Chinese food almost always sounds good, even at 11:00 AM on a Sunday after a late Saturday night. Partially by desire and partially by necessity, we found ourselves at Zoe Ma Ma in Boulder to sample their gluten-free Chinese food on a recent morning. We went out of desire because we’re fans of Chinese food, which thanks to rice noodles (and despite soy sauce) is often gluten-free, and we went out of necessity because the distant shores of Italy call, temporarily removing us from Boulder and its abundance of gluten-free restaurants. We’ll still write about Boulder’s gluten-free scene while away based on past experiences and our sources on the ground, but we wanted to get in one more traditional review before fleeing the country again. While Zoe Ma Ma doesn’t have a ton of gluten-free options, the GF dishes they do have are worth trying, at least based on the excellent meal we had a few mornings ago.
Fresh Thymes Eatery of Boulder is kind of a big deal. Ever since it opened, it’s been much discussed and, as far as we can tell, wildly successful. Indeed, on our recent trip there, the entirely gluten-free restaurant was packed from wall to wall, and in fact the crowd spilled outside, where people ate in not particularly warm weather. Fresh Thymes (sometimes mistakenly written as “fresh times” for reasons of pronunciation) does have excellent food by any standard, gluten-free or otherwise, so the hype is understandable. If you are looking for a wide selection of high-quality, professionally-prepared food that happens to be gluten-free, Fresh Thymes is definitely worth a visit.
We decided to let Julia’s Kitchen and Cafe get settled into their new location before announcing their move from north Boulder to slightly-less north Boulder. When Julia’s Kitchen, a leading light in Boulder’s gluten-free scene because of its absolute commitment to GF food, announced their move, they described their opening as “soft,” and that they may need “a little extra patience as we get our bearings.” But now, with their move completed about two months ago, we are confident they are fully settled into their new place, where they are still selling excellent gluten-free treats and dishes.