The Gluten Free Travel site may have voted New York City as the World's Most Celiac Friendly city, but I have to say that Seattle comes in at a close second. Yes, we love New York and the wonderful cupcakes from Baby Cakes and the bread sticks at Risotteria, but have you checked out Seattle lately? I think we have not one, not two, but at least four dedicated gluten free bakeries, great restaurants that will cater to your GF needs, local GF celebrities . . . where does one end the list?
If you live in Seattle, consider yourself lucky and read on.
If you do not, then why not come to the Gluten Intolerant Group conference this year and then stay a few days and try some local favorites. The GIG Conference will be in Seattle June 5th and 6th. In addition to great food samples, there will be discussions on topics from shopping gluten free to gluten free bread baking and more. Click HERE for more information.
Okay, we will start with the bakeries:
Da Vinci Cafe and Bakery, 10003 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle - the very first completely gluten free bakery in Seattle and still absolutely wonderful.
Flying Apron 3510 Fremont Ave North, Seattle, WA (206) 442-1115 A gluten free bakery with "your good health in mind." Baked items are made using the finest organic ingredients; whole grain wheat free flours and organic non hydrogenated oils.
Haley's Corner Bakery 10216 SE 256th St. Suite 111 Kent, WA 98030 (253) 852-4486 Next on my list to try (so sorry I have not made the journey yet)
Sunny Valley Wheat Free 22035 SE Wax Rd #10 Maple Valley, WA 98038 425.413.9493 Recommended by a reader. They even have gluten free ravioli and pasta dishes.
And there is more, the following is a list of bakeries that are not dedicated gluten free, but prepare and sell gluten free goods. Make sure and double-check the status of the their gluten free items, in particular it is also good to question them about cross-contamination issues:
New to the list: SweetCakes Bakery 128 Parkland Kirkland, WA 98033 425 821 6565 I have heard the gluten free cupcakes are fabulous. Dare I say, even better than Baby Cakes in NYC??
Cinnamon Works, Specialty Bakery 1536 Pike Place, Seattle (206) 583-0085 Selling gluten free cookies. The perfect place to grab a gluten free cookie after a stroll through the market.
Great Harvest Bakery, 4709 California Ave SW, Seattle 98116 (206) 935-6882 Introducing gluten free baked goods including buckwheat and brown rice breads, cookies, rolls and other items.
Cake Fixation Also new to the club, featuring over-the-top gluten free cakes for that special occasion.
Are you hungry yet??
How about some gluten free pizza??
.Garlic Jim's Now serving delicious gluten free pizza and adding new locations weekly.
Pizza Works14130 Juanita DR NE STE 109, Bothell, WA 98011 ( 425) 821-1300 Has been serving gluten free and dairy free pizza on the Eastside of Seattle for the last two years. They have a separate prep area and oven for the GF pizzas. They also serve GF spaghetti and meatballs, as well as desserts from Sunny Valley Bakery. They have a variety of sizes and even offer a yeast free crust.
Romios Pizza 8523 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle (206) 782-9005 Gluten free pizza, pasta, pita bread and desserts supplied by Da Vinci's gluten free bakery. Some of the Romios on the eastside, including the one in Redmond, is now serving GF pizza. You need to double check on the cross-contamination issue.
Savory Moments 18005 NE 68th Street Suite A-115, Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 867-1516 in Redmond is also now offering take and bake gluten free pizzas, as well as other gluten free entrees.
Need more!! Check out The Seattle Page on my website for more gluten free restaurants.
And now the local gluten free celebrities:
I know, this is what you have been waiting for, but this is not People magazine. I am sure there are more, but Seattle is the home of:
The Gluten Free Girl who, in some ways, started this whole gluten free blogging trend. Read more about her experiences in her book Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back...And How You Can Too
Dr. Stephen Wangen, a local naturopathic doctor who has made great strides in the the gluten free arena. He just recently published Healthier Without Wheat: A New Understanding of Wheat Allergies, Celiac Disease, and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance. which pushes the gluten issue beyond the confines of celiac disease. I highly recommend the book if you do not have celiac disease, but have ever wondered if you still have a gluten intolerance.
Okay, I feel like this post is becoming a public servicemessage so I will stop here!