Gluten-free Portland: a #nimatested Dining Guide
From the dozens of different food carts lining downtown streets to its environmentally conscious and totally delicious restaurant scene, it’s no secret that Portland, Oregon is a west coast foodie haven. Many of the iconic eateries in Portland have multiple locations throughout the city, depending on which neighborhood you’re hanging out it in, and offer incredible, culturally diverse gluten-free options that will tickle your tastebuds, no matter what you’re in the mood to devour. So, put on a pair of good walking shoes, tuck your Nima sensor into your bag, and get ready to explore some of the Rose City’s tastiest gluten-free eats.
Location: 3524 N Mississippi Ave
#nimatested Dishes: Pescado #1 and Verduras tacos on corn tortillas
Notes: This casual tacqueria almost always has a wait–but it’s always worth it (plus, you can order margaritas to sip in line). Customers order menu items at the counter before finding a seat in the cozy dim-lit restaurant. Once I made it to the cashier, I ordered two mouthwatering tacos on corn tortillas: Pescado #1 (crispy cornmeal encrusted Newman’s line caught Alaskan Cod, topped with pineapple, salsa verde, crema, cabbage, onion & cilantro) and Verduras (a seasonal fall vegetable taco including roasted delicata squash, brussels sprouts, and kale, topped with roasted pepitas). Both were extremely satisfying and totally gluten-free!
Location: 2035 NE Alberta St
#nimatested Dish: Split scoop of Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbon and Mummy’s Pumpkin Spiced Potion
Notes: If you’re an ice cream lover, it’s impossible to go to Portland and bypass this iconic ice cream spot. I ordered a split scoop of classic Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbon and Mummy’s Pumpkin Spiced Potion, a seasonal vegan flavor bursting with autumnal flavor and chunks of roasted pumpkin. Workers encourage infinite samples and are knowledgeable about food allergens in their ice cream. All flavors are gluten-free except for Cinnamon Snickerdoodle and Chocolate Gooey Brownie.
Location: 2240 N Interstate Ave #160
#nimatested Dish: Swedish Hash with Smoked Trout
Notes: This Swedish restaurant offers classic Nordic fare in a cozy space. Gluten-free menu items are clearly labeled. I ordered the Swedish Hash, which arrived in a warm cast iron skillet. Underneath two soft baked eggs, diced beets, and chives was a hearty bed of fine diced Yukon gold potatoes, mixed with bell peppers, red onion, and smoked trout. It traditionally comes with fresh walnut bread toast, but I ordered it without.
Location: 1700 SE 6th Ave
#nimatested Dishes: Coffee Cake Loaf, Cheddar Chive Biscuit
Notes: Bakery and cafe where everything is gluten-free and delicious. Lots of open seating to grab a quick bite or take loaves, rolls, and bagels to go. I ordered a slice of coffee cake loaf, made from a mixture of rice flours and topped with oat streusel and a sugar glaze. Totally moist and delicious. I also tried a toasted cheddar chive biscuit, which I watched many customers order as the base for breakfast sandwiches made to order.
Location: 3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd
#nimatested Dish: Urban Bowl with Quinoa
Notes: This popular spot serving vegan and gluten-free fare boasts a 100% gluten-free kitchen (though be aware that beers on tap contain gluten). Harlow’s menu includes a variety of vegetable-loaded grain bowls, fresh-pressed juices, and smoothies. I ordered the Urban Bowl with added quinoa to go (mixed greens, steamed greens, olive oil, kimchi, sea vegetables, avocado, carrots, scallions, sunflower seeds & za’atar, topped with avocado cilantro sauce) with a cup of their kombucha on tap (GT’s Pink Lady Basil). Everything on their menu sounded absolutely delicious!
Other Gluten-Free Restaurants in PDX to Check Out
These spots also offer tasty gluten-free noms; however, I didn’t have time to check them during my weekend trip. I hope to explore all their gluten-free goodness in the future!
• Bollywood Theater: Indian street fare and small plates
• Teote: Latin American joint offering creative plates and cocktails
• Mississippi Pizza Pub: Pizzeria with substantial vegan and gluten-free options
• Back to Eden Bakery: Gluten-free dessert shop, bakery, and cafe
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Have you eaten gluten-free in Portland recently? Let us know what some of your favorite restaurants are in the comments below!