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Road Trip Seattle to LA - 100% Gluten Free Places to Eat

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I'm traveling over to the US from the UK in May and will be doing a West Coast road trip from Seattle to LA along the 101 and 1.

Does anyone have any recommendations on where to eat (restaurants, bakeries, food carts, etc) that are 100% gluten free? I've been able to find many places for Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, etc (the cities), but nothing for the in between journey. I know there's quite a few places that are coeliac friendly, but my reactions are pretty bad and so end up sticking to eateries where there isn't a risk of cross contamination.

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The "Find Me Gluten Free" app (website) is helpful in finding gluten free restaurants.  Read the reviews and look for those with the most reviews and are written by celiacs.

Because you might not find restaurants in small towns, I would strongly recommend purchasing a good ice chest (like an Igloo 5 day cooler) at a Walmart or Target Discount store upon arrival.  Ice can be obtained for free at all hotels/motels.  This cooler will keep in a hot car.  Purchase food from a grocery store, plastic ware and paper goods.  Heat some foods in the microwave.  Stores like Sprouts, WholeFoods and even Target (and many grocery stores) have frozen dinners that are gluten free.  Easy to heat in a microwave in a pinch.  Purchase a smaller cooler for hikes and picnics.  Hit a dollar store for any cheap storage items and cookware if you find motels with small kitchens.  

Purchase a small tent and some sleeping bags at Walmart or Target and you can camp at some fabulous state campgrounds along the way.  Showers are available.  There is nothing like hearing the surf and sleeping outside.  Donate to charity on your way back to the airport.  You can get a tent, sleeping  bags, pads and pillows for less than $150 for two people.  Same cost as one night at a hotel.  Reservations are not always necessary as people tend to cancel at the last minute.  Besides, you can always find a motel.  

Just something to consider.  

I am assuming you are traveling by car and not on bike!  

Have fun!  


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When you are in .sesttle, you MUST go to Ghostfish brewery.  They serve food and the best gluten-free beer.  You could get some to take with you.


 

 

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In N Out is about the only fast food place a celiac can eat.....Order a protein burger and make sure to mention your wheat "allergy". You can eat everything there except the bread. Even on a busy day, they seemed to make a great effort and preparing my meal safely

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On the findmeglutenfree website, after you enter a city and get results you can check a box in the column on the left (at least that is how it looks on my iPad) and limit the list to dedicated gluten free facilities.

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Patti's Perfect Pantry in Morgan Hill is a 100% gluten-free bakery, and they also make gluten-free breakfast and sandwiches.  

They are just off of Highway 101, when you are about to leave the San Francisco/San Jose area on your way to L.A.   This would be a good place for you to stock up something to eat, because there are not much options (or city like areas) between Morgan Hill to Santa Barbara (5 to 6 hours drive).

Here is their address:

Patti's Perfect Pantry

435 Vineyard Town Center

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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Mariposa is in the San Fran area.  Bakery and some pizzas, breakfast, sandwiches, etc. It will show up on any search for gluten-free San Francisco 


 

 

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