Sate Sweet Cravings With Gluten-Free Baked Goods

"Gluten-free" has become a favorite buzz word dominating 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). 

While following a gluten-free diet, diners must use patience and creativity when it comes to finding substitutes for foods they once enjoyed. Eating out can become more of a headache, but, thankfully, the Seattle restaurant scene is doing what it can to ease the pain–even when it comes time for dessert. The city is not only home to several venues that serve strictly gluten-free goods (like Flying Apron Bakery in Fremont), but many restaurants and cafes are conscious to include GF options (or substitutions) on their standard menu, too.

Fresh Flours
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This cafe-bakery has four locations--West Seattle, Phinney Ridge, Beacon Hill and SLU--that includes items ranging from breakfast pastries and salads, soups and sandwiches to Japanese-fusion goods like green tea muffins, azuki croissants and...  Read More



Perk up your afternoon with a piping hot cup of organic coffee at Macrina. Happily, a wide variety of cakes, artisanal breads and pastries is available to accompany your java. You'll have trouble deciding between chocolate cranberry coffeecake...  Read More



A casual tearoom located in Seattle's historic Ballard district, Miro Tea provides an excellent foray into the world of authentic Eastern tea for anyone who's looking for a nice hot brew. In addition to their tea, Miro also offers several savory...  Read More



First opened in December of 2008, Thrive set out on a rather defiant mission to tear down the myth that healthy vegetarian cuisine is lacking in flavor. Thrive accomplishes this goal by creating fantastic entrees with a little bit of a southwest...  Read More



Opened in 2007, this "boutique bakery" caught the attention of aficionados; soon the "cupcake craze" was seemingly everywhere. This Wallingford vintage schoolhouse was the first location, but three more followed in short order. Whether you...  Read More

Cupcake Royale
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This popular cupcake bakery and cafe first opened in 2003 and has since spread to numerous locations including those in Capitol Hill, Ballard and Madrona. Loyal fans return for the delicious, made-from-scratch-daily cupcakes and perks like a...  Read More

Café Flora


Known to many as Seattle's top vegetarian spot, this restaurant's menu is innovative and flavorful enough to win over even the most ardent carnivores. Enjoy brunch in the sunny atrium and enjoy the soothing sounds of the indoor waterfall. Dishes...  Read More



These vibrant cafes in Greenwood and also West Seattle are set in a warm Southwestern décor; their mission is "to provide delicious organic sustenance for a wide variety of needs and individual tastes." The venue is proudly certified...  Read More



With 10-plus locations in the Puget Sound region, the Puget Consumer Co-op is an ideal option for those truly wanting to "shop local." What began as a food-buying club of 15 Seattle families in 1953 has now evolved into a massive movement with...  Read More

Flying Apron
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Flying Apron bakery celebrates good health by using gluten-free, vegan ingredients; whole grain wheat-free flours and non-hydrogenated oils. Diners can use alternative methods to sweeten items with such ingredients as agave, maple syrup and...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne