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Gluten Free Restaurants in Portland, Oregon

13 Comments 25 July 2007

I might as well get the bad news out of the way: three Portland area gluten free restaurants have gone out of business in the 20 months that I have been operating this site.

The first was the pizza restaurant at 14559 Westlake Drive, Lake Oswego. I’m listing the address rather than the name because — in a desperate effort to keep this establishment alive — the place had three different owners and three different names during the six months. This will minimize confusion!

Flambe in suburban Oregon City also called it quits. I loved this restaurant, and the establishment had such a marvelous reputation in the celiac community that my support group had several social events there.

I learned today (12/30/07) that Assagio Restaurant has gone out of business. Two of my visitors wrote about this sad fact. I called the restaurant and found that the phone had been disconnected. The website no longer functions so I guess it is true. I had my birthday dinner there last year and have

So much for the bad news. Portland is still a great place to live gluten free:

The Outback Steakhouse has five restaurants in the Portland area. The Outback is well known in the celiac world because of its on-line gluten free menu, its excellent food and atmosphere, and its commitment to serve gluten free food in all fifty states.

PF Changs China Bistro has an excellent restaurant downtown as well as great restaurants in suburban Hillsboro and Tigard. Click here to read their gluten free menu. PF Changs and The Outback Steakhouse are certainly the best known celiac friendly restaurant groups in the nation.

Chilis serves celiac customers in several locations in northern Oregon. Chili’s does not make it easy to find their allergens information. Here’s the process: go to the locations page, click on any specific location, click on the words "allegen information" just below the menu that will appear. When you get to the next page, you will need to click down the list to find the button that reads "wheat/gluten free".

Claim Jumpers Restaurants serves its customers at the Clackamas Town Center and also in Bridgeport Village. Click here to read their suggestions for gluten free dining. Claim Jumpers sensibly reminds us that “Claim Jumper Restaurants is not a gluten free establishment and therefore, cross contamination may occur”.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is located at four strategic points in greater Portland. To read their suggestions for gluten free dining, click on this page, scroll all the way to the bottom, and then click on the words "allergens information". You will need to click one more time when you get to that page. This page is updated monthly, so you’ll need to be sure that you have the most up-to-date version available.

Your best bet for fast food is Wendy’s. It is hard to imagine that any fast food place is fully gluten free; there are too many relatively untrained people in too small an area.  But at least Wendy’s publishes a list of “menu items made without gluten”. There are at least ten Wendy’s location in the greater Portland area.

I love living in Portland particularly when it is not raining.  All the food is wonderful and the opportunities for celiac friendly dining are amazing. Here is the list of my favorite individually owned restaurants that cater to the gluten free:

  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". 

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  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.

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.

Grolla, 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 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 

  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.

This page is longer and more detailed than my other "cities" articles simply because Portland is my hometown. You know more about your town than I can possibly learn about it on the internet. Share your inside information with everyone who needs it. Send me an e-mail at gfceliac@gmail.com.

UPDATED: 7/25/07

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13 Comments so far

  1. Diane Reich says:

    Don’t forget Picasso’s Pizza on the main drag in Sellwood. They serve the best gluten-free pizza crust I’ve ever had. It’s the only Picasso’s restaurant outside of the state of Arizona, and I’m so glad the owner has a Portland connection!

  2. Linus Oey says:

    Is there a way I can get a list of ALL the Gluten Free Restaurants in the Portland/Vancouver area? I also do a lot of traveling down to Eugene so if there is a list as far south as Eugene that would be fabulous. I do not need what they serve, only which restaurants have it on their Menu for us to choose from.

  3. Laura Meehan says:

    I have been excited to find more and more places serving gluten-free pizza. I have tried Bellagio’s, Flying Pie’s (a citywide favorite), and Mississippi Pizza Pub’s. I like FP’s best, and B’s second-best.

    Also, I just called the Rheinlander German restaurant to ask about their menu, and was informed that they have an entire gluten-free menu!

  4. There is a place in beaverton called Fresh Thyme Soup and they have GF soups, cornbread and more! Very delicious!

  5. Zach Johnston says:

    Virgo & Pisces on 21st NW has great gluten free PIZZA! and other selections such as fish and chips check it out it was an awesome find!

  6. Camryn says:

    Grolla is out of business – the building is empty and the phone number is discontinued

  7. Nita says:

    The Deschutes Brewery Pub now serves their own gluten free beer (it’s pretty darn good and apparently they will be bottling it sometime soon, too!!). Their food menu clearly marks which items can be prepared gluten free. The best news of all is that they have a gluten free hamburger bun (one of the best I’ve tried…a bit heavy, of course, but not too dry) and they make a pretty awesome burger!

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  9. Debra says:

    According to their website, Coffee Plant downtown Portland now serves some GF products.

  10. Chris B says:

    Typhoon is a Thai restaurant that has 4 locations in Portland. They have a dedicated GF menu, and it is a huge menu. Just go in and ask for their GF menu… their Pad Thai and most their curry dishes are GF. They have GF deserts too. Also Belagio’s Pizza now offers GF pizza; they even converted their kitchen to use rice flour on the counters instead. I eat Belagio’s frequently and never have had a problem.

    Also, Oba in the Pearl District has fantastic GF food. Seriously, go there, it’s fantastic food.

  11. BCornVly says:

    Is there no one in hipsterville keeping a current blog on gf restaurants?

    How about New Cascadia Traditional GF Bakery: http://newcascadiatraditional.com/
    Sublime sourdough and bagettes

  12. Tstuckrath says:

    You need to add Dick’s Kitchen to the list. Phenomenal burgers, dogs and sandwiches. Founded on serving foods on the Paleo diet, the restaurant offers the leanest of locally, grass-fed meats and vegetables and serves them all gluten-free. http://www.facebook.com/DicksKitchen

  13. There is a new completly gluten free food cart, GF Chef, located at the Green Castle Food Court on NE 20th & Everett. Since being diagnosed as a Celiac six years ago, Chef Jim has deveoped his own recipes for breads, pancakes, waffles, sauces and more. He carefully researches for only gf products for these items. The cart is open 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Wed. – Sat. And 10:00 – 4:00 on Sun. There are breakfast items, soups & sandwiches, and soon to come, dinners. Come and enjoy real food, gluten free.


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