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Gluten free / High End Restaurant in Seattle (birthday dinner)

Hi eveyrone,
I've been "googling" and searching for a few days, and have checked Chowhound as well before posting....

My husband and I will be visiting Seattle (from Boston) in a few weeks, and I'll be celebrating my 40th birthday there.

I'm looking for a higher end, good, non-chain gluten-free friendly place to celebrate.

I have found:
10 Mercer

Seafood places are good, non-chain steakhouses, etc. Any recommdnations you can offer are greatly apprecitated!

(We'll also be in Vancouver, and Portland) :-)

1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

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  1. I have not been to 10 Mercer but of the two others, I'd recommend Tulio over Sazerac.

    1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

    1. I haven't been, and it may not be so high end, but it gets lots of press for gluten free food:
      50 North - near University Village. Just watch out for football game days.

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      1. re: tsquare

        Forgot about 50 North, which is near where I live. It's definitely not high end. Just a nice little neighborhood place that serves reasonably good food and has some gluten free offerings that are served to everyone who orders them, whether the diners need to be gluten free or not. In Kirkland, there's Cafe Juanita--their website says to call them ahead if there are food intolerance/allergy problems. I've never done that so I don't know what they'd do for you, but it's high end and the food is divine.

      2. Many high end places will make a gluten free menu if you call ahead. Rovers will, Zoe will (but they are still closed for remodeling), many chefs will accomodate with notice. OTOH, these are not dedicated GF kitchens and not specializing in GF, so it could be a little bit more risky in terms of cross contamination. If you are not super sensitive, you could target the restaurants where you want to eat and see what they can do for you.

        1. I remember Gluten Free Girl (the blogger) reported on a visit she had to the Herb Farm. She's from the Seattle area, so you might consider emailing her to ask what local meals she's enjoyed.

          Herb Farm
          14590 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

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          1. re: ethereal

            Thanks for the suggestiongs.
            Not many places are dedicated GF -- I know there's a risk when eating out -- I just try my best to minimize the risk.

            I appreciate everyone's feedback! (non-high end place are great too!!)

            1. re: ethereal

              Gluten Free Girl's husband is a chef - he works for the same owner as 50 North and consulted on their menu. He works at The Hardware Store Restaurant on Vashon - also a neighborhood type spot, also has GF menu items. And yes, they too serve them to everyone who orders them (not sure why that was part of the comment above.)

              The Hardware Store Restaurant
              17601 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, WA 98070

            2. Pete.,

              There are many reasons people are gluten free...food allergy, choice, medical requirement etc. Not that I owe you any reason, but I have celiac disease which means I have to eat gluten free or as close to it as possible.

              As far as eating snake, if you can recommend a place that cooks it well let me know, I'd love to try.

              ( I edited my original reply to this and took out the snark. Sorry about that. I do appreciate all of the good suggestions)

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              1. re: glutenfreep


                We have continueing issues here on local Seattle Chowhound with Pete's posts... sorry he messed with your inquiry, Chagrin!

                We are a happy bunch, generally here in the Puget Sound area as Chowhounds. I second several suggestions from previous posters that you just call a resto you are interested in that is local/ interensting to you and your mate. Most will be happy to rise to the challenge to treat you with sensitivity for you Celiac, and will WANT to cook you a meal that makes you happy for your birthday!
                We have a GREAT local counterpoint to Whole Foods here, called PCC, which most chefs and Chowhounds are very aware of; Puget Consumers Coop, which is a multi-store local Natural foods outlet with major farm-to-table relationships.

                Indeed, they are integral to how we all have gotten to this aware point in eating that our food comes from somewhere, etc. While being that, they of course champion diets that need different inputs; vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, etc. They even offer specialized tours of thier stores to help you find the resources you need for your particular regimen that works for you.

                That said, it is just another backbone in our embrace of your needing what you need in dining while your here. Welcome to Seatle/Puget Sound, and I hope we treat you well while your here.

                Happy dining...

                1. re: gingershelley

                  Thank you gingershelley! Thanks for the note about PCC -- we'll definitely check it out! The last time I was in Seattle was in the early 1990's and wasn't gluten-free. I remember the week I was there was sunny, warm, in the 80s and when I came back to Boston with a tan no one believed me when I said I was in Seattle.

                  Thanks again for all the information!!

              2. Hi glutenfreerep,

                I'm a Seattle gf gal and I eat out a lot and I can honestly say almost all of the higher end restaurants here will happily work with you, so you should choose the ones that most appeal to you and just give them a quick call to confirm. A few nice places that I would recommend specifically for gf : Andaluca, The Pink Door, Volterra, Blueacre, Canlis, Cafe Juanita, Flying Fish and Tulio. The very popular Wild Ginger also offers a gf menu. Cafe Flora is a little more casual but offers good vegetarian, vegan and gf. For more casual dining while you're here, don't miss brunch at the delicious and gf friendly Portage Bay Cafe. Flying Apron bakery in Fremont is entirely gf and as others have pointed out, our local Puget Consumers Co-op stores (PCC) offer extensive gf grocery foods. Oh and I've been to 50North twice--it is casual, a neighborhood type place, but very good and gf friendly, so if your travels take you near the University of Washington, do keep it on your radar. Enjoy your visit and happy birthday!

                Canlis Restaurant
                2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

                Pink Door
                1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

                Cafe Juanita
                Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

                Flying Fish
                2234 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

                Andaluca Restaurant
                407 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101

                Portage Bay Cafe
                4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

                Cafe Flora
                2901 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

                1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

                5411 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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                1. re: DTeater

                  Thanks so much! I think I need to spend a week in Seattle next time to enjoy all of these fabulous looking places!! :-)

                  1. re: DTeater

                    I agree with DTeater that most high end Seattle restaurants are happy to accommodate for GF. I'm GF and my husband is not. We recently had a great dinner at Revel. All the staff understand GF and know the ingredients of all the dishes. Their lunch and dinner menus are GF-friendly. Avoid the brunch menu.

                    I'm a regular at the Flying Apron. I love the savory food. Nice soups, delicious salads. Everything they sell is GF and vegan. They have a large selection of fresh pastries, cookies, etc. (Most of the baked goods contain garbanzo flour and xanthan, which I don't eat.) I love their peanutbutter chocolate chip cookie.

                    I know you're looking for higher end, but here are a couple of casual low-priced places where I've had delicious food:
                    - Tiko Riko Pupusas in Greenwood. Nearly all menu items are GF. The owner is very aware of GF issues. Delicious pupusas.
                    - Altaye Ethiopian Restaurant in South Seattle. The menu is not labeled gluten-free. Her njera bread does not contain wheat. She says she uses no wheat flour and I felt fine after a meal. The dining room is small but nice, but there is a TV.

                    Enjoy your time in Seattle. Please report back on your dining experiences.

                    1. re: val ann c

                      Oh Val Ann C I am glad you mentioned Revel. I haven't been there yet but did recently enjoy an amazing meal at Joule (glutenfreep these two places are owned by the same chef/owners) and they were great about working with me. Another place I also neglected to mention that is a fun and special dining experience and very amenable to working around allergies is Poppy.