"Gluten-free" appears to be the hottest new buzz word to dominate the culinary scene. While many suffer from celiac disease, many others have health concerns that seem to improve with the elimination of gluten from their diet. A gluten-free diet excludes the protein gluten, found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).
Following a gluten-free diet can be a foreign and frustrating process, especially for those new to the scene, and diners must use patience and creativity when it comes to finding substitutes for foods they once enjoyed. Eating out in some instances can become a bit of a headache, but, thankfully, the Seattle restaurant scene is doing what it can to ease the pain. The city is not only home to several venues that serve strictly gluten-free goods (think Flying Apron Bakery, a popular, always-bustling spot in Fremont), but many "mainstream" restaurants are now conscious of including GF options (or substitutions) on their standard menus, too We've come up with a list of restaurants, cafes and welcoming venues so delicious, you won't even notice any ingredients are missing. Happy gluten-free eating!