Portland Walking Tours

Hidden Gluten-Free Gems of Portland

April 25th, 2017

Have you ever traveled to a city just for the food? Well, if you happen to be gluten-free and headed to Portland anytime soon, you may wind up making a habit of coming back just to try all the gluten-free food options you couldn’t work into your first trip.

Make no mistake. The gluten-free food scene is not only alive and well in Portland, it’s topping lists all over the nation, with our mouth-watering flourless desserts forming the collective crown jewel of the GF scene.

It is important to distinguish between those desserts certified gluten-free and those simply labeled as wheat-free. Here we’ll focus on the former.

For the celiacs among us, take comfort in knowing you are not without your fair share of options. First stop for one of the very best dedicated bakeries around? Back to Eden on funky Alberta St. where the soft doughnuts and the mini pies are true standouts. Second stop? Head to inner Southeast for New Cascadia, the other bakery for which out-of-towners make the trip to Portland. The cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, and those decadent chocolate walnut espresso cookies are the prize winners here.

At Departure restaurant downtown, Top Chef runner-up Gregory Gourdet has crafted five truly impeccable desserts, all of which are guaranteed safe for celiacs. The variety of textures and flavors of each dessert combined with the 15th-floor city view make for an experience you will want to replicate night after night. Who knew coconut sticky rice could taste so good? And if you don’t need the certification, head to Papa Haydn where you can enjoy any one of their 10 wheat-free options in a setting reminiscent of a Viennese cafe. The towering Boccone Dolce is legendary.

Even your wheat-loving friends will be asking for another bite. And when they do, why not suggest an Epicurean Excursion walking tour to balance all that sweet with some savory? Our professional tour guides will take you on a culinary tasting adventure as you experience firsthand what makes Portland one of the greatest foodie cities in the country. Just let the guide know if you have any dietary restrictions and they will do their best to provide alternative tastings where available. You know you want to go, so book now!

Article by Thyra Roth

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