I know that's not a word. But that's how I felt in Seattle. Turns out the Pacific Northwest is basically a celiac's playground. Did you guys know that?? Because I did not. And if I had, I would have hiked my be-hind up there much sooner.
Okay, I did not hike to Seattle. I DID just finish reading "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed and also, watched the movie last night, so maybe I'm feeling a little inspired... But let's be honest, I don't hike (lololol).
Anyway, I went to Seattle and hardly had to do any research on celiac-friendly restaurants. And by "had to" I mean, I didn't do any research. The night before I left I googled "gluten free Seattle" and found one bakery (see below), and then said, "screw it! I'll figure it out!" I broke a cardinal celiac rule that I'm only admitting here, because for once it actually worked out okay.
Now, not every place in Seattle was celiac-friendly. But with the help of the "Find me GF" app and Yelp, it was almost like I could be carefree about where I was going to eat - there were that many options.
Here were my faves of the trip. Don't read this if you're hungry.
Yeah, that's a salmon, cream cheese and spinach puff pastry. Ready to book your flight? There's more:
Coffee & A Specialty Bakery only serves gluten-free items. They have their standard treats shown in the display cases - cupcakes, mini key lime pies, brownies, cinnamon rolls, etc. - but every day they have specials, too. I'm pretty sure the owners are real life angels on earth, because get this - they don't even need to eat gluten-free. They just started this place because they tried GF baked goods and realized just how gross they can be. They felt bad for us! And nothing makes me more comfortable with being pitied than being able to visit this divine bakery.
Coffee & A Specialty Bakery is located in the Pike's Place Market, but it's on the first floor so it's a little hidden. Once you find it, grab like ten goodies and walk across the street to the Seattle Great Wheel. Let yourself fall into a state of pure sugary, buttery bliss with great Instagram photo ops.
I was visiting Seattle for a conference, and on the first day my coworker and I ditched the already-paid-for meal provided by the conference hosts, so we could eat and expense something a little more experiential.
Behold Urbane. This place is a short walk from the Washington State Convention Center and was a damn delight. A farm to table joint, Urbane has amazingly fresh ingredients and offers plenty of GF options. All of their sandwiches can be made on GF bread, and I gotta say - it's not gross. I'm not sure which brand they use, or if they make it themselves, but the summertime BLT I ordered restored my faith in GF sandwiches. Could it have also been the avocado mayo oozing all over my face with each bite? Yes. But just know, if you need a quick lunch place downtown, Urbane is your answer.
"Ice cream makes you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands. They just don't."
That's what the rest of the window sign was supposed to say but it didn't fit.
Molly Moon's made me SO HAPPY. So happy I went there twice in one day, because I'm an adult and can do whatever the eff I want!
Not all of their ice creams are GF, but when I stopped by about 90% of them were. They keep things changing with the seasons, but almost all of their staples are GF. I had the balsamic strawberry and seasonal berry lemon.
The best part? When I asked which flavors were gluten-free the employee OFFERED to scoop me ice cream from a fresh carton. The "scout" mint flavor has gluten and they don't keep their scoopers separated, but this girl knew what was UP. Within two seconds she had a clean scooper, brand new cartons, and was doling me out the best ice cream lunch I've ever had.
There are a ton Molly Moon's locations across Seattle, so you really have no excuse not to go there.
Eat ice cream. Be happy.
First of all, look at it:
Second of all, risotto:
Summer corn risotto with heirloom tomato, mint and feta. I ate all of it, and would have ordered another serving if I wasn't already over my allotted per diem.
Oddfellows is that cool, chill, local place that you want to go to on a first date. In fact, we sat by a couple on a first date while we were there. Did you guys get Molly Moon's after dinner? You should have!
Anyway, nothing on the menu is labeled GF, but the staff is very knowledgable and was willing to make accommodations, not that this dish needed any. Places like this that are committed to quality, sustainable ingredients are not only what make Seattle's Capitol Hill district shine, but also make it super easy for celiacs to forage the restaurant landscape sans Google.
Aaaaand now I'm hungry. Thanks, Seattle.