Nine of my gluten-free blogger friends came to Oregon and we ate our way through Portland! Although we didn’t get a chance to visit every gluten-free restaurant and bakery, we did visit six and I can’t wait to tell you about them. Here are some of the Gluten-Free Restaurants and Bakeries in Portland, Oregon.
Let’s start with the first restaurant we visited – Ground Breaker Brewing. Ground Breaker is 100% gluten-free. They have a brewery and a gastropub, where Chef Neil cooks up some seriously amazing food. Although their menu shines with seasonal offerings, they also cater to other food allergies (not just gluten) and most of the time they can customize an option so your needs are met. We had two ladies who dined with us that were vegetarian, and they left stuffed.
On the first night of our foodie tour I enjoyed tender beef brisket, grits with carrots and parsnip, salmon, salad, and I still managed to squeeze in a bit or two of gluten-free, dairy-free strawberry cake and vegan cheesecake. I also washed everything down with Ground Breaker’s amazing hand crafted gluten-free beers. Ground Breaker is a MUST VISIT while in Portland.
For lunch the next day we ventured over to New Cascadia Traditional Bakery. Everything is gluten-free and they have TONS of dairy-free and vegan options. Pictured above on the left are their bagels (photo courtesy of my friend Michelle from My Gluten-Free Kitchen), which are not only amazing, they’re also gluten-free and vegan. While at New Cascadia I enjoyed gluten-free pizza, a coconut chai tea latte, and I finished off my lunch with a cream filled sandwich cookie. If you’re looking to snag some bagels for the road make sure to get there by lunch because they often sell out. If you’re not a bagel-eater, you might be interested in their baguettes and loaves. All are amazing.
We were STUFFED from lunch at New Cascadia, but we didn’t want to miss our chance to dine at Andina. Andina is a Peruvian restaurant in North Portland. Although their menu is not 100% gluten-free, they do have a separate gluten-free menu and they did a fantastic job catering to every allergy in our party. Our server was one of the most educated we’ve come across. Pictured above is a scallop dish served with mashed potatoes and crab rolled in mango slices. It was fantastic. I also enjoyed several of the appetizers (no pictured because I ate them before I remembered to snap a shot – sorry).
The following morning we had a scheduled breakfast date with Kyra at Kyra’s Bakeshop in Lake Oswego. Kyra’s Bakeshop is 100% gluten-free. Her staff is amazing and daily they offer everything from gluten-free cinnamon rolls to paleo muffins and cookies. They have a few vegan breakfast items, including the vegan biscuits and gravy – which was to-die-for. Pictured above is a gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate hazelnut cupcake. It was super dreamy and I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you how amazing it was.
Before I devoured my cupcake, I enjoyed muffins, quiche, biscuits and gravy, maple bars, and cinnamon roll. You probably think I’m a total pig for eating all that. I am, but it was all on a sample plate, so I got a few bites of each.
A few of the lovely ladies in my party headed to Cultured Caveman for lunch (not the cart, the restaurant in North Portland). I’ve eaten at Cultured Caveman a few times (and I love it every time). The last time I dinned there, I had chicken tacos with a vegan mushroom soup and my deer husband had a beef stew with bacon wrapped dates. Cultured Caveman makes all the tortillas from scratch in house, and only source fresh gluten-free ingredients. While Cultured Caveman is a Paleo restaurant, they also offer a few vegetarian options.
The last place we dined on our Gluten-Free Restaurants and Bakeries Portland Tour was Hawthorne Fish House (Corbett Fish house on Hawthorne). I haven’t had gluten-free onion rings or fish and chips since going gluten-free, so of course I had to try EVERYTHING. I had fried pickles, fish and chips, fried shrimp, onion rings, and gluten-free beer. Every single thing I ate was amazing. You couldn’t even tell that it was gluten-free. For those of your who need vegan options, they had a vegan soup and veggie burger.
Almost everything is gluten-free on the menu. The only things not gluten-free are a couple of beer options and soup crackers (and bonus, they carry Ground Breaker beer). I am so excited to take my family back to Corbett Fish House.
On a separate trip with Erica, Taylor, and Laura, months after the retreat, I visited Gluten-Free GEM bakery. One of the things that I LOVED about GEM was that they color code the labels in the food cases to show you what is also vegan, or dairy-free, in addition to being gluten-free. Between the four of us we tried one of everything, including the vegan cheesecake which none of us could tell was vegan. Pictured below is a big soft ginger cookie, vegan apple cake, and a cupcake. Delish!
Here are the girls. Aren’t they the cutest?
A few other bakeries that I didn’t visit, but some of the other ladies did:
I hope you will visit Portland and try some of the amazing restaurants and bakeries Portland has to offer. I’ll keep adding to this Gluten-Free Restaurants and Bakeries Portland post as I make my way through the rest of the amazing options in Portland.