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Sep 22, 2011 08:49 AM

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

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              1. Pete.,

                There are many reasons people are gluten 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)

                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!!