascadia Traditional often has a line come weekend mornings. Beyond morning pastries and a lox bagel, they are known for incredible gluten-free breads; including a challah loaf and baguette that will make you question if it is instead gluten-less.
Experts agree, there is no city: more welcoming; full of delicious food; stacked with books; ensconced in foliage; or all-around Portlandy than Portland. Listen to the experts, come to Portland.
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