With an abundance of cookies, pies, and cakes adorning the table at many holiday functions, the season may feel restrictive for those with special diets. But these Seattle eateries offer something seasonal or comforting for every guest, and in particular, gluten-free treats abound. Celebrate with a special meal at any of these local spots (note: while some products may not contain gluten, the kitchens themselves may not be 100% gluten-free; always make sure to check with your server if you have a gluten allergy or intolerance!).
Americana | 219 Broadway E | 206-328-4604
Cornish game hens are a classic Christmas and New Year’s delicacy, and if there’s one thing this Capitol Hill staple excels at, it’s whipping up memorable renditions of classic comforts. Chef Jeffrey’s Fried Cornish Game Hen is gluten-free and served with sautéed Swiss chard and creamy manchego grits. Treat yourself to this special roast -- crispy-style -- this season.
Capitol Cider | 818 E Pike St | 206-397-3564
Capitol Cider serves up a full menu of small and large plates that are mostly fair game for people with several dietary restrictions. At brunch, gluten-free diners can cozy up to a plate of cinnamon raisin French toast with maple butter and roasted apples (also peanut-, tree-nut-, and soy-free). For dinner, dive spoon first into the creamy pumpkin risotto with Parmesan and mascarpone.
Duke's Chowder House | Multiple locations
Great news: the award-winning chowder options at Duke’s Chowder House are gluten-free! Choose from New England clam chowder, Lobster Mobster Pernod Chowder, North By Northwest Seafood Chowder (with wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, cod, and fresh Penn Cove mussels), or the Ragin’ Cajun Chicken Corn Chowder. From the main menu, try The Pope’s Seafood Cioppino (with wild Alaskan Salmon, halibut, cod, wild Mexican Pacific Prawns, and Dungeness Crab) -- just remember to specify gluten-free for no bread.
Elemental Pizza | 2634 NE University Village St | 206-524-4930
Though Elemental Pizza operates three locations -- in Columbia Center, Tacoma, and University Village -- the latter two wood-fire a spicy curry option that will warm both your palate and your soul in one bite. That’s what makes it a dish best enjoyed on a chilly winter day. The pie features housemade curry sauce with grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, red and yellow peppers, and basil. Each Elemental pizza is available gluten-free upon request (they make their own in-house).