Most people taking a cruise that sails out of Seattle have to spend the night in the area to ensure smooth boarding on their departure date. Such was the case when we took a cruise to Alaska last summer. Even though the focus of our trip wasn’t Seattle and we spent very little time there, the amazing gluten-free finds in the area are definitely worth sharing!
Even though Bacco Café on Pine Street is known for its Italian fare, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast there. The trendy bistro doesn’t offer gluten-free bread, but their lox omelet with fresh fruit made for a delicious way to start the day. At the time of our visit, the menu included an eggs benedict dish served on gluten-free polenta cakes. We also had breakfast at Sazerac and the Cast Iron Diablo dish there was both gluten-free and incredible! This chic spot is attached to Hotel Monaco where we stayed before and after our cruise. The boutique hotel décor, spacious rooms with large bathrooms and location of this hotel offer a relaxing oasis in the hubbub of downtown Seattle.
For lunch with a view, the revolving restaurant atop the Space Needle has a limited gluten-free menu. Like many tourist spots, a visit there is more about the experience than the food - whether you’re gluten-free or not. At the base of Seattle’s most famous landmark lies the Chihuly Garden and Glass. This fascinating gallery is complete with indoor and outdoor blown glass exhibits that are beyond belief. Dale Chihuly’s amazing glass art will wow anyone who sees it - art lover or not! The Collections Café at the museum - name here - has several gluten-free options on the menu as well as a gluten-free cider. We enjoyed the olive and nuts mix which was the perfect afternoon snack.
We had dinner at two wonderful places within walking distance of our hotel. Tulio offers gluten-free pasta and inventive Italian dishes including an incredible roasted chicken with lemon risotto. There wasn’t a gluten-free dessert available there during our visit, but an after dinner stroll remedied that situation. The Capital Grille was a couple of blocks down from our hotel and there were actually three gluten-free desserts available that evening. I chose the flourless chocolate cake and it was without a doubt one of the best versions I’ve had anywhere! The Tawny Port paired with it was also amazing.
The most impressive meal we had in Seattle was enjoyed at The Pink Door. It’s located a block north of Pike Place Market and is a favorite spot for the locals. The Pink Door is somewhat quirky, but only in the best way possible. It’s also easy to miss as the only indication that you’ve arrived there is literally a pink door. We were lucky enough to sit outside on the patio which offered a summer evening breeze and a gorgeous view of the water. Many menu items are naturally gluten-free and gluten-free pasta is available. Our extensive dinner order included salad, an antipasti dish, grilled gluten-free garlic bread, linguine with baby clams and an incredibly moist gluten-free chocolate cake!
After watching the fish mongers throw fish on the waterfront, we checked out The Pike Brewery to see if they had any gluten-free beer. They didn’t brew any onsite at that time, but did offer Green’s gluten-free beer from Belgium. It’s a delicious brew even though it’s more like a mix between beer and cider. Gluten-free items are noted on the menu here, but beware of the cheese plate (even without bread) as some selections are made with beer.
Without question, the most amazing gluten-free find of the trip was the bakery Wheatless in Seattle. We got to sample many items from this dedicated gluten-free bakery including lying rye bread, bagels, turnovers, cupcakes and cinnamon buns. It’s hard to pick a favorite treat from all the goodies we devoured, but if pushed I’d have to go with the cinnamon buns. Those were better than any gluten-filled version sold at the mall ever thought about being. Yes - they were that incredibly delicious!
Mon, January 7, 2013
by Tiffany Janes filed under