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A Town for Gluten-Free Foodies: Seattle (Part One!)

Seattle. Oh, Seattle. I heart thee. Let me count the ways.
Or, in this case, recount the meals. All of which were totally gluten-free friendly (and didn’t taste “gluten-free” at all.)
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Breakfast was simply a banana and some kombucha. Just a little something to tide me over until this. Brunch. At PORTAGE BAY.
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Why am I’m screaming “PORTAGE BAY” at you? Because, it was so, so, so good that I got angry. Really angry. (Which is a sure sign of true food love for me.) In fact, it was so good that I had it the day before with the Brooks peeps and bloggers, and it was so life-changing that I had to have it again. They had tons of gluten-free options, including an amazing house-made bread that made the most amazing French toast. (My eggs, potatoes and chicken sausage were great, too, but their gluten-free bread was out-of-this-world good.)
The French toast comes out plain like you see above, and then you go the toppings bar …
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Everything at Portage Bay is local, organic, sustainable and just plain delicious. Don’t worry; I loaded up on lots o’ berries and creme fraiche.
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I had a good date, too. He loved his blood-orange mimosa.
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Bellies so very full, we walked around Seattle a bit, and then settled in at Spitfire, a sports bar, to watch the U.S. World Cup game. Totally forgot to take a photo (some things never change), but we just had drinks not food. Great place to watch a game!
After, we checked into the condo we’d rented in Pike Place for a couple of nights. The condo was pretty tiny, but it had a fabulous communal rooftop deck that was gorgeous, with great views of the water.
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Both in the mood for seafood (when in Rome!) and me especially in the mood for fish tacos, we ended up having a casual dinner at El Borracho, a relatively new Mexican joint that was funky and totally fun. Plus, everything on the menu was gluten-free minus their burritos that come in a flour tortilla.
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We ordered a lot of tacos: carnitas, fish, shrimp, beef … all the tacos. All delicious.
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Plus a salad. The avocado was so fresh — and the radishes (for you, Susan!), pickled onions and roasted pepitas were so tasty together. The creamy chipotle dressing really tied it all together, too.
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Plus a little refreshment: tamarind agua fresca, horchata and a margarita. This is pretty much heaven in liquid form.
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After dinner, we digested back on the rooftop and watched the sun go down. Seriously a gorgeous evening!
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In the next couple of weeks, I’ll share my second day of EPIC eats and drinks in Seattle (spoiler: more fish!) — again, all gluten-free but you wouldn’t know it (or taste it). So much tastiness to share!
Do you have a fave spot in Seattle? What is it? And do they have gluten-free options? I’m in love with this city! —Jenn

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  1. Verhanika says:

    My husband and I love Portage Bay SO MUCH that we had our reception there for our wedding and deliberately chose to have breakfast for dinner. People still rave about the abundance of bacon.

    1. Jenn says:

      That’s awesome — I can see why Verhanika! DELICIOUS.
      —Jenn