We found true gluten-free paradise in Portland while traveling up the West Coast and hunting for food. No other place in the country makes us feel more welcome and satisfied! We loved the celiac-friendlly options so much that we have gone back every summer for four years. My hungry family of four is gluten-free and picky-picky, so here are our Portland favorites. We have tried ALL gluten-free bakeries and nearly every gluten-free restaurant in the area and here are the results:
Petunia's Pies and Pastries (cart at PSU on Saturdays, some items at Whole Foods) - what a selection of heaven!
Back to Eden bakery in NE Portland - Boston Cream Pie is surreal
Fresh Thyme Soup Company (recommend ALL soups, salads, and desserts) - closer to Beaverton
Laughing Planet (multiple locations)
Cafe Yumm (multiple locations)
Sizzle Pie (downtown) - THE BEST gluten-free PIZZA CRUST EVER, especially with basil pesto sauce
Jade Tea House - Unbelievable fresh asian cuisine - perfect every time
El Nutri Taco - New Mexican restaurant lacks ambiance but great quality tacos
Mama Mia Trattoria - best pasta menu and reasonable prices
Some carts can be safer than others, and we generally take more risks with Mexican. With french fries, very few options are available where the oil is not contaminated with batter. New Season's Market will make a gluten-free wrap at the deli, and our favorite fro-yo joints such as Tartberry and Nectar list gluten-free flavors.
Oh...this is making me so hungry...