Regular readers of Gluten Free in Boulder will recognize that we previewed Blooming Beets last year, before they opened, and we have since eaten there several times, and their food is fantastic! It is the place to go if you are gluten-free, or vegan or both, even if you aren’t [...] Read more »
When searching for new gluten-free eating opportunities in and around Boulder, we take a special satisfaction in finding GF options in surprising places, and a restaurant specifically dedicated to pasta certainly counts as a surprising place. It was therefore with pleasure and excitement that we learned of Twisted Noodle in Longmont, a pasta-centric restaurant with plenty of gluten-free options. Fittingly, these options include gluten-free pasta dishes, but there is also gluten-free bread and garlic bread, as well a gluten-free soup and dessert. The restaurant has actually been open since last September, but our first chance to visit came last week, and we are happy to report that Twisted Noodle is both delicious and economical.
With great pleasure we recently learned that Boulder has a Greek restaurant, Volta, that serves a number of gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. Indeed, almost everything at Volta can be made GF, and the vegetarian dishes are abundant and easy to discern on the menu. The restaurant has actually been open for over a year, but we only recently found out about it and wanted to share our discovery with our readers. We have also been in contact with a server at the restaurant who gave us some details about the gluten-free and vegetarian options, and these will be helpful to keep in mind if you decide to visit Volta.
If it were ever the case that a food item would be forever wiped from the face of the earth, and we could select one item that could be protected against elimination, we would probably choose sandwiches (or in our case gluten-free sandwiches). Sandwiches are almost infinitely variable and are appropriate for nearly any occasion, so despite the large number of sandwich shops in Boulder – despite the number of good sandwich shops in Boulder, ones that have plenty of gluten-free options – we were still delighted to learn of the imminent opening of Organic Sandwich Company in Boulder. The menu looks amazing, the location is superb, and there are plenty of gluten-free options.
Being several thousand miles away from Boulder makes it a little difficult to assess new places with gluten-free food. However, when you have regular readers who together form a community of discerning eaters, as we fortunately do, it makes it a little easier to keep a pulse on the gluten-free scene in Boulder. Despite being in Austria, we were recently informed of, and received some reader reflections about, Jason’s Deli in Boulder, which has an entire “gluten sensitive” menu that outlines what is GF in the restaurant. Armed with the gluten-sensitive guide, you know exactly what you can get at the Boulder Jason’s Deli (or any of the more than 240 Jason’s Delis scattered across the U.S., for that matter).
As a rule, we try not to evaluate a new gluten-free eating opportunity in Boulder when we are famished. Piercing hunger can make even the most bland food delicious; a rice cake is a gourmet meal for the starving. However, a fortuitous combination of factors led us to the doorstep of Yellowbelly (occasionally written incorrectly as “Yellow Belly”) in Boulder the other night, and we weren’t going to not review the restaurant simply because we were abnormally hungry. That would be absurd. So, we ignored our rule and ate at Yellowbelly, which has been recommended to us by multiple people as an excellent restaurant with a range of gluten-free food, including, of course, gluten-free chicken. Yellowbelly is in fact delicious – it’s gluten-free fried chicken is superb – and we are confident we’d say this regardless of the extent of our hunger.
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.
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.
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.
Eating gluten-free in Boulder has never been easier, but this isn’t to say it is, objectively speaking, easy. It is certainly more convenient to not seek out menu items that are gluten-free, or to ask your server if adjustments can be made to a dish to render it GF. When Blooming Beets opens in Boulder this spring, you won’t have to ask if a dish is gluten-free or ask for modifications, as everything on the menu, being rooted in and inspired by the paleo diet, will be entirely free of gluten (and, for that matter, free of any grain, processed sugar, processed vegetable and seed oils, and virtually all dairy products.) What kind of gluten-free food will be available at Blooming Beets, “the healthiest restaurant in the country,” as it bills itself to investors, and what drove Iva Paleckova, the founder and chef of the new eatery, to start a gluten-free, dairy-free, and processed-food-free paleo restaurant?
We are no strangers to coffee shops in Boulder that serve gluten-free food. (Happily, it is almost redundant to add “that serve gluten-free food,” as almost all coffee shops in Boulder have at least some gluten-free offerings nowadays.) We stop in to shops around Boulder with almost concerning regularity for a caffeine boost. We offer this biographical admission because it at least partially qualifies us to judge the Boulder coffee-shop scene, and one judgement we have reached is that we love Pekoe Sip House. Nearly every item of food on their menu is gluten-free, vegan, or both, and they offer a dizzying array of beverages, including nearly 100 teas, several wellness drinks, and a selection of coffees and espressos. Basically, if you are fond of consuming liquid, you should be able to find a drink at Pekoe, one that will go nicely with a gluten-free snack.
Shine is a restaurant in Boulder with a gluten-free menu that lists foods prepared in an entirely gluten-free kitchen. Actually, that’s not quite right. Shine is a gluten-free restaurant and a bar that serves wine and cocktails, as well as beers that are made on site, including a gluten-free beer, so this makes Shine not only a restaurant and bar, but also a brewery. However, Shine doesn’t only offer alcoholic drinks – they also have an “elixir bar” that serves healing tonics, and they also run an organic fresh juice bar and a coffee bar. This makes Shine a restaurant, a bar, and a brewery that offers a wide array of elixirs, fresh juices, and coffees too. But even this isn’t quite right, as Shine is further billed as a “gathering place,” a place where parties, events, concerts, and even yoga classes can be held. It is beyond our abilities to encapsulate all of this in a nice, short sentence, so we’ll just say Shine is many things, and thanks to its totally gluten-free kitchen and menu, it is certainly a place our readers will be interested in checking out.
We’ve long been fans of Ozo Coffee – they have some of the best coffee in Boulder – so it is a bit perplexing that we haven’t celebrated their extensive lineup of gluten-free snacks before. This is doubly perplexing because these gluten-free options have been available right from the start, when Ozo opened in Boulder in 2007, so it’s not like this is a new development. In any case, Ozo does have tons of gluten-free snacks and treats to compliment your coffee, and that’s the important point, the one we are here to write about. If you are looking for a coffee shop with lots gluten-free food options, definitely give Ozo a try.
It took us a while, but we finally tried a gluten-free waffle cake, one made by the appropriately named company Waffles Cakes, which operates out of a food truck that you can find in the Boulder, Denver, and Longmont area on weekends and Mondays. We had heard only good things about these gluten-free waffle cakes and now we know why: they are delicious, and in a perfectly unique way. They don’t really taste like anything we’ve had before. We highly recommend a visit to the Waffle Cakes food truck so you can try a gluten-free waffle cake yourself.
Recently, we made the unusual decision to go get frozen yogurt in the morning. We were in the Gunbarrel area, slightly to the northeast of Boulder, so there was really only one option: Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt. It turned out to be a good option, though, as there were lots of gluten-free frozen yogurts to choose from – 11 of the 12 yogurts were gluten-free, by our count – and there were also a number of gluten-free toppings available, although these were somewhat hard to pick out (more on this below). Overall, we had a nice, if unconventional, breakfast at Aspen Leaf recently, and it’s worth checking it out if you’re ever in the Gunbarrel area.
Boom Frozen Yogurt Bar in Boulder Offers Lots of Local, Gluten-Free Toppings and Vegan Frozen Yogurt
Frozen yogurt tends to be gluten-free, so the fact that Boom frozen yogurt buffet serves gluten-free frozen yogurt isn’t extraordinary. What makes Boom relevant to the gluten-free scene in Boulder is that they have so many gluten-free toppings, gluten-free toppings that also happen to be sourced from local Boulder companies. (Well, not all of them are – there are dozens of toppings – but several of them are, and Boom openly attempts to source their products from local Boulder companies whenever possible.) Boom also has a frozen “yogurt” made with almond milk, so there are gluten-free vegan frozen yogurt options as well. On a hot Boulder afternoon a few days ago, we went to Boom to check them out; we weren’t disappointed.
A little over two months ago, Pastavino, an excellent Italian restaurant with lots of gluten-free options, opened on Pearl Street in Boulder. We like Italian food and we need gluten-free food, so we knew it was only a matter of time before we visited Pastaivo. It was, as predicted, only a matter of time, as we ate at Pastavino on a recent afternoon. It’s an excellent restaurant with great service, so we recommend readers give Pastavino a try if they are ever looking for gluten-free Italian food in Boulder.
The Waffle Cakes Food Truck, Maker of Gluten-Free Waffle Cakes, is Now Operating Around Boulder and Longmont
If you recently saw a food truck selling waffle cakes around the Boulder, Denver, and Longmont area, you saw Waffle Cakes, the Colorado company that sells an astonishing variety of waffle cakes – including gluten-free waffle cakes – out of their new, specially-designed bus. We recently wrote about the well-regarded business and their gluten-free waffle cakes, but at the time they were still waiting for their bus (i.e., food truck) to be finished, which was necessary to complete before Waffle Cakes could offer gluten-free options and a full espresso bar. After a few delays, the food truck is now operational and it looks awesome.
In Boulder, near the corner of 28th and Valmont, tucked away in the corner of a multi-ethnic strip mall with a place called “India’s Grocery” and a Chinese restaurant, you will find Agave, a wonderful Mexican restaurant with an abundance of gluten-free food (and gluten-free margaritas). We’ve known about their gluten-free options for a couple of weeks now, and a few acquaintances have recommended the place to us, so we went to check them out recently. The food was great, the service excellent, and gluten-free possibilities extensive, so we highly recommend Agave in Boulder.
Every so often, humans are struck with the urge to consume a particular type of food. As humans, we experience this desire too. Our most recent urge centered on Mexican food, which is fairly easy to come by in a place like Boulder, so we set off to find some gluten-free Mexican food. A little research led us to Boulder’s Casa Alvarez, a Mexican restaurant with a large selection of gluten-free food (and therefore, of course, gluten-free Mexican food). Their selection is so large, in fact, that they have an entirely separate menu detailing their gluten-free dishes. This menu and the excellent dishes on it make Casa Alvarez a perfect place to get gluten-free Mexican food in Boulder.
Bogey’s, a restaurant near Boulder with a robust gluten-free selection, first came to our attention during an international adventure. We were thousands of miles away from Boulder when the owner emailed us about his gluten-free dishes, so we remotely wrote an article about Bogey’s gluten-free offerings, and then promised that we would visit the restaurant when we returned home to check it out in person. This in-person visit just occurred, and we are happy to report that Bogey’s is a fine restaurant overall, in addition to being a gluten-free friendly establishment. We knew the latter and have now confirmed the former.
We recently wrote about Native Foods opening a store in Boulder, an event that we were extremely pleased to announce. Native Foods is one of our all-time favorite restaurants, and we were beside ourselves with anticipation awaiting its official opening. When it opened, we pounced, visiting the restaurant within mere days of its opening (and we have visited it multiple times since). As we described in considerable detail in our last article about Native Foods, the restaurant has a wide range of gluten-free options, especially if you’re familiar with the restaurant’s offerings. Native Foods is also an entirely vegan operation, meaning, of course, that it offers the ever-elusive gluten-free vegan food – some of the best vegan food we’ve ever had, we hasten to add. It’s hard enough finding vegan food and gluten-free food, and harder still to find a dish that adheres to both dietary restrictions, but you can find plenty of delicious options at Native Foods. It is beyond amazing and we give it our highest possible recommendation.
As readers of Gluten Free in Boulder probably know, it is our habit to dine at restaurants in Boulder that offer gluten-free options, and then report on our experience at these restaurants. However, it’s rather difficult to review a restaurant in person when you are several thousand miles away. (Speaking of which: Greetings from Munich, Germany!) But we won’t let the Atlantic Ocean come between us and our commitment to explaining the gluten-free options available at Boulder eateries, and so over the next few weeks, while your intrepid reviewer is drifting across Europe, we will post information about additional restaurants around Boulder that provide gluten-free offerings, and then follow up with a review of those restaurants when we return to our homeland. Our first long distance offering centers on Bogey’s, more fully known as Bogey’s Eatery and Spirits, the owner of which recently wrote to us to ask if we might let our readers know that they have several gluten-free options available. Ask and you shall receive, which is a lesson that we encourage other restaurant owners to heed (email us here: email@example.com).
We’ve been hearing good things about Carelli’s of Boulder for some time, so when we recently learned they have a menu entirely dedicated to their gluten-free options – Italian food like gluten-free pizza and gluten-free pasta – we knew it was time to give them a try. It’s a little expensive (especially for the gluten-free items), at least relative to many of the other restaurants we’ve reviewed, but Carelli’s is a classy place with great food, which we can now say based on (an) experience, so the higher prices are for the most part to be expected. If you’re looking for a nice place to take someone to lunch or dinner, one that also has plenty of gluten-free options to choose from, Carelli’s fits the bill perfectly.
There is gluten-free food, there is vegan food, and then there is the rare gluten-free vegan food. (There is also the related, and only slightly less rare, gluten-free vegetarian food.) It can be a challenge to find gluten-free food that accords with other dietary restrictions – going gluten-free is itself difficult, and being a gluten-free vegan or gluten-free vegetarian presents additional challenges. To eat gluten-free and vegetarian or vegan requires you to make and dream up most of your own food, demanding considerable ingenuity in designing meals (but happily there are good resources for gluten-free vegan recipes). Soon, however, there will be an excellent new place in Boulder to get gluten-free vegan food and gluten-free vegetarian food. It’s called Native Foods Cafe, and we couldn’t be more excited that it is coming to Boulder soon. What’s Native Foods Cafe in Boulder all about?
We’ve reviewed a lot of gluten-free restaurants in and around Boulder, and today we went to one of the best we’ve ever visited: Aji Latin American Restaurant. It was a pleasure to dine there for lunch on a recent afternoon, but it was actually a little stressful because the whole time we were desperately trying to note all of what makes Aji great. (Aji has much more going for it than their excellent, well-organized gluten-free menu.) We strongly recommend Aji to our readers, gluten intolerant or otherwise.
You wouldn’t necessarily expect a place called Great Harvest Bread Co. to have much by way of gluten-free offerings. Great Harvest is, indeed, a bread company, and so the majority of their products are not gluten-free, but we recently learned that they make gluten-free bread, so we stopped by on a recent Monday afternoon to give it a try. If there is one place that can make quality gluten-free bread, it has to be a bakery.
On a recent journey from Denver to Boulder, we decided to stop in Louisville for lunch. Having been informed that The Louisville Rex has some gluten-free options, we decided to stop in to check it out. In terms of percentage of menu, The Rex doesn’t have a particularly large gluten-free selection, but this is only because their general offerings are extensive. Overall, there are plenty of GF options, including gluten-free appetizers, gluten-free pizzas, and gluten-free entrees. Our server was nice and the food was good, so we recommend stopping by if you’re ever in Louisville.
There can be no doubt that Boulder has become more accommodating to those on the gluten-free diet over the last year or so, and this trend always comes into sharp relief when we visit coffee shops. In most coffee shops we visit, there are at least a few gluten-free offerings, which is great given that the snacks paired with coffee are often pastries that contain gluten (like muffins or cakes). One particularly nice place to get coffee and a gluten-free treat in Boulder is Red Rock Coffeehouse (sometimes written as “Red Rock Coffee House” online), where we found ourselves on a recent Sunday morning.
The Buff is one of Boulder’s most popular breakfast eateries, and it is easy to see why: the prices are modest, the food is excellent, and it is right in the heart of town, slightly south of 28th and Canyon. Fortunately, The Buff’s menu abounds with gluten-free options, including gluten-free pancakes and gluten-free bread, which can replace the non-GF bread served with a number of dishes, and this opens up this superb restaurant to the gluten-intolerant crowd. On a recent snowy day, we decided to stop by The Buff for a gluten-free breakfast.
Julia’s Kitchen and Cafe is a very recent addition to Boulder’s food scene, but its owner, Julia Hellerman, is no stranger to Boulder’s foodies. Hellerman’s Adaba Bars are a staple at the Boulder Farmer’s Market, and she brings the gluten-free, vegan, organic and wholesome goodness for which her Adaba Bars are known to everything she touches at her new Julia’s Kitchen and Cafe.
If you’ve ever wondered if it’s awesome to review gluten-free restaurants in Boulder, we can assure you it is, especially when we come across a gem like San Francisco Soup Company, which offers a wide array of delicious, healthy gluten-free soups. What’s more, different “Soups of the Day” are inserted on the menu on a rotating basis, so the soup selection, including those soups that are gluten-free, is ever changing. We had an excellent experience at the San Francisco Soup Company when we recently visited, enjoying both the soup we tried and the superb service with which it was served.
There are a number of places to get excellent gluten-free pizza around Boulder, including Proto’s and Naked Pizza, both of which have been reviewed by us in the last year, and evidently Z Pizza is no exception. Having investigated the gluten-free options online, we decided to visit Z Pizza’s Boulder location on a recent evening and ordered a gluten-free pizza to take home (we also could have ordered it online if we wanted to, as Z Pizza has a convenient portal for doing this on their website, for the record).
Snooze is, frankly, awesome. There is no other way to put it. Even though it opened less than a month ago, this new Boulder restaurant was packed with guests, and for good reason. The food, service, and atmosphere was exceptional, and, near and dear to our hearts, they have a large selection of gluten-free menu items. After a visit there on a recent afternoon, we are more than comfortable offering Snooze our unqualified endorsement.
The good thing about breakfast, from the gluten-free perspective, is that lots of breakfast foods, like eggs and potatoes, as well as meats like bacon, sausage, and ham, are naturally gluten-free. It is for this reason that the Walnut Cafe in Boulder, which offers breakfast until 3:30 PM every day, is a reliable place to find plenty of gluten-free options. What’s more, Walnut Cafe has a few substitutions available, like corn tortillas for flour tortillas and gluten-free french toast for its regular version, to make dishes gluten-free if they aren’t already. To be sure, not every dish on the menu is gluten-free – there aren’t gluten-free waffles or pancakes, for example – but Walnut Cafe still offers an admirable selection for GF eaters, and, for the record, vegetarians and vegans too. We were easily able to find a good meal on a recent visit to the cafe.
Half Fast Subs is a student-oriented sandwich shop in a student-oriented part of Boulder: the Hill. It is also a great restaurant that serves a notoriously wide array of excellent sandwiches, some of which are now available gluten-free, as we just learned. Half Fast is undoubtedly one of the most popular places to get a sandwich in a town with no shortage of sandwich shops, so it’s excellent that it offers gluten-free options that are just as delicious as the original items, or at least this is our judgement after a visit to Half Fast on a recent afternoon.
On a recent afternoon at Ras Kassa’s, a Boulder restaurant situated near the corner of 30th and Pearl, we were introduced to a rare culinary experience: an Ethiopian, all-you-can-eat buffet that is entirely composed of gluten-free food (besides the injera sponge bread, but it can be made gluten-free upon request). You might expect to come across a gluten-free buffet at one point or another, and the same is true of an Ethiopian buffet, but both at the same time? As it turns out, though, this isn’t all that extraordinary, as Ethiopian food is largely gluten-free without even trying to be. As a kind employee of Ras Kassa’s explained, flour (and sugar, too) isn’t added to many Ethiopian dishes, so the gluten-free diet and Ethiopian cuisine are natural allies.
Ever since hearing that Bombay Bistro has excellent gluten-free Indian food, we’ve been meaning to check them out, but our schedule would never allow it, in part because the popular Boulder restaurant is only open for dinner. On a recent evening, however, we managed to make our way there, and we were amply rewarded for our efforts.
Sun Rose Cafe – art gallery, music venue, and restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – has a separate and full gluten-free menu, a happy fact we discovered this afternoon on a trip through Longmont. About a 20-minute drive from Boulder, Sun Rose Cafe is a superb eatery, and we encourage anyone traveling through Longmont to stop by for a gluten-free meal.
Gluten-free dieters in Boulder are probably familiar with Udi’s gluten-free bread, offered at seemingly every grocery store in Boulder and the surrounding area. Udi’s offers a ton of gluten-free foods, including the aforementioned gluten-free bread, as well as gluten-free bagels and gluten-free pizza crust, among other items. Udi’s, in short, is very much a part of the gluten-free scene here in Boulder.
There’s nothing like a good breakfast, even if you’re eating it mid-afternoon. This is the lesson we drew from our visit today to the Village Coffee Shop, a popular diner in Boulder that is now offering several gluten-free options for breakfast and lunch, including gluten-free french toast, gluten-free blueberry pancakes, and gluten-free hamburgers.
Exactly two weeks ago, Naked Pizza opened a location in Boulder, and, having just tried their delicious gluten-free pizza this afternoon, we can report that this is excellent news. If you like pizza and follow a gluten-free diet, we strongly urge you to try Naked Pizza, which is located near the corner of 28th and Arapohoe, right by Qdoba. It is really good.
We recently reported that Tres Pupusas plans to open a café in Boulder that sells their increasingly popular gluten-free pupusas, frozen packages of which are now available at a dozen Front Range locations (mostly Whole Foods Markets). A few weeks ago, Tres Pupusas Latin Café officially opened, so, naturally, we had to pay them a visit to try a couple of gluten-free items.
Centro Latin Kitchen and Refreshment Palace, located on the west end of Pearl Street in Boulder, has garnered plenty of praise, as a quick look at the numerous positive reviews posted on its website reveals. Westword proclaimed it one of the five best restaurants in Boulder, and 5280 Magazine ranks Centro among the ten best new restaurants in Denver (even though it’s in Boulder – evidently, they conceive of Denver city limits liberally). We can do nothing but echo these positive sentiments – and mention that they have some gluten-free menu items – after our meal there this afternoon.
When we walked into Suki Thai Noodle House this afternoon in Boulder in search of gluten-free Thai food, one of the first things we noticed was a yellow sign placed on the ordering side of the counter. In so many words, it said, “All menu items gluten-free, and we don’t charge you extra like those other guys.” The words “all” and “other” are underlined.
A Cup of Peace in Boulder Offers Full Menu of Gluten-Free Korean Food and a Gluten-Free Energy Shake
We love Asian food. It’s delicious, and it also seems to be gluten-free more often than not, probably because the cuisine of this region of the world centers on rice, vegetables, and meat, or so our Western experience of this food suggests. If you also like Asian food and have a gluten intolerance, we encourage you to try A Cup of Peace, a small Korean restaurant in Boulder that offers only gluten-free food.
If you’ve been to the Boulder or Longmont Farmers’ Market during the last couple of seasons, you may have had the opportunity to try a gluten-free pupusa offered by Tres Pupusas (or maybe you tried three, given the company’s name). If you enjoyed them, as we have, you’ll be delighted to learn that Tres Pupusas is now supplying several Boulder locations with their pupusas, which are gluten-free because their foundational ingredient is corn, not flour (although technically pupusas can be made with either), and moreover, many are vegetarian and even vegan.
For health-conscious eaters with a gluten intolerance, you have yet another place to try: Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, which recently opened a restaurant in Boulder. With the exception of a few items that one wouldn’t expect to be gluten-free, all of Garbanzo’s dishes are made without gluten. We stopped in this afternoon to try a couple of the restaurant’s offerings and left very impressed.
Happy hour is great. There’s really no other way to put it. It allows you to go to restaurants that may otherwise be out of your price range, opening the door to a variety of different foods and drinks at a low price. A case in point is The Pinyon on Pearl Street in Boulder, which offers cheap gluten-free food – items like gluten-free wings, gluten-free fried chicken, and gluten-free fries – seven days a week from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (The same specials are also available “late night,” from 10:00 to close.) Following up on a tip sent to our email – firstname.lastname@example.org; write us any time! – we decided to go there this afternoon.
It’s great when a personal interest (funny movies) can be incorporated into the hard business of writing about gluten-free food (in this instance, gluten-free frozen yogurt): In the film Tropic Thunder, Ben Stiller is cast as Tugg Speedman, an actor who takes on the ambitious role of Simple Jack in a movie of the same name. (So, that means that a fictional character in a film – Tugg Speedman in Tropic Thunder – plays the role of another fictional character in a film within a film – Jack in Simple Jack.) When Jack’s mother dies, he offers this gem of line: “Goodbye mama, now you can have ice cream in heaven! I’ll see you again tonight when I go to bed in my head movies. But this head movie makes my eyes rain!” Jack’s key contention is that there will be ice cream in heaven, and while we can’t be sure of this claim, we can be sure that another delicious treat, frozen yoghurt, is available at a heavenly place: Ripple Pure Frozen Yogurt, a mom-and-pop store owned by Boulder locals that has tons of gluten-free options to choose from.
A quick search of this site revealed an interesting fact earlier today: the word “hamburger” is never mentioned in an article, and the word “burger” only comes up in connection with one post. Evidently, we haven’t been pursuing good old-fashioned American cuisine around here enough, so we tried to remedy this deficiency this afternoon by going to the ever-popular Larkburger in Boulder, which offers a gluten-free bun that opens the entire menu (with the exception of a single item – a red chili that is made with beer) to those with a gluten intolerance.
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.
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.
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.
For over a year, Nick-N-Willy’s Pearl Street location has offered gluten-free pizza. So, if you live in Boulder and love Nick-N-Willy’s, your gluten intolerance isn’t a devastating limitation – you can still get your delicious, stone-oven baked pizza. But what do you do when you leave town? How will you get your Nick-N-Willy’s if your outside of Boulder? More broadly, how will anyone with celiac disease get Nick-N-Willy’s if they don’t live in a place like Boulder? Fortunately, this is no longer an issue because every Nick-N-Willy’s in Colorado – all 13 locations – offers gluten-free pizza. If you have access to a Nick-N-Willy’s in Colorado, you have access to gluten-free pizza.
Modmarket is in many ways a paradigmatic Boulder restaurant. It serves healthy and fresh foods that often incorporate local ingredients (depending on the season), and the interior of the Boulder restaurant – currently the only one, although an additional location is being built in Denver – is deeply trendy. It also offers tons of gluten-free options, so we decided to stop by for a meal.
Berry Best Smoothies in Boulder is no stranger to gluten-free foods. We’ve celebrated the gluten-free items available at Berry Best Smoothies before, and the shop’s website has a prominent section detailing the many gluten-free foods available in the store.
When you wake up some mornings, you just feel like a serious breakfast. A piece of fruit and coffee isn’t always sufficient. Today we found ourselves with such a craving, and since we just learned that the Original Pancake House in Boulder has gluten-free pancakes available, we decided to stop in and try them.
There is much to admire about Vietnamese food. It’s delicious, reasonably easy to find (at least in Boulder, for whatever reason), and, as we learned this afternoon, overwhelmingly gluten-free, at least at Black Pepper Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant located near Pearl Street and 28th. After learning that Black Pepper Pho has GF items available, we decided to stop by for a meal. We weren’t disappointed.
Sushi is a divisive food. You either love it or you don’t, much like a sports team or a politician. (Seriously, how many people kinda like or dislike Sarah Palin. No, you’re with her or against her, plain and simple.) There are some people who are really enthusiastic about sushi, ever-ready for a few rounds of rolls, and others simply don’t care for it. In Boulder and elsewhere, the sphere of raw fish leaves no room for the undecided.
Downtown Boulder has tons of great restaurants, and if you happen to be gluten intolerant, this characteristic alone should not prevent you from eating at any one of them. It seems cruel to deny people the pleasure of an excellent dining experience just because they have a food allergy. But this is of course a normative statement – because something shouldn’t be the case doesn’t mean that it is in fact not the case – and perhaps our desire to open up all restaurants to gluten-free dieters is a mere wish, a vain hope grounded in nothing more than the fleeting mist of private whimsy. This is probably true overall – not all restaurants can accommodate the gluten-free diet – but it is certainly not true of one of the great restaurants of Boulder’s downtown, Brasserie Ten Ten, which has gluten-free items available during every meal they serve: brunch, lunch, and dinner.
With Locations Near Boulder, The Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant has a Huge Selection of Gluten-Free Items for Boulder-Area Residents
Eating at a fondue restaurant is a majestic affair. It is an almost royal experience to be given exotic eating utensils and placed before a vast array of dishes and plates, each one containing a different type of food that can dipped deeply into the large fondue pots that sit prominently atop the table. Moreover, this grand experience is replicated, but not diminished, with the coming of each course, of which there are generally several. In short, eating fondue is an event worth experiencing. Will you have to miss out on the extravaganza that is fondue dining if you have a gluten intolerance? No, at least not if The Melting Pot is around, and given that there are 145 locations spread across 37 states, and three within less than an hour’s drive of Boulder, we don’t anticipate the restaurant’s disappearance any time soon.
It’s amazing how a seemingly minor option at a restaurant can open up a world of choices to those with a gluten intolerance. Consider a restaurant that has gluten-free dough available, like Basil Flats in Longmont. Every item on the menu that is made with regular dough – and there are almost always a lot – can be made with GF dough, and this radically increases the number of choices for people with celiac disease. We’ve seen this before with some restaurants in Boulder that offer pizza – as long as gluten-free pizza crust is available, many different meals at these establishments are perfectly in line with the gluten-free diet – and now we’re seeing it again with Basil Flats.
Thanks to a new crust, Street Legal Pizza of Flatiron Crossing Mall is now serving gluten-free pizza, providing one more restaurant option to hungry shoppers with a gluten intolerance. The gluten-free pizza crust is supplied to Street Legal by The Gluten Free Bistro, which distributes gluten-free products to over 25 eateries in Boulder and the larger Colorado area.
Suppose you’re in Boulder walking on Pearl Street and suddenly your in need of food that harmonizes with your gluten-free diet. Where might you go? Although it might seem counter intuitive to visit a restaurant that prominently features beer and pizza, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is actually a great choice. With an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free food, you’re likely to find something to tickle your taste buds, and this is especially true in the case of BJ’s because of the diversity of it’s GF menu.
A few posts back, we wrote that Beau Jo’s pizzas could be ordered gluten-free. That was great to learn, but now we have even more good news on the pizza front to report: Boulder Organic Pizza (BOP) has gluten-free pies available too! In fact, every pizza that BOP offers, with the exception of the Momma Rosa’s Meatball pizza, can be made gluten-free. (In case you’re curious, Momma Rosa’s Meatball pizza is the brainchild of the chef’s mother – or “momma,” if you will – and hence it’s ingredients can’t be changed without it ceasing to be momma’s creation.) And the best part is that the gluten-free pizzas at BOP cost nothing extra!
Everybody likes pizza, or at least it seems that way. When you’re a child, you love pizza. When you’re in college, it’s practically all you eat. And even well into adulthood, pizza remains a staple of the human diet. It’s abundantly available and varies widely in style, and it’s basically impossible to live outside the range of a pizza delivery service. (I don’t really have to worry about people challenging this last remark because if they can’t order pizza, they probably don’t have internet access to read this post either).
The Boulder-based Noodles & Company has gluten-free options available, but they’re not exactly in plain sight. Instead, they have a nutrition/allergen chart to reference, which is available online and at store locations, and with just the slightest degree of ingenuity, you can come up several gluten-free items to order.
VG Burgers bills itself as a quick-serve restaurant, and while the service may be quick (unfortunately, I can’t say because I have yet to eat there), it is very different from any fast-food eatery you’ve likely encountered. First and most notably, everything on the menu is 100 percent vegan and organic. I doubt there is a single item on most fast-food restaurants that can claim that status. And more relevantly to this site’s readers, there are several items on the menu that are gluten free!
Anybody who has eaten at PF Changs knows that their menu is massive. When looking it over, one is often seized with more than a bit of anxiety: “How can I ever be sure I reviewed the options thoroughly enough to know I made the right decision? It’s not possible, I tell you!” Now individuals who prefer (or must have) their food gluten-free can partially experience this crisis of choice, for, indeed, PF Changs has an impressive array of gluten-free goods.
O-Pizza is a place where gluten free pizza junkies can truly get some good gluten free pizza!
Aji Latin American restaurant in Boulder doesn’t advertise it, but they do have a full, special menu with dishes for those who need to eat gluten free, or have other special dietary needs.
The Berry Best Smoothie seems like an unlikely name for a restaurant or store that would have gluten free foods and gluten free products. But it is, and they do!