If you eat gluten-free and live in Boulder, you are probably aware (or at least should be aware) of Vitamin Cottage, more expansively known Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage. In addition to being a popular health food store, NGVC sells lots of gluten-free foods and supplies a number of excellent (and free) resources for the gluten-free community. We were therefore delighted to learn that Vitamin Cottage has just recently expanded their store hours at their Boulder and Layette locations, giving shoppers in the Boulder area some extra aisle-pursuing time in the morning or at night.
We don’t eat hot dogs very often, but when we do, we like them to be reasonably high-quality, loaded with condiments, and obviously gluten-free. This last requirement can be somewhat challenging, not only because regular hot dog buns contain gluten, but also because some hot dogs contain gluten. However, we knew that Mustard’s Last Stand uses Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, which are gluten-free, and we also recently discovered that they explicitly call attention to their gluten-free menu options, so we decided to stop into the restaurant on a recent afternoon in Boulder for a gluten-free hot dog. (We could have, for the record, stopped in for much more than a gluten-free hot dog. Mustard’s Last Stand has lots of vegetarian and vegan options, including vegetarian hot dogs and hamburgers, and there is even a vegetarian reuben.)
There are two Dot’s Diners in Boulder, and both places offer plenty of gluten-free options and call attention to this fact. The Dot’s Diner menu has a text box that reports that “gluten-free options [are] available at no extra charge,” and this is one of the few pieces of information featured on the restaurant’s otherwise simple and austere website. We recently went to the 28th Street location (the other one is on of the Hill) to try something ourselves, to see if the quantity of the gluten-free choices affirmed or belied their quality.