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The Hawthorne Mac at Harlow.
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Portland’s Knockout Gluten-Free Restaurants and Bakeries

From breweries to fine dining

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The Hawthorne Mac at Harlow.
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With Portland’s several vegan, raw, and paleo restaurants, it’s not exactly a surprise that Portland is a leader in gluten-free dining. Most menus across the city include at least one or two wheat-free options, from pizzerias to ice cream shops. Although Portland has countless gluten-free options at restaurants across the city, not every restaurant is safe for diners with Celiac disease or severe gluten intolerance; below, find a number of 100 percent gluten-free restaurants and bakeries, from the fine dining to breweries.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Mutantis Brewery & Bottle Shop

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Ground Breaker isn’t the only gluten-free brewery in town anymore: This Woodlawn bottle shop and taproom sells its own millet-malt pilsners and pale ales made with malted buckwheat, as well as gluten-free beers from the rest of Oregon’s gluten-free breweries. If hunger strikes, Tamale Boy next door offers a wide variety of gluten-free dishes, though the kitchen isn’t completely gluten-free.

Zilla Sake

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This Alberta sake bar isn’t just one of the city’s best sushi restaurants; it’s also one of the city’s finest gluten-free restaurants. Visitors bite into pieces of wild-caught Chinook sashimi, dip bluefin nigiri in tamari, and snack on lobster kara-age dunked in black garlic-miso kewpie, all while sipping pours from the bar’s extensive sake selection. The restaurant is open for takeout as well as onsite dining.

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This food cart at the Prost Marketplace pod specializes in a distinctive take on Oregonian Indian fare, with dishes like tea-brined cardamom-chai chicken, tandoori tempeh, and masala pulled pork. Start with one of the cart’s thalis, a taste of several of owner Deepak Saxena’s dishes, followed by a few soft golden milk ladoo. The full menu is soy and gluten-free.

Gluten Free Gem

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In an airy cafe space in the Lloyd District, this gluten-free bakery always has an array of seasonal pastries and snacks available, from raspberry cream cheese coffee cake to soy-free tiramisu. The cafe dips a toe into savory territory, with preserved lemon tarts topped with Vtopia vegan cheddar and broccoli-cheddar quiche, but it’s really all about the afternoon sweet treat, especially alongside a Roseline Coffee espresso.

Verde Cocina en la Perla

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With three permanent restaurant locations and a presence at Portland farmer’s markets, Verde Cocina is a leader in Portland’s gluten-free scene, known for its produce-heavy take on Mexican classics. Each Verde Cocina cafe offers lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, but it’s the brunch that truly shines, from breakfast enchiladas with coconut-poblano sauce to Buenos Dias breakfast with scrambled eggs, chickpeas, and smoked pork belly bacon. Non-meat eaters may prefer dishes like vegan chiles rellenos or tofu mole, with even more options available for paleo diners.

Butterfly Belly Asian Cuisine

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Butterfly Belly Asian Cuisine — with its 48 hour-simmered pho, egg rolls, and fish-sauce glazed chicken wings — is one of the only Asian restaurants in Portland with a fully gluten-free kitchen. The restaurant makes its sauces in house to avoid gluten and preservatives, which end up in vegetarian, vegan, and soy-free dishes like garden pho and pad thai. Visitors shouldn’t miss the pineapple-squid fried rice, tossed with tamarind, or the sesame-ginger quail.

Petunia's Pies & Pastries

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Located in a stylish brick cafe space downtown, Petunia’s menu is loaded with gluten-free products, including breakfast pastries, cookies, cakes, pies, and ice cream on house-made waffle cones. It's not all baked goods though — the breakfast and lunch menus include dishes like biscuits and gravy, a two-bean chili with molasses cornbread, and vegetable pot pie. It’s vegan, too, and can be washed down with the beverages that include espresso drinks made with house-made syrups.

Canteen

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With breakfast served daily and a neat list of salads and bowls, Canteen is one of Southeast Portland’s gluten-free and vegan staples for juice bar cafes. The very crunchy Pacific Northwest “Portland Bowl” is loaded with quinoa, baked maple tempeh, black beans, kale, carrots, and crushed hazelnuts, well matched by one of the cafe’s dozen juices or smoothies. Canteen has a second location in Lake Oswego with a more limited food selection.

Finding a Celiac-friendly fine dining restaurant can be a serious challenge, but the minimalist Berlu provides one of the most inventive new tasting menus around — regardless of its gluten-free status. Chef Vince Nguyen doesn’t advertise it, but Berlu’s menu is completely gluten-free, with dishes like grilled squid with lavender and coconut, geoduck with durian and silken tofu, and chewy shallot cake with turmeric hot chocolate. For something more casual, Berlu hosts two Sunday services that take walk-ins or walk-up orders: In the mornings, Berlu’s bakery sells picturesque tarts and springy pandan bánh bò nướng, while the evenings are dedicated to its a la carte wine bar pop-up, with Vietnamese snacks and exceptional glass pours.

This earthy-vibed sister restaurant to Prasad is 100 percent vegetarian and gluten-free, known for its grain bowls and smoothies. Brunch is a hit here, with a number of scrambles based on a foundation of egg, smoky tempeh, or seasoned jackfruit. For dinner or lunch, diners devour wild mushroom stroganoff, walnut chorizo quesadillas, and the popular pesto mac. Harlow also serves a full menu of juices, smoothies, and teas.

New Cascadia Traditional

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Gluten-free eaters have long loved this 100-percent gluten-free bakery for its cinnamon rolls, cheddar-chive biscuits, strawberry glazed doughnuts, and pizza dough. However, the real move here is to buy as many of its bagels as possible, fat and spotted with bubbles from a hot boil. New Cascadia is open for phone orders and online orders.

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Ground Breaker Brewing

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James Neumeister’s Ground Breaker Brewing began as an act of love: His wife was diagnosed with Celiac disease and, after tasting the limited gluten-free beer options, he found himself so outraged by the taste that he started brewing his own. Ground Breaker’s family-friendly gastropub pours a variety of gluten-free beer flights, while the food cart Flourish provides gluten-free and vegan snacks like butternut squash mac and “cheese” and sweet potato fries.

Mutantis Brewery & Bottle Shop

Ground Breaker isn’t the only gluten-free brewery in town anymore: This Woodlawn bottle shop and taproom sells its own millet-malt pilsners and pale ales made with malted buckwheat, as well as gluten-free beers from the rest of Oregon’s gluten-free breweries. If hunger strikes, Tamale Boy next door offers a wide variety of gluten-free dishes, though the kitchen isn’t completely gluten-free.

Zilla Sake

This Alberta sake bar isn’t just one of the city’s best sushi restaurants; it’s also one of the city’s finest gluten-free restaurants. Visitors bite into pieces of wild-caught Chinook sashimi, dip bluefin nigiri in tamari, and snack on lobster kara-age dunked in black garlic-miso kewpie, all while sipping pours from the bar’s extensive sake selection. The restaurant is open for takeout as well as onsite dining.

DesiPDX

This food cart at the Prost Marketplace pod specializes in a distinctive take on Oregonian Indian fare, with dishes like tea-brined cardamom-chai chicken, tandoori tempeh, and masala pulled pork. Start with one of the cart’s thalis, a taste of several of owner Deepak Saxena’s dishes, followed by a few soft golden milk ladoo. The full menu is soy and gluten-free.

Gluten Free Gem

In an airy cafe space in the Lloyd District, this gluten-free bakery always has an array of seasonal pastries and snacks available, from raspberry cream cheese coffee cake to soy-free tiramisu. The cafe dips a toe into savory territory, with preserved lemon tarts topped with Vtopia vegan cheddar and broccoli-cheddar quiche, but it’s really all about the afternoon sweet treat, especially alongside a Roseline Coffee espresso.

Verde Cocina en la Perla

With three permanent restaurant locations and a presence at Portland farmer’s markets, Verde Cocina is a leader in Portland’s gluten-free scene, known for its produce-heavy take on Mexican classics. Each Verde Cocina cafe offers lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, but it’s the brunch that truly shines, from breakfast enchiladas with coconut-poblano sauce to Buenos Dias breakfast with scrambled eggs, chickpeas, and smoked pork belly bacon. Non-meat eaters may prefer dishes like vegan chiles rellenos or tofu mole, with even more options available for paleo diners.

Butterfly Belly Asian Cuisine

Butterfly Belly Asian Cuisine — with its 48 hour-simmered pho, egg rolls, and fish-sauce glazed chicken wings — is one of the only Asian restaurants in Portland with a fully gluten-free kitchen. The restaurant makes its sauces in house to avoid gluten and preservatives, which end up in vegetarian, vegan, and soy-free dishes like garden pho and pad thai. Visitors shouldn’t miss the pineapple-squid fried rice, tossed with tamarind, or the sesame-ginger quail.

Petunia's Pies & Pastries

Located in a stylish brick cafe space downtown, Petunia’s menu is loaded with gluten-free products, including breakfast pastries, cookies, cakes, pies, and ice cream on house-made waffle cones. It's not all baked goods though — the breakfast and lunch menus include dishes like biscuits and gravy, a two-bean chili with molasses cornbread, and vegetable pot pie. It’s vegan, too, and can be washed down with the beverages that include espresso drinks made with house-made syrups.

Canteen

With breakfast served daily and a neat list of salads and bowls, Canteen is one of Southeast Portland’s gluten-free and vegan staples for juice bar cafes. The very crunchy Pacific Northwest “Portland Bowl” is loaded with quinoa, baked maple tempeh, black beans, kale, carrots, and crushed hazelnuts, well matched by one of the cafe’s dozen juices or smoothies. Canteen has a second location in Lake Oswego with a more limited food selection.

Berlu

Finding a Celiac-friendly fine dining restaurant can be a serious challenge, but the minimalist Berlu provides one of the most inventive new tasting menus around — regardless of its gluten-free status. Chef Vince Nguyen doesn’t advertise it, but Berlu’s menu is completely gluten-free, with dishes like grilled squid with lavender and coconut, geoduck with durian and silken tofu, and chewy shallot cake with turmeric hot chocolate. For something more casual, Berlu hosts two Sunday services that take walk-ins or walk-up orders: In the mornings, Berlu’s bakery sells picturesque tarts and springy pandan bánh bò nướng, while the evenings are dedicated to its a la carte wine bar pop-up, with Vietnamese snacks and exceptional glass pours.

Harlow

This earthy-vibed sister restaurant to Prasad is 100 percent vegetarian and gluten-free, known for its grain bowls and smoothies. Brunch is a hit here, with a number of scrambles based on a foundation of egg, smoky tempeh, or seasoned jackfruit. For dinner or lunch, diners devour wild mushroom stroganoff, walnut chorizo quesadillas, and the popular pesto mac. Harlow also serves a full menu of juices, smoothies, and teas.

New Cascadia Traditional

Gluten-free eaters have long loved this 100-percent gluten-free bakery for its cinnamon rolls, cheddar-chive biscuits, strawberry glazed doughnuts, and pizza dough. However, the real move here is to buy as many of its bagels as possible, fat and spotted with bubbles from a hot boil. New Cascadia is open for phone orders and online orders.

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Fingers crossed Atlanta has gluten free vegan muffins ‍♀️

A post shared by Kat (@heylookitskat) on

Ground Breaker Brewing

James Neumeister’s Ground Breaker Brewing began as an act of love: His wife was diagnosed with Celiac disease and, after tasting the limited gluten-free beer options, he found himself so outraged by the taste that he started brewing his own. Ground Breaker’s family-friendly gastropub pours a variety of gluten-free beer flights, while the food cart Flourish provides gluten-free and vegan snacks like butternut squash mac and “cheese” and sweet potato fries.

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