Over the past two years, I have been to Portland, Oregon eight times due to business travel. In a city whose motto is “Keep Portland Weird” there is absolutely nothing weird about being gluten-free there. It seems like dietary requests are pretty much the norm in Portland. I now have my favorite food carts, stores, and restaurants. I love walking around the city, crossing one of the many bridges by foot or bicycle, or just sitting by the waterfront. Even though I am working hard in Portland, I am also enjoying the quaint city as much as I can when I am not in the office.
I find it VERY easy to eat gluten-free in Portland. So easy, in fact, that I usually eat my way through the city and don’t have enough time to visit all of the restaurants I want to dine at during my stay. I tend to stick to the NW/SW neighborhoods of Portland due to the proximity to my office and lodging but I am curious to explore the other side of the river more in the next year.
Here is my list of top places to eat and shop gluten-free in Portland, Oregon. I’ve added an asterisk next to the locations that I have actually been to myself. I think personal recommendations go a long way, so please let me know if you have any questions! I’ve also put together both a Foursquare list of all the gluten-free places I have visited in Portland. You can find my previous Portland posts here.
Tula Gluten-Free Bakery 100% gluten-free *
Petunia’s Pies and Pastries 100% gluten-free *
New Cascadia Traditional Bakery 100% gluten-free *
Gluten-Free Gem 100% gluten-free
Kyra’s Bakeshop (technically in Lake Oswego, OR, but close enough) 100% gluten-free *
Back to Eden Bakery 100% gluten-free
Piece of Cake Bakery GF options available
Bliss Cupcake Shop GF options available
Gluten-Free Friendly Food Carts
Whole Bowl 100% gluten-free *
Cultured Caveman 100% gluten-free *
El Pilon 100% gluten-free *
The Heart Cart
Om Nom Gluten-Free (closed until April 2014)
My favorite gluten-free friendly restaurants coming soon!