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dhold Apr 11, 2011 06:38 PM

We will be in Seattle for 1 night in May, staying at the Fairmont. Could anyone recommend a good breakfast, lunch and dinner places near the hotel? Dinner could be on the more expensive side.
I have a wheat intolerance. Are there any gluten free bakeries?

thanks :)

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    savvy savorer RE: dhold Apr 11, 2011 08:14 PM

    unfortunately no gluten-free bakeries downtown though the Fairmont is very accommodating with special dietary needs so keep that in mind. They have a wonderful restaurant.

    A bit of a walk but still downtown, Andaluca has a gluten-free menu and wonderful food.

    Anthony's has a gluten-free menu too.

    Andaluca Restaurant
    407 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101

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      grangie angie RE: dhold Apr 12, 2011 02:12 PM

      Try 'Shucker's' seafood restaurant right there in the hotel.

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        GreenYoshi RE: grangie angie Apr 12, 2011 03:12 PM

        Belle Epicurian is also on the same block as the Fairmont.
        I don't know what they do "gluten free" but the pastries and sandwiches are delicious.

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        Clannwoods RE: dhold Apr 12, 2011 02:59 PM

        If you don't mind a short walk or shorter drive- go down to Pike Place and across the street is Tom Douglas' Etta. And the original Starbucks. Etta weekend brunch is fabulous . Recommend the Corn beef hash.

        1. val ann c RE: dhold Apr 12, 2011 07:45 PM

          Flying Apron is a very nice gluten-free bakery and cafe. It's a fair distance from your hotel in the Fremont neighborhood... it depends how important GF is to you.
          You can get there via the #5 bus along 3rd Ave, or if you have a car, you can park on the street.
          I like the soups and salads, as well as the baked goods. Large selection and always fresh.
          Across from Flying Apron is the PIE shop. They usually have one flavor of pie with a GF crust. The crust is good, but too much crust and not enough filling.

          Flying Apron Baking Co
          3510 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA

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            cocktailhour RE: dhold Apr 13, 2011 12:10 PM

            Lola for breakfast. Shuckers has very standard business lunch fare. WIld Ginger gets plenty of mixed/bad reviews but it's pan-Asian is a decent lunch and maybe GF choices (I don't know). Dinner--Restaurant Zoe. Small plates at Bisato. Tavolata for pasta. All three are longish walks, or short cab ride, or bus in the free zone.

            2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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              roolala RE: dhold Apr 14, 2011 08:10 PM

              For breakfast I like Le Pichet or if you don't mind taking a short bus ride (or 20min walk) I love Tilikum Place Cafe (which is also a cute lunch spot). I also love the Crumpet Shop (honey, ricotta and almond crumpet!) but I think they closed until April to do earthquake-proofing. Not sure if they're open again yet. For lunch I like Pike Place Chowder or Macrina Bakery for cheap-ish lighter lunches. Steelhead Diner and Matt's in the Market are good for lunch for something a little nicer.

              For the GF, you could try Cinnamon Works in Pike Place :) They have a lot of gluten-free and vegan cookies and baked goods.

              Le Pichet
              Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

              Steelhead Diner
              95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

              Macrina Bakery & Cafe
              2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

              Pike Place Chowder
              600 Pine St Ste 404, Seattle, WA 98101

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                val ann c RE: roolala Apr 14, 2011 10:06 PM

                Le Pichet has wonderful food and it's a lovely place. But if you need to be gluten-free, you will find yourself quite limited there.
                I've always loved Steelhead Diner. If you tell them you need GF, they will accommodate you. I especially enjoy dining at the kitchen counter seats.

                Le Pichet
                Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

                Steelhead Diner
                95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

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                  syrahgirl RE: val ann c Apr 16, 2011 09:24 AM

                  We have stayed at The Fairmont twice, it's an awesome hotel with first-class customer service. They have 2011 Lexus town cars that will take you dinner. We also love Etta's for the fresh fish and coconut creme pie. The breakfast right at the hotel in the Georgian Room is very good, I love their mango juice they serve with breakfast. Cafe Campagne or Maximillen @ the Market are two other great choices for breakfast in this area. You will have pretty water views at Maximillen. I've also heard that The Athenian has excellent breakfasts. Enjoy Seattle! :)

                  Cafe Campagne
                  1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

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                savvy savorer RE: dhold Apr 16, 2011 04:23 PM

                You can get gluten-free options at Cinnamon Works if you are looking for baked goods

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                  dhold RE: savvy savorer Apr 16, 2011 04:37 PM

                  Thanks for all the great suggestions! We will definitely check out cinnamon works, and try to make it up to the flying apron. Might give Etta's a try for dinner. Will post a trip report when we get home :)

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                    savvy savorer RE: dhold Apr 16, 2011 10:17 PM

                    If you are going to try a gluten-free bakery and want the best in my opinion, then I would say Wheatless in Seattle is the best...but you need a car or a cab

                    Wheatless in Seattle
                    10003 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133

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                      val ann c RE: savvy savorer Apr 17, 2011 12:14 AM

                      RE the GF suggestions in this thread...

                      Cinnamon Works sells predominantly wheat-based items. I believe their GF items are brought in from another baker. I like their big monster cookies, but they are very sweet. There is no seating, but you're at Pike Place Market, so you can stroll and eat, and it's great fun.

                      Flying Apron is a GF / vegan bakery cafe. They make all their own food on site. The staff is knowledgeable. They have a big selection of pastries, one daily bread, and lunch items. IMHO they are very good for food and seating.

                      I've been to Wheatless in Seattle only once. I couldn't try the bread because they wouldn't tell me the ingredients. I bought a chocolate chip cookie and found it mediocre. If you want to go there, you can take the #5 bus. (Last I checked, Uneeda Burger offers a GF bun from Wheatless in Seattle.)

                      Pike Place Market
                      1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

                      Wheatless in Seattle
                      10003 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133

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