If you live in Boulder, Louisville, or the surrounding area, and if you’re hungry for a gluten-free lunch, try Smiling Moose Deli. With gluten-free soups, salads, and sandwiches available, and with plans to expand their GF offerings in the near future, it’s a convenient place to grab a quick lunch made with GF ingredients. Over the last few years, we’ve seen several Smiling Moose Delis around Colorado (their twelve locations are scattered throughout the state), so we finally decided to stop in and sample their food.
After trying several different suppliers of gluten-free pizza crust, Proto’s, a well-regard pizzeria with with locations in North Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, Broomfield and Denver (and Boise, Idaho), finally settled on Clarity Foods of Longmont. The GF crust they make is the only one Proto’s had tried that crisps in the way that they want it to when baked. We think they made a nice selection.
It’s All Good, a gluten-free bakery located in Boulder, will host an open house this Friday, December 17th, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The open house will take place at the store of It’s All Good, which is located at 3622 Walnut Street.
Two types of retailers dominate Boulder: liquor stores and coffee shops (although, come to think of it, medical marijuana dispensaries are ridiculously prevalent too). Both of these places can be unfriendly to those with a gluten intolerance. Liquor stores sell beer that almost always contains gluten, and the food that coffee shops provide to compliment their drinks – cakes, breads, bagels, donuts, etc. – very often have gluten too. Of course, this isn’t necessarily the liquor store proprietor or the coffee shop owner’s fault, but it is inconvenient for those who must eat gluten-free. Happily, though, circumstances are changing for the better, especially with regard to coffee shops, thanks in large part to businesses like Outrageous Baking.
If you drive north on Broadway, almost to the fairly new North Boulder development that houses restaurants like Proto’s Pizzeria, you might notice a small, yellow storefront on the west side of the street, and if you do notice it, you should go in and grab a table. This is the location of Zudaka, a petite restaurant that serves vegetarian Latin American food, mostly staples of Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine, and almost all of it is gluten-free.