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I moved to Portland in November of last year and was delighted to discover many gluten free eating places in the area as well as specialty stores that could take care of all my needs. My two sons and their families live in the area which makes living here wonderful despite the rain. Anyway, enough personal information: here are some of the things I have discovered about gluten free living in Portland:
The Outback Steakhouse and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro — the only nationwide chains that feature wheat and gluten free menus — both have restaurants in the area. The links will connect you with their web sites in case you need more information.
I totally enjoyed my lunch at Keana’s Candyland and was delighted to purchase delicious gluten free bread and cookies at very reasonable prices. Lunch was delicious. The Hawaiian bread that I took home and the rootbeer bread that I sampled were both delicious. The cookies were awesome. Check out their website — everything is as attractive as it look! I totally agree with the statement on their site: "We lovingly make everything with a gentle touch and a loving heart".
UPDATE 7/12/07 I’m sorry to report that the gluten free pizzeria at 14559 Westlake Drive, Lake Oswego, Oregon, has gone out of business. I’m including the address because the place had three names and three owners during the past year. Using the address is the only way to know what restaurant we are talking about.
Bob’s Red Mill is one of America’s major sources of wheat and gluten free as well as traditional baking mixes and flours. If you have been wheat free or gluten free for any length of time, you have probably come to rely on their products and might enjoy a visit to "the mill". They have a huge and interesting display and sales room. Any of their delicious sandwiches in their dining area can be made with gluten free bread and cooked on a newly-cleaned grill.
The Corbett Fish House and The Hawthorne House are two restaurants operated by the same people. As a matter of fact, they use exactly the same menu. The food is great. I love the fish tacos, and my wife (who does not follow a gluten free diet) loves them just as much as I do. My impression of both places is that about half the customers live wheat and gluten free and the other half are there because they love great fish at reasonable prices.
The Coffee Plant is a coffee shop located next door the Corbett Fish House. It serves a variety of gluten free muffins and pastries prepared in a gluten free kitchen. Obviously, this neighborhood is a great place to live gluten free. Be aware that the Coffee Plant’s location downtown does not serve gluten free food.
UPDATE: 6/11/07 Unfortunately, I have deleted my post on Flambe Restaurant. It has gone out of business. Thanks for the great meals I had there. By the way, the website is still functioning but the phone has been disconnected. I heard about this closure during my last celiac support group meeting. We had several enjoyed several social events at that restaurant.
Assaggio is an Italian family-style restaurant with a gluten free menu, wonderful food, and a friendly but elegant atmosphere.
Andina serves Peruvian food in a way that is acceptable on the wheat or gluten free diet. Actually, I have no idea what Peruvian cuisine tastes like, but I am eager to visit this place.
I’ve already informed my wife that we will have my birthday dinner at Grolla, a restaurant that describes itself as “”Mediterranean Influenced Pacific Northwest Cuisine”. I love their description on the restaurant’s web site: “… there is no flour used so there is no possibility of cross contamination.”
The Gluten Intolerance Group Portland Metro area publishes a list of celiac-friendly restaurants and updated that list in May 2007. Most of the establishments mentioned here are on that great list. The group also recommends these establishments which do not have sites that advertise their gluten free credentials:
- Acapulco’s Southwest Gold, 7800 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland / 503-244-0771
- Caprial’s Bistro, 7015 SE Milwaukee Avenue, Portland / 503-236-5457
- Carafe, 200 SW Market Street, Portland / 503-248-0004
- Clarke’s, 455 2nd St., Lake Oswego / 503-636-2667
- Gustav’s German Pub and Grill, 5035 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland / 503-288-5503
- Lemon Grass, 1705 NE Couch Street, Portland / 503-231-5780 I’ve already informed my wife that we will have my birthday dinner at Grolla, a restaurant that describes itself as “”Mediterranean Influenced Pacific Northwest Cuisine”. I love their description on the restaurant’s web site: “… there is no flour used so there is no possibility of cross contamination.” Every item on the menu is wheat and gluten free.
In a large city like Portland, all types of fast food is readily available. Click here to visit my Fast Food Restaurants page if you need information.
If you are interested in picnicking or eating at home, you’ll be glad to know that Whole Food’s Market and Wild Oats Market are right across the street from each other in the Bridgeport Shopping Mall. Trader Joe’s has several stores in the area.